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80
The Needle Drop
There's a beautiful purity to what Smino accomplishes on this album.
80
AllMusic
Smino continues his blend of several generations of rap styles, R&B, neo-soul, and even hints of psychedelically bent pop, delivering some of the strongest articulations of his sound to date.
80
HipHopDX

Luv 4 Rent is a repeat offender in wooing many hearts with its delicate production and its highs and lows. If there’s two words to describe any Smino album it’s soulful and authentic, and Luv 4 Rent is no different.

77
Pitchfork
The rapper’s third album is an invitation into his domestic sphere in all of its messiness, controversies, and communal joy.
ruubiks
74

It may not hold any unique attributes, or have a clear general theme for it to really stand out with the other hip hop records of 2022, but it is one of the most accessible and replayable hip-hop records to come out this year.

Tons of grooves, catchy upbeat ideas and sounds are on every single track here. HOWEVER. I will say it dips in quality/energy up and down starting at the 5th track. I found myself enjoying the tracks with quirkier lyrics and hooks more than the laidback/softer ones. ... read more

Case
70

While I may not love this and have issues with it as a whole, I do like a lot of aspects of it and appreciate what it’s going for. For example, in theory I really like the whole laid back vibe and aesthetic that Smino is going for with this project, and I really like the sound of the production, but the execution doesn’t fully work for me. I wouldn’t be surprised if this does grow on me a little with more listens though.

Edit: it did grow on me a little, 65 to a 70

bigbord
83

it’s pretty good

Smino is an interesting artist, he’s definitely mastered the aesthetic aspect of his artistry

SirGlizzy
80

the album is sweet and groovy, smino is THAT GUY

90

The best vibe rap album of last year, genuinely a beautiful blend of soul, psychedelic pop and alternative hip hop. Louphoria is the only skip for me and every feature is so well placed and they really add a lot to the songs they are on, like J. Cole, Doechii, Lil Uzi Vert, etc. The way in which Smino constantly changes his delivery from rapping to singing and vice-versa is so seamless and every instrumental is lush and gorgeous. One of my favorite albums of 2022 and up there when I want ... read more

tj2nimus
78

A really good album with both great singing and rapping.

Top Songs:
Pro Freak - 84
No L's, No Proof - 83

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Track List

14rm Da Source
1:42
72
2No L's
2:55
82
390 Proof
3:28
with J. Cole
80
4Pro Freak
4:28
82
5Ole Ass Kendrick
2:23
74
6Louphoria
3:46
with Cruza
71
7Blu Billy
2:41
79
8Matinee
3:08
78
9Modennaminute
4:47
78
10Defibrillator
3:33
77
11Garden Lady
3:30
76
12Settle Down
3:03
77
13Pudgy
2:15
78
14Curtains
6:23
78
15Lee & Lovie
2:51
feat. Reggie
80
Total Length: 50 minutes

Year End Lists

#10/WIRED
#33/Complex
#37/The Needle Drop
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Added on: December 8, 2021