Culmination of an era. The pinnacle of the “trap music sound” (for lack of a better term and for ease of identification). I am not scared to say it. Maybe because I am not an artist or an executive or a journalist. I just listen to music. I am just from a “kid from Atlanta” (I wish I knew who to credit with this). I am just a guy who grew up in the No Limit, Pastor Troy, Oomp Camp, Three 6 Mafia, UGK, Cash Money era. Yup, I did just leave Dre & Big Boi off that list. Not because I don’t think they are infinitely greater than the aforementioned squads/crews/groups/movements (they are), but they were so unique and amazing that they really couldn’t influence my music taste going forward. Nobody was going to make records that sounded like Outkast records. And, honestly, I knew that while I was listening to those records. In my opinion, being familiar with the aforementioned artists gives you a better perspective on the current Atlanta sound. The sound that has morphed into the current hip hop sound. Which is why I feel comfortable and confident saying the following: Dirty Sprite 2 is the culmination of an era. Dirty Sprite 2 is the pinnacle of the “trap music” sound (this requires quotation because I am not referring to music that covers the subject of “trapping” such as Trap Muzik or 101 but instead I am referring to what has become to be known as the “trap music sound”). Dirty Sprite 2 is a classic. A FUCKING CLASSIC.
The official name of Future’s third album release is DS2 but I am going to refer to it as Dirty Sprite 2 to place it in its proper classical and historical context. Future was on an epic mixtape run in the months leading up to Dirty Sprite 2. You know the story. DJ Esco told Future to step it up. Whoa. Monster! Esco gets locked up with the hard drive. Damn. Beastmode! Esco comes home. Yup. 56 Nights! Are you serious? Not only did Future drop three great mixtapes in a five month span but he came with a new sound, a new energy. This wasn’t the guy that made “I Won”. This was the guy that made “Watch This” and “We Winning.” This was the guy that bought all the Sprite from Abu’s store. “This that Dirty Sprite.” We were good! Future was back. He could have rode that wave and been cool. Release singles off the mixtape. Maybe drop an album. He was hot and there was no pressure. But he still had Esco’s challenge ringing in his ear. He wanted the pressure. Oh shit! He’s calling the album Dirty Sprite 2. Oh shit! One social media post later, that pressure that Mr. Hendrix sought, was present in full force. The hype, which normally comes via singles, extended press runs and release dates well into the future, was created out of thin air. But the sequel is never better than the original, right? And he had already released all of the good records during the mixtape run, right? And everybody’s still listening to Meek’s album, right? Wrong! From the moment that Future informed that poor guy why there why there were a random pair of Gucci flip flops in his living room, it was clear that Dirty Sprite 2 was not just another record. Dirty Sprite 2 embodied the soul of the original with much more polish. Dirty Sprite 2 maintained the energy of Monster, Beastmode and 56 Nights but was much more complete. The range was unbelievable. From serving base to trying acid for the first time. Against all odds, Future exceeded all expectations. That’s D-Wade in the 2006 Finals. That’s what we wanted. That’s classic shit.