You Only Live 2wice

Freddie Gibbs - You Only Live 2wice
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #305 / 725
User Score
Based on 223 ratings
2017 Ratings: #365
March 31, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
ESGN, Empire / Label
Hip Hop, Trap Rap / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

You Only Live 2wice functions as an absolute firehose of dazzlingly dense verses—it’s hard to imagine him going for much longer than its 30 minutes, though you know he could—as well as a showcase for some of the strange new ground he’s charting.

80
XXL

The fact that Freddie Gibbs created You Only Live 2wice as a concise, to-the-point body of work without fillers and ultimately for a greater purpose than just simply rapping makes it one of, if not the, strongest installment in his catalog thus far.

80
Exclaim!

Mechanically, the hooks that adorned Shadow of a Doubt are largely absent, though Gibbs' increased attention to melody that was displayed on the aforementioned 2015 LP remains.

78
HipHopDX

Relieved to be home with a fresh resolve to be a responsible father figure to his daughter, some could say Gibbs hurried to have his voice heard again, thus risking tainting his solid reputation for consistency. But ultimately, this latest material offers up a chance at sinner’s redemption.

75
Pitchfork

Gibbs is in full command of his weathered voice and persona, and though its runtime may be short, You Only Live 2wice is a brief showcase of the Indiana rapper at his hardest and most haunting.

75
The 405

You Only Lie 2wice is a reflection of past mistakes, a declaration of dreams for his family’s future and a time stamp for the strenuous reality of an artist who nearly lost it all on his way to gaining it all.

70
Paste

For many people, enjoying this record will probably depend upon the rapper’s performance of penance ... Gibbs lost it for four months, and every line on this album is haunted by that loss. Some sentences never end.

60
The Needle Drop

Freddie Gibbs makes a rushed return with You Only Live 2wice.

NR
Freddie Gibbs delivers 6 great tracks at the start of the project, but the overall experience is slightly sullied by the weak 7th track and the average closer.
BuffaloStaple
57
Freddie's latest release features a somewhat eclectic variety of beats, most of which have a very potent trap flavour to them, the only one that greatly sticks out to me would be on the song Alexys which has a much smoother, jazzier feel than the others. I'd say the production on this thing front to back is pretty enjoyable and I think it's the best and most consistent aspect of this album, the main thing that holds me back from enjoying this album would be it's unsatisfying length and ... read more
81
A solid return to form for Gibbs.
kappachino
67
Couple good song but album is meh
GabrielDiablo
60
Decent
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Year End Lists

#23/Complex

Track List

  1. 20 Karat Jesus
  2. Alexys
  3. Crushed Glass
  4. Dear Maria
  5. Amnesia
  6. Andrea
  7. Phone Lit
  8. Homesick
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