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10 Years Since the Release of Dirty Sprite

Today is the anniversary of Future’s pivotal second mixtape “Dirty Sprite”.

Before Future became a magnanimous artist in the rap and hip-hop genre, the “Dirty Sprite” rapper paid his dues leading up to a prosperous rap career. Future whose real name is Nayvadius Wilburn started out as a ghostwriter for the Dungeon Family. Outkast, Goodie Mob, Killer Mike, Joi, and many others were apart of “The Family”.

The Atlanta-based music collective flexed the rap stylings of Southern hip hop providing a unique mellifluous sound laced with funk and soul influences.  The production and songwriting team Organized Noize comprised of members Rico Wade, Ray Murray, Patrick “Sleepy” Brown and the group produced and wrote chart-topping hits for many well known groups  like En Vogue’s “Can’t Let Go” and TLC’s “Waterfalls”.

Rico Wade who is also Future’s first cousin is credited with discovering Future in 2003. Wilburn formerly went by the moniker “Meathead” and reportedly was later given the nickname “the Future” from Wade.

Future to the world: Watch This

Future placed his foot on the gas between 2010 and 2011 during which he released a series of mixtapes, including “1000”, “Kno Mercy”, True Story”, FDU & Freebandz”, “Streetz Calling”, “Dirty Sprite.” “Dirty Sprite” was hosted by DJ Scream, DJ Esco, and DJ X-Rated and the tape boasted a number of prominent artists like 2 Chainz, Young Scooter, Rocko, and Twista. Future definitely entered the music scene and set the tone with a sound that was different, yet catchy.

A few fan fav’s on the “Dirty Sprite” album are “Watch This”, “Yeah Yeah”, “Old Hundreds”, and “I Got Yo B####”. “Racks” featuring YC was also a banger that flooded Atlanta clubs, streets, and radio stations. No lie! If you were out in the city over the weekend, it was a guarantee you would hear “Racks”, and Future wrote YC’s verses along with his own.

So what is lean?

Some of you may ask, what is ‘dirty sprite’? It’s a slang term for a drink mixture which consists of codeine, promethazine cough syrup mixed with soda, and a hard candy (jolly rancher). In hip-hop culture, it has been referred to as “lean” or “purple drank”.

The concoction originated in Houston, Texas and became vastly popular in the southeastern states. Today, artists from various regions will refer to the popular street mix. People who drink “lean” may experience trouble standing up or concentrating, hence Future’s reference of a kickstand in the legendary “Dirty Sprite” mixtape.

All gas no breaks!

In 2012, Future released his debut album “Pluto”and Future Hendrix has not taken his foot off the gas and continues to produce hits that stay true to his unique sound. The Atlanta-based rapper would go on to drop notable albums and flexes an impressive discography.

Future would go on to drop successful albums and would later  become one of the most successful rappers of today— astronaut status.


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