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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
AZIZ
81
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.
TreyLikesBands
73
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
knewnie
55
mike on autopilot
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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