Future :: Honest
A1/Free Bandz/Epic Records
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon
"Honest" comes almost exactly two years after the release of
Future's first major label album "Pluto." That album inspired a "Pluto 3D" edition later in
the SAME YEAR with remixes and three brand new songs. That
should give you some idea how quickly Future took his already
popular A-T-L mixtape rap-singing mainstream, and how eager the
music industry was to cash in on Future's crossover appeal.
To be honest I was already growing disenchanted with how
ubiquitous Future was when I reviewed his first commercial
album. At the same time I still fuck with Drake and I know a lot of people who threw up their hands
at "Hold On, We're Going Home" and gave up on him. Coincidentally
or not they collaborate on the Mike Will produced "Never Satisfied,"
one of the album's shortest songs.
As a longer song "Never Satisfied" would have been a single I
wouldn't be mad at, regardless of how overexposed Future AND
Drake might be. If there's one thing almost everyone can agree on
it's that Future drops catchy singles which rocket up the charts.
Before this album had even been released there were SIX of
them. Is that too much of a good thing? It might be. The latest
though is arguably one of the best - "I Won" featuring Kanye West.
"I just want to take you out and show you off
You already know that you the perfect one
Girl when I'm with you, feel like a champ-i-on
Ever since I got with you I feel like I done won me a trophy
A trophy, I won me a trophy"
It's more than a little bit sexist to refer to a woman as though
she was a contest prize, but for what it's worth he's trying to be
complimentary. Speaking of complimentary Metro Boomin proves to be a good
production collaborator for Future. They handled the second single/title
track, and also contribute to the deluxe edition with "How Can I Not" and
the "Karate Chop (Remix)." Production is the best part of Future's
retail albums to date - he knows who to collaborate with and given how
hot he is everybody wants to put their stamp on him. If anybody other
than Metro has the inside track on being his best partner in crime
it's Mike WiLL Made It, who handled four tracks total on the deluxe
album including his scatological single "Shit" and the heavy rotation
favorite "Move That Dope" with Pharrell and Pusha T.
"Either way you put it, nigga, I'm good (turn up)
Triple salute, nigga, straight out the hood (turn up)
Bakin' soda water splash the scales (scales)
Fork in my right and my pot in my left (left)
Leanin' over, over to the side (whip)
I whip me a four way to a nine (whip)
The dirty, the money is homicide (woo!)
and my recipe can't be televised (yeah)"
There's no question Future is glorifying illegal activities here,
although Pusha T provides some much needed balance when he raps the
words "Young enough to still sell dope, but old enough that I knows
better." Guest appearances benefit Future heavily throughout the
album. I'd quickly grow tired of him on "My Momma" if Wiz Khalifa
wasn't in the mix - particularly after he rhymes "bitch" with "bitch"
for four straight bars (I won't even get into the chorus). "Benz
Friendz" is even more misogynistic than "I Won" but between Andre
3000 on the track and Mr. DJ on the beat it's a bouncy track that
feels like it could be the album's SEVENTH single if they
make a radio edit.
Andre: "I told the girl I'm 'bout to sell the Porsche, I'm tired of it
She go and told these folks I'm goin' broke, a smile poured
from my lips, cause if I'm broke, it's only hearted
Broken records from broken English, that's all it
(Hol up) and if I were, why would you throw a party?
Affection is so convenient when ballin'
Correction: these hoes don't mean it when fallin'
I guess that's why Lois can't be with Clark Kent"
I honestly went into "Honest" with low expectations, but as
it turns out this album makes up for substance with slickness. Think
of this album like a stack of pancakes - something that's hard to
go wrong with as long as you smother it in enough maple syrup and
serve some bacon and/or sausage on the side. The entire second
verse of "Look Ahead" is like that. Acapella I'd hate it - Future
is just screaming at the listener about how great he is and makes
some awful analogies to slavery - yet The Runners pour that maple
syrup on it and it doesn't taste so bad. His AutoTuned delivery
should be vexing me on "T-Shirt" but Nard & B make the listener
bop their head to the beat. Future shouldn't work but does.
The rational part of my brain screams no but Future got me again.
At some point it may all fall apart for him but for now it's all good.
Music Vibes: 8 of 10
Lyric Vibes: 5.5 of 10
TOTAL Vibes: 7 of 10
Originally posted: May 20th, 2014