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‘We Don’t Trust You’ is a breath of fresh air for the rap game

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Future and Metro Boomin released a trailer teasing “We Don’t Trust You” prior to release along with an announcement for a second album, “We Still Don’t Trust You,” to release shortly after.

Rapper Future and producer Metro Boomin’s latest collaboration album, “We Don’t Trust You,” dropped on March 22 after an announcement from the duo a few weeks prior. “We Don’t Trust You” is the first of two joint albums to be released by Future and Metro Boomin, the second of the two set to release on April 12 with the title “We Still Don’t Trust You.”

With the combination of Metro Boomin’s production and Future’s flow, the duo delivered a treat for all hip-hop fans to enjoy. The album was well woven together with the flow between songs being some of my favorites out of any album. Their skills especially complemented each other in songs such as “Everyday Hustle,” a unique song about street life and success.

The album starts off with a strong and poetic introduction. In the title track, “We Don’t Trust You,” Future brings up themes of betrayal, with a repeating chorus, “Fake written all over you/Hate written all over you.” The song captures the essence of the album, with later songs addressing the similar theme of betrayal.

Each track on the album felt like a breath of fresh air thanks to the new twists on the instrumentals accompanied by Metro Boomin’s familiar production style. Along with Metro Boomin’s production, features from different artists were included to engage listeners even more. The album included vocals from The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Playboi Carti, Kendrick Lamar, Young Thug and Rick Ross.

The most unexpected song on the album was “Like That,” which included a surprise feature from Lamar, firing shots at rappers Drake and J-Cole. The verse in question mentioned one of Drake and J-Cole’s songs from the 2023 album, “For All the Dogs,” specifically the song, “First Person Shooter.” Lamar flamed Drake and J-Cole for considering Lamar as a part of the “big three” along with them when Lamar considered himself above their level. “Like That” ended up being the most streamed song on the album and the popularity unfortunately overshadowed some of the other well-written songs on “We Don’t Trust You.”

The verse eventually spiraled into a much larger conflict between the rappers, eventually getting a response diss from J-Cole, who then later apologized for the response and removed it from his latest mixtape, “Might Delete Later,” a week after release. Drake then responded to the verse with his own diss, resulting in a constant exchange of diss tracks between Lamar and Drake.

My favorite song on the album was “Type S***,” which had vocals from rappers Playboi Carti and Travis Scott. The instrumental for the song was one of the most unique out of the album, with constant fluctuations in the melody. After the usual trap sound accompanied by Future’s rapping in the beginning, Scott’s verse comes in and turns the song completely in the other direction, slowing it down substantially to allow Scott’s verse to shine. The bridge with Scott and Future then led up to Playboi Carti’s verse, who then took the floor in a completely unexpected and dynamic feature.

Although the album did feel fresh from the duo, there were also aspects of it that I feel were lackluster compared to my expectations. Quite a few tracks appeared to be filler songs on the album, such as “Seen it All,” rather than stand-outs like “Type S***.” Despite the filler songs, “We Don’t Trust You” still holds up well in both artists’ discographies, earning No. 1 on the Billboard 200, though a large amount of the album’s popularity is likely attributed to Lamar’s feature on “Like That.”

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