Your Old Droog - Packs
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2017 Ratings: #298 / 717
User Score
Based on 57 ratings
2017 Ratings: #359
March 10, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Exclaim!

The artistically revelatory voyage into Droog's at-times nostalgic, at-times comically bizarre world proves well worth the 40-minute trip.

80
HipHopDX

Despite certain elements lacking a satisfactory execution, that shouldn’t detract from the wider point here. Packs is a noteworthy set loaded with supremely smart twists that capture the continuing evolution of a ferociously talented MC.

77
Pitchfork

As the first collection of songs in his short career packaged and marketed as an “album,” his latest LP Packs feels like a graduation as it connects verses and beats from various collaborators to make a coherent statement.

75
A.V. Club

It’s unambitious but full, 11 tracks (plus a few skits) that fly by in a blur of loose, live drums, blues licks, and moody David Axelrod fusion.

70
The Needle Drop

With PACKS, Brooklyn's Your Old Droog continues to flex his lyrical muscles on his most focused album yet.

Doofy
66
Nothing particularly cutting edge happening here, instead this is a solid hip hop album with some soulful flourishes that honestly could have been released any time over the last 20 years and found an audience.
77
This guy is such a great lyricist.
CxAylward
61
strong work, just the beats aren't super good
79
= 79.8 =

This album has some bars, man. Droog is a fantastic lyricist and his flows are sharp throughout. The production is very clean and not too busy so that his words can take the spotlight. There's some serious rap nerd humour in this album, including one line that really cracked me up: 'people too nosy / but still nobody knows what i do like jarobi'. HA

I do wish, though, that Droog tackled some more ambitious song topics on this thing - he's more than talented enough to put some really ... read more
exception
76
Even though I think more credit is due to the producers of this album, Your Old Droog pleasantly surprised me with Packs. His old school, east coast style flow (which is very reminiscent of R.A. the Rugged Man, and even MF DOOM at times) is an aspect that I really appreciated from this album; that style of flow is something that I think could be utilized more in modern hip hop, and the only other recent rapper I can think of that's used it recently is Apathy. The Anthony Jeselnik skits were ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#31/Piccadilly Records
#45/BrooklynVegan

MISC LISTS

#39/Stereogum (Rap)

Track List

  1. G.K.A.C.
  2. Jeselnik Skit 1 (feat. Anthony Jeselnik)
  3. I Only
  4. Bangladesh (feat. Heems)
  5. Grandma Hips (feat. Danny Brown)
  6. Jeselnik Skit 2 (feat. Anthony Jeselnik)
  7. Just an Interlude (feat. Chris Crack)
  8. White Rappers (A Good Guest)
  9. Help (feat. Edan & Wiki)
  10. Jeselnik Skit 3 (feat. Anthony Jeselnik)
  11. You Can Do It! (Give Up)
  12. Rapman
  13. My Girl Is a Boy
  14. Winston Red
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