If you only paid attention to the way it begins and ends, you might mistake Future‘s seventh studio album as his introspective masterpiece. For “Never Stop” and “Tricks on Me”—two songs that bookend the 20-song Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd—rate high among moments in which the Auto-Tune super-rapper actually goes mask off.

The two longest, soberest and best-written tracks on the first major rap album of 2019 have Nayvadius Wilburn reflecting on where he came from (“You can tell I’ve been broke when you look into my eyes”), the pain he endured to reach this point and what keeps him from not totally succumbing to codeine and promethazine (“Probably lose my sanity if I ain’t have babies”).



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