Pray for Paris

Westside Gunn - Pray for Paris
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #286 / 672
User Score
Based on 870 ratings
2020 Ratings: #300
Liked by 29 people
April 17, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Griselda / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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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.


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.


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


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.

The Young Folks

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

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.

There are 2 types of people: the "feat. Freddie Gibbs & Roc Marciano"s and the "feat. Joey Bada$$ & Tyler the Creator"s.
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
Brr, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, brr
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
Me when listening to this: "Wow, this is pretty great! This could be really high in my year end list!"

Westside Gunn throughout the album: *proceeds to use the exact same obnoxious gun adlibs and BOOM BOOM BOOMs in every track*

Me: ...k then

BOOM BOOM BOOM adlibs aside, this is still a great hip hop album. I thought the production was excellent throughout; there's really something to appreciate about Westside Gunn's animated flow and voice and the lo-fi boom bap production combined ... read more
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Track List

  1. 400 Million Plus Tax
  2. No Vacancy
  3. George Bondo (feat. Conway the Machine & BENNY the BUTCHER)
  4. 327 (feat. Tyler, The Creator & Billie Essco)
  5. French Toast (feat. Wale & Joyce Wrice)
  6. Euro Step
  7. Allah Sent Me (feat. BENNY the BUTCHER & Conway the Machine)
  8. $500 Ounces (feat. Freddie Gibbs & Roc Marciano)
  9. Versace
  10. Claiborne Kick (feat. Boldy James)
  11. Shawn vs. Flair
  12. Party wit Pop Smoke (feat. Keisha Plum)
  13. LE Djoliba (feat. Cartier William)
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Added on: January 28, 2020