To the casual consumer of contemporary mainstream hip-hop, Future’s an artist most recognized by his infectious auto-tune drenched hooks, all of which sound like they were recorded while the Atlanta rapper was gargling Listerine. But anyone who’s familiar with Future’s catalog has found an artist (or poet) willing to touch on far more than the subject matter of “Racks” “Same Damn Time” and “Tony Montana” would lead you to believe. Love, heartbreak, loneliness and despair, all have their place in Future’s world, wherever that may be. And with that, grab yourself a box of tissues and check out Future’s 10 most emotional songs. All cried out. — XXL Staff
Future “Deeper Than The Ocean” Astronaut Status (2012)
Don’t let the fame or the spikes on his jacket fool you, Future’s inner turmoil runs deeper than, well, the ocean. On this Astronaut Status highlight, Future laments over friends getting set up, his haters, and how he should’ve gone to Harvard. What’s it all add up to? Suicidal thoughts and excessive drug use. Anyone familiar with the sequencing of Astronaut Status knows the transition of mood from “Deeper Than The Ocean” to “My Ho 2” is nothing short of amazing.
Future “Long Time Coming” True Story (2010)
Here, Future rings up an old flame. This isn’t a booty call and he’s not looking to revisit the past. Things are well on his end, and he hopes his ex can say the same. While he’ll always hold a certain place in his heart for her, he’s really just calling to check in. ”Nothing more, Nothing less,” he reiterates on the imaginary voicemail he leaves. In other words, Marvin can breath easy.
Future “Permanent Scar” Pluto (2012)
Future’s haunted by fallen friends and an uncle’s repeated suicide attempts. More than any sort of monetary gain or tangible acquisition, Future seeks peace of mind, pleading to no one in particular “You can have the fame, just give me my soul.” Cue the choir.
Future “4 My People” Dirty Sprite (2010)
Future wraps up his Dirty Sprite mixtape with a tribute to those who’ve been there for him from the jump: a hustling uncle, a drug-addicted aunt and an elderly grandma all get their proper shoutouts.
Future “If You Knew What It Took” Streetz Calling (2011)
Future’s road to riches wasn’t paved in gold. Standing in the rain, Future remembers every late night in the studio that led to his eventual rise to fame. But it wasn’t without consequences. Vaguely, Future mentions losing his baby mother and “a good girl” in the process of trying to make it. If we only knew....
Future ft. Tasha Catour “Rider” Astronaut Status (2012)
Here’s the criterion for shacking up with Future: Would you ride for him? Would you die for him? If the answer to both these questions are yes, you might just find yourself in the running to be Future’s Astronaut chick. But listen carefully ladies, because these two seemingly simple questions get expounded on throughout “Rider” and before you know it, you’re taking care of not only Future, but his kids, too. Blast off.
Future “Astronaut Chick” Pluto (2012)
Future’s found his dream girl. Her gear’s proper, she’s bisexual, and NASA-certified to accompany him to Pluto and beyond, the latter of which is the only thing that really matters to him. She’s taken the term “ride or die chick” to a whole ‘nother galaxy. Liftoff!
Future “Truth Gonna Hurt You” Pluto (2012)
You want the truth? Future’s not quite sure you can handle the truth. The truth is, since becoming a star, things have changed and balancing a rockstar lifestyle and a healthy relationship just isn’t easy as it used to be. Bom chicka wah wah.
Future “No Matter What” Astronaut Status (2012)
Lovers and friends, what could be better? Well, the problem is Future’s new squeeze has already got a man, and what should have been a casual affair has turned into love. Luckily their special connection will persevere, as they plan on being there for each other, under any circumstances. Lifetime approved.
Future “You Deserve It” Pluto (2012)
In which Future closes out his debut album by looking in the mirror and being overcome by emotion from what he sees. All the paid dues have paid off and he’s not the only one who’s noticed. In fact, just the other day a younger cousin called him from school to validate his feelings that he’s in fact deserving of the success he’s found. Frankly, the whole situation is just beautiful and brings ‘water’ to his eyes.