IS HE REAL?

IDK - IS HE REAL?
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Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 419 ratings
2019 Ratings: #898
Liked by 3 people
September 4, 2019 / Release Date
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Warner / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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HipHopDX

Is He Real? is an impressive and thoughtful addition to his adventurous catalog packed with raw emotion and the authenticity that builds huge cult fan bases. IDK has officially elevated himself to “up next” status showcasing technical skill, creative storytelling and a distinguishing sound that sets in motion something greater in the future.

70
Spectrum Culture

This is a debut that really feels like a debut, a first time off the bench for a kid that, with the right coaching, will go on to be a great.

63
Pitchfork
The major-label debut from the Maryland rapper clearly wants to appeal to the thinkers, but even at its most lucid, this loosely conceptual album falls well short of lofty ambitions.
60
The Needle Drop

Many of the songs on Is He Real? are either too underdeveloped or lacking in a distinct voice to capitalize fully on the fundamentals and promising concept IDK brings to the table.

BuffaloStaple
60
brooooo that's so cool how he got playboi carti for the cover no way bro
WhatTheFunk
61
The sheep on the cover is so cute.

So. I listen to "Is He real?" hoping that IDK improves considerably. The album is, after all, the "debut LP" of the promising Maryland rapper. In 2017, "IWASVERYBAD" featured brilliant ideas, clever lyrics and avant-garde production, but looked more like a mixtape than a coherent album. His album shows that he is not only able to rapping with purpose but he does it for a well-placed production. Indeed, the album is centered on ... read more
ACreativeName
30
One of the most laughable and downright unlikable concept albums regarding religion I've heard in a long time. It's not an album that is awful because of each track being particularly horrible, it's bad because of the way it handles its very loose and unfocused concept. It's a topic that lends itself to a lot of discussion and debate, so when IDK barely dedicates any time to making the listener think about this idea, it becomes frustrating and comes off like he doesn't care about the final ... read more
amygoodall
55
but who care doe
JohnnyB1965
85
Is God real?
This isn't exactly a unique question. Since the dawn of consciousness, humans have wondered what the purpose of life is and how we got here. However, while the question has been explored in rap before, I am not sure I have heard an entire rap album throwing the question around... until now.

From the very opening of the album, you are presented with the question. Is God Real? In fact that's what the title of the album is referring too. While the album and IDK, much like the ... read more
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Added on: August 13, 2019