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 - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
91
When I first listened to this album, I loved it. However, I REALLY love it now. In fact, this is now my second favorite Kendrick Lamar album behind To Pimp a Butterfly. I love how personal Kendrick got on this album, and there's not a single track here that I didn't enjoy to some extent. I think this shit is amazing, even though the second disc is way better than the first one in my opinion. I honestly don't have any consistent gripes with this record. I guess my only complaint is the lack of ... read more
 - The Heart Part 5
NR
i don't rate singles but…

this shit is fucking fire bro the king is back bitch i'm so excited i've already watched the music video like 25 times man the way the song ends is so fucking emotional rip nip bruhh this man said "to my brother to my kids, i'm in heaven, to my mother to my sis, i'm in heaven" with his face morphed as nipsey hussle "to my friends make sure you countin them blessings to my fans make sure you make them investments and to the killer that sped up my ... read more

 - Hills to Die On
72
This is a good album. I enjoyed the majority of the tracks here, and I wouldn’t say that any of the songs are bad. I definitely think some tracks worked better than others, but nothing struck me as being completely wack. I tend to think of myself as a lyrics-first kinda guy, but I have to admit that the main appeal of this project for me is just the eclectic production. I’ve definitely become a big fan of Nasa’s beats recently, and this project is another reason why. I mean, ... read more
 - Mobile Homies Season 1
57
This album was honestly kind of a letdown. I'm not gonna act like I was a huge fan of Lyrics Born prior to hearing this, but I think he can probably make better music than this. The rapping is pretty good for the most part. It's just that a lot of the songs here aren't particularly enjoyable. I think a big problem I have with this record is the features. Only a handful of them impressed me to be honest. The production also wasn't particularly entertaining to me aside from a few exceptions. It ... read more
 - Aethiopes
91
This album is fucking amazing. It's one of the best albums I've heard in a long ass time, and it's easily my album of the year so far. This is the most I've ever enjoyed a billy woods album after just a few listens. Usually his albums have to grow on me, but this one blew me away immediately. I feel comfortable calling it my second favorite billy woods album behind History Will Absolve Me. Preservation's production was consistently amazing throughout the album's runtime, and billy woods' pen is ... read more

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1mo
Bro has “This album is ___” at the start of every one of his reviews💀💀💀
11mo
u made a real good review for Idlewild on RYM
1y
alright then
1y
What's your favorite Swans record and song? (list)
1y
Another recommendation bc you like Tokyo Cigar, this literally just came out
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/353100-heaven-razah-tokyo-cigar-dj-flipcyide-spiritual-kung-fu.php
1y
Well If U want some Pro Zay recommendations, NcL Zay 1 & 2, SLUMP2 and Tales From The Mud (prod. August Fanon) are good
1y
Saw u rated Tokyo Cigar, have u heard this one by Iceberg Theory? All produced by Tokyo https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/250308-iceberg-theory-philokalia.php
3y
Yo fool!

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Here’s my list of the 20 best albums I heard this past year. It should go without saying that these aren’t the only good albums worth hearing from 2021; they’re just my 20 favorites. There are ...
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