In the Midst of a Pandemic, Future's 'High Off Life' Is About How Great Everything Is

BY Addison Herron-WheelerPublished May 18, 2020

Always the rebel, Future has released an album, High Off Life, about how great life is right in the middle of a pandemic. Some may say that's bad taste, or just plain confusing, but it's basically in line with Future's message from the beginning.

There's always been a common theme in Future's music: how great life is and how lucky he is. He has managed to make a multi-platinum career out of extremely humble beginnings, so it's no surprise that, despite the state of the world, he can't stop feeling great about life on his eighth studio album.

Originally, he was planning to call the album Life Is Good, but he made a last-minute change and decided to call it High Off Life instead. "This album right here defines me at a creative level," he said in an interview with XXL. "Going to the next level where you just going to the next level and always going outside the box, but still remaining true to my core fans and my core audience."

And all in all, the record is pretty solid. Each track flows effortlessly into the next, and while there aren't any clear standouts that are better than the rest, that's a testament to how well the album works together. Some favourites are "Life Is Good" and "Up the River." They seem a little more urgent and heavy then the rest, though there aren't really any duds on the record.

Pretty much the only complaint is that, similar to all of his releases since the infamous EVOL, it delivers and lives up to the hype, but it doesn't build and surpass his previous work. It remains to be seen whether he will ever create an album that is better than everything he's done so far, but this is still an extremely solid release.


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