Medhane Doesn’t Need to Explain Himself

Medhane is reminiscing about Future’s untouchable mid-2010s mixtape run, when the Atlanta star seemingly couldn’t sneeze without unleashing another classic. “That shit turned him up!” he says excitedly over Zoom. The 23-year-old’s abstract, reflective raps are certainly a far cry from Future’s supervillain laments, but he was inspired by the work ethic. And over the last six months, the Brooklynite has been on a similarly prolific tear with Own Pace, his motivational breakthrough; the self-produced Full Circle; and this week’s Cold Water, his best album to date…

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