The Autobiography

Vic Mensa - The Autobiography
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #584 / 717
User Score
Based on 82 ratings
2017 Ratings: #594
July 28, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

 The Autobiography is both rangy and controlled. On the mike, Mensa is ceaselessly impassioned.

80
NME

It’s a scattershot album gelled together by Mensa’s emotionally frank lyrics, which reveal a complex persona: he appears at once secure in his talent as a musician, while keenly aware of the personal limitations that dog him.

75
Paste

Through Mensa’s forthright confessions, The Autobiography inspires as much as it speaks to our inner angsty adolescents—the ones who used to hole up in their rooms and blast Linkin Park at night.

70
Rolling Stone

His proper debut full-length might be letting you know who he really is.

70
Clash

Although the succession of lukewarm tracks early on prevents this from being a flawless debut, Vic Mensa does enough to keep the album an engaging listen even in its misguided moments.

69
Pitchfork

Even when he swings and misses on the power pop outings, The Autobiography never casts Vic out of pocket despite all the mood switching. Still, it’s his rapping that got him here.

65
Northern Transmissions

The Autobiography features some of Mensa’s strongest work yet, but it’s dragged down by weak songs, middling production, a bizarre track sequence which places gentle ballads right next to bombastic radio bangers, and cheesy similies that stick out like sore thumbs.

60
The Guardian

His candour about depression and drug addiction is arresting ... There are also some brilliant production flourishes ... The trouble is that the timbre of his voice is a little colourless, and audibly draws on the intonation of others.

60
The Needle Drop

Vic Mensa's long-awaited debut album delivers its fair share of grand and thoughtful highs, but also some cringe-worthy lows.

60
XXL

While the LP is worth the wait and a worthy debut, it lacks the explosive selections and raw exuberance that put Vic’s Innanetape mixtape in classic territory and ignited his buzz. However, the rapper manages to deliver an album that puts you in tune with who he is as a person, marks the horrors of his past, and is indicative of his bright future as one of the more impactful artists in hip-hop.

60
PopMatters
While it may not be his most innovative offering, detailed execution and honesty make it worthwhile.
58
Pretty Much Amazing

It all results in Vic Mensa trying to balance between the punchline rapper and the introspective one and doing neither particularly well, especially when compared to the artists that he wants to be compared with.

50
The 405

A vaguely political theme clouds over the album as a whole, and once Mensa finally gets his moment to shine, he falls miserably short.

ThrowBackG
60
Yo this album has Syd and those guys that sang Africa wtf d00000d XD its Lit m8
davidmerkle
70
There are some awesome songs hidden in this mess. Here’s my abbreviated track list:

1. Say I Didn’t
2. Memories on 47th St.
3. Homewrecker
4. Down For Some Ignorance (Ghetto Lullaby)
5. Heaven on Earth
6. Card Cracker - Skit
7. Heaven on Earth - Reprise
8. The Fire Next Time
9. Rage
10. We Could Be Free

Full Album Length: 1 hour
Abbreviated Album Length: 40 minutes

Full Album Rating: 65
Abbreviated Album Rating: ... read more
PreeMo
47
I can't stand Vic Mensa...
trevorbarnes
30
trasah
40
boring
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Track List

  1. Didn't I (Say I Didn't)
  2. Memories On 47th St.
  3. Rollin' Like a Stoner
  4. Homewrecker (feat. Weezer)
  5. Gorgeous (feat. Syd)
  6. Heaven On Earth (feat. The-Dream)
  7. Card Cracker
  8. Down for Some Ignorance (Ghetto Lullaby) [feat. Chief Keef & Joey Purp]
  9. Coffee & Cigarettes
  10. Wings (feat. Pharrell Williams & Saul Williams)
  11. Heaven On Earth
  12. The Fire Next Time
  13. We Could Be Free (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
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