The Rageville Music Festival's headlining act alone makes it one of the most notable entertainment destinations on a packed Halloween weekend in Dallas. The Atlanta rapper Future is entering the homestretch of a whirlwind year that has seen him release not one, but two, No. 1 albums.
His solo effort, DS2, and his mixtape with Drake, What a Time to Be Alive, stand as evidence of Future's influence on modern hip-hop. While his lyrics are grounded in life's hardships and harsh realities, his uniquely processed beats and vocals can mesmerize.
And if you want to see what a turned-up concert crowd looks like, show up to the Bomb Factory when Future closes out the Rageville fest. Hold on to something.
In the meantime, get familiar with 10 top-notch tunes released by or prominently featuring Future.
1. "Turn on the Lights"
This single, from the debut LP Pluto in 2012, served as the introduction of Future to casual listeners thanks to its ubiquity in clubs and on taste-making radio stations. It's also a good example of how easily Future can hypnotize with a vocal hook.
2. "Move That Dope"
Pharrell and PushaT guested on this hit from the 2014 sophomore album Honest, but again it's Future who soaks up most of the track's energy. From the breathing under the beat to the repetitive chant in the chorus, it's a guaranteed crowd booster.
The title track of Future's second LP found him rattling off confessions about his lifestyle, his love life and his constantly growing collection of material things. When he gets to this one, expect the crowd to rap every word with him.
Having Future featured on a track gives you a better chance of getting it heard, that's for sure. But this Ace Hood single is just Future-laden. What people remember is that hook: "I woke up in the new Bugatti."
5. "Go Harder"
One more tune from the 2012 debut album is in order, and "Go Harder" is the perfect one to drop when Future wants to take his show up a few notches. Its verses are also a bit more rapid-fire and directly motivational than the rhymes on some newer tunes. "You try to break me down, I'm-a go harder."
Young Chris' 2011 hit gave the world a sampling of Future's special hook-slinging magic. He's the one folks are quoting when they say they've got "racks on racks on racks."
7. "Where Ya At"
Surefire hit from his third album, this year's DS2. Once again, Future's repetitive phrasing worms its way into the listeners' consciousness and doesn't let go. And it's interesting to hear guest Drake try to replicate his collaborator's style.
8. "Kno the Meaning"
While much of the stuff we'll hear Future do live at the Bomb Factory will be upbeat and party-centric, it'd be nice for him to throw in a couple of tracks that go deeper into his biography. "Kno the Meaning" peeks into his creative process and backstory.
9. "Diamonds Dancing"
Those past Drake duets had given both artists such solid feedback that they decided to go in together on What a Time to Be Alive. Released last month, the mixtape went straight to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. "Diamonds Dancing" finds an effective vibe with slowed-down delivery and ominous chords.
If Future wants to end his show with the musical equivalent of a mike drop, this track from What a Time to Be Alive would work. Even with Drake's part missing, this unapologetic ode to vices will thrill.
Rageville Music Festival 2015, starring Future, Paper Diamond, 12th Planet, Araabmuzik and Keith Ape. Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. at the Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., Dallas. $58-$103. ticketfly.com.