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by Future

Released February 24, 2017 via A1 Recordings / Freebandz / Epic Records

Reviewed February 10, 2022

Top tracks (based on community voting)
Solo (44%), Sorry (39%), Comin Out Strong (39%)

Released just a week after his self-titled, Future dropped another career highlight; one that serves as a direct opposite to the sound we heard there. HNDRXX is anything but traditional for Future, or even for trap at the time. His most adventurous album, Future explores an airy and atmospheric sound that fits contemporary R&B more than the hardcore trap we are used to. And despite its supposed R&B sound, we see Future churn out some of his best lyrical performances on songs such as “My Collection” and “Sorry” (which, mind you, runs 7 minutes and is still not long enough). It is a shame that HNDRXX got overlooked because of the promotion surrounding FUTURE (largely in part due to the popularity of “Mask Off”), because it is one of the best albums in a legendary career. – Alan (9.2/10)

Just over a week after Future dropped his self-titled project, he dropped another album: HNDRXX. This project brings a different energy, as Future employs a more somber and heartfelt tone, not only in his lyrics but production as well. The beat selection is still groovy, but with a stronger R&B tone. This tape paints Future in a more vocal focused light. I really enjoyed the songs “Incredible,” and “Fresh Air.” It was refreshing to hear Future outside of his realm of money, dope, and Metro Boomin’s famed 808s. Of course, that formula breeds success, but it’s still nice to hear a change and especially when it is properly executed. Filled with emotion, HNDRXX brings out the softer side of Future and it was done well. In my new era of Future appreciation, I found myself actually hearing each concept that was strung together. Now, this might mean I am about to enter my most toxic phase yet, and for the hearts I break I apologize. I will not apologize; however, for my love of the song “PIE,” as it was a banger to end the project. – Daniel (7/10)

With two sides to every story, Future attempts to tell his in a double album experience, with each half released one week apart. Double albums—or even albums released in consecutive weeks—aren’t his invention, but Future may have dramatically influenced today’s hip-hop norm of back-to-back release strategies. Hndrxx is a fair contrast against Future, serving darker tones with moodier affectations. It remains to be one Future’s least energetic efforts to date, often allowing the momentum to stagger into redundancy. Spare for a few nicely crooned cuts, Hndrxx is mostly underwhelming. – DeVán (5/10)

Alan: 9.2/10 | Pax: 7.1/10 | Cam: 6.5/10 | Henny: 6/10 | Ben (Synth): 5/10 | DeVán: 5/10

Dominick: 5/10 | Hadley: 5/10 | Pablo: 5/10 | Jared: 4/10


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