“I know when the wave is going to happen,” he said. “You just got to be prepared for it to happen.”
He wasn’t kidding — over the weekend, the Atlanta MC surprise-released his first big project of the year, a mixtape entitled Purple Reign. The 13-track collection, executive produced by his go-to collaborators Metro Boomin and DJ Esco, was released as a free download on Sunday morning (Jan. 17) The mixtape's arrival comes just a month after Future announced his Purple Reign tour with Ty Dolla $ign, which kicks off Feb. 17.
Purple Reign continues the ubiquitous rapper’s stellar run of mixtapes and, surprisingly, doesn’t include any guest features. Instead, Future shines alone on standout tracks like the introspective “Never Forget,” the bouncy “Run Up,” the hazy “Perky’s Calling” and the Auto-Tune-heavy “Drippin (How U Luv That).”
Naturally, his loyal fanbase (a.k.a. Future Hive) had a lot to say about the tape. Here are the best and most common reactions:
Many fans said it seemed like Future was returning to his roots.
Basically, everyone's predicting him to conquer 2016.
Many fans — even Future himself — pointed out how perfect it is to have a mixtape title with a corresponding emoji.
And, of course, there were the Prince jokes, referencing the singer’s 1984 album Purple Rain.