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Future celebrates the release of ‘DS2’ by taking fans on a vivid journey to the trap


Future’s day got off to an interesting start on the morning of July 21. One day after he announced plans to perform free concerts in Atlanta, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, Future’s fans began speculating on where the free concerts would be held. With his hometown of Atlanta being the first city, there were several rumors on social media regarding the location of the concert.

Shortly after 10 a.m., a line stretched around the block at The Masquerade concert venue. However, the person who runs The Masquerade’s social media  account tweeted that the venue was not hosting a concert on the night of July 21. That misguided tweet was soon recanted after Future revealed through his social media accounts that he was inviting all of his fans to The Masquerade for a free concert with entry for the first 800 people.

Thousands were turned away due to the small capacity of the venue, but it proved to be a special night for those who made it through the front door.

With the release of his latest top selling album, DS2, Future decided to perform the new album in its entirety. Fan favorites included hits such as “F— Up Some Commas,” “Trap N——,” and “March Madness.” But he also received high crowd participation on songs such as “Real Sisters,” “Groupies,” and “Colossal.”

DS2 is void of radio-friendly songs and, at times, has a grungy sound that is reminiscent of new rappers who are forced to record in the basement or a makeshift closet. The fact that it lacks mainstream appeal is what makes the album so intriguing. Future has released three studio albums and 12 mixtapes, but he finds a way to capture the desperation and optimism of an unsigned artist on DS2.

The album is an unforgiving view of the trap and how it breeds dysfunction. You won’t find a more vivid observation of life in a drug zone. And that’s why a capacity crowd waited for over 12 hours in the scorching summer heat to witness Future live and hang on to his every word. The results of the trap’s desperation won’t be televised.

Check out photos below.

Photos: A.R. Shaw

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