Swet Shop Boys - Cashmere
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2016 Ratings: #122 / 947
User Score
Based on 53 ratings
2016 Ratings: #256
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October 14, 2016 / Release Date
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Customs / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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Pretty Much Amazing

Impressively condensed to under an hour, Cashmere’s thrilling tale of two MCs stands as a worthy achievement indeed. Musically, it holds up in the same way actual cashmere holds heat: better than most.

It's hard to find a flaw on this album, quite frankly. It's personal, political, funny and the production is spectacular.

Whilst Heems’ verses amble along with wry humour and charmingly lazy wordplay, Riz MC’s are typified by a razor-sharp flow, as fast as it is furious, and breathlessly references the refugee crisis, Aeneas from The Iliad, Trump and his film career in short order, before throwing down that he “run[s] the city like my name’s Sadiq”.

It's a dense and lyrically challenging record, as you would expect from two highly intelligent individuals who have lived through the bars they deliver, but it ends on their most salient point: "Can't escape yourself, please love yourself," Riz MC's final words on "Din-e-llahi."
Consequence of Sound
That ability to tell stories of varying depth and importance is what rap is really all about, and in that regard, Swet Shop Boys are ascending fast.
The transatlantic duo of Heems (ex-Das Racist) and Riz MC (actor Riz Ahmed) link up for an album of politically-charged rap that's both thought-provoking and genuinely fun.
At times the clash of rhyme and sonic styles is too full or disjointed, sounding like the Boys are still finding their stride and working out how to cram everything in. Plenty here though to be blasted throughout Suburbia.

Cashmere is an undeniably complicated but fun album that reckons with South Asian representation in the global pop culture of 2016.

Some of the best hip hop production of 2016, if only the actual rapping were more memorable. Heems obviously is not at the top of his game, but he's still better than your average rapper on their normal day. Riz MC has a lot of space for improvement, and I am hopeful that he will actually get better over time. The eastern cultural references and sounds that are used in the beats are what makes Cashmere stand out from every other hip hop album this year, or pretty much any rap album ever. ... read more
Really awesome production, just can't get past the rapping, it's really poor.

Favorite Tracks: Shottin, Aaja
This album is really has 4 types of songs:

Both rappers have a good verse/hook: (T5, Phone Tap, Zayn Malik, Shottin, Shoes Off)

One rapper has a good verse: (Aaja, No Fly List)

Neither rapper has a good verse: (Tiger Hologram, Din-E-Llahli)

Solo song (Half Mowgli, Swish Swish).

The solo songs are both weak, and the album starts much much stronger than it finishes. Basically Riz is better when he's rapping aggressively about political and cultural issues, and worse when he raps about his ... read more
I wasn't a big fan of Das Racist nor am I a big fan of Riz as an MC, but the production on this record is so good that it all just works. I can't even explain it but I like it. (For the most part. There are a couple of very skippable tracks)
These two are so pretentious anymore. Heems twitter accnt is now only devoted to finding the anti-muslim racism in every television show and movie and Riz is saying people turn to ISIS because they're not represented as heroes in Hollywood movies.
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Added on: August 5, 2016