Sometimes it's easy to overlook the fact that Future has a pretty respected and lengthy catalog of trap anthems and Billboard charting songs. Running through a career-spanning selection of bangers during his set at this weekend's Meadows Arts and Music Festival, the platinum-selling rapper proved just how deep his track record really is.
"We gotta do something NYC wants," said Future, who took to the packed out area where The Meadows stage was located to perform a medley of his hits such as "Mask Off," the Drake-featured "Where Ya At?" and "Low Life," on top of trap classics like "Stick Talk," "Thought It Was a Drought" and “Draco.”
In true rockstar fashion, Future was accompanied for his set with a band that included DJ Esco filling in as hype-man, Zaytoven on the keys and two guitar players. Songs like "Commas" and Ty Dolla $ign's "Blasé" were amplified after receiving rocked-out live renditions. Both tunes felt as if each could just as easily find a home on the rock charts as they already have on the hip-hop charts.
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After Future asked if Queens was in the house, the Yo Gotti and Mike Will Made It "Rack It Up" started playing through the speakers. Eventually Gotti and Nicki Minaj, who also appears on the song, popped up on the stage to perform their top 10 Billboard collab in front of the ecstatic crowd.
It was evident that the audience Future described as the "livest New York City crowd" he's seen so far was full of long-time supporters.
"I wanna see how many day ones are in this motherf---er," he said, as he led into his cult classic "Karate Chop," a song many in attendance knew the words to. The Meadows crowd could also be heard singing along to the likes of "Same Damn Time," "Move That Dope," the Lil Wayne and Drake collaboration "Love Me" and Ace Hood’s "Bugatti."
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Future's "blood brother" Young Thug also hit the stage to perform "Pick Up the Phone" sans Travis Scott and Quavo, who performed a day earlier on the same stage, and his Rich Gang smash, "Lifestyle." At this point, the roaring crowd was turnt all the way up.
Hendrix, who could be crowned modern rap's king of cameos if there ever were such an award, broke out several of the records he’s lent an assist to, including "X" from 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s Savage Mode, A$AP Ferg’s “New Level" and DJ Esco’s "Too Much Sauce," which the rap star broke out a few dance moves to.
Following an energetic run-through of the fan-favorites, Future walked off to the DS2 track, "Commas," as the crowd chanted.