It took a long time for Future to get out his album, but ultimately "Honest" was worth the wait.
Future is lightyears ahead of his time. Since touching down in 2012 with his Epic Records debut album Pluto, the Freeband Gang founder has continued hustling as an artist. The sloppy, melodic flow Future introduced on Pluto has been used by virtually every trapper whoâs poppinâ today, and U.O.E.N.O. it. Throughout the past twelve months, Future has kept the spotlight on him by hosting various mixtapes, scoring humongous features on Ace Hoodâs âBugattiâ and Lil Wayneâs âLove Me,â and of course recording new material for his sophomore album, Honest. Despite his mainstream success as the industryâs #1 hook master, Future never planned on making a pop album. âWeâre gonna go so hood and so underground on âem,â he told Rolling Stone earlier this year. Raised by the streets, Future still has plenty to shout about.
Listening to Honest feels like zooming through an Auto-Tuned space portal at 200 MPH. Itâs thrilling to say the least. This experience begins with the adventurous âLook Ahead,â and carries through the retrospective album closer âBlood, Sweat, Tearsâ. However, similar to Future's first album, there are a few tracks on Honest that just miss the mark and don't mesh cohesively with the rest of it.Â
Out of the many standout tracks on the LP though, perhaps the most animated of them all, is âT-Shirtâ produced by Nard & B. Future practically screams on the record, as if grabbing all his doubters by their shirt collars. âSEE HOW CONSISTENT I AM? SEE HOW PERSISTENT I AM?!â He shouts, âI WOKE UP IN THAT BUGATTI, WENT AND BOUGHT ME THREE LAMBS.â The madness continues on the next track, âMove That Dopeâ. The Mike Will-produced track has a bassline thatâs about as ridiculous as Lil Wayneâs I Am Not A Human Being II hit, âRich As Fuckâ. Itâs too bad that Future got outshined by PharrellÂ on his own track, because his highly slept on yam-flipping verse was on point.
âMy Mommaâ is another banger with slapping bass. Future entertains his audience by switching his flow up multiple times in one verse, something that he does exceptionally well on this album. Wiz Khalifaâs verse feels somewhat out of place and is definitely lacklustre, but his final four bars cap things off on high note, so the rest of the verse may not even matter: âI wouldnât advise you to fuck with me/ If you get fly you look up to me/ Probably get high just because of me/ T.G.O.D thatâs my company.â
The sonically tropical âI Wonâ featuring Kanye West is another one of the albumâs highlights. Both artists rap about their beautiful fiancÃ©s, and Future shows off his singing talents. Itâs a nice change of pace. The next track, âNever Satisfied,â is the âBeach Is Betterâ of the album. Even with a Drake feature, the song fails to reach two minutes in length. Itâs a bit disappointing, but not enough so to kill the vibe.
Another impressive beat on the album belongs to âCovered N Moneyâ. ATL producer Sonny Digital went bananas on this one. The self-titled hook, which simply repeats âIâm covered in money Iâm covered in moneyâ (a tactic used through out this album) is sure to get stuck in your head for days. Another really catchy song is, of course, the highly anticipated âBenz Friendzâ with Andre 3000. The extremely rare âDre feature shines like a diamond compared to all the other guest features on the album, and the two display their musical chemistry, leaving us wanting more.
Future further cements his own lane within the rap game on his second LP. His signature syrupy, stuttering style has been perfected and sounds better than ever. His confidence has reached a new peak as well: âGODZILLA AINâT GOT SHIT ON ME NIGGA!â To be honest, who does?
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