After a successful 2015, Future is kicking off 2016 with his surprise mixtape, Purple Reign.
Future dropped the surprise tape on Sunday, Jan. 17. The 13-track collection follows the rapper’s 2015 Zaytoven-produced mixtapes, Beast Mode and 56 Nights. According to The Boom Box, the tape is executive produced by his musical right-hand men, DJ Esco and Metro Boomin, and boasts production from Nard & B, Southside, Jon Boii, DJ Spinz, and Zaytoven.
Future has also announced that there will be a Purple Reign tour beginning this February in Madison, Wisconsin. The tour will feature support from Ty Dolla $ign, reports Pitchfork.
Last year, Future released four projects, including the Beast Mode, 56 Nights mixtapes, and his Dirty Sprite 2 album – which hit number one on the Billboard charts – as well as a collaboration project with Drake, entitled What a Time to Be Alive.
In a recent interview with French website Clique, Future says his life isn’t quite what fans might expect.
“My music may portray a certain kind of image and I know it’s some people that might be super drugged out and they listen to the music like, ‘Ay thank you, you speaking for me’ and then some people that’s not that feel like, ‘Man I don’t have to do drugs, I can listen to Future and feel like I’m on something’ and don’t have to try it. I don’t do it for you to really have to live that type of life.”
In addition to debunking myths about his drug use, Future also said he is ready to keep the takeover going.
“I know when the wave is going to happen, you just got to be prepared for it to happen,” Future told Clique.
According to Vibe, the Purple Reign mixtape was scheduled to release on Saturday, but was delayed because Future was allegedly waiting for a guest verse. Despite the purported delay, diehard fans were still floored when the tape dropped, claiming that Future went back to the beginning.
Future went back to his Roots on Purple Reign.. So if you're not messin with the tape then you just hopped on the wagon when Monster dropped
— UncleErnest (@MrDivineBonsu) January 17, 2016
Future took it back, if you don't like Purple Reign you just started listening to Future in 2014..
— murda (@taylormiller__) January 17, 2016
Regarding going back to his roots, fans had the following to say.
"Purple Reign" kinda sound like old future , but you new fans wouldn't know that ????
— IG : trill.blavk (@_neffe) January 17, 2016
New future fans don't know how to feel about purple reign cause it's got that old future flow.
— ✨ (@yourgoddesssss) January 17, 2016
While some Future fans are living in Purple Reign bliss, others are spending their time tormenting Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson and his girlfriend, Ciara.
Future fans are claiming Wilson is under-performing in the Panthers vs. Seahawks game due to Future’s (also known as Ciara’s ex-boyfriend) new mixtape. Internet trolls are flooding the couple’s Instagram and Twitter pages with an emoji of a purple umbrella and a rain drop.
— 120 Sports (@120Sports) January 17, 2016
— porkchop (@bosshog2477) January 17, 2016
In addition to bombarding the couple’s pages with purple umbrella emojis, Twitter users are Photoshopping Future’s face onto Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s body.
— EBOOGIE✊ (@SuaveDaddy_) January 17, 2016
— ANOTHER ONE. (@CoryTownes) January 17, 2016
The Panthers joined in on the trolling this Sunday both during and before the Seahawks’ NFC divisional playoff game. It began Sunday morning almost immediately after Future dropped his latest mixtape Purple Reign, reports Fox Sports. During the pregame warmups, the Panthers’ in-house DJ blasted Future songs as the Seahawks got loose on the field.
— Petty Ginn Jr (@iCantGetWright) January 17, 2016
Then, as if playing Future’s tunes wasn’t enough to throw the Seahawks off their game, defensive end Tre Boston trolled Wilson even further by busting out a dance from the rapper’s music video for his song “Where Ya At” after a second-quarter sack of the Seahawks quarterback.
— Luke Rodgers (@thelukerodgers) January 17, 2016
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