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XanaX Damage – [Future]

Future has done it again, this time with his seven-song EP titled Save Me, which debuted Friday, June 7. This project gives a completely different undertone than most of Future’s works, and you can feel it off-rip with the first song of the project, “XanaX Damage.” The song brings out a mysterious, benzodiazepine-infused side of Future that I’ve come to love. “Baby when the sun is out, it’s like I’m not myself, Xanax doin’ damage, make it nice so I can handle you.” Future’s visual to this piece released earlier this morning, and personally I couldn’t be more pleased and fascinated with how the work turned out. He released a teaser video of the visual prior to the album release, so I knew coming in how the piece might look – and it did not disappoint. Simplistic and dreary clips distorted with old fashioned filters and slow motion give the exact energy the song itself provides. Images of blunt smoke, cigarette smoke, powder, and pills are cut into scenes of future screaming into old land-line phones, anime clips, and saddened women. The video was directed by controversial designer and artist Henri Alexander Levy, whose clothing lines and pieces seem to revolve …

Lucki: A Testament To Growth

// Photography courtesy of @reemlovette At the core of any great artist exists the innate ability to reinvent oneself. Adjacent to reinvention exists adaptability, and setting the basis for both exists the concept of identity. Whether it be musically or individually, this solid foundation is what leads us to support the artists we know and love. Chicago-bred talent, Lucki, has been developing his creative identity since the 2013 release of his debut mixtape, Alternative Trap, at age 16. Defined by a backbone of atmospheric production and otherworldly, slow-burning instrumentals, his legacy remains embedded in the air of Chicago’s prosperous rap scene, taking shape as a perpetual smoke that never seems to fully air out. The fact of the matter is that Lucki challenges the course of direction that a rapper is meant to move toward. His career has seen creative highs of reinvention and sonic innovation just as well as mental lows, management changes, personal challenges, drug problems, and every other obstacle that you can think of. Lucki is a fighter at heart, and while he’s still able to see the light of day even through all of the crossfire, it should come as no surprise that the Chicago representative …