Malibu Ken

Malibu Ken - Malibu Ken
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2019 Ratings: #7 / 77
User Score
Based on 341 ratings
2019 Ratings: #11
January 18, 2019 / Release Date
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Rhymesayers / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Highsnobiety
The mix of styles blend as smoothly as peanut butter and chocolate, and tastes equally as good.
81
GIGsoup

With trap and mumble rap the dominant sound of the decade, it's this kind of experimentation that the genre needs in order to remain fun and fresh.

80
Sputnikmusic
Two albums of this might get tiring, but for 34 minutes, it works perfectly despite the predictability.
80
The Needle Drop

Malibu Ken is pure fun for total weirdos.

77
Pitchfork

With its 34-minute runtime, its cartoon cover art, and the pervading levity of Tobacco’s beats, Malibu Ken may seem at first like a minor work. But there’s nothing diminutive about a record this sharply written. It’s a side project every bit as substantial as Aesop Rock’s proper albums. That it also happens to be more fun than most of them is a bonus.

75
Spectrum Culture
So it’s insular, gross, completely bonkers. But there’s a reason both of these men have built cults around their work.
70
AllMusic

Tobacco's production throughout the album isn't quite as lo-fi or dirty-sounding as his solo work, and his presence is clearly felt, but he doesn't overpower Aesop. The two are a fitting match for each other, and their collaboration works as well as fans would expect.

70
The 405

Random references and non-sensical metaphors aside, Malibu Ken is proof that abstract hip-hop is very much alive. While cloud rap and trap beats continue to grab headlines and garner streams, the potential of experimental rap may lie within the marriage between two aging and well-established artists.

JoaoSantos
79
Honestly, I think the production here is amazing and probably the best thing about the album. It's so original and creative.
jordymusic
81
I have absolutely no idea how people are singling out the production as being a downfall here, did anyone even listen to this properly or did you just put it on in the background expecting it to 'bump hard'?. The production is fantastic and pretty original to be honest. Some lovely ever-evolving lucid and shimmering instrumentals on here which have beautiful ambient electronic tones to them. I swear some people on this site will call any production that isnt deafening and bass cranked basic. ... read more
Cyd
69
It’s not something that I’m gonna be going back to later in the year and it almost definitely won’t make my list but it’s a cool release.

Save Our Ship, Dog Years, Purple Moss
AZIZ
64
Easily Aesop's worst work and it isnt his fault. The production is beyond lackluster
itsyahboinoah
80
Don't get the whole fuss about tobacco production on here, the quirky psychedelic like sonic palette contrasts well with Aesop rock comical, absurd and theatrical themes here. This is the first solid hip-hop album of 2019 that I am definitely going have repeat listens in the future.
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Track List

  1. Corn Maze
  2. Tuesday
  3. Save Our Ship
  4. Sword Box
  5. Dog Years
  6. Acid King
  7. Suicide Big Gulp
  8. 1+1=13
  9. Churro
  10. Purple Moss
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