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Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

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  • Summary: The surprise mixtape release from the Atlanta rapper was executive produced by Metro Boomin' and DJ Esco.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 25, 2016
    90
    It’s good because, beneath his relentless hedonistic pursuits and idealistic belief in the nobility of the unruly drum loops, Future preserves a romantic’s perspective on his panoply of inconsequential street life and crystalline musings from within the studio.
  2. Jan 22, 2016
    72
    The project doesn’t feel uninspired, exactly, just rushed. The best songs on Purple Reign still capture that shivering, waking-nightmare energy.
  3. Jan 22, 2016
    70
    While not DS2 nor What A Time To Be Alive, Purple Reign is an important Future release because it shows an artist continuing the work of discovering his best talents while also staying well within his own, now well-defined zone.
  4. Jan 25, 2016
    70
    While Purple Reign is not a masterpiece, it is a thoughtful, if slight adjustment on the lens of where Future stands, at a crucial moment in his career.
  5. Jan 22, 2016
    67
    Purple Reign stands as a fine mixtape by itself--neither his best nor worst recent work, it nonetheless works perfectly as a preview of what’s to come.
  6. Jan 22, 2016
    60
    When Kanye West went through a similar transformation from 808s to the absolute perfection of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, he laid a roadmap for what artists could do once they’ve hit that “acceptance” stage. Purple Reign hasn’t followed this template well, and the music comes across as flat because of it.
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. May 22, 2021
    5
    Ouch. That's hard giving Future a 5. But it is justified and well deserved. There are many notable highs and lows throughout this record.Ouch. That's hard giving Future a 5. But it is justified and well deserved. There are many notable highs and lows throughout this record. 'Purple Reign' starts on traditional Future tracks 'All Right' and 'Never Forget'. He clearly didn't make a huge effort on those. 'Inside the Mattress' is the first highlight but it is clearly not enough to catch on the wasted time and work. The EP goes on that way for the next six songs. Highs and lows, few moments of lucidity and interesting moves and lines but are far too often drowned in flat and generic production despite the amount of producers who worked on it.

    Fortunately, the EP benefits from an amazing second wind that allows it to recapture our waning attention. 'Perkys Calling' is the second major highlight on 'Purple Reign' as it demonstrates how good Future can be in what we could call 'emo' songs. A humble piano line, a bit of well-dosed trap and some deep lyrics (for once) and here we go. He clearly explored this ability while producing the marvelous 'DS2'. But wait up! The EP doesn't end here, it goes on with 'Purple Reign', which goes in the perfect direction right after the last track. Great production, great singing from Future even if a bit repetitive. And finally 'News or Something' which is a testament to how incredibly powerful and consistent this EP could have been.

    It really is a shame that so many songs were just below average in term of quality as Future honestly can do much better. In conclusion: really underwhelming most of the time but 'Purple Reign' has its few pearls and diamonds.
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  2. Jan 26, 2016
    3
    Favourite Songs:
    Least Favourite Songs: Track 1 to 13
    Future goes for quantity over quality and as a result everything he releases is bland,
    Favourite Songs:
    Least Favourite Songs: Track 1 to 13
    Future goes for quantity over quality and as a result everything he releases is bland, unfiltered, basic, one dimensional and extremely overrated. This mixtape is no exception and unfortunately I can't even really say it has any bangers on like WATTBA or DS2 did. Prince would definitely not be proud of this.
    Better Than Previous Project?: No
    Try This If You Like: **** trap mixtapes
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  3. Jan 15, 2017
    0
    ARE WE JOKING???? what the actual **** is this?? please go and listen "Wicked" and "run up" or every other song from this crappy mixtape andARE WE JOKING???? what the actual **** is this?? please go and listen "Wicked" and "run up" or every other song from this crappy mixtape and realize that this is just unbelievable, this mixtape was produced by 14 (AND I SAID 14!) different producers, and the beats are the most basic trap beats possible!! lyrically, still his fake gangsta attitude, and rapping is even worse, please, stop with this dumb **** and go to work in a factory Expand