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‘WE DON’T TRUST YOU’

I absolutely love Future and Metro Boomin. Metro’s last two albums, “Heroes and Villains” and the “Spiderman Album,” were both standouts that earned top spots in my music rotation last year. Metro’s production genius shines through, especially evident in his work on Future’s hits like “Mask Off” and “Low Life.” So, you can imagine my excitement when “WE DON’T TRUST YOU” dropped on March 20th.

Clocking in at 17 songs and approximately an hour long, this album was a substantial release. What got me even more hyped were the features – Travis Scott, The Weeknd, Playboi Carti, Kendrick Lamar and Rick Ross, all heavy hitters in the industry. However, I did notice there weren’t as many collabs as I expected from Metro, known for his ability to bring together so many artists. Although, I do think the quality of the features more than made up for it.

There’s also rumors among fans that Metro Boomin is beefing with well-known rapper Drake and many verses on the album are disses. 

Future has always been a favorite rapper for me. Tracks like “WAIT FOR U” and “WORST DAY” have been my go-to summer songs. What I love most about Future is his deep, distinctive voice that sets him apart from other rappers. Despite his reputation for toxic lyrics, Future owns his authenticity which is something I’ve always admired about him.

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Unfortunately, upon my initial listens, the album didn’t quite click for me the way I had hoped. Unlike previous albums that instantly captured my attention, this one required multiple listens for me to fully appreciate it. It felt nostalgic of Future’s older music, reminiscent of music produced in 2019, which, while not necessarily a bad thing, wasn’t what I had expected after Metro’s recent masterpieces.

That being said, there were still standout moments on the album that I couldn’t ignore. The opening track, “We Don’t Trust You,” immediately sets the tone with its infectious energy and sets the stage for what’s to come. Tracks like “Metro Boomin” and “GTA” contain sinister instrumentals that perfectly complement Future’s flow. I was particularly excited for “Young Metro”, which features The Weeknd, my personal favorite. His angelic vocals were a highlight, but I was disappointed that he didn’t have his own verse. 

“WTFYM” showcases Future’s aggressive lyrics, breaking away from the chilled-out vibe of other tracks on the album. I didn’t enjoy “Magic Don Juan” at first, but as the song progresses, it leads up to a hyped-up climax which is incredibly satisfying.  

My personal favorite might just be “Runnin Outta Time.” I truly believe it deserves more recognition. It’s the kind of track that starts to evoke deeper emotions and you can hear the raw emotion in his voice. The rhythmic energy of the song is still there, keeping you fully engaged. It’s those sort of rap songs that I always love, where genuine emotion shines through, yet it still manages to keep you pumped with raw energy. I love the lyrics too, especially the way he says “Maybe we just running out of time, Ain’t no need to try to hold you up ‘cause you always mine” 

On “Like That,” Kendrick Lamar’s verse initially fits seamlessly into the track but loses momentum as it goes on. While the song has its moments, it’s definitely overrated and falls short compared to some of Kendrick’s other work. 

Closing out the album, “Where My Twin @” is a laid-back track reminiscent of Future’s older material, and for that reason, it’s another personal favorite.  

There’s rumors about another collaboration between the two artists dropping in April and I’m super excited. While “WE DON’T TRUST YOU” may not have reached the heights of their previous projects, it still offers plenty of standout moments for fans to enjoy.

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