The Professionals

The Professionals - The Professionals
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Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 118 ratings
2020 Ratings: #657
Liked by 1 person
January 17, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Madlib Invazion / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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Oh No, Madlib / Primary Artists
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CRITIC REVIEWS

75
Consequence of Sound

There are no hard-and-fast rules stipulating that Madlib has to up the ante with each subsequent album, and The Professionals is very good. It’s certainly professional. But unlike Bandana, it won’t blow your hair back.

70
AllMusic

The brothers simultaneously add to their stacks of full-length duo LPs and put together a set that always sounds familiar but rarely less than fresh.

67
Pitchfork

The preeminent crate-digging producer teams up with his younger brother, the rapper Oh No, for a soulful, topical, but reserved project that simmers just below the surface.

Jazpurz
50
Ok yikes I literally forgot to upload this last Friday.

Anyway, The Professionals was one of my most anticipated albums of early 2020, mostly because of how much I loved Bandana last year (Madlib and Freddie Gibs). And I have to say I think as far as collaborations go it sounds fine. Oh No's performance is decent and Madlib's production is great as usual.

However, in comparison to the other albums Madlib has worked on this is one of the most forgettable I think. As much as I don't want to ... read more
DARKFANTASY
58
Was hyped to listen to this, as soon as i noticed that Madlid was the producer.

It has a old-school feeling to it, and when it comes to writing this is a great record, i feel like it is very well balanced, and also really intriguing and enjoyable, it just feel like everything was kinda limited, it could've been better on every points of view, either u talking about prodction, flows, cohesion, lyricism...It's good but kinda underwhelming overall.

The worst about this is definitely the replay ... read more
HHGA
72
The Professionals is a duo consisting of producer extraordinaire Madlib and rapper/producer Oh No, Madlib's younger brother. Both brothers have built impressive discographies over the years - especially Madlib of course - responsible for a couple of absolute Hip Hop classics like Madvilliany (2004, with MF DOOM) and Pinata (2014, with Freddie Gibbs). There have been talks about a collaborative album between the brothers ever since 2008 and it finally arrived in 2020 with The Professionals. Was ... read more
JeremiahMurphy
65
Yeah this is a solid hip-hop album. Madlibs production remains undefeated and Oh No matches it with some great rapping. Definitely expected and although gets boring for me at times it maintains consistency and its just good.
MinatoArisato
55
Despite Madlib's high tier production this does tend to be a bit forgettable.

Best Track: Buggin
Worst Track: CDP Smackdown
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Track List

  1. My House
  2. The Pros
  3. Payday (feat. Adub)
  4. Give N Take
  5. Superhumans (feat. Elzhi & Chino XL)
  6. Buggin
  7. CDP Smackdown
  8. Timeless Treasure
  9. I Jus Wanna
  10. Away Too Long
  11. Make Due
  12. Tired Atlas
  13. Dishonored Valor
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Added on: November 29, 2019