The Wizrd

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The Wizrd
Future - The Wizrd.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
Studio
  • 5 Star and 11th Street, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chalice, Los Angeles, California
Length61:48
Label
Producer
Future chronology
Wrld on Drugs
(2018)
The Wizrd
(2019)
Singles from The Wizrd
  1. "Crushed Up"
    Released: January 4, 2019
  2. "Jumpin on a Jet"
    Released: January 9, 2019
  3. "First Off"
    Released: February 12, 2019

Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd (also referred to simply as The Wizrd and stylized as The WIZRD) is the seventh studio album by American rapper Future, released on January 18, 2019, through Epic Records and Freebandz. It was announced on January 4 with the release of the lead single "Crushed Up", and the album was additionally promoted by a film titled The Wizrd, released on January 11 on Apple Music.[1][2] The second single, "Jumpin on a Jet", was released on January 9.[3] The album features 20 songs[3] and includes guest appearances from Young Thug, Gunna, and Travis Scott.[4]

The Wizrd received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. It is Future's sixth US number-one album.

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was accompanied by a film of the same name, released on Apple Music on January 11. Its announcement was accompanied by the release of the trailer.[5] Produced by Mass Appeal, the hour-long film follows Future on 2016's Purple Reign tour and offers a look into his personal life and creative process.[6] Various celebs including Drake, Young Thug and DJ Khaled make appearances in the film.[6] Screenings of the film will also be held in several US cities.[1]

In the days leading up to the album's release, Future posted snippets of selected tracks, through videos on social media.[7] Each visual featured some of the most well-known wizards in pop culture, including Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter and the Wizard of Oz from the Wizard of Oz.[7] In an interview with Genius, Future revealed that the album and its title is dedicated to a late uncle of his who gave him the nickname, "wizard".[8]

Singles[edit]

The first single, "Crushed Up", was released on January 4, 2019, with its music video, directed by Spike Jordan and Sebastian Sdaigui, also being released the same day. "Jumpin on a Jet", produced by Southside, was released on January 9 along with a music video featuring a heist on an airplane.[9] "First Off" featuring Travis Scott, was sent to rhythmic and urban contemporary radio on February 12, 2019, as the album's third single.[10][11]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.1/10[12]
Metacritic69/100[13]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[14]
Clash6/10[15]
Consequence of SoundB[16]
HipHopDX3.6/5[17]
HotNewHipHop83%[18]
NME2/5 stars[19]
Pitchfork7.0/10[20]
PopMatters7/10[21]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[22]
XXL4/5[23]

The Wizrd received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 69, based on nine reviews.[13] XXL gave the album a positive review stating, "The lean guest list of trap all-stars Young Thug, Gunna and Travis Scott delivers solid if unspectacular support down the home stretch. Diehard Future fans, of which there are legion, will be satisfied. But at 20 tracks, The Wizrd runs overlong. Jewels like "F&N" (with its nifty beat switch), "Promise U That" and "Faceshot" run the risk of getting lost in all the streaming."[23] Tommy Monroe of Consequence of Sound said, "A 20-track album is a lot. But with The WIZRD, one can barely feel it because of the smooth flow from track to track. Even the few misses don't disrupt the rhythm of the project."[16] Rolling Stone's Charles Holmes wrote, "The Wizrd is the last album in Future's current major-label deal, and it's effective at reinforcing the qualities that turned him into a star, as well as outlining his rags-to-riches story one more time for those who weren't paying attention."[22] Pitchfork critic Jayson Greene said, "The production is muted, minor-key, and consistently beautiful, conjuring the familiar Future Moods: rain-streaked neon signs, drug-induced stupors inside of clubs at 3 a.m. If you are content to live inside this lonely little world Future has made, he is still keeping it nice for you. What you won't find on The WIZRD is the sound of Future stretching or surprising himself."[20] Christopher Thiessen of PopMatters said, "Though The Wizrd does run too long (as tends to be the norm nowadays), the bangers here are bangers and make this album exciting on every repeated listen. That being said, it is about time for Future to reveal the "man behind the curtain" and to move on from the excess materialism and misogyny."[21]

