Honest, the chart-topping album from Atlanta-bred rapper Future, features a host of guest stars, though none seem to overpower Future's hard edge. His unique flow — sometimes short and choppy, other times slow and melodic — separates him from a lot of other rappers in the game right now. He lived up to the hype at last night’s sold out show at House of Blues.
Future's performance, in summation, is easy to describe as an attack on the senses — a show with so much power it was just one guitar solo away from being a hard rock concert. The snappy battering of the TR-808 drum machine snare drums (a rap classic) and kick drums with the sonic force of bulldozers (a rap necessity), backed Future's up-front flow. Backed by a DJ doubling as a hype man, Future's performance was raw, real and honest.
As his set was packed (maybe even a little crowded) with hits and fan favorites, songs in their entirety didn't appear too often. Because his latest record features cameos from Kanye West, Pharrell and Andre 3000 (who obviously weren't there), verses and hooks got dropped on occasion. However, this abbreviated style enabled the party to keep moving. The only real drop in energy came at about halfway through the concert with the track "I Won." The slower moving track holds sexual and gender ideals apt to spark some conversation about rap's involvement with #YesAllWomen.
Amping up the set a bit with "Covered N Money," a high-energy, drum-driven track, he then delivered one of his latest singles, "Move That Dope." On Honest, "Move That Dope" features Pharrell, Pusha T and Casino, but the solo artist gave a heightened, if shortened, version keeping the show's pacing at a break neck speed.
Closing numbers like "Turn On The Light" and "Same Damn Time" drove the concert to an excited end with "Shit." The sharp and staccato nature of the hooks in "Shit" made for an up-tempo anthem to end the night.
Future's DJ/Hype Man kicked off the show with a rallying of support for Cleveland rapper Doe Boy. Signed to Future's imprint FreeBandz, Doe Boy received 18 months in jail for aggravated robbery. A "free Doe Boy" chant ensued to show support for the incarcerated rapper.