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DS2 (abbreviation of Dirty Sprite 2) is the third studio album by American rapper Future. It was released on July 17, 2015, by A1 Recordings, Epic Records and Freebandz. It serves as the sequel to his breakout mixtape, Dirty Sprite (2011).[1] The album was supported by three singles: "Fuck Up Some Commas", "Where Ya At" and "Stick Talk".

DS2
DS2 by Future.jpg
Studio album by Future
ReleasedJuly 17, 2015 (2015-07-17)
Recorded2014–2015
Studio
  • Chalice, Hollywood, CA
  • Triangle Sounds Studio, Atlanta, GA
Genre
Length44:28
Label
Producer
Future chronology
56 Nights
(2015)
DS2
(2015)
What a Time to Be Alive
(2015)
Singles from DS2
  1. "Fuck Up Some Commas"
    Released: March 2, 2015
  2. "Where Ya At"
    Released: July 16, 2015
  3. "Stick Talk"
    Released: February 1, 2016

DS2 received generally positive reviews from critics, and was ranked as one of the best albums of 2015 by several publications. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, and it earned 151,000 units in its first week. By January 2016, the album sold 344,000 in the United States. In August 2018, the album was certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Contents

BackgroundEdit

On July 10, 2015, Future posted the cover artwork, while announcing that the title to his new album would be called DS2, and would be released on July 17, 2015.[2] The track list of the album was released on July 15, 2015.[3]

Album artworkEdit

The basis for the album's cover art is a stock photo sold through Shutterstock with the title "Color drop in water, photographed in motion. Ink swirling in water. Cloud of silky ink in water isolated on white background. Colorful ink in water, ink drop." The image was created by Sanja Tošić, an artist based in Slovenia. Although she did not know who Future was until The Fader contacted her to ask about the album art, Tošić said that she would buy a copy of his album.[4]

SinglesEdit

The album's lead single, "Fuck Up Some Commas", was released on March 2, 2015,[5] the music video for the song was released on March 27.[6] The song was later announced to be included on the album's deluxe edition.

The album's second single, "Where Ya At" featuring Drake, was released on July 16, 2015.[7] The song was produced by Metro Boomin.

"Stick Talk" was later sent to rhythmic contemporary radio as the album's third single on February 1, 2016.[8] The song was produced by Southside.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.3/10[9]
Metacritic80/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [11]
Billboard     [12]
Complex     [13]
Consequence of SoundB+[14]
Exclaim!8/10[15]
Pitchfork8.4/10[16]
PopMatters8/10[17]
Rolling Stone     [18]
Spin8/10[19]
ViceA−[20]

DS2 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 80, based on 22 reviews.[10] AllMusic wrote that with DS2 Future solidified himself as, "a strange and yet in command figure standing at the center of a slick, inventive swirl of music."[11] Kris Ex of Billboard stated, "Produced by a handful of trusted Atlanta trap producers, DS2 is gothic, narcotic and full of overcast skies."[12] Complex wrote of the album, "If you've followed Future's recent moves, DS2 is not unprecedented, but it greatly enhances the brooding ambiance of his recent work, a dive further into the abyss."[13] Brian Josephs of Consequence of Sound stated, "DS2 is his strongest campaign yet, and it's the first time a new Future album has met all expectations."[14] Calum Slingerland of Exclaim! wrote that "the majority of these beats hit to hurt, and though the emotional Future that listeners have come to know through past cuts "Throw Away" and "My Savages" has been dialed back, the honesty and vulnerability come through when it counts."[15] Sheldon Pearce of HipHopDX stated, "Dirty Sprite 2 doesn't survey any new territory for the croaking crooner, but it magnifies the depth of his distress and channels it into an even richer multilayered sonic experience."[21]

Chris Kelly of Fact said, "DS2 is a relentless, dud-free hour that adds in most of his recent highlights to complete the story of his last year."[22] Reviewing the album's deluxe edition for Vice, Robert Christgau deemed DS2 a "miserable minor masterpiece" that is "all the proof we needed that money can't buy happiness".[20] Brian Duricy of PopMatters said, "Self-mythologizing aside, the music on DS2 is worthy of the praise lauded on Future."[17] Meaghan Garvey of Pitchfork stated, "Future was always straightforward, never ashamed to confess his depression or infatuation, but the narratives never felt so focused, nuanced, or vulnerable than here."[16] Christopher R. Weingarten of Rolling Stone stated, "It has little of the far-reaching ambition of Honest, but what it lacks in bold stroke, it more than makes up for in consistency."[18] Drew Millard of Spin stated, "Dirty Sprite 2 is a tremendous compendium of everything you want from a Future album in 2015."[19] Vish Khanna of Now said, "In lieu of artistry or any semblance of lyrical spark, DST offers monotonous production and relentless chanting."[23]

Year-end rankingsEdit

Publication Rank Ref.
Complex
2
Fact
6
HipHopDX N/A
NME
37
Noisey
2
Pitchfork
19
Rolling Stone
26
Stereogum
18
The Wire
19

Commercial performanceEdit

DS2 debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 151,000 album-equivalent units; it sold 126,000 copies in its first week.[33] By January 2016, the album sold 344,000 copies domestically.[34] On August 30, 2018, the album was certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales, streaming and track-sale equivalents of two million units.[35]

Track listingEdit

DS2 – Standard version
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Thought It Was a Drought"4:25
2."I Serve the Base"
  • Wilburn
  • Wayne
Metro Boomin3:08
3."Where Ya At" (featuring Drake)
Metro Boomin3:27
4."Groupies"3:06
5."Lil One"
  • Wilburn
  • Wayne
  • Luellen
  • Metro Boomin
  • Southside
3:27
6."Stick Talk"
  • Wilburn
  • Luellen
Southside2:50
7."Freak Hoe"
  • Wilburn
  • Wayne
Metro Boomin2:54
8."Rotation"
  • Wilburn
  • Wayne
  • Luellen
  • Metro Boomin
  • Southside
2:45
9."Slave Master"
  • Wilburn
  • Wayne
  • Luellen
  • Metro Boomin
  • Southside
3:18
10."Blow a Bag"
  • Wilburn
  • Wayne
  • Uwaezuoke
  • Luellen
  • Metro Boomin
  • Sonny Digital
  • Southside
3:19
11."Colossal"Zaytoven3:04
12."Rich Sex"
4:00
13."Blood on the Money"
  • Wilburn
  • Wayne
  • Dotson
  • Joshua Cross
  • Metro Boomin
  • Zaytoven
  • Cassius Jay
4:42
Total length:44:28

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[35] 2× Platinum 2,000,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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