Future - DS2
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2015 Ratings: #170 / 770
Year End Rank: #17
User Score
Based on 260 ratings
2015 Ratings: #262
July 17, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Freebandz, Epic / Label
Hip Hop, Trap Rap / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

DS2 finds a hellish, motivating power by articulating how it’s possible to have the best time of your life during the worst time of your life. And it all sounds so good.

90
The Line of Best Fit

DS2 is a uniformly awesome album, remarkable for the singularity of its vision, and it comes at absolutely the right time, when all eyes are on Future.

84
Pitchfork
This is music for nihilists, for the reckless, for those who embrace darkness because they don’t see another option.
83
Consequence of Sound

DS2 is his strongest campaign yet, and it’s the first time a new Future album has met all expectations.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

You may have thought Future’s d-boy lyrics and machismo would get boring after three albums but they’ve been dialed all the way up to eleven on DS2, which makes for a thrilling listen from start to finish.

80
Complex

Reckless and tormented, his latest album doubles down on the darker side of his sound, and his life's personal costs. Call it More Honest Than Honest.

80
Exclaim!

In reaching the summit of the most successful period of Future's career, DS2 is a satisfying climax to the three-peat of tapes that took the rap world by storm in a span of six months.

80
AllMusic

With the release of the album DS2 -- Dirty Sprite 2, named after his hit mixtape -- he becomes a hip-hop version of Lee "Scratch" Perry, a strange and yet in command figure standing at the center of a slick, inventive swirl of music.

80
XXL
It’s brutally beautiful. It’s unrelentingly hard. It’s his best work in years.
80
The 405

DS2 just happens to be the soundtrack for the current manifesto - a modern testament to the scumbags, addicts, street bureaucrats, rap fans and nightlife culture. Because we’re all just as flawed.

80
Spin

Dirty Sprite 2 is a tremendous compendium of everything you want from a Future album in 2015.

80
HipHopDX
In a weird twist of irony, Future’s regression from star-to-be to savage has made him bigger and better than he’s ever been.
80
PopMatters
On this 18-track affair, the Future who first rapped his love for codeine on the “Lemonade”-esque piano notes of “Dirty Sprite” has reemerged with a new technical flair. No Man’s Land is wrong. This minimal paradise is all Future’s.
74
Sputnikmusic
Indeed, his modus operandi is the one thing that he makes fully clear in this foggy, glorious mess of an album.
70
Billboard

DS2 is a heavy dose of medication as entertainment, and it's not for those with a low tolerance.

70
Rolling Stone

It has little of the far-reaching ambition of Honest, but what it lacks in bold strokes, it more than makes up for in consistency.

60
The Needle Drop
Future's latest project is shallow, but presents an alluringly druggy, lean-drenched experience.
20
NOW Magazine

In lieu of artistry or any semblance of lyrical spark, DS2 offers monotonous production and relentless chanting that might appeal to someone too fucked up to skip to the next track.

May 29, 2017*
BruhMan
83
FAVORITE TRACKS: The Percocet & Stripper Joint, Stick Talk, Fuck Up Some Commas, Kno the Meaning, Blood On the Money, Trap Niggas.

LEAST FAVORITE: Rich $ex, Freak Hoe
Jul 27, 2015
Aoaystheory
84
When I hit play for the first time on “Dirty Sprite 2” I hated Trap Music and I hated Future so to come out of listening to “DS 2” a fan of Future, I can say without a doubt in my mind that Future has finally found his sound.
Jul 16, 2015
Z.Younk
73
Future's best album, hands down. He's provided a more hit-oriented collection than the immaculate 56 Nights and Monster; but, as far as Future's for-sale work goes, surprisingly its all the highest-quality work he's given us.

Thought it was A Drought, Blood on the Money, Slave Master, & Stick Talk are key tracks
Sep 24, 2018
luna128
73
Greatest opening line to an album of all time.
Aug 15, 2018
TheRootBoy
69
DS2 was during a time of when Future was doing something different. This was someone who was mumble rapping while not being associated with artists being hated on like Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty. DS2 is not only dark and spacey, he elevates the trap and hip hop genres to something that can fit into anyone iTunes pallet. It's one note for the most part and the sound doesn't land too far for more, but it's a fun listen the first few times.
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Track List

  1. Thought It Was a Drought
  2. I Serve the Base
  3. Where Ya At (feat. Drake)
  4. Groupies
  5. Lil One
  6. Stick Talk
  7. Freak Hoe
  8. Rotation
  9. Slave Master
  10. Blow a Bag
  11. Colossal
  12. Rich $ex
  13. Blood On the Money
  14. Trap Niggas
  15. The Percocet & Stripper Joint
  16. Real Sisters
  17. Kno the Meaning
  18. Fuck Up Some Commas


Added on: July 11, 2015