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90
Gigwise

This is easily Vince’s strongest and most ambitious work since Big Fish Theory. An album that sounds great, but also offers an intricately crafted and at times brutally honest portrait of his hometown, highlighting the maze of social traps from which he was lucky enough to escape.

90
Exclaim!
It's a near-perfect encapsulation of every enticing aspect of his previous work, wrapped into one project.
90
Clash

A brave record that asks awkward questions both of its maker and his audience, ‘Ramona Park Broke My Heart’ is a document of personal evolution and what its possible to bring along with you. 

80
NME

The production is clean, the rhymes imaginative and the rapper digs deeper than ever before. Yes, ‘Vince Staples’ was a beautifully personal reflection from start to finish, but ‘Ramona Park…’ deepens the listener’s relationship with the rapper.

80
AllMusic

Staples goes even deeper into memory and self-reflection on Ramona Park Broke My Heart, presenting his pain, glory, and contradictory emotions in sharper definition while turning in some of his most engaging music to date.

80
Beats Per Minute

Ramona Park Broke My Heart is an illusion; Vince Staples’ latest LP finds him making far more ear-catching music than his previous effort, but the infectious beats and choruses are merely a facade.

80
Pitchfork
The companion piece to his 2021 self-titled record diverges from the innovation and technical proficiency in favor of introspection and contemplation. It is a richly detailed, deadpan elegy for his stolen youth.
80
HipHopDX

Ramona Park Broke My Heart is the latest in a line of Vince Staples albums that reveal the painful reality of watching your hometown disappoint you. It’s not that he’s mining his life for pain–he’s allowing the listener to witness the path he took to get here.

80
Crack Magazine

Staples has always been an accomplished storyteller, but here he leans into his past experience to create something that feels personal, unromanticised.

75
Spectrum Culture
Tragic accounts of violence surround a guarded Vince Staples, who raps not proudly but unapologetically about his dedication to the hustle, his anxiety, and ultimately his inability to love, all stemming from his tumultuous upbringing in Long Beach.
70
DIY

It finds him at his most confident, if not most innovative, and maybe his most comfortable.

70
Rolling Stone
The Long Beach rapper’s fifth album is richly detailed, musically sharp, and vocally casual.
60
The Needle Drop
Ramona Park is both a more thorough and inconsistent exploration of the themes and sounds of Vince's self-titled album.
Manos
85

Vince Staples' "Ramona Park Broke My Heart" is another complex victory lap

This record is already under appreciated and it really does way more than people give it credit for

A major reason for the mixed reception is the expectation of Vince to return to the more energetic sound he had until “FM!” And if you are looking for that you will be disappointed. The only thing that is back is the gangster attitude. Leaving expectations out of the window we are left with a ... read more

Case
75

This feels like ”Vince Staples” 2 to me.

I kinda feel the same way about “RAMONA PARK BROKE MY HEART” as I do his self-titled record: it’s solid and has some highlights but it’s kinda forgettable and not as energetic as I’d like. It’s a little long and the songs kinda get samey, but they’re all good and there are some really well written songs here. The production is also pretty good. I probably prefer “Vince Staples”, as it was ... read more

BaddieBaphomet
70

NO NUANCE REVIEW

It kind of loses steam in the second half, but this is the most I’ve liked a Vince Staples project since Big Fish Theory. This is like his self-titled project done right, a very personal project reflecting on his life and his upbringing while not Sounding completely asleep at the wheel. Plus, “When Sparks Fly” might be one of his best songs ever, incredibly story telling over gorgeous production. I wish we got some more of his energetic bangers that ... read more

foux
79

I really have nothing to say that hasn't already been said about this album. It's not his best project, and definitely not AOTY candidate, but it's decent.

60

Top tracks:

1) WHEN SPARKS FLY
2) AYE! (FREE THE HOMIES)
3) MAGIC

Dillicicle
80

I have been waiting for a longer Vince album for a long time, and it was really consistent, and felt like an older Vince album, not that his newer albums aren't good but they definitely are a different feel which made me surprised by this albums feel

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Track List

1THE BEACH
1:07
76
2AYE! (FREE THE HOMIES)
3:05
79
3DJ QUIK
2:20
73
4MAGIC
3:46
with Mustard
78
5NAMELESS
0:48
68
6WHEN SPARKS FLY
3:47
87
7EAST POINT PRAYER
3:37
72
8SLIDE
2:18
67
9PAPERCUTS
3:01
74
10LEMONADE
2:59
76
11PLAYER WAYS
3:28
70
12MAMA'S BOY
2:19
70
13BANG THAT
2:39
with Mustard
66
14THE SPIRIT OF MONSTER KODY
0:45
65
15ROSE STREET
2:33
77
16THE BLUES
2:22
73
Total Length: 41 minutes
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Added on: April 15, 2021