AOTY 2021

Pray for Paris

Westside Gunn - Pray for Paris
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #343 / 821
User Score
2020 Ratings: #272
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Earmilk

On first listen, fans may think 'hardcore' rap and think overly hard. But, when digging deeper into each individual track, Pray for Paris is a beautiful balance of vivid production organization and artistic progression.

84
HipHopDX

Though Griselda as a squad may have carved a niche, Pray For Paris seems to show Gunn resisting being boxed-in artistically. For some critics who may have found past offerings more of an acquired taste, this is the camp’s most inviting project to date.

80
Pitchfork

The  Buffalo rapper continues his unlikely ascent into hip-hop stardom with an album of feverish excess and the best raps of his career.

80
Exclaim!

Though Gunn's vintage sound might not work for everyone, Pray for Paris is a total delight for those who want to reminisce without feeling stuck in the past.

70
The Young Folks

Westside remains consistent with previous Griselda works while exploring new sounds, features, and producers.

60
The Needle Drop

Pray for Paris does Westside Gunn's established style well for the most part, but isn't likely to convert many nonbelievers.

Z.Younk
80
There are 2 types of people: the "feat. Freddie Gibbs & Roc Marciano"s and the "feat. Joey Bada$$ & Tyler the Creator"s.
Doofly
100
Brr, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, brr
shenalg01
88
One thing you won't see. Is the "real rap" or "hip hop is dead" fans here. Because they too busy praising some Joyner or Logic album or hating on some Carti or Thug track, they miss out on gems like this. Wow. Isn't this something. ANother crazy album. Who would expect Joey Badmon and Tyler on the same track?? Who would expect it to be on a westside gunn album?? Damn, Tyler spitting something crazy. West Side Gunn really bringing back the boom bap 90's new york style hip hop ... read more
knewnie
55
the beats front to back are absolutely incredible. some of the best production i've heard all year, next to LSD. everything else though, pretty damn underwhelming. Gunn proves himself to be unversatile and uninteresting to me, constantly being outshone by every other aspect of his own record - the beats, the guest verses, even the other Griselda members are more exciting and engaging to me than Gunn. and there are so many moments that just peter out, feel almost unfinished, especially towards ... read more
redbded
80
8.0 - Really Good

This man really said 🔫🔫🔫💣💣💣💣💥💥💥

But yeah, this album is good. As I have been discovering more Griselda I’ve started to realize their sound, which can get repetitive, but here it works. The production is absolutely gorgeous and executed super well, even if it drags on, and Westside gives a pretty energetic performance. The features though are what stood out, with Freddie Gibbs, Tyler, Benny The Butcher, Conway, and more giving great ... read more
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Added on: January 28, 2020