6 Takeaways From Future and Metro Boomin’s ‘We Still Don’t Trust You’

The Drake subliminals are getting most of the attention, but there are a lot of other things to discuss with Future and Metro Boomin’s excellent new album. Here’s a breakdown.

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Future and Metro Boomin just dropped We Still Don’t Trust You, and while the Drake disses are getting a lot of attention, the drama shouldn’t distract from the quality of the music, because this shit is great.

The duo take a relatively melodic approach on this one compared to last month’s rap-heavy We Don’t Trust You. Metro uses more soul samples and Future fully taps into his HNDRXX bag, complete with syrupy interludes and yearnful bridges. It hasn’t even been out for 24 hours, but there’s a lot to unpack here. From ASAP Rocky delivering one of his best verses in years to Metro Boomin proving why he should be considered one of the best producers alive right now, here are our biggest takeaways from We Still Don’t Trust You. 

Metro Boomin is one of the greatest producers breathing

Melodic Future and rapping Future are evenly matched

It’s a little bloated

Two musicians performing on stage, one in a purple jacket and the other in a black leather jacket

More artists are coming after Drake

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We Don’t Trust You lit a signal flare for any artist who had issues with Drake to step forward and air out their grievances, with ASAP Rocky and The Weeknd answering the call most eagerly. 

Rocky and Drake have had a tumultuous history for the past few years, with Drake sending shots at him and Rihanna on “Fear of Heights,” and now it looks like Rocky has returned the favor on “Show of Hands.” Rapping “I smash before you birthed son, Flacko hit it first son,” Rocky seems to be insinuating that he was involved with Drake’s baby mother before the birth of Adonis, and he says that For All The Dogs “came and went,” among other things (read my full breakdown here). 

The Weeknd also takes his shot at Drake on “All to Myself” in the complete opposite way of Rocky. Instead of trying to pulverize Drake with bars, he angelically croons through his verse as he talks about being thankful that he never “signed [his] life away” to OVO back in 2011, before  implying that Drake’s “shooters” are “makin' TikToks,” which fans think are about the rapper’s former bodyguard Baka Not Nice

It’s clearly open season for Drake right now, and Future and Metro have made their albums the perfect stage for anyone who needs to get some shit off their chest about him. Even the mere appearance of a rapper like J. Cole on a project like this is making headlines. 

… But the album is deeper than the disses

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The beef between Future, Metro, and Drake has been very entertaining, but it’s not the most meaningful or interesting thing about this album. Future gets very introspective about his life, crooning about how remorseful he is after missing his aunt’s funeral because he was high on “Came To The Party,” or taking accountability for his romantic faults on “Right 4 You.” The drama will always get the most attention, but the moments where he sounds like he’s painfully yearning for genuine human connection and recognizing that money can’t buy happiness shouldn’t get overshadowed by all of the disses. And tracks like “Show of Hands” and “All to Myself,” which do have shots from Rocky and The Weeknd, would still stand on their own as great songs, even without the drama.

ASAP Rocky delivered his best verse in years

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Disses aside, let’s take a second to appreciate how Rocky is rapping out of his mind on “Show of Hands.” It’s been a long time since we’ve heard him rhyming like this—he took a more mellow route on Tyler, the Creator’s “Wharf Talk” and he didn’t tap into this naturally aggressive pocket on any of the dozen features he’s done over the past few years—but with a little help from a moshpit-friendly beat (and maybe some added motivation from Drake), Metro and Future brought out an energy from him that the streets have been missing. This is the version of ASAP Rocky that we need on his next album.

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