AOTY 2020

Own Pace

Medhane - Own Pace
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Based on 1 review
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Based on 109 ratings
2019 Ratings: #259
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77
Pitchfork

On his first solo full-length, he sounds stern but forgiving, his buttery flow gliding atop dampened soul samples.

laz456
55
Album: is sLUms
Aoty users: TEN OUTTA TEN!!!

Am I the only one who feels like this genre has a bit of false immunity from criticism for some reason? I think the movement is definitely cool, but I just don't see anything special about this album. Some tracks are great and have that really pained atmosphere that I like about this genre, but a good bit of this record falls very flat for me. Medhane isn't really very distinct as a rapper and doesn't do a whole lot to keep me engaged.

I am hoping ... read more
Plats
86
Medhane's delivery can feel a kinda sluggish, but it doesn't prevent "Own Pace" from becoming yet another great addition to an amazing hip hop movement. I also feel like the production is a lot cleaner? I mean, the loops are so smooth and the samples are so crisp that I kinda feel that way about this album compared to others in the scene.

Fav Tracks: Affirmation #1 and 2, Trauma & Grace, Looking 4 Runtz, 2020sht, Bloody Knuckles, Stranger

Least Fav Track: Walk With ... read more
Natedog
86
Ngl 2019 probably would have been boring as fuck if not for the sLUms movement taking off this year.
lachlantula
NR
This is a very sweet and smooth album from Medhane, who's proven yet again that he deserves to be in amongst the big names in the new wave of abstract hiphop that's largely coming out of the East Coast. This project in particular is backed up by some genuinely gorgeous production - Affirmation #1 proves to be a particular standout; the beat strikes me as the late-night-driving version of 'Oh Boy' - the Cam'ron track. This sort of tone is established across the entire album, and it's a fantastic ... read more
usedtobe
80
I could hear some Earl Sweatshirt hints on this release. I dig that.
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Track List

  1. Trauma & Grace
  2. Smallsteps
  3. Bloody Knuckles
  4. On Me
  5. Affirmation #1
  6. Whispers
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Looking 4 Runtz (feat. MIKE)
  9. Stranger (feat. Navy Blue)
  10. Affirmation #2
  11. Walk With Me
  12. 2020Sht (feat. Maassai)
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Added on: November 1, 2019