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PelicanManners -
Preservation perfectly showcases how to make a proper compilation album. Apart from the first track, all of the songs are straight quality. The whole project has a certain vibe going for it, sort of a light oriental feel. The rappers that are featured here are incredible. If you're a fan of underground hip hop, these features will definitely excite you.

Strong Eight /8

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PelicanManners -
It wore of me a bit since the release but i still think it’s his best work. The intro and outro of the album are absolutely amazing, the flow of the project is great. Don’t really know if I can add anything else to this discussion, great album listen to it if you haven’t yet.


Strong eight /8
PelicanManners -
Madlib and Hemlock Ernst team up for a short self titled EP under the group name Trouble Knows Me. The EP features 6 tracks, half of them are instrumentals (intro, interlude, outro). I thought that the songs that were just instrumentals were pretty weak, nothing memorable. The ones that actually featured rapping from Hemlock were okay except for one that was pretty good “From Trouble They Know Me”. So overall it’s an okay EP that could and
should have been better.

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PelicanManners -
The long awaited debut LP of Hemlock Ernst, does not disappoint. I’m really glad he teamed up with Kenny Segal, I honestly can’t imagine any producer would contribute better instrumentals than these. Now this isn’t groundbreaking hip hop, it’s just a very well refined version of Abstract Hip Hop. Hemlock isn’t as cryptic or as abstract, as some of the other artist that Kenny has worked with (Milo, Serengeti, Billy Woods, Busdriver, Elucid...), but i think that ... read more
PelicanManners -
This is the second single for the upcoming L’orange and Namir Blade album “ Imaginary Everything”. Even with the Quelle Chris feature this did nothing for me. The beat was underwhelming, the rapping was okay and the chorus was lacking.

Strong Five /5
PelicanManners -
I actually do enjoy this album, it needed longer to click but it definitely did. The most noticeable thing is the lacklustre production, well at least at first it seems lacklustre. With multiple listens the