Future, Pluto

Hua Hsu

By Hua Hsu

on 08.26.12 in Reviews



The family business is in good hands: Janelle Monae’s freak flag flies on behalf of the Dungeon, while Killer Mike continues to put out fantastic, bracing records. And then there’s Future, whose 2012 debut Pluto was one of the year’s best albums, a captivating mix of psychedelic highs and strange, bluesy wails. It opened with a voice familiar to anyone who had grown up on the Dungeon Family: “The future is now,” crackled Big Rube, whose soft, grizzled voice and inscrutable adages have been a constant over the family’s twenty year run. There are plenty of current-day Atlanta rappers who grew up on Outkast and Goodie Mob, but few grew up in their presence. Future experienced it all firsthand thanks to his cousin, Rico Wade. He got the name “Future” as a kid hanging out at the studio with Wade and his friends, back when they were all working their way up. He’s proven their prophecy right.