The Long Goodbye

Riz Ahmed - The Long Goodbye
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #35 / 175
User Score
Based on 57 ratings
2020 Ratings: #242
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.

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
This album for 27 minutes felt like an hour. It is so boring and uninteresting from the production, how the theme is handled and the vocals.

Track Review

The Break Up (Shikwa) 4/10
Toba Tek Singh 4.5/10
Mindy: Take Half 4/10
Fast Lava 4/10
Ammi: Come Home 4/10
Any Day 4/10
Mahershala: Don't Do Anything Stupid 4/10
Can I Live 4/10
Yara: Look Inside 4/10
Where You From 3.5/10
Mogambo 4/10
Chabuddy: Go Southall 4/10
Deal With It 4/10
Hasan: You Came Out On Top 4/10
Karma 4/10

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I love Riz's acting big time, but his content for Swet Shop Boys was always questionable for me, usually very hit-or-miss corny bars. While some of the lyrical content on here is pretty personal about a breakup / divorce, and a lot of his flows enjoyable, a lot of it reminds me of his mediocre rap content on SSB unfortunately. It wouldve sounded less outdated and more interesting in like 2013
This was a very interesting listen, and I loved the theme of the album. I loved how Ahmed was able to tie those themes into similes and metaphors, and the beats weren't that bad. I also liked that there was a story throughout the entire album. However, it was hard for me to get past the British accent, and some of the cultural references I was oblivious to.
Fav Tracks: Toba Tek Singh; Any Day; Fast Lava;
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Added on: February 27, 2020