AOTY 2020


DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1996 Ratings: #1 / 63
User Score
Based on 971 ratings
1996 Ratings: #3
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Using hip-hop, not only its rhythms but its cut-and-paste techniques, as a foundation, Shadow created a deep, endlessly intriguing world on Endtroducing, one where there are no musical genres, only shifting sonic textures and styles.

It stands as an unparalleled achievement, the likes of which we may never see again.
Building the album from samples of lost funk classics and bad horror soundtracks, Shadow crossed the real with the ethereal, laying heavy, sure-handed beats under drifting, staticky textures, friendly ghost voices, and chords whose sustain evokes the vast hereafter.
Not only a hugely innovative album, but also one that reaches heights of musical perfection that few others can approach, this fully deserves 5 stars.
Slant Magazine
DJ Shadow is indeed an accomplished changeling, shifting from jazz aficionado to film composer to magnum turntablist in a matter of moments.

Entroducing practically folds you into its symphonic fantasia, the coming-of-age story of a 24-year-old bunk-bed dreamer.

DJ Shadow calls it hip-hop. We'll settle for groovy.
Narduwar and MC ride on the cover.

So, we reached the like goal by Wednesday (thank you!) So...that means I'm making Endtroducing Ryan Benis, a album based off of me and others rapping over this record. Oh boy...

However, I had a brain wave. What if we made this a community project? For those interested, you can DM on Twitter (@PipePanicFTW) OR you can message me on Discord (@PipePanic), so if your interested or just wanna chat, you can message me there. This will be a fun time, so join if you ... read more
Listened to this for the first time due to a suggestion. This just feels like an album everyone should hear at least once.

The magic of the album starts with every single sound being a sample, but the real enjoyment I have gotten has come from the easy listening nature of this album. I have had it on repeat for the last 4 hours and it has just hugged my ears and serenaded my ear drums nonstop.

The sound is fantastic. It is dreamy, and soft. It has amazing texture and sound play. Don’t ... read more
Alright, I'm gonna redo my review of this album, cause there is so much I want to talk about I barely ever covered in my last review. So let's do this...

Endtroducing, producer DJ Shadow's debut album, is an experience of an album. A hip-hop experience. But it's so much more than that. As well as keeping very in-line with hip-hop culture it somehow managed to surpass the genre entirely and become an entire instrumental experience. This is my favourite hip-hop album of all time, and it doesn't ... read more
before this record, there was very little like this out there. based off of samples and how they can be mixed together, Endtroducing is a revolutionary album musically. but in my opinion, it doesnt have enough risks taken. some 5 minute songs repeat the same beat thirty times without changing much, and that just bores me. many tracks could have been cut right in half and kept the flow of the record perfectly. Shadow made some very fresh and innovative rhythms, like on Mutual Slump, but ... read more
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Track List

  1. Best Foot Forward 
  2. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt 
  3. The Number Song 
  4. Changeling 
  5. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4) 
  6. Untitled 
  7. Stem/Long Stem 
  8. Mutual Slump 
  9. Organ Donor 
  10. Why Hip-Hop Sucks In '96 
  11. Midnight In A Perfect World 
  12. Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain 
  13. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 - Blue Sky Revisit)
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Added on: May 5, 2012