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After a protracted build up, Future's follow up to debut album Pluto is finally here. Born Nayvadius D. Wilburn, the autotune loving artist got his big break in music from fellow Atlantan Gucci Mane and looks set to continue A-Town's tradition of delivering inventive hip-hop.

Honest was supported by six singles, starting way back in February 2013 with 'Karate Chop', a track with a Lil Wayne line so offensive that it got him dropped by Mountain Dew. One of the promotional singles 'Real and True' didn't make the cut on Honest; this may or may not be down to the fact that it features a certain Miley Cyrus. According to Future, in an interview with Elle (who says rappers can't have a feminine side?), this album, initially titled Future Hendrix, was supposed to be more R&B based until he made the track 'Shit' which "flipped the whole album." The album is certainly a mixed bag of trap bangers and R&B slow jams; which isn't necessarily a great thing.

Opening track 'Look Ahead' is as good as any place to start with Future. The beat is a subtle rework of Amadou & Mariam's 'Dougou Badia', which also features Santigold whose vocal line is looped with the track's guitar riff before rolling trap drums start up. Future tells a tale of growing up and living the trap lifestyle with all the troubles associated with it - "Boatload full of cocaina/Got some wolves 'round and some hyenas." The production shines but lyrically it's pretty weak. 'T-Shirt' follows on and is another big trap tune selectively utilising autotune on Future's vocals. 'My Momma' featuring Wiz Khalifa follows the same trend and is another vocally strong but lyrically weak and forgettable track.

'Move That Dope' rescues the album opening, featuring the ubiquitous Pharrell, Pusha T and Casino. The beat is courtesy of Mike WiLL Made It who is the executive producer for the whole LP. Personally, I find the instrumental a little repetitive but it's saved by stellar verses from all involved. Pharrell proves he is capable of spawning hits across every genre with an excellent 16 bars. Pusha T could never fail to deliver on a track called 'Move That Dope' and Casino sounds like he might have burst his ear drums with his verse.

Honest benefits from an excellent midsection with 'Honest', 'I Won', 'Never Satisfied' and 'I Be U' showcasing Future's real strengths in more laid back production and self reflective lyrics. 'I Won' should be a soppy song in the same vein as 'Anytime' - Future's recent collab with his fiancee Ciara. It could have been about loving your partner but actually comes across as quite offensive when Future and Kanye essentially call their respective partners trophy wives. It's musically pretty good and Future's delivery works with the beat but 'I Won' has what is quite probably Kanye's worst ever verse, one which includes the line "we should hit the south of France/ so you can run around without them pants." I can't even begin to estimate how long that line took to write. Maybe Kanye has a team of people like Damien Hirst, who are paid to churn out ridiculous verses and see if people will question it.

'Never Satisfied' is more of an interlude but serves its purpose even if Drake steals the limelight for a brief moment. 'I Be U' ends the midsection, the beat is fantastic with a sonar-esque riff in the background against sub bass and trap drums. The album severely drops in quality as the rest of the tracks, apart from the André 3000 dominated 'Benz Friends', are forgettable and unoriginal. If you grab yourself the deluxe copy of Honest you get even more filler plus last year's very listenable singles; 'Shit' and 'Karate Chop'.

It's surprising that so many of the tracks are forgettable when the Future/ Mike WiLL Made It combination were involved two of last year's most catchy tracks. Ace Hood's 'Bugatti' and Ciara's 'Body Party' were stupidly catchy with Future's hook and autotuned coo-ing instantly recognisable. The album suffers from a bit of an identity crisis, it is an honest album as the name suggests but it seems Future has difficulties in being an artist who feels the need to balance his street upbringing with his skill at writing, what are essentially, hip-hop love songs. Honest has its moments where Future ticks all the right boxes and it will be interesting to see whether he reverts to his unique and original laid-back style more often even if it means not being totally honest to his roots in music.

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