Fair Exchange No Robbery

Boldy James & Nicholas Craven - Fair Exchange No Robbery
Critic Score
Based on 1 review
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Based on 271 ratings
2022 Ratings: #179
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CRITIC REVIEWS

88
HipHopDX

They make a natural pairing, embracing their strengths but clearly willing to mold their work into stranger shapes. Fair Exchange is a high-water mark in both their careers, as bruising as it is beautiful.

edgarratesmusic
50

An unexpected dry listen... Considering the names involved, I expected this project to be great. But kinda like the Roc/Alch collab album, this is another instance of two hip-hop mavens coming together for a record where a large chunk of the material is second rate compared to their past highlights.

Louis13
81

Two of the most reliable names in underground hip-hop linking up was always going to be great. Neither Boldy nor Craven step outside of their comfort zone but, when the result is this good, it really doesn't matter. I wish the 'Death & Taxes' single was on here but apart from that, this is enough to tide me over until Boldy's next album (hopefully produced by either J Dilla or Futurewave).

Favourite Tracks: Straight & Tall, Stuck In Traffic, Scrabble, Town & Country, Designer ... read more

Rollo_P
74

Not bad! But Boldy has definitely risen the standard for himself with his early 2020s work, so solid stuff like this project ends up feeling a bit underwhelming compared to his Alchemist stuff. But a pleasant, non-rushed project regardless. Maybe a little too much drumless?

84

Best boldy project so far, typical boldy excellence with great production from craven

regalitooo
71

boldy being boldy :/

WhyBegin
74

Was hoping this would be my favorite Boldy project of the year because I've been loving Craven's production lately, but even if it doesn't meet those expectations it continues both of their consistently solid runs.

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Track List

1Straight & Tall
3:58
93
2Stuck in Traffic
3:11
84
3Scrabble
3:24
88
4Town & Country
4:14
88
50 Tre Nine
3:12
feat. Gue Wop
84
6Monterey Jack
4:46
84
7Designer Drugs
3:31
89
8Six Toes
3:30
82
9You Ain't No Menace
3:14
84
10Power Nap
3:19
91
Total Length: 36 minutes

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Added on: July 4, 2022