Shots of That 100 Proof: Future – Purple Reign & Fabolous – Summertime Shootout

Future – Purple Reign

Future - Purple Reign

As I expected, there’s nothing special to be heard here. Future sticks to his script, and either you’re into that or you’re not. But, if the Future-heads I follow on twitter can be trusted, this isn’t even great compared to his other releases. Speaking for myself, there’s no tracks that stand up to the highlights of Dirty Sprite 2 (I Serve The Base, Where Ya At?, F*ck Up Some Commas). All Right is cool since it’s beat is much slower than usual, giving Future space to use a different than normal flow. Run Up would be cool if its beat ever dropped, but other than those, everything here sounds exactly the same. The mumbled vocals, drug talk, and bass-heavy beats don’t change, and together they’re just not a style that I dig much. I was bored to death with this mixtape.

1/5

Fabolous – Summertime Shooutout

Fabolous - Summertime Shootout

Fabolous decided to drop another mixtape, this one a timely concept joint. He decides to bring his new girl from New York to LA for the winter, and they live it up until she ends up hurt and the trespassers have to get shot as retribution. I can’t say that I love everything here, but the high points are pretty damn good. For The Summer is a good track that sets up the story, and its classic-sounding drum loop, banjo sample, and Fab’s punchlines solidify its greatness. But the best here is obviously Real One, where Fab convinces his new girl of  his greatness over a perfect sample of Lauryn Hill off The Fugees’ classic Killin’ Me Softly remake.

Things get weak around the middle, when autotune and trap sounds take over (got damnit Fabolous, every style isn’t for you!), but pick up again on Trap Royalty and Started Something. Astute fans will instantly recognize the DMX sample reuse for the latter song, and Fab doesn’t disappoint with hard verses about the revenge he plans to exact on those who violated.

Summertime Shootout isn’t a great display of punchline Fab, but it works as a mainstream release that still can somewhat appeal to his hardcore lyrics fans. The storytelling is done well, although I wish that he spent more time on the set-up and less on remakes of others’ songs. His take on Bryson Tiller’s Sorry Not Sorry isn’t bad but doesn’t touch the original, even with the Bryson’s verses spliced in, and Doin’ It Well and Trapline Bling are utterly forgettable compared to the LL Cool J and Drake originals. Overall, a solid but far from great mixtape but nothing to write home about.

3/5

Highlights:

  1. For the Summer
  2. Real One featuring Jazzy
  3. Started Something featuring Daphne Larue

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