Harlan & Alondra

Buddy - Harlan & Alondra
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #33 / 663
User Score
Based on 82 ratings
2018 Ratings: #301
July 20, 2018 / Release Date
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RCA / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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In essence, Harlan & Alondra feels like an older album in the same way that Buddy gives the impression of rappers from the past, but when you add in modern day energy, the album becomes very special.


Harlan & Alondra’s eclectic, sun-soaked feel doesn’t out-stay its welcome, and is as culturally vital as it is refreshing.

The Line of Best Fit

Harlan & Alondra will have to be crowbarred out of end-of-year lists come December. An absolute triumph.

Northern Transmissions

On their newest record, Buddy brings infectious rhythms again and again, while delivering stories from the heart that will leave you heartbroken at times.


Buddy’s self-acceptance ensures his future in Hip Hop is bright and shines through on Harlan & Alonda. The pursuit of his goals has finally paid off with this grand debut.


Unlike many of his more prominent regional peers, he’s no street rapper; his perspective is largely that of a bystander, close enough to suffer the turbulence but removed enough to avoid succumbing to it.

I've enjoyed Buddy's laid back introspective ambient Cali vibes since Idle Time, and while some of this is very good, I could do without some of the full-pop (Khalid feat.) and without some of the cliche bars ("fuck donald trump" I mean I agree, but everyone's said it and there's no context here lol).
On 'Harlan & Alondra,' Buddy offers a tantalising debut thanks largely to his ability to flow effortlessly while constructing rich narratives that elude to his past, while also looking to the future.

Favourite tracks: Shameless, Black, The Blue, Trippin'
Some tracks here actually land surprisingly well (see the features by Snoop Dogg and Khalid), but there were a handful of tracks that completely miss the mark (Black, Find Me 2) and inevitably bring this album down. I would more soon recommend checking out a few of the singles rather than drudging through the entire album, unless you want to find a few of the hidden gems that still do exist on this record (Shine stand out as an example).

Favorite track: The Blue
FAV: Real Life S**t, Shameless, Black, Hey Up There, Trouble On Central, The Blue, Young, Trippin', Find Me 2 & Shine

LEAST: Speechless
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Track List

  1. Real Life Shit
  2. Shameless (feat. Guapdad 4000)
  3. Black (feat. A$AP Ferg)
  4. Hey Up There (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
  5. Legend
  6. Trouble on Central
  7. The Blue (feat. Snoop Dogg)
  8. Speechless
  9. Young
  10. Trippin' (feat. Khalid)
  11. Find Me 2
  12. Shine
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Added on: June 20, 2018