Album: Honest

Honest has been unfairly maligned by fans and critics alike, reduced to a set piece in Future’s career arc, a fall before the rise. It’s actually an extraordinarily varied album, and the last time we really got the naked, R&B Future (I Be U). And its Metro-produced title track is one of Future’s greatest performances. From the falsetto (“I tell the truuuuuuuuth”) to the hundred-thousand on watches, the whole thing operates at a fever pitch, and now feels like a relic from a period when Future would bend genres and buck expectations with ease.