The Future Is Now

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The Future Is Now
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Studio album by Non Phixion
Released March 26, 2002
Recorded 2000 – 2001
Genre East Coast hip hop
Underground hip hop
Hardcore hip hop
Length 56:13
Label Uncle Howie Records
Producer Necro
Large Professor
Pete Rock
DJ Premier
Dave One
JuJu
T-Ray
Non Phixion chronology
The Past, the Present and the Future Is Now
(2000)
The Future Is Now
(2002)
The Green CD/DVD
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Future Is Now is the debut album by the New York City hip hop group Non Phixion, released in March 2002 on Uncle Howie Records. The album garnered acclaim among critics and fans, and is considered to be an underground classic. A double disc Platinum Edition of the album was released in 2004, with the second disc featuring instrumental versions of the fourteen full-length tracks found on disc one.[3] The Future Is Now features an all-star production lineup, including legends such as DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor and JuJu of The Beatnuts, as well as group affiliate Necro, Dave 1 of Chromeo and T-Ray. The album features guest appearances from Necro, MF DOOM, The Beatnuts, Al Tariq, Marley Metal, Stephen Carpenter of Deftones, and Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera of Fear Factory. The album's cover art was created by Mear One.

The album was a minor underground hit, breaking into the top fifteen on Billboard's Independent Albums and Heatseekers charts, and peaking at #65 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[4] The album includes the singles "Black Helicopters", "Drug Music" b/w "If You Got Love" and "Rock Stars" b/w "The C.I.A. is Trying to Kill Me".[5] "Black Helicopters" was the only charting single from the album, peaking at #46 on the Hot Rap Singles chart.[6]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer (s)
1 "Futurama" Necro
  • First verse: Ill Bill
  • Second verse: Goretex
  • Third verse: Ill Bill
  • Chorus: Ill Bill
2 "Drug Music" Large Professor
  • Intro: Uncle Howie
  • First verse: Ill Bill
  • Second verse: Sabac Red
  • Third verse: Goretex
  • Chorus: Goretex
  • Turntables: DJ Eclipse
3 "The C.I.A. is Trying to Kill Me" Necro
  • First verse: Ill Bill
  • Second verse: Sabac Red
  • Third verse: Goretex
  • Chorus: Ill Bill
4 "If You Got Love" Pete Rock
  • First verse: Goretex, Ill Bill
  • Second verse: Goretex
  • Third verse: Ill Bill
  • Chorus: Ill Bill, Pete Rock
  • Turntables: Pete Rock
5 "There Is No Future" Necro
  • First verse: Ill Bill
  • Second verse: Necro
  • Third verse: Goretex
  • Fourth verse: Sabac Red
  • Chorus: Ill Bill
6 "Uncle Howie"
  • Skit performed by: Uncle Howie
7 "Rock Stars" DJ Premier
  • First verse: Goretex, Ill Bill
  • Second verse: Sabac Red, Ill Bill
  • Third verse: Goretex, Sabac Red
  • Turntables: DJ Premier
8 "Say Goodbye to Yesterday" Necro
  • First verse: Sabac Red
  • Second verse: Goretex
  • Chorus: Cenophia Mitchell
9 "Black Helicopters" Necro
  • First verse: Ill Bill
  • Second verse: Goretex
  • Third verse: Sabac Red
  • Chorus: Ill Bill
10 "Strange Universe" Necro
  • First verse: Ill Bill
  • Second verse: MF DOOM
  • Third verse: Goretex
11 "Cult Leader" Dave One
  • Performed by: Ill Bill
  • Turntables: A-Trak
12 "It's Us" Large Professor
  • First verse: Ill Bill
  • Second verse: Goretex
  • Third verse: Sabac Red
  • Chorus: Ill Bill
13 "Suicide Bomb" JuJu
  • First verse: Ill Bill
  • Second verse: JuJu
  • Third verse: Marley Metal
  • Fourth verse: Psycho Les
  • Fifth verse: Moonshine
  • Sixth verse: Goretex
  • Seventh verse: Sabac Red
  • Eighth verse: Al' Tariq
14 "Where You Wanna Go"
  • Skit performed by: Uncle Howie
15 "We Are the Future" Large Professor
  • First verse: Ill Bill
  • Second verse: Goretex
  • Third verse: Sabac Red
  • Turntables: DJ Eclipse
16 "The C.I.A. is Still Trying to Kill Me" T-Ray
Necro
  • First verse: Ill Bill
  • Second verse: Sabac Red
  • Third verse: Goretex
  • Chorus: Ill Bill
  • Live instrumentation: Stephen Carpenter,
    Christian Olde Wolbers,
    Raymond Herrera

Samples[edit]

Futurama

The C.I.A Is Trying to Kill Me

Drug Music

If You Got Love

Rock Stars

Say Goodbye to Yesterday

  • "Silk Road Fantasy" by Kitaro

Black Helicopters

Strange Universe

Cult Leader

It's Us

  • "Air Pour Les Esclaves Africains" by Bob James

Suicide Bomb

We Are the Future

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 65
Independent Albums 14
Top Heatseekers 14

Singles[edit]

Year Song Hot Rap Singles
2000 "Black Helicopters" 46

References[edit]