The Long Goodbye

Riz Ahmed - The Long Goodbye
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #107 / 799
User Score
Based on 99 ratings
2020 Ratings: #714
Liked by 3 people
March 6, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mongrel / Label
UK Hip Hop / Genres
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Riz Ahmed might now be more famous for his acting, but he’s been making music since he was a teenager – and on this album, it shows.

Loud and Quiet

With the British Asian point of view remaining among the most under-represented voices in contemporary music, someone of Ahmed’s profile being willing to write with this level of conscious clarity demands everyone’s attention.


It takes an unconventional approach, but the ‘The Long Goodbye’ manages to distill complex topics with fervour.

The Guardian

UK hip-hop and albums bemoaning the current state of things are two crowded markets: The Long Goodbye is potent, original and timely enough to stand out in both.

The Observer

The Long Goodbye can feel heavy-handed: even those phoned-in messages from famous friends (Mindy Kaling, Asim Chaudhry) sound jarring. Ultimately, though, Ahmed delivers, offering up some clever writing on this powerful concept album.


The Long Goodbye is a fiery yet thoughtful and nuanced record, with artistry and political consciousness on a level above most British rap.


The Long Goodbye is a compelling, unapologetic account of what it feels like to be brown and British in 2020.

A short album that feels as long as its name would imply.

Best Track: Toba Tek Singh
Worst Track: Any Day
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Utterly dissapointing :(
I was really really looking forward to this LP as i was a huge huge fan of the work Riz did with Heems on Swet Shop Boys. Unfortunately, none of the funny, smart lyricism can be found here. none of the spectacular production can be found here. It's just a corny tryna be woke album. oh wells
Caught me by surprise. I've always love Riz Ahmed for his acting, especially movies like "Four Lions". This album is a lyrical juggernaut that combines countless instances of language crossing wordplay. Mostly interesting beats along with a nice lean presentation of the main theme. This album is direct and doesn't ramble in it's 27 minute run time. Riz explores the relationship between Britain and its rocky relationship with Pakistan and its effects to this day. It uses a metaphor of ... read more
I respect how innovative and different this sounded, specially production wise, but this was really really boring, it's different and i reccomend it to anyone who might like more alternative hip hop, but in my opinion it still aint good, expected more
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Track List

  1. The Break Up (Shikwa)
  2. Toba Tek Singh
  3. Mindy: Take Half
  4. Fast Lava
  5. Ammi: Come Home
  6. Any Day
  7. Mahershala: Don't Do Anything Stupid
  8. Can I Live
  9. Yara: Look Inside
  10. Where You From
  11. Mogambo
  12. Chabuddy: Go Southall
  13. Deal With It
  14. Hasan: You Came Out On Top
  15. Karma
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Added on: February 27, 2020