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73
Pitchfork
The latest solo work from the Armand Hammer rapper is a tribute to his grandmother’s memory that doubles as a statement of identity.
60
Spectrum Culture
After enough listens, this album stops being a collection of individual songs and molds into a mass of unsettling but nostalgic vibes and Elucid’s unending verses.
bigbord
84

E L U C I D is an interesting rapper

even though his pen isn’t as flourished as billy wood’s, he undeniably has some great lyricism. he’s managed to take into hand what he considers abstract hip-hop to be, and has made it his own. he is undoubtedly one of the most creative rappers in the underground. the production on I Told Bessie was very good: ambient and loose in composition, this album dives into E L U C I D’s psyche, showing us his true capabilities as an emcee. ... read more

Louis13
83

I'm ashamed to say this is the first Elucid solo project I've heard. I love both Elucid's unorthodox delivery and lyricism and the eerie, dusty and abstract beats (courtesy of familiar names like Child Actor, August Fanon, The Alchemist, Kenny Segal, Messiah Musik, etc.). I also appreciate that this album pretty much gives us four new Armand Hammer tracks thanks to the numerous Billy Woods features.

Favourite Tracks: Spelling*, Old Magic, Sardonyx, Smile Lines, Nostrand, Impasse, Mangosteen, ... read more

DanP98_
95

I thought Aethiopes was locked in for hip hop album of the year but wow...

Everything about this album is of the highest quality. The production, Elucid's delivery which is on an even higher level than what I've heard from him on Armand Hammer releases and his other solo work, his lyricism which is dark yet beautiful, the guest features from Billy and co. I could go on.

Can't wait to keep running this album back and discovering more each time

I think it's time we gave Elucid his flowers

Fav ... read more

GabrielDiablo
89

Great

Nateb9086
74

Album: I Told Bessie
Artist: E L U C I D
Genre: Abstract Hip-Hop

Two months ago Billy Woods from hip-hop duo Armand Hammer released his newest solo project “Aethiopes” which is one of my if not my favorite abstract hip-hop albums of the year so far and might possibly end up being my favorite rap album of the year. Considering my enjoyment for that project it gave me high hopes for what I could hear from this new project “I Told Bessie” from Armand Hammer’s ... read more

jim_o_thy
70

Just a very solid abstract hip hop album. As far as I can tell there's no overarching story or theme, not really a concept to grasp, it's just cool beats and cool raps. Which when coming from E LUCID is enough to make a very enjoyable album. His rough voice always carries weight, his deliveries are varied and his writing is interesting. The production is all very nice, there's a lot of cool beats and samples to be found. I think that with the relative lack of cohesion or a strong narrative, ... read more

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Track List

1Spellling
3:55
86
2Bunny Chow
2:41
80
3Old Magic
2:52
83
4Sardonyx
4:36
86
5Ghoulie
3:04
79
6Smile Lines
2:35
80
7Nostrand
3:37
83
8Impasse
3:15
84
9Mangosteen
1:55
79
10Split Tongue
3:13
74
11Jumanji
3:06
83
12Betamax
3:01
80
13Guy R. Brewer
1:54
75
Total Length: 39 minutes
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Added on: May 25, 2022