Hndrxx (pronounced "Hendrix") is the sixth studio album by American rapper Future. It was released on February 24, 2017, through A1 Recordings and Freebandz, and distributed by Epic Records. It followed the release of Future's eponymously-titled fifth album by one week, and features guest appearances from Rihanna, The Weeknd, Chris Brown, and Nicki Minaj.

Hndrxx
HNDRXX cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
Studio
  • 11th Street and Triangle Sound (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Abel's Crib, Chalice, and Westlake (Los Angeles, California)
  • Circle House (Miami, Florida)
Genre
Length68:59
Label
Producer
Future chronology
Future
(2017)
Hndrxx
(2017)
Super Slimey
(2017)
Singles from Hndrxx
  1. "Selfish"
    Released: February 28, 2017
  2. "Pie"
    Released: June 25, 2017
  3. "Incredible"
    Released: July 25, 2017
  4. "You da Baddest"
    Released: July 28, 2017

Hndrxx was supported by four singles: "Selfish", "Pie", "Incredible", and "You da Baddest". The album received positive critical reviews and charted at number one, making Future the first artist to release two Billboard 200 chart topping albums in consecutive weeks. It was included on lists of 2017's best albums by various publications, including Complex, Pitchfork, Fact, and Entertainment Weekly.

BackgroundEdit

Online music magazine Hits Daily Double announced on February 22, 2017, that Future was set to release another album a week after the eponymously titled album Future (2017), set to include more "rhythmic-leaning and radio-friendly" tracks.[2] The release was first announced by Future during a Q&A on social media on February 21, 2017, along with him tweeting the pre-order link for Hndrxx.[3][4] The album is also eponymously named after Future's alter ego, Future Hendrix.[5]

SinglesEdit

"Selfish", featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna, was released as the album's lead single on February 28, 2017.[6] The song was produced by Detail, Kuk Harrell, Major Seven, and Mantra.[7]

"Pie", featuring American singer Chris Brown, was released as the second single on June 25, 2017.[8] The song was produced by D. A. Doman and Detail.[7]

The album's third single, "Incredible", was released to rhythmic contemporary radio on July 25, 2017.[9] The song was produced by Dre Moon.[7]

"You da Baddest", featuring Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj, was released as the album's fourth single on July 28, 2017.[10][11] The song was produced by Detail and Go Grizz.[7]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.1/10[12]
Metacritic78/100[13]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [14]
Consequence of SoundB+[1]
HipHopDX4.2/5[15]
HotNewHipHop87%[16]
The Irish Times     [17]
Pitchfork7.8/10[18]
Q     [19]
Rolling Stone     [20]
Spectrum Culture     [21]
XXL4/5[22]

Hndrxx was met with generally positive reviews. At Metacritic, the album received an average score of 78, based on eight reviews.[13] Aggregator AnyDecentMusic? gave it 7.1 out of 10, based on their assessment of the critical consensus.[12]

Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic said, "Released just a week after his self-titled fifth effort, Future's HNDRXX provided an introspective and confessional complement to the more extroverted Future."[14] Ural Garrett of HipHopDX said, "HNDRXX provides a view into a modern rock star indulging in a side of himself that's more thoughtful and dare one say, honest."[15] Rebecca Haithcoat of Pitchfork said, "Over a well-played hand of wistful, bright-eyed and reflective beats, HNDRXX strikes a near-perfect balance between a man still licking his wounds and a man emerging from a long, dark night."[18] Preezy of XXL said, "HNDRXX is a reminder that no matter how hard he tries to shun his reputation as a hitmaker, Future remains one of the most reliable acts in mainstream music, his reluctance aside."[22]

Michael Madden of Consequence of Sound said, "While his most definitive project remains 2015's Dirty Sprite 2 for its balance of Future's innate melodic sense and especially effective trap records, HNDRXX comes in as a close second."[1] Kristian Brito of The Quietus said, "It's the slickest, spaciest project he's released since Honest (which was always underrated), and sits far left of the trap rigor mortis of the self-titled record."[23] Mosi Reeves of Rolling Stone said, "Like its predecessor, it's an hour-plus data dump of quotidian creativity with a slight thematic focus, not a tightly sequenced tour de force. But Future wouldn't be Future if he wasn't unburdening himself, no matter how messy and polarizing the results might be. And for the most part, he's at his most appealing here."[20]

