Future and Metro Boomin
We Still Don't Trust You


1.5
very poor

Review

by Dakota West Foss STAFF
April 12th, 2024 | 19 replies


Release Date: 04/12/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bloated and boring and long in the tooth.

“STILL” does a lot of heavy lifting in the title of Future and Metro Boomin’s latest collaborative project, WE STILL DON’T TRUST YOU. It’s a sort of sequel/continuation of WE DON’T TRUST YOU, barely three weeks old, and is nearly incomprehensible in its aims and accomplishments without a fairly decent understanding of its characters and the current drama unfolding in the world of hip-hop. Metro Boomin is one of the few producers today, often prodding (pun intended) his co-workers into making some of their best work. Future is an auto-tuned wizard who has been instrumental in paving a way for less-lyrical, more vibe-oriented artists in drugged out, muted flows. Together, they’ve worked with just about everyone who has come through mainstream hip-hop in the last decade, and -for reasons that far exceed the scope of this review- come to the same thesis that that I have for the last several years: Drake sucks. That animosity was made manifest by ceding the stage to Kendrick Lamar, who hasn’t exactly made his feelings towards Aubrey a secret, and allowing to issue a kinetic callout on “Like That”. While Drake has remained mostly silent since (his instagram captions, however, have never radiated more Devil Smiling Emoji energy), J Cole has since dropped a rebuttal, only to recant that rebuttal in less than 72 hours in one of the most embarrassing L’s in recent memory.

If none of that made sense, please move on. There is nothing to see here. If that read more as a “Previously on DBZ….” segment, well, you may still want to move on.

WE STILL DON’T TRUST YOU has little to offer on basically any front. On the drama front, there are no haymakers or grand declarations. There are a few guests that stop by ala Mr. Rodgers style to give low-effort mumblings to the effect of “Drake Sucks,” but much of the project is devoid of anything compelling enough to hang your hat on.. J Cole is the most shocking such instance, continuing his press tour of misery on “Red Leather” with a verse that manages to match the NyQuil beat (“My energy was never on some toughest n**** shit/I was just a conscious rapper that would *** a n**** bitch”) is a helluva line given his current predicament). Metro does an adequate job of providing enough studio magic to make the songs have requisite flair, but Future completely drops the ball in the process of delivering another career assist. While the man has hardly ever been a compelling lyricist, opting instead to get by on vocal hypnotism, his verses here are more akin to field recordings of him mumbling things mid-bender than any concentrated effort in the booth. “Amazing (Interlude)” is the worst offender here -coincidentally, also the album’s worst track- as Future rattles off a list of things that he thinks are pretty cool, like “Girls kissin’ girls,” that reads like a test of memory conducted by a medical professional.

Such a test may be necessary, as the album’s runtime at eighty-eight minutes becomes somewhat of a tortuous war of attrition. Songs like “Luv Bad Bitches”, “Nights Like This”, “Mile High Memories”, and “Right 4 You” are all id-coddling slop, sounding more like the result of pressing record mid-party than an effort to suggest an anonymously good time. “Came to the Party” is almost quaint in how honest it is in being little more than a play to caption someone’s monthly Instagram dump (“Came to the party for the photos/show off my new outfit, show off my new bitch”). Things don’t get much better when the project takes a start turn on its second disk and we are suddenly gobsmacked with lo-fi horror vibes that sound plucked out of time from the second Bush administration. A puzzling addition that provides temporary relief from monotony, only to settle into its own sort of slump. The album’s best song is mercifully its first. The title track is more akin to s b-side Weeknd song off of Dawn FM than it is something that plays to the image of the project’s main duo, and that is genuinely a compliment.

WE STILL DON’T TRUST YOU is an airy, forgettable chapter for everyone involved that is ultimately a byproduct of all the issues currently plaguing mainstream hip-hop, writ large. The sheer amount of homework needed to make this thing even the slightest bit compelling due to the mere suggestion of drama is more akin to pointing out that some background extra in a phase 5 Marvel film is actually Triangle Boy, or something. The mammoth runtime is a transparent bid to throw as much material out there in the hopes that something sticks. Quantity over quality, always suggest instead of perform. Here, even that incredibly low bar seems too tall of a task.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nikkolae
April 12th 2024


6664 Comments


damn, mfs got cooked with this one

Tundra
April 12th 2024


9708 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Future been autopilot his whole career

jrlikestodance
April 12th 2024


705 Comments


Idk about that one chief^. Peak Future in the mid 2010s was doing insane damage out in the clubs. That's where his best music is meant to be heard

SheWatchedTheSky
April 12th 2024


61 Comments


My salute to every trooper sitting through 95 minutes of this boring ass shit

Squiggly
April 12th 2024


1267 Comments


Good pun. Good review. Kudos to all who listen to this, I will not be joining you.

MUNGOLOID
April 13th 2024


4551 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Last thing I expected this to be was an R & B album with a bonus mixtape of Trap. Could have been much worse.

Odal
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2024


2095 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Future had a pretty insane run in the 2010's but he's kinda resigned himself to plopping out a million songs in the hopes that one or two stick with every project. He's certainly not an artist that we need three hours of music from in the same month lol

Odal
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2024


2095 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

https://x.com/Kurrco/status/1779182139520451005



Supposed Drake retaliation

jrlikestodance
April 13th 2024


705 Comments


It's crazy that we can't tell if this is real or AI lol

Odal
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2024


2095 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It's lookin like it's real.



I commend him for actually responding. There's a few fun lines, but basically nothing other than "you're short" lol Production is ass too

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
April 13th 2024


26046 Comments


first one wasn’t bad but this is clearly just shitty b-sides.

JizzInMyPants
April 13th 2024


2940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First listen to Disk 2 was on the highway, my face was scrunched up the whole time. No misses on Disk 2. Would give Disk 2 a 4 by itself. Disk 1 too long, still really like the opener, Came to the Party, Beat It, Its All my Fault, and nights like this.

Odal
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2024


2095 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

https://x.com/FearedBuck/status/1779288202097897547



Rick Ross getting in on the action now lol

nol
April 14th 2024


12095 Comments


“If none of that made sense, please move on. There is nothing to see here. If that read more as a “Previously on DBZ….” segment, well, you may still want to move on.“

sentences that go hard ^

JeetJeet
April 14th 2024


12219 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This sucks but some of the shit on disc 2 bangs. Crazy Clientele and Nobody Knows My Struggle are hard

JeetJeet
April 14th 2024


12219 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

All of this is getting overshadowed by Drake cooking everyones ass on that diss track and rightfully so too cus neither this nor the previous album are anywhere close to the best that Metro and Future can do.

PumpBoffBag
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2024


1565 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

5 tracks in and I want to die

Odal
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2024


2095 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

If you make it through the entire thing you gain wizard powers

lols
April 17th 2024


184 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

the aural equivalent of making lean with food colouring and simple syrup



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