By Caleb Hennington
Commas rapper Future visits Metroplex Event Center
Hip-hop artist Future got his start like most aspiring rappers: by recording and distributing homemade mixtapes.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Future released three mixtapes in 2010 and 2011 1000, Dirty Sprite and True Story and it was during this time that his first hit single, Tony Montana, surfaced. The song was later remixed in 2012 for his debut album, Pluto. He got a massive boost in fame, thanks to guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Juicy J.
The remix of Tony Montana even featured guest vocals from Drake, who had recently exploded on the scene with the success of his 2011 album, Take Care. Plutos success helped boost Futures next two releases 2014s Honest and his latest album, DS2 even higher up the Billboard charts, nabbing No. 1 spots on both the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts. Commas, a single from DS2s deluxe version, peaked at No. 55 on the Hot 100.
While both his insanely clean rhyming ability and massive club beats have garnered a lot of positive critique from fans and critics alike, perhaps the most magnetic aspect of Futures music is his use of auto-tune. Unlike T-Pain, who uses auto-tune to sing, Future uses the technology over his rapping in order to give it a grittier and tougher sound. He was also nominated three years straight at the annual BET Awards for Best New Artist in 2012, and Best Male Hip-Hop Artist in both 2013 and 2014.
Future performs at the Metroplex Event Center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, along with Kinfolk and Tumboii. Tickets for the show are $40 if bought in advance and $50 day of show. There are also VIP options available for $100, which include a fast pass around the line to the show, and access to a special lounge area that includes a VIP bar and one drink ticket. Tickets can be bought at arkansaslivemusic.com.
This Weeks Music
Alt-country group American Aquarium formed in 2006 around the talents of six North Carolina musicians. Their brand of wispy, murky country music is reminiscent of other artists of the genre, such as Lucero and Drive-By Truckers, who focus their songwriting on the troubles and lamentations of the world. Nashville, Tennessee, musician Joshua Black Wilkins joins American Aquarium for a performance at White Water Tavern at 9 p.m. Tickets for the show are $15.
Playing heavy-metal music that at times verges on the edge of bluesy hard rock, members of McAllen, Texas, band Sons of Texas wasted no time getting their music out to the world. After forming in 2013, and signing shortly after to label Razor & Tie, the band members released their debut album in March. Catch them at Stickyz, along with local metal bands SwitchbacH and Red Devil Lies, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $8 if bought in advance, $10 day of show.
Born and raised in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Durk D. Banks known by his stage name, Lil Durk got his start in 2011 with the digital download release of his song Im A Hitta. After a few years of releasing songs independently online, he signed to major label Def Jam Recordings, which released his debut album, Remember My Name, this summer. Lil Durk, along with Gunplay and Hypno Carlito, performs at Juanitas at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20, and the show will enforce a strict dress code that includes no white T-shirts and no sagging.
Singer-songwriter Lera Lynn has been categorized under a number of genres, including Americana, folk and country, although she doesnt like to lay claim to any of those. Her latest release, The Avenues, came out last year and features mature tunes that lean toward nostalgia while at the same time pushing forward to the future. Catch her at South on Main at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13.
For real down-home, deep-fried country music, you gotta be looking in Texas. Thats where country singer-songwriter Aaron Watson hails from, and his latest album is topping the charts across America. The album, The Underdog, features the hit song That Look, along with Freight Train and Getaway Truck. Catch him at Rev Room with opening act Parker McCollum at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 if bought in advance, $15 day of show.
Starting off your career as a 16-year-old managing and promoting bands is a good way to get valuable insight into the music business if you ever happen to choose to go into it yourself. Thats what Los Angeles-based artist Andy Frasco learned early on and what helped him get as far as he has today. You can catch his band, Andy Frasco & The U.N., play bluesy party music at Stickyz at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of show.