Year-end listsEdit

Publication Rank Ref.
Billboard
17
Complex
4
Consequence of Sound
15
Entertainment Weekly
16
Fact
5
HipHopDX
11
Noisey
12
Pitchfork
27
Rap-Up
15
Spin
27
Variety N/A

Commercial performanceEdit

Hndrxx debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 121,000 album-equivalent units, of which 48,000 were pure album sales.[35] It replaced Future's own self-titled album from the previous week at number one, making him the first artist in the history of the Billboard 200 to have two albums debut at number one in successive weeks.[35] As of July 5, 2017, the album has moved 435,000 album-equivalent units.[36]

Track listingEdit

Credits were adapted from the album's liner notes, Tidal and BMI.[37][7][38]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."My Collection"4:15
2."Comin Out Strong" (featuring The Weeknd)
  • Cirkut
  • David Nakaji
  • High Klassified
  • Ivan Jimenez
4:14
3."Lookin Exotic"3:46
4."Damage"
3:57
5."Use Me"
  • Wilburn
  • Sidney Swift
  • Justin Rodriguez
  • Ruben Raymond
  • Fisher
  • Chazmun Conley
  • Justin Bradley
4:16
6."Incredible"
Dre Moon4:08
7."Testify"
  • Wilburn
  • Moore
  • Luellen
Southside2:58
8."Fresh Air"
  • Wilburn
  • Omar Walker
  • Benjahmin Singh-Reynolds
  • Daniel Mizrahi
  • Fisher
  • Detail
  • Kingbnjmn
  • Major Seven
  • Mantra
4:30
9."Neva Missa Lost"
  • Wilburn
  • Walker
  • Cedric Hailey
  • Xeryus Gittens
  • Fisher
  • Donald DeGrate
  • Nakaji
  • Detail
  • Jimenez
  • Major Seven
3:58
10."Keep Quiet"
3:22
11."Hallucinating"
  • Wilburn
  • Proctor
  • Kabamba
Dre Moon3:41
12."I Thank U"Wheezy2:21
13."New Illuminati"
3:01
14."Turn on Me"
  • Wilburn
  • Kelvin Brown
Southside4:24
15."Selfish" (featuring Rihanna)
4:11
16."Solo"
  • Wilburn
  • Proctor
Dre Moon4:26
17."Sorry"
  • Wilburn
  • Wayne
  • K. Gomringer
  • T. Gomringer
  • Metro Boomin
  • Cubeatz[a]
7:31
Total length:68:59
Streaming version
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
18."Pie" (featuring Chris Brown)
3:31
19."You da Baddest" (featuring Nicki Minaj)
  • Detail
  • Go Grizz
4:01
Total length:76:31

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies a vocal producer

Sample credits

  • "Damage" contains a portion of "Piece of My Love", written by Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, Gene Griffin, and William Gaitling.
  • "Neva Missa Lost" contains an interpolation of "My Heart Belongs to U", written by Cedric Hailey and Donald DeGrate.

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[7]

Musicians

  • Jim Stewart – keyboards (track 18)
  • Thomas Klotz – keyboards (track 18)
  • Justefan – vibraphone (track 18)

Technical

  • Ryan Coplan – assistant engineer (tracks 1, 6, 14, 17)
  • Mike Synphony – assistant engineer (tracks 3, 7, 10–13)
  • Chris Galland – assistant engineer (tracks 5, 8)
  • Jeff Jackson – assistant engineer (tracks 5, 8)
  • Robin Florent – assistant engineer (tracks 5, 8)
  • Bill Zimmerman – engineer (track 15)
  • David Nakaji – assistant engineer (tracks 18–19)
  • Ivan Jimenez – assistant engineer (tracks 18–19)
  • Nick Valentin – assistant engineer (track 19)

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[59] Gold 10,000^
United States (RIAA)[60] Gold 500,000 

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

Release historyEdit

Region Format Date Label Ref.
United States
  • CD
  • digital download
February 24, 2017 [61]
United Kingdom [62]

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