Honest - Future
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    ["I'll Be Yours" and "Move That Dope"] reinforces Future's status as the rap game's current MVP. [2 May 2014, p.63]
  2. Apr 24, 2014
    100
    At 18 tracks, Honest doesn’t feel bloated. Future takes his time on slow, sensitive jams.... But for every tender ballad, there’s a classic Future banger in which he yelps the hook over and over, lest you forget it, on top of harsh beats.
  3. Apr 28, 2014
    90
    Honest is transporting in ways that few records are, and no matter how strong the beat selection might be or how perfectly the guest list is curated, credit is due overwhelmingly to Future for being able to sustain and justify such a broad range of moods for the duration of the record.
  4. The album is, on face value, yet another rap record about the artists success in overcoming the hobbling obstacles of the drug industry. Stale as the concept is, Future breathes life into it by twisting it into his own image and owning it fully.
  5. Apr 22, 2014
    83
    For an A-list rap album, Honest is refreshingly small in scope. 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.
  6. 83
    Future’s sophomore LP is a raw interpretation of his heartfelt musings filtered through an audio processor and laid bare at the intersection of trap rap and synth R&B. It’s a fascinating foray into alternative trap that ambitiously pushes the limits of self-expression and transmission.
  7. Apr 22, 2014
    81
    Honest surges with the self-assurance of an artist finally coming into his own.
  8. Jul 21, 2014
    80
    Future is one of the few true artist of Auto-Tune, and the emotional honesty lying behind trad-rap boasts bleeds from his words in a minor key and a pitch as subtly tremulous as a wobbling bottom lip. [Jun 2014, p.63]
  9. Apr 22, 2014
    80
    Breezy in its boldness (12 tracks, under 50 minutes), this is a heavily considered album from the only reasonable rap star around.
  10. Apr 22, 2014
    80
    The world of Future is as wobbly and as wonderful as ever, and thanks to Honest, it just got grand.
  11. Apr 22, 2014
    80
    Future’s lyrical sensitivity wouldn’t work without the album’s pitch-perfect production.
  12. May 20, 2014
    70
    This album makes up for substance with slickness.
  13. May 5, 2014
    70
    Future stays true to himself and clearly shows where he stands. Even when he goes simple, there is an appeal, at least somewhere in there.
  14. Apr 25, 2014
    70
    Even if not everything on this album pulses with full intensity--the back half of it lags--Future is generally magnetic.
  15. Apr 23, 2014
    70
    An early contender for this year’s big summer rap album, we won’t be surprised if we are still hearing about Honest when the winter cold returns.
  16. Apr 22, 2014
    70
    By all accounts, Honest reveals that Future's music was never a "right place, right time" story, but one that's unique and has staying power.
  17. Apr 22, 2014
    70
    Future’s influence might not ever reach the same height as that famous duo’s, but efforts like Honest certainly dispel his consistent-hit-man-of-little-substance status (a la T-Pain).
  18. Apr 22, 2014
    60
    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.
  19. Apr 22, 2014
    60
    He’s returned with a slightly updated, less flawed version of 2012’s Pluto.
  20. The new Honest goes for something more personal and earnest, though many of his rhymes lack the nuance to make those revelations more than rote. Luckily, there’s enough depth in Future’s spoken, and sung, verse to lend them the vulnerability they demand.
  21. 58
    Honest is a good deal more middle-of-the-pack for a post-Yeezus 2014 than its creator wants to admit.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Apr 22, 2014
    10
    Future really evolves from Pluto and has a great mix of bangers and R&B songs. The songs "I won" and "Benz Friendz" are two of the bet songsFuture really evolves from Pluto and has a great mix of bangers and R&B songs. The songs "I won" and "Benz Friendz" are two of the bet songs this year and really carry the album along with "Honest" and "Move That Dope" Full Review »
  2. Apr 22, 2014
    10
    best album all year. every song is a classic. some bangers some soft songs it has it all. and im just being honest. so great man i listen tobest album all year. every song is a classic. some bangers some soft songs it has it all. and im just being honest. so great man i listen to this album BANGING in my whip. t shirt soty Full Review »
  3. May 24, 2014
    10
    One of the best albums to come out in this year, great Beats great lyrics. Nice features all around a really nice album to vibe to at any timeOne of the best albums to come out in this year, great Beats great lyrics. Nice features all around a really nice album to vibe to at any time of the day. Full Review »