Manger On McNichols

Boldy James & Sterling Toles - Manger On McNichols
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 267 ratings
2020 Ratings: #26
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Needle Drop
Boldy and Sterling's long-in-the-works collab does sound like the fruit of much labor.
77
Pitchfork
The Detroit rapper teams with the producer Sterling Toles for his most forward-thinking, experimental, and personal album.
kevtho
85
Well this listening experience turned out quite different from the other Boldy James album I listened to this year. On this album, Boldy is the epitome of the concept that from adversity and pain can blossom art. I gotta say, this is some fucking art. Most of these verses were recorded over a decade ago while Boldy would spend his days either in the studio or on the streets dealing. It's interesting to read how producer, or moreso composer, Sterling Toles picked up musicians to orchestrate this ... read more
Case
70
After hearing The Price of Tea In China, I was hoping this project would have some great production and more charisma from Boldy James. Well, we definitely got interesting production, but unfortunately this album kinda feels like a mess, even if it’s impressive.

While the production is very impressive, I don’t think it works a lot of the time, as it just seems disconnected from Boldy’s rapping. Boldy’s slow flow and monotonous delivery is also just a little too boring ... read more
nnxsgny
95
this is what people thought to pimp a butterfly was. this album is amazing. i've been waiting to review this because i really can't put into words how great this is. if it has any faults, it's that some of the shorter tracks should be longer because they're so good. before you listen, you really should read sterling toles' note in the credits about how this album came about. i'll paste it here, but essentially boldy james recorded vocals for all but two songs from 2007-10 over bare-bones ... read more
knewnie
40
i don’t know guys, something about this just... didn’t work for me. Detroit River Rock is the only real highlight, where the dusty beats and Boldy’s dark grimy rapping coexist and elevate each other, but honestly every other song just underwhelmed me. either Boldy’s rapping is too slow, monotonous, and uninteresting, or the live instrumentals just... feel off. i don’t really know how to explain it, but a lot of the time the beats just feel off! wrong! like some ... read more
JayCrackers
73
Slightly better than his album with The Alchemist but mainly due to the fact that Detroit River Rock is one of Boldy James best songs to date, For me, what stops me from liking this more is how the beats and production can feel disjointed to Boldy James rapping and it gets a weird feeling throughout the record but will Boldy James best and most thought provoking lyrics ultimately saving the record a lot. Solid release but some tracks i can see myself not returning to that much.

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Track List

  1. Medusa
  2. Welcome to 76
  3. Detroit River Rock
  4. B.B. Butcher
  5. The Middle of Next Month
  6. The Safe (The Womb)
  7. Mommy Dearest (A Eulogy)
  8. Birth of Bold (The Christening)
  9. Requiem
  10. Why Are You In Her(e)?
  11. Got Flicked (The Rebirth) (feat. Louie P. Newton)
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Added on: June 5, 2020