AOTY 2021
Pop Smoke - Faith
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2021 Ratings: #675 / 682
User Score
Based on 606 ratings
2021 Ratings: #890
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

Faith speaks to Pop Smoke’s perpetuity in hip-hop’s current context, serving as less of a lament of what could have been and more as a memorial for what was and still is.

80
Clash

Constructed with love, care, and attention, ‘Faith’ is a well-intended salute that contains some fantastic music.

60
Rolling Stone
The rapper’s second posthumous album has some dazzling moments, but ultimately feels like business as usual for an audience whose attention may be elsewhere
50
Exclaim!

Despite poor production choices and lazy song structures, Pop Smoke's energy and solo spurts of brilliance won't allow for this stale posthumous release to tarnish his legacy.

50
HipHopDX

While fans might never know if Pop would have approved of his music being used in this fashion, Faith is a reminder no amount of technological marvel or wizardry can reconstruct the magic an artist puts into their music while alive and a cautionary tale proving why the dead should be allowed to rest.

48
Spectrum Culture

At times, Faith is a clear-cut cash grab, but even when it isn’t, the lack of ambition and tendency to fill the album with pop rap that we’ve all heard some iteration of is painfully clear.

40
NME

The Canarsie don's raw talent is overshadowed by superfluous guest spots on the second album to be released since his tragic death in 2020.

40
The Needle Drop

As far as posthumous projects go, Faith isn't a total insult to Pop Smoke's memory, but it is quite a step down from Shoot for the Stars.

38
Pitchfork
Pop Smoke’s second posthumous album sounds like it’s solely designed to generate clicks as a new generation of rap fans continues to be exploited for their streams.
30
AllMusic

Unfortunately, the rapper's second posthumous release is all pop, no smoke. With friends and collaborators surgically removed, Faith is littered with jarring voices, avaricious creative decisions, and a fundamental sidelining of its visionary figurehead.

RakkSmells
40
This album feels more like a Pop Smoke charity event than it does an actual Pop Smoke album.

Not one feature here feels genuine, and it just comes off as these artists going "Wowee look at me, I'm on the new Pop Smoke album! Rest in peace, yo!" through their whole feature. They're not all bad features, but it's just something I can't get past. I really don't see a universe where people like Kanye West, Pusha T, Future, Pharrell, Swae Lee, Chris Brown and Dua Lipa of all people would ... read more
KezeOfficial
55
This shit is so all over the board man. I think it's time to let my man rest.
Case
70
I’m actually pretty impressed with this posthumous release, as it celebrates Pop Smoke without being a complete money grab like some other posthumous releases in past years, and ends up being my favorite Pop Smoke record in the process.

I liked a lot of Pop Smoke’s bigger tracks, but I unfortunately never loved any of his projects. I thought the first posthumous release “Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon” was a pretty enjoyable album though, and was probably his best ... read more
BGL13
47
there’s posthumous albums and then there’s musical grave robbery. to me, a true posthumous album is an album that the artist had been working on and planning to release before death, but they sadly didn’t have enough time and the producers may have had to fill in a few gaps. albums like mac miller’s circles and juice wrld’s legends never die are great examples of this. however, there are posthumous “albums” that only exist for the greedy label execs to ... read more
polyestric
40
pop smoke fr be one of my drill rappers but this shit was a mess

his label is fucked man. milking the poor man let him rest fr. what im upset about is the features. like kanye ? pusha t twice ? dua lipa ? kid cudi ?? yall think pop would want to work w these mfs. like i get issa posthumous and all and needs features but like the label could of got mfs he was friends with / associated with / wanted to work with. fr get fivio on dis, get a boogie, get sleepy get sheff i could go on nd on. who ... read more
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Added on: June 23, 2021