Future is undeniably one of the most important and notable figures in the history of trap music. In the 2010s, he pioneered a new evolution of sound and inspired many later artists to continue his legacy, including artists such as Young Thug and Migos.

However, the Atlanta rapper’s impact extends far beyond the trap subgenre of hip-hop, including projects such as: DS2 and Sample, as well as hits like “March Madness” and “Mask Off,” have made him one of the most celebrated rappers of the past decade. For this, Joe Budden believes he is among the highest echelons of all rappers in the current landscape.

On his “Joe Budden Podcast,” Budden explained how he believes Future rightfully belongs in today’s higher echelons of rap, where it usually only includes artists like Drake, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Lil Wayne: “So, i tried to think of the latter and it shocked me to hear that we don’t talk enough about future on that list and he’s there but he’s been there and we don’t talk about it we just say drake ye cole , Kendrick, Wayne – Hov is already bitten – but the future is here.”

As Budden mentioned, Future should be considered in this elite category which is also occupied by JAY-Z, or Hov as he called him. Future agrees, as last month he claimed he was taller than JAY-Z: “On the street, I’m taller than jigga. Ima run me a B easily. 100M is not the goal anymore.”

As this discourse heated up, Future would double down on sharing a post on Instagram claiming he would beat JAY-Z in a Verzuz fight.

Joe Budden and Future are clearly confident that he can stand alongside the hip-hop greats of this generation. Do you agree?