Honest

Future - Honest
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2014 Ratings: #204 / 845
User Score
Based on 153 ratings
2014 Ratings: #460
April 22, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Entertainment Weekly
The pure lyrical fury cascading off “I’ll Be Yours” and the head-spinning single “Move That Dope” recalls Lil Wayne at his best-in-the-world peak, and reinforces Future’s status as the rap game’s current MVP.
83
Consequence of Sound

While Pluto explored the depths of Future’s gritty, spacey Auto-Tune rap aesthetic, Honest peels back layers of emotional context, narrowing in on what truly makes his raps so compelling: the duality and sincerity of his character. 

83
A.V. Club

It resists grandiose production flourishes, message songs, ambitious themes, run-on suites, and most of the other tropes rappers over-rely on to telegraph importance. Instead it just lets the bangers rip, freeing Future to cruise down his preferred lane unimpeded.

81
Pitchfork

Honest surges with the self-assurance of an artist finally coming into his own. The bruisers are icepick sharp, the ballads restlessly toy with convention, and Future’s heightened ease with both makes Pluto look like a transitional album in retrospect, the dress rehearsal for this, the actual takeover.

80
AllMusic

The world of Future is as wobbly and as wonderful as ever, and thanks to Honest, it just got grand.

80
Spin

Breezy in its boldness (12 tracks, under 50 minutes), this is a heavily considered album from the only reasonable rap star around. 

80
FACT Magazine

Future is no longer “a rebel amongst conformists,” moving in his own “eccentric orbit,” as Pluto‘s ‘The Future Is Now’ maintained: he’s the sun at the center of the Atlanta solar system, and on Honest, he knows it.

70
Exclaim!

Honest demonstrates Future's keen ear for production, as well as a sense of realism hidden between braggadocio lyrics, club hooks and reverberating production.

60
HipHopDX

It’s not the classic balance of style and substance ushered in by the Dungeon Family’s first generation. But it does help further the argument that both elements aren’t mutually exclusive.

60
The 405

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.

nnxsgny
88
tried to turn me to a pop star and they made a monster

but he was a pretty damn good pop star
CxAylward
64
not quite as good as Pluto but fuck me Future was good at pop music
exception
56
decent but had some pure shit moments. future's voice sounded a lot less congested and scratchy, but god was the topic material shitty. i thought that mike will made it had some pretty nice production on here. deeper into the album the music just gets gradually worse, i couldnt stand the last 3 tracks.
this is an easy album to look over if youre into future, and if you are you might wanna give it a listen. if youre not a fan of future, dont even bother. i dont consider myself a big fan of ... read more
TheRestOfEden
83
Another deep-dive into Future's most emotional side. His storytelling is very overrated but can get crazily good at times such as durin the unoredictable I Be U. Must-listen!
AndreVital
NR
CONTROVERSIAL OPINION:

2014 was the peak fo Future's talent.

Honest is his best album in my opinion.
Monster is his best mixtape in my opinion.

This is just super fun, super in your face and a perfect introduction to Future's dark aesthetic.

Banger after banger after banger. Also, I love how I can listen to these songs for any mood. Like, "Special" can be played at any time in my opinion.

I dunno, this album is great.

BEST TRACKS: Look Ahead, Move That Dope, I Be U, Special, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Look Ahead
  2. T-Shirt
  3. Move That Dope (featuring Pharrell, Pusha T and Casino)
  4. My Momma (featuring Wiz Khalifa)
  5. Honest
  6. I Won (featuring Kanye West)
  7. Never Satisfied (featuring Drake)
  8. I Be U
  9. Covered N Money
  10. Special (featuring Young Scooter)
  11. Benz Friendz (Whatchutola) (featuring André 3000)
  12. Blood, Sweat, Tears  
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