Future is undeniably one of the most influential and well-known figures in trap music history. In the 2010s, he pioneered a new sound evolution and inspired many later artists, notably Young Thug and Migos, to carry on his legacy. Joe Budden recently said that Future is quite underrated and he gets less credit than he actually deserves.

The Atlanta rapper’s influence extends far beyond the trap subgenre of hip-hop, with albums like DS2 and Monster, as well as singles like “March Madness” and “Mask Off,” making him one of the most well-known rappers of the previous decade. Joe Budden believes he belongs in the top tier of today’s rappers because of this.

On his Joe Budden Podcast, Budden explained how he believes Future rightfully belongs in rap’s current upper echelon. He thinks Future is right up there with artists like Drake, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Lil Wayne.

So, I was trying to think of the last and it shocked me to learn that we don’t talk about Future enough on that list and he’s there. But he’s been there and we don’t discuss it. We just say Drake, Ye, Cole, Kendrick, Wayne — Hov is already goated — but Future is there.

Future, as Budden stated, belongs in this select group, which also includes JAY-Z, or Hov as he called him. Future agrees with this, claiming last month that he was bigger than JAY-Z saying, “In the streets im bigger then jigga. Ima run me a B up easy. 100M’s not the goal anymore.”

As the conversation heated up, Future responded by posting on Instagram that he would beat JAY-Z in a Verzuz war. Let’s see what the Future holds. Take a look at all the social media posts below.

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