Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2

Tkay Maidza - Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
User Score
2020 Ratings: #17
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Needle Drop
Tkay Maidza’s latest EP is hit after hit after hit after hit.
80
Loud and Quiet

It’s this independent mindset and unapologetic disposition that makes Maidza a magnetic personality, making Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2 an essential chapter in her musical career even as it still only begins to take proper shape.

80
NME
This may just be a mixtape, but it bodes well for the future, as if Maidza is cutting her loosies away from a major record, experimenting to see what sticks while garnering a wide audience.
80
DIY
Although the second outing carries with it the powerful urgency that current times inspire, it primarily embodies the might of Tkay’s continued musical self-discovery.
80
The Observer
This EP is the triumphant sound of someone’s groove – click! – finally locking into place.
80
Northern Transmissions
This is some of the best contemporary contributions to not only hip hop but to modern music to come out in quite some time. It’s so impressive that at only 23 years old Tkay Maizda has already produced such compelling work, it’s exciting to hear what she will come up with next.
75
Pitchfork

Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2, is an EP/mixtape that feels like a second debut at a moment when the world might be more ready to process an artist with her unique combination of ambition, pop aptitude, and quirkiness than it was when she released her actual debut four years ago.

reaIreaIweaseI
70

2020 Catch-Up, Finale: Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2.

At last, the 2020 Catch-Up is done, and I feel it's pretty appropriate to end it with Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2, not only because of how appropriate the title is considering the past year, but because it's one of the most obviously good projects of last year. Even with the EP's short runtime of 26 minutes, Tkay Maidza is able to effectively establish her rapping, songwriting, and vocal talents with a metric butt ton of insanely memorable ... read more

eliiscool5
79

Tkay Maidza is one to look out for in the future.

Tkay Maidza is a Zimbabwean-born Australian singer and rapper, while this EP is not her first, this EP feels like a debut, despite being a “Vol. 2”. With bigger ambitions, the larger scope of attention, Tkay aims to burst into the female Hip-Hop scene, one that is gaining more and more steam lately.

Ms. Maidza refuses to comply with genre limitations, as in merely 8 tracks, Tkay finds herself at a musical buffet restaurant, ... read more

ParthanyJobtano
85

bruh this is so good
banger after bangers yes
all hits no misses

ShiloRA
87

DUDE, I can't believe I've been sleeping on that shit for so long. I liked My Flowers basically since the week it came out, but I never really sat down and gave a listen to the whole ep. After some time I heard Shook and it was SO good, and more time after that I've heard Awake. And then I decided that I need to sit down and just listen to this goddamn EP. It's just an EP, not a two-hour-experimental-mind-numbing record or something. Should be an easy project to listen to, to review etc.
And, ... read more

Neo_Fascination
92

The best EP of 2020, Every track is a wonderful exploration of different sounds. I find myself coming back to this quite often. The only thing stopping me from giving this a 100 is there are a few tracks where a couple of her ideas really fall flat for me. Like the way her words are cut at the start of 24k are just kinda annoying. Overall a wonderful journey

KawaiiKatsuu
96

well she definitely left me shook 😳😳

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Track List

1My Flowers
3:40
86
224k
3:53
88
3Shook
2:42
93
4Awake
3:31
feat. JPEGMAFIA
93
5Grasshopper
3:02
93
6You Sad
2:37
89
7PB Jam
3:43
84
8Don't Call Again
3:46
feat. Kari Faux
89
Total Length: 26 minutes

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Added on: July 16, 2020