tears of joy

MIKE - tears of joy
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
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Based on 368 ratings
2019 Ratings: #31
June 21, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Spectrum Culture

He does the incredible work of turning his loss into this beautiful, woozy mixtape of grief and ecstasy.

83
Pitchfork

The Bronx rapper drags himself back and forth between agony and breakthrough on his latest record, the fullest and most realized album of the 20-year-old’s career.

80
Highsnobiety

Tears of Joy is just pure bildungsroman; it’s more vulnerable, contemplative, and personal.

AZIZ
90
I was extremely touched by this album. As someone born to older parents. I as a 22-year-old watching my parents deteriorate in health is just such a morose thing to me. I can only imagine the pain MIKE must be feeling as he just recently lost his mother. Props to young MIKE, you are officially one of my favorite artists now.
WhatTheFunk
84
MIKE, the best rapper for chill and my favorite rapper of the abstract hip-hop scene is back. I greatly admire the work of MIKE; his largely self-produced style is dense, soulful and solemn. I loved almost all his projects ever published. MIKE is very prolific and already offers the mixtape "Tears Of Joy". He was just 18 years old in 2017 and already MIKE had attracted attention. 2018 was the year of expansion for the rapper of the Bronx and he was at the rendezvous with 4 projects, ... read more
_zeltrxn17
83
Not even a year of stanning and abusing that Earl album, and here I am finding a better abstract hip hop album.
MIKE raps on some of the most blissful production of this year, no, actually, of this decade. The emotion displayed on these tracks is also terrific. My Favourite Hip Hop album of the year so far. (Bandana's coming this week so this might change very soon idk)
EDIT : Sorry Mike, Madlib happened. You're second as of now.
exception
86
Yup, this new SRS-type abstract hip hop is one of the best new styles that rappers started using. Mike killed this album and shows that he is capable of rapping over anything. Reminds me a lot of The Caretaker mixed with Earl Sweatshirt.
KingKRoolisBack
85
I feel like this is the type of music that plays in coffee shops at 2:30 A.M. I thought the album did started a bit slowly, but it picked up the pace and turned into something great. I thought the production was great, and bars were also pretty great too, the only really big flaw of the album is how MIKE wears his Earl Sweatshirt inspiration upon his sleeve, in fact, It was a little too distracting at times, but other than that, this album is pretty great! and definitely an underrated gem of ... read more
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Track List

  1. Scarred Lungs, Vol. 1 & 2
  2. Whole Wide World
  3. Goin' Truuu
  4. Gr8ful 2K19
  5. Take Crowns
  6. Memorial
  7. Summer 17
  8. Big Smoke
  9. It's Like Basketball
  10. Ain't No Love
  11. Parks
  12. Planet
  13. #Memories (feat. Duendita)
  14. Right Here Next to You, Baby
  15. Sleepwalk
  16. Breathe, Good
  17. Fool in Me
  18. Suffocate
  19. True Blood
  20. Stargazer, Pt. 3
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Added on: June 21, 2019