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CRITIC REVIEWS

88
Beats Per Minute
The duo have made an album that lures you in with rhymes and tones that are perfectly attuned to each other, augment each other and make it clear that there is something important being told here.
80
Pitchfork
The rapper’s latest album is a clear mid-career apex that shoves his always outlandish style into territories further afield than ever before.
80
The Needle Drop
Just about every line of Aethiopes is pregnant with meaning.
80
Spectrum Culture

You can only know someone who never shows their face so well, and Aethiopes still isn’t that exposé. But it isn’t meant to be. You may not know who Billy Woods is, but you know how he feels.

Chode
80

I warned you Uncle Ben… you couldn’t handle that abstract hip-hop pussy

PelicanManners
85

This is Billy’s first solo project since his 2019 record “Terror Management”. It was entirely produced by Preservation, the pair actually already worked together before. Preservation did some of the production, on his last solo record. Woods was also featured on Preservation’s 2020 compilation album “Eastern Medicine, Western Illness”. I heavily praised that record, so i was extremely excited to hear them collaborate again.

The first thing you’ll ... read more

BradTasteMusic
85

Ah… so it isn’t overhyped

It really is that good. The first songs on this project are the least accessible. It gets easier to vibe as the project goes along.

Bars. Bars. Bars.

Holy mother of bars.

Vhkthor
88

Fav Tracks: NYNEX, The Doldrums, Christine, Versailles, Remorseless

songsabtflowers
82

solid Init

MAN
69

Everything inside “Aethiopes” makes sense. Every little detail that Billy Woods introduces through his deep bars has meaning in the whole narrative that the album is trying to portray! Plus, there’s the abstract hip-hop factor, with those heavy but kinda classic beats that make this album so enjoyable. If it weren’t for some of the features in here this album could have been the best in Billy’s whole career, but this is still a really really good effort from one of ... read more

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Track List

1Asylum
2:42
88
2No Hard Feelings
2:15
89
3Wharves
3:08
88
4Sauvage
3:07
90
5The Doldrums
3:40
79
6NYNEX
4:17
86
7Christine
3:31
feat. Mike Ladd
84
8Heavy Water
2:23
91
9Haarlem
3:19
84
10Versailles
3:07
feat. Despot
85
11Protoevangelium
2:24
feat. Shinehead
85
12Remorseless
2:50
92
13Smith + Cross
2:21
91
Total Length: 39 minutes
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Added on: March 11, 2022