In a mixed review, Clash's Malvika Padin stated: "The world of hip-hop and rap is changing and, while Future's pattern works well, it becomes slightly repetitive with every listen."[15] In a negative review, Dhruva Balram of NME wrote that "although The Wizrd makes concessions to rap's move towards greater introspection, these 20 tracks largely draw on the same, tired formula he's been rolling out since 2012's Pluto", concluding Future's "candidness hasn't really found its way onto The Wizrd. There's something to be said for creating music exclusively for the club or to be bumped in car stereos in the summer, but with a bland, out-dated musical architecture, The Wizrd doesn't even offer that. In an era where rap and hip-hop's sound is changing, rapidly, with introspective and socially conscious flows the norm even in the mainstream, Future seems to be mired in the past."[19]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Wizrd debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 125,000 album-equivalent units (including 15,000 pure album sales).[24] It is Future's sixth US number-one album.[24]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes and Tidal.[25][26]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Never Stop"
  • Wilburn
  • Jacob Canady
  • ATL Jacob
  • Billboard Hitmakers[a]
4:51
2."Jumpin on a Jet"
Southside2:17
3."Rocket Ship"
  • Wilburn
  • Canady
ATL Jacob1:56
4."Temptation"
Tay Keith2:47
5."Crushed Up"2:30
6."F&N"
  • Wilburn
  • Glass
  • Luellen
  • Canady
  • Wheezy
  • Southside
  • ATL Jacob
3:09
7."Call the Coroner"2:11
8."Talk Shit Like a Preacher"
  • Wilburn
  • Canaday
ATL Jacob2:12
9."Promise U That"
  • Wilburn
  • Chambers
  • Watkins
  • Tay Keith
  • Westen Weiss[a]
  • Kyle van Riper[a]
3:25
10."Stick to the Models"
  • Wilburn
  • Raúl Bermejo
  • Canaday
  • Jambo
  • ATL Jacob
3:16
11."Overdose"
  • Wilburn
  • Luellen
Southside1:55
12."Krazy But True"
  • Wilburn
  • Glass
3:05
13."Servin Killa Kam"
  • Southside
  • DY
3:06
14."Baptiize"
  • Wilburn
  • Luellen
  • Eduardo Earle
3:38
15."Unicorn Purp" (featuring Young Thug and Gunna)ATL Jacob4:06
16."Goin Dummi"
  • Wilburn
  • Glass
Wheezy2:11
17."First Off" (featuring Travis Scott)
ATL Jacob3:48
18."Faceshot"
  • Wilburn
  • Tony Son
Richie Souf2:55
19."Ain't Coming Back"
  • Wilburn
  • Son
  • Watkins
Richie Souf3:39
20."Tricks on Me"Nineteen854:22
Total length:61:48

Notes

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes and Tidal.[25][26]

Technical

  • Bryan Anzel – recording (tracks 1, 2, 4–10, 17, 19), additional engineering (tracks 11, 12, 14–16, 18)
  • Eric Manco – recording (tracks 1–3, 5, 6, 12, 15–17, 20)
  • Seth Firkins – recording (tracks 11, 13, 18)
  • Flo – recording (track 15)
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing (track 5)
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing (tracks 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 17)
  • Fabian Marascuillo – mixing (tracks 3, 4, 6, 12, 15, 16, 18–20)
  • Mike Dean – mixing (tracks 7, 8, 11, 13, 14)
  • Ivy Green – mixing assistant (tracks 3, 4, 6, 12, 15, 16, 18–20)
  • Jacob Richards – mixing assistant (track 5)
  • Rashawn McLean – mixing assistant (track 5)
  • Mike Seaberg – mixing assistant (track 5)
  • Sean Solymar – mixing assistant (tracks 7, 8, 11, 13, 14)
  • Colin Leonard – mastering (all tracks)
  • Mike Synphony – additional engineering (tracks 3–13, 15, 18), recording (track 14)

Miscellaneous

  • Spike Jordan – creative director
  • Nick Walker – photographer
  • Dewey Saunders – design

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[29] 33
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[30] 27
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[31] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[32] 60
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[33] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[34] 14
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[35] 7
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[36] 46
French Albums (SNEP)[37] 26
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[38] 38
Irish Albums (IRMA)[39] 39
Italian Albums (FIMI)[40] 91
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[41] 26
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[42] 18
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[43] 29
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[44] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[45] 16
US Billboard 200[24] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[46] 1

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