Nayvadius Wilburn has always been a polarizing figure. There is no artist alive that could rival his output, which these days averages out to about three mixtapes a year. His vocal style ignited a firestorm that still rages today in music criticism, but regardless of what any useless talking heads may think about mumble rap, his influence on the next generation is undeniable.

If all you know about him is his love for codeine, you really only know a fraction of the artist known as Future. Follow along in our essential playlist to dive deep on what makes him one of the biggest stars of our day.

'Mask Off' - In 2017, this song reigned supreme. It launched a meme, even. The sample that made everyone go nuts was from ‘Prison Cell’, by Tommy Butler, which appeared in the 1976 musical, Selma. And lest we forget that at Coachella that year, Future invited a flautist onstage to perform the melody live. Classy stuff.

'Deeper Than the Ocean' - When you hear Future cry about the depth of his pain, it leaves a mark. The best summation of the track comes from a tweet by Meghan Garvey: “introduced my old man homies at the bar to Future. they said, ‘This is blues music.’” That is an apt insight into his philosophy throughout his discography, in fact.

'Where Ya At' - Coming in a bit hot is the accusatory single ‘Where Ya At,’ off of one of Future’s most beloved records, DS2. Amid broad mourning of friendship, the track includes a damning projection: that his lean habit is due to the negligence of his own supposed friends. Drake also offers a slick verse, only months before the duo would release a collaborative 11-track mixtape.

'Easter Pink' - Future is always either sad or high, but usually both. ‘Easter Pink’ is a cut from 2011 mixtape, Streetz Calling, and it’s just a lot of fun. The many ad libs and sharp pieces of production come together into what amounts to a lean lullaby.

'Goin Dummi' - Today’s Future admits to being tired, wanting to spend more time with his family and his money. THE WIZRD had strong moments throughout though isn’t the same spry release we expect from the Future of 2015. That said, ‘Goin Dummi’ uses a muted bassline to its advantage.

'Perkys Calling' - It’s hard to separate the grief in Future’s tribute to Prince, known as Purple Reign, from the global mourning for the artist, who would pass just three months after the mixtape’s release. Addiction provides enough reason for these bars, and ‘Perkys Calling’ remains a song worthy of honoring Prince’s memory.

'Hate the Real Me' - Zaytoven and Future outdid themselves on BEASTMODE 2, a record that doesn’t count toward the latter’s studio output, despite its heavy lifting. The album closer sways with self-loathing.

'Colossal' - ‘Colossal’ is another Zaytoven-produced track, because I just can’t get enough of their combined forces. Keys and whistles come together in the outro, capping off an elegant song about stardom.

'Blood, Sweat, Tears' - Some fans considered Honest too pop, but I would say he breaches the genre with ease. ‘Blood, Sweat, Tears’ is a driving ballad, and one that pushes him vocally. He maintains his stylistic flows and gives the most energy when tackling the refrains, adopting a few fun melodies to sing along to.

'Selfish' - Admittedly, Rihanna dominates this track from his alternate self-titled record, HNDRXX, but that doesn’t disqualify it from this list. ‘Selfish’ is upbeat and romantic, and carries not an ounce of the grit you would normally find on his other records, which if nothing else shows his versatility.

'I Be U' - Future has been earning himself dipshit points by bad-mouthing his ex-wife’s current husband, Russell Wilson. It shows that he has always been in love with Ciara, even before they had met, and especially now that they’ve split. ‘I Be U’, also from Honest, is the pinnacle of his affection for her.

'31 Days' - When it comes to structure and rhythm, I don’t think anything beats ‘31 Days’. The best image paints him as a responsible lover to a bisexual woman—that’s what I call a panthem.

'Use Me' - Pop influences once again find their way into ‘Use Me’, a pained song directed at his younger self. One of his best uses of double entendre comes in the line about raindrops—he is able to reference his power, addiction, and suffering all in one breath.

'Real Sisters' - I love ‘Real Sisters’ and apparently Future does too, because after it appeared on the original Beast Mode, he also decided to slide it into the tracklist of DS2. It is a fun flex, including (the once) requisite lines about sipping purple drank.

'King’s Dead' - I would have included this earlier, but there is such a joy in waiting patiently for this particular verse from Future. It is more polarizing than usual, but hip hop is supposed to be daring. The lyrics honor several legends in just a line-and-a-half—Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick; Juicy J; and Three 6 Mafia to be precise—and then Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, because why not?!

'Pajamas' - If there’s one thing I love, it’s a theme. Future and Rocko go back and forth with their owns flexes involving the namesake nightwear, and each one is gold. The song comes from Dirty Sprite, a landmark mixtape for the rapper, and it bounces like you would imagine DS2’s predecessor would.