The Sailor

Rich Brian - The Sailor
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Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 697 ratings
2019 Ratings: #269
July 26, 2019 / Release Date
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88rising / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Exclaim!

The only thing that might hamper your ability to enjoy The Sailor is if you're just not a rap fan, or you're a little old.

76
HipHopDX

The Sailor showcases Brian’s expanding artistic curiosity and depth. Even if his ideas are sometimes a bit muddled and derivative, this project is an important stepping stone for his career.

68
Pitchfork
Like all things Rich Brian, it falls between laugh-out-loud ridiculous and oddly sweet. But his career is getting harder and harder to dismiss.
60
The Needle Drop

The Sailor is by turns impressive and disheveled in its combination of so many rap and pop music styles.

Inglume
79
On "The Sailor", Rich Brian makes the faithful transition from internet personality to artist.

Rich Brian's artistic growth is truly something to admire and appreciate! Just 3 years ago, Brian Imanuel was uploading YouTube videos like "how to microwave #bread", learning the English language from the Internet, and filming his low-budget MV for "Dat $tick", which went viral and put him on the map. I remember discovering Rich Brian (at the time, Rich Chigga) back in ... read more
TreyLikesBands
92
Amazing

Holy shit, what a big surprise. As much as I enjoyed 'Amen' last year, Rich Brian totally gets rid of the trap aesthetic. He has somewhat of a musical awakening, as he brings a whole new sound to his name. His bars still hit hard; his energy still stays up; his charming delivery never ceases.

On the opening title track, he sort of incorporates Queen harmonies with a real and genuine story; alongside the amazing production and instrumentation, it's an essential listen. Acting as the ... read more
hmj
76
He fucking did it. He crushed all my expectations away. This is one of, if not the absolute best pop-rap album I've heard in my entire life.

The thing with Rich Brian for me, at least, before this album, it's that he has the potential to make bangers but most his tracks are very much forgettable. There were at most 4 or 5 good tracks on Amen. Do the test for yourself: how many tracks do you consider as "essential", or can you even recall the name of, on Amen? Another thing with how ... read more
zachthesnack
78
This album make me want bubblegum and passion fruit ice tea 😋
Plats
86
Unlike last year's "Amen", "The Sailor" actually shows Rich Brian at his full potential! Rich Brian improves on every single front on here. His performances are leagues more confident and in your face, his pen work is a lot sharper and hard-hitting and the production is absolutely phenomenal! The combination of the more organic instrumentation and the gorgeous melodies had me entranced throughout! It's not 100-percent perfect, though. "Vacant" is an awkward mess ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Sailor
  2. Rapapapa (feat. RZA)
  3. Yellow (feat. Bekon)
  4. Kids
  5. Drive Safe
  6. Confetti
  7. Vacant
  8. No Worries
  9. 100 Degrees
  10. Slow Down Turbo
  11. Curious
  12. Where Does the Time Go (feat. Joji)
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Added on: June 26, 2019