Weight of the World

MIKE - Weight of the World
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2020 Ratings: #23
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June 21, 2020 / Release Date
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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.
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
MIKE centers this album around being a black man stricken with grief and depression. This is a moment of catharsis and release in a time when everyone is, to some extent, trapped in their own heads and isolated amidst a pandemic.
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

If not for Run The Jewels this would be my favourite hip hop record so far this year, I'm seriously seriously impressed by this. MIKE so effortlessly incorporates his flows in to these really unsettling and vaporwave inspired instrumentals that it almost feels like this whole album just takes place in some sort of strange dystopian universe. It's a combination that could have just as easily turned out to be an awful mess yet it never feels messy at all, it feels very ... read more
While not as overtly melancholic as Tears of Joy, it's clear that MIKE is continuing to find ways to live with his grief, settling-into a more laid-back style characterized by a series of often playful, short vignettes on his newest full-length, Weight of the World. While Tears of Joy seemed to linger in its pain, a still-open wound, Weight of the World is characterized by a much quicker pacing, particularly in its production (the project is mostly self-produced, by the way), as MIKE jumps from ... 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)
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Added on: May 21, 2020