“Trophy wife” isn’t usually a term of endearment, but Future and Kanye West — both of whom are engaged to beautiful, famous women after fathering children with them — just built an entire (excellent) song on the conceit that there’s nothing more romantic than being dubbed life’s grand prize. And if you strip the negative connotation away as effectively as Metro Boomin’s masterfully mushy production does here, you can reframe just about any dismissive phrase into the highest Shakespearian reverie. That’s exactly what Future and Kanye do on “I Won,” on which you can hear their grins progressing to “Black Hole Sun” status with each successive dopey, potentially chauvinist couplet. Marvel as Future flips the standard notion (as espoused repeatedly in Yeezy’s discography) about women trapping men via pregnancy: “Now that ass gettin’ fatter and I know it’s because of me/ I know it’s because of me/ Got you in custody.” Gawk in disbelief as Kanye ashes cigars on Reggie Bush and Kris Humphries simultaneously: “I made it over NBA and NFL players, so every time I score it’s like the Super Bowl.” Kanye references the notorious “Bound 2″ video in his verse, and indeed the hyper-literal rhyming here is an extension of that song’s giddy sentimentality. Listen to this latest Honest single below and let’s parse this thing together.
Honest is out 4/22 via Epic. A video for “I Won” is coming soon, directed by Hype Williams.