The Phantom Voice
The Phantom Voice
By Kevin Dean
In Short: SUPER SLIMEY will do little to attract new fans of Future and Young Thug, but will likely entertain old ones despite coming across as painfully familiar.
Before we get into this review, I want to give some backstory. I’m a huge fan of Future. Nothing could compare to his unique and distinct style which never seemed to get repetitive because of the many different ways he would renew himself with every song. Similar to the very thing he named himself after, Future has proven himself to be always unpredictable, but at the same time consistent.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about Future’s newest album donning the title, SUPER SLIMEY. The consistently unpredictable nature is nothing but the same generic stuff that we’ve all heard so many times before. It kills me to rip on Future like this, but this album will likely come of to many as more of the same, generic sounding songs; like an entire album of nothing but padding. Listeners (myself included) might feel themselves waiting for over 40 minutes for that one great song we have all come to expect in every great Future album. Good Dope (now under the name FUTURE) had the unique and introspective Mask Off, EVOL had Low Life which bridged the gap between Hip Hop and Rap, and the definitive DS2 had the locker room hype beats of F*ck Up Some Commas and Where Ya At?.
Personally I think that this album was a bit of missed opportunity between the unique relationship between Young Thug and Future. Both rappers who grew up in Atlanta Georgia less than 20 minutes from one another, The two are almost one in the same, both with heavy use of autotune, spitting bars about their lifestyles of the streets. Similarly to this album, which had very little publication or advertising before its release, these two took charge of the rap game seemingly out of nowhere. Not adhering to any form of previous styles of rap, the two came out fast and loud with their revolutionary styles. After a string of bad blood and at times full out beef, we finally hear them come together here. With this type of a backstory, SUPER SLIMEY could have been a legendary album, one that could have focused more on this fascinating relationship between Future and Young Thug. If it took off, and I mean really became popular, like top-of-the-charts level songs, this album might have been a perfect symbol of the careers of the two rappers: starting off small and largely unknown, but suddenly exploding into relevance and popularity.
I do understand the pressure on artists to top their previous albums, and we all should. It is no easy job of having to meet, and even top the successes of previous albums. It's possible that such a feeling came from the lack of one great song which stands out among the rest, or the feeling of familiarity with most of these songs. Either way, we are left with something that is undeniably disappointing, but not entirely terrible as many have made it out to be. It is definitely a Future album, but one that I would describe as decent.
I give the album SUPER SLIMEY by Future and Young Thug a final verdict of 6 outta 10, earning a slightly above average rating of ‘It’s Aight’, not quite meeting the requirements for “Quality”, but definitely above “Nothing Special”.