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80
Clash
A record that refuses to divulge its secrets immediately, ‘Life Of A Don’ is packed with immaculate sonic detail while also relishing a certain directness.
80
NME
Toliver adds a new flavour to his popular sound here, and while the result is a less cohesive record than ‘Heaven Or Hell’, the result is a similarly cosy sonic comfort blanket.
72
Pitchfork
Given the maximalist approach passed down from Travis, there’s usually an exciting wrinkle in Don’s songs to latch onto, whether it’s the way he fuses with Baby Keem on “OUTERSPACE” over sci-fi movie beeps and boops or the messy falsetto he hits on “2AM” that sounds like it was laid down after taking too many shots at the club.
70
AllMusic
At their best, they entrance to such an extent, like watching a slalom skier at half-speed, that the plainly worded sex talk is as inconsequential as any random boast about wealth. Toliver sounds anesthetized more often here.
60
Rolling Stone
Rapper-singer gestures at something resembling an interiority, but stops short of offering any sense of how he actually feels
40
The Needle Drop
Don spends most of the album warming up.
TomBejoy
80

Life Of A Don actually exceeed my expectations my a very long mile, and that's exactly what I didn't expect. Given the cloud of rumors around Don Toliver lately and the fact that I wasn't a fan of a majority of his features lately, I didn't even plan on checking out this record. However, some of the features made me think of listening to this before today's supposed central festivities! (Magdalena Bay and James Blake), and I was pleasantly surprised by how pleasant this project was.

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Cry
42

If you thought Don Toliver's debut album, 'Heaven or Hell' was a disappointment, just wait till you hear his sophomore album, 'Life of a Don' which is basically a disaster, there's just no other way to describe it. Everything's way too druggy, which some people may point out as a positive like on 'Rodeo' but it definitely isn't a positive on this album and numbs my mind until it hurts. Don Toliver doesn't seem to be able to come up with a concise project and just when I thought he had settled ... read more

Scre4meh
74

Why are people being pretentious a pop trap record? It's still just as odd and unique as HOH, if not more unique. 100% a step-up.

What's bad about this? Nothing, as far as i can tell.

It's much more solid then his previous works. There are barely any bad moments on it. And even of there aren't an undetermined amount of stellar ones on it either, there's defo more of those then the bad moments.

There isn't any point to expand on it. It's good. It's Don Tolliver. It's a vibe.

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WaifuJade
76

XSCAPE: 8/10
5X: 7/10
Way Bigger: 7/10
Flocky Flocky: 8/10
What you Need: 9/10
Double Standards: 8/10
Swangin’ On Westheimer: 10/10
Drugs and Hella Melodies: 9.5/10
2AM: 9.5/10
Get Throwed: 6/10
Company Pt 2: 7.5/10
Outer space: 9/10
Smoke: 6/10
You: 9.5/10
Crossfaded: 7/10

Final Score: ~76

Life of a Don, while lacking in lyrical profoundness, more than makes up for it with the hypnotic production and Don's ability to flow over the beats in a dreamlike harmony. Life of a Don's biggest ... read more

DJaycup
79

I really like most of this project, but sometimes it sounds weird.

Soi
42

Still don't understand the apeal

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Track List

1XSCAPE
2:36
74
25X
2:12
64
3Way Bigger
3:16
69
4Flocky Flocky
3:03
73
5What You Need
3:37
73
6Double Standards
3:11
69
7Swangin’ On Westheimer
4:48
71
8Drugs N Hella Melodies
3:18
80
92AM
2:45
68
10Get Throwed
2:35
57
11Company Pt 2
3:31
63
12OUTERSPACE
3:46
feat. Baby Keem
75
13Smoke
3:19
feat. HVN, SoFaygo
56
14You
3:33
69
15Crossfaded
2:39
72
16BOGUS
3:19
69
Total Length: 51 minutes

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Added on: February 21, 2021