Reason To Smile

Kojey Radical - Reason To Smile
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2022 Ratings: #77 / 340
User Score
Based on 169 ratings
2022 Ratings: #44
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Loud and Quiet

He’s talked about the sound of the album being predicated on the push-pull between “bass and space”, but as much as the beats hit hard, and as much as he knows when to let a bar linger, and as much as the usual through-line is provided by repeated meditation on love, life and blackness, it’s the consistency of the energy across Reason to Smile’s 15 tracks that clinch it.

90
DIY

‘Reason To Smile’ is not just an album, but a beaming victory lap, allowing Kojey to unearth and conquer the demons that have been haunting him for so long.

80
The Telegraph

It is a dose of sunshine that presents a welcome step-change.

80
Clash
‘Reason To Smile’ is well and truly an album from a renaissance man. From its diverse subset of themes to its genre-hopping, the album really feels like it was years in the making.
80
NME

With his debut studio album, the Hoxton rapper delivers a collection of breathtaking, soulful tracks, sometimes blending grime and R&B.

80
The Observer
Hip-hop, neo-soul, jazz and rich storytelling work as one on the east London rapper’s long-awaited debut album.
80
The Line of Best Fit
Radical’s stellar debut drips with infectious confidence and celebration that will undoubtedly gain the rapper legions of new fans.
60
Crack Magazine

For an artist so apt at pushing lyrical boundaries, you can’t help but feel Radical has the range to explore these avenues with a more dynamic approach.

Louis13
80

The best hip-hop album to come out of the UK since Little Simz's 'Sometimes I Might Be Introvert'. The production is deliciously funky and jazzy, while Kojey Radical flows smoothly over the top, sometimes sounding like a British Rick Ross (in a good way). Although there are one or two tracks that don't do anything for me, especially towards the end, this is really impressive for a debut full-length album. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on his future projects.

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Ymer
82

Please do not sleep on this project.

Quite easily his best work and every song feels complete in it's own right. Some amazing influences across the board here and some fantastic instrumentation littered throughout the project.

justchilling21
80

This stuff is very good. Best song is Payback.

ArthurCampo
85

Quando se fala da cena hip hop britânica é fácil citar alguns nomes de destaque nos últimos anos: Skepta, Stormzy, slowthai, Headie One, Dave, Little Simz… a lista continua. Mas talvez esteja mais do que na hora de colocar Kojey Radical nessa conversa: seu mais novo álbum, “Reason to Smile”, promete e faz exatamente isso.

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Fayzal
84

One of my favourite albums to come outta this country in recent memory. The album feels real consistent but still varied, Kojey feels like he is leading a renaissance in the scene with Jazz Rap feeling like it could be the next big thing in UK Hip-Hop with other artists such as Knucks & Lex Amor who also happen to feature on this album.

Fav Tracks: Gangsta, Payback, Nappy, Silk, Born, Beautiful

foux
84

This is a surprisingly fun album, and an inexplicably Rick Ross-esque voice every now and then. I don't exactly know why, but I like this album very much.

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Track List

1Reason to Smile
3:03
86
2Together
3:03
84
3Nappy
2:16
84
4Silk
3:58
feat. Masego
90
5Pressure
3:54
80
6Born
3:26
feat. Cashh
84
7Pusher Man: BWI
4:51
89
8Talkin
2:57
84
9War Outside
3:56
feat. Lex Amor
83
10Payback
2:44
feat. Knucks
86
11Fubu
3:04
78
12Beautiful
3:20
83
13Anywhere
3:05
82
14Solo
3:59
81
15Gangsta
4:36
84
Total Length: 52 minutes
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Added on: November 24, 2021