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80
Pitchfork
On his wonderful and grief-stricken new album, the Bronx rapper pays tribute to his late mother and proves that his voice grows stronger even in sorrow.
80
AllMusic

It's a wonderful continuation of the creative depths he began exploring on Tears of Joy, again resulting in music that's defined by a profoundly beautiful sadness.

40
The Needle Drop

While it's hard not to respect MIKE's emotional bareness, just about every other element of Weight of the World lacks impact.

Inglume
61

Spellbinding, cerebral beauty where you least expect it.

Perhaps unlike any other hip hop record so far this year in its timely, plentiful presentation, choppy flow, and dopey aesthetic enriched almost to perfection. Delivered alongside strikingly moving lo-fi and psychedelic instrumentals, MIKE's 'Weight of the World' is an enchanting sketch-book of music that's as exciting as it is moving in its hypnotic setting.

MIKE's latest creative endeavour may be described as a thought worth a ... read more

kimchilli
82

D E E P

TreyLikesBands
60

Drenched in the nostalgic reverb of sadness and yearning, the “Weight of the World” certainly lies on the heavy shoulders of emcee MIKE. His powerful wordplay and jolting cadence is nothing to fuck with, still showing much versatility on the mic and on many a dreamy, hypnagogic beat. Its presentation is just as plunderphonic-infused as his 2018 record “Black Soap”, but it’s overall subject matter and plentiful theme shines brightly through the doldrums as if to ... read more

LemonBoy
48

This album is really inconsistent, MIKE tries to uhm, I think, do like a JPEGMAFIA project but without the personality. Instrumentals range from skeletal to stellar, and MIKE himself is usually the least intresting part. "coat of many colors" is boring, mostly because MIKE's idea of blending well into the instrumental, is mixing his voice so low you can barely hear it.

Hayden7575
75

Low-key production and a mumbling, softer delivery from MIKE makes ‘weight of the world’ an especially mellow experience, even in comparison to his other work. His versatile flows pair as well as ever with the chopped vocal samples and smooth instrumentals that comprise these beats, maintaining a sonic identity that’s solely his own. Even with short runtimes being the norm for him, their brevity can be felt more here, and I didn’t find that it had as much memorability or ... read more

Kitri
71

I love its overall muted colors, cohesively moving parts, and style that rarely misses. a bit unvaried flow at times, but nothing serious. I love the dizzying entirety, but sometimes the repetitive vocals just take quality down and hold back the depth the production often gives. Great rough qualities and slow, mellow paces. Very sumptuous and sweet, even when there are slight vocal moments that go nowhere.

I like the clamorous production on “love supremacy”, the flows weaving ... read more

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Track List

  1. love supremacy
  2. alert*
  3. coat of many colors
  4. never thought (tribute)
  5. 222
  6. More Gifts
  7. what's home 1/2
  8. delicate
  9. no, no
  10. plans
  11. get rich quick scheme
  12. trail of tears
  13. weight of the word*
  14. Iz u Stupid
  15. da screets (feat. Jadasea)
  16. allstar (feat. Earl Sweatshirt)

Year End Lists

#32/Esquire (UK)
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Added on: May 21, 2020