The Return

Sampa The Great - The Return
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2019 Ratings: #331 / 632
User Score
Based on 76 ratings
2019 Ratings: #328
September 13, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
Neo-Soul / Genres
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A fellow AOTY user @shenalg01 suggested that I should review this album, so here I am.

Born in Zambia in the midst of a big economic recession, raised in Botswana during the height of one of the world's most severe HIV/AIDS epidemics, Australia-based neo-soul singer, rapper, Sampa The Great, breaks into the Australian hip hop scene with The Return: a conceptual record detailing Sampa's journey as an artist into the music scene and the obstacles she has overcome along the way. It's a smooth, ... read more
This was pretty good at first. But then it kept going. And kept going. And kept going. It wouldn't stop going. The last 3 tracks are pretty much torture even though technically they aren't that bad. I saved myself from it and just hopped on minecraft. Sampa is a very capable rapper but why would you do this to me? :(

Mwana (feat. Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo & Sunburnt Soul Choir): 68/100 (Decent)
Kinda long and i'm not really liking the instrumentation but it has a great rap verse ... read more
I'd like to apologize in advance. This was really a drag.
"Neo-Soul" is a genre I'm not so familiar with - however, I already had some past experiences with it, and sadly, "The Return" wasn't a good one. Even with the high-quality vocals and good composition, the album drags itself on the dirt by overextending its length with excessive songs AND song duration. A shame, honestly.
"Heaven" is definitely my favorite, by the way.
Greatest Aussie rapper. She's the only Australian who can deliver a quality hip hop album. She better win an Aria.
With Australia not being well known for its great hip-hop/neo-soul landscape, this is definitely a breath of fresh air. Sampha the Great delivers us with a silky-smooth, genuine and at times inspiring motivational song/writing. Thanks to people like Luke James and Shenalg, this album would have went under my radar. Sampha the great brings an inner-spiritual themes and concept surrounding on the album, detailing her journey in the music scene and up-bringing. Similar to artists like Solange and ... read more
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Track List

  1. Mwana (feat. Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo & Sunburnt Soul Choir)
  2. Freedom
  3. Wake Up (Interlude)
  4. Time’s Up (feat. Krown)
  5. Grass Is Greener
  6. Dare to Fly (feat. Ecca Vandal)
  7. Any Day (feat. Whosane)
  8. OMG
  9. Light It Up (Interlude)
  10. Final Form
  11. Heaven (feat. Whosane)
  12. Diamond in the Ruff (feat. Thando & Krown)
  13. Leading Us Home
  14. Summer (feat. Steam Down)
  15. Brand New (feat. SILENTJAY)
  16. Give Love (Interlude)
  17. The Return (feat. Thando, Jace XL, Alien & Whosane)
  18. Don’t Give Up (feat. Mandarin Dreams)
  19. Made Us Better (feat. Blue Lab Beats, Boadi & Lori)
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