56 Nights is the fifth mixtape by American DJ and record producer, William Moore (professionally known as DJ Esco). It was released on March 21, 2015, through rapper Future's Freebandz Entertainment label. The mixtape additionally received contribution from Future lyrically, featuring no other artists and being designated as "hosted by" Future. It was exclusively produced by 808 Mafia, whose founding member, Southside, handled the majority of the production and was credited as an executive producer.
|Released||March 21, 2015|
|Singles from 56 Nights|
The mixtapes name, cover artwork, and release are all inspired by DJ Esco's 2014 arrest and eventual prison sentence for possession of marijuana in the Dubai airport. After being stopped and searched while leaving the airport, police officers found 15 grams of marijuana in one of his pieces of luggage. Though he at first assumed the ordeal would be over quickly, Esco ended up spending 56 days in an Abu Dhabi prison before being released and returning to the United States on January 13th of 2015. The sentence was both grueling and inspiring. In an interview with FADER magazine after his release, Esco describes how in the prison he met former Taliban members, overcame a severe language barrier by learning Arabic, and even became so well liked by his fellow inmates that on the day of his release, the two largest gangs within the prison walked him out together with raucous cheers.
The timing of DJ Esco's arrest was significant to the career of rapper Future because of a hard drive that was in Esco's possession at the time. The hard drive contained over 400 songs that he and Future had worked on and when he was arrested and the drive was confiscated, all possible releases for the artists had to be delayed. Future references this on his song Kno the Meaning from his third studio album, DS2, when he says in the intro, "People didn't even understand that my hard drives that I recorded all my music on, for two years straight, was on this one hard drive that Esco had". Esco describes how while in prison, one of the songs on the hard drive (which would later become the hit song, March Madness), became the only piece of music he could remember. Upon his release, he purchased a pair of headphones and played the song over and over on his flight back to America. After reconnecting with Future, the pair immediately decided to release 56 Nights together, pulling only songs from the now recovered hard drive, naming the mixtape after the length of Esco's time in prison and using Arabic text to create the cover artwork in reference to his new understanding of the language. March Madness was released as its primary single.
Critical reception and impactEdit
56 Nights was completed right before Future performed at SXSW in 2015 in Austin, Texas. It was well received by critics and was given a score of 7.3 by Pitchfork. It is seen as the final piece of a trilogy of album-quality mixtapes from Future that includes Monster and Beastmode. On April 9th, 2020, Future released 56 Nights on all music streaming services, making the mixtape widely available for the first time ever.
- All tracks are featuring Future.
|1.||"Free At Last"||Southside||1:21|
|2.||"Never Gon Lose"||3:07|
|3.||"Purple Coming In|
(featuring a skit at minute 3:12)"
|4.||"Diamonds from Africa"||Southside||2:46|
(featuring a skit at minute 4:04)"
|9.||"Da Fam on da Gram" (skit)||DJ Esco||1:22|
|1.||"Never Gon Lose"||3:07|
|2.||"Purple Come In"||3:15|
|3.||"Diamonds in Africa"||2:46|
- "The Terrifying True Story Of How Future's DJ Got Stuck In A Dubai Jail For 56 Nights". The FADER. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
- "How 56 Nights In A Dubai Jail Changed DJ Esco's Life Forever". The FADER. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
- Future – Kno the Meaning, retrieved 2020-10-16
- "Future: 56 Nights". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
- "Future: Dirty Sprite 2". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
- "Three-Peat: Future Releases His 2015 Mixtape '56 Nights' on All Streaming Services". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-11-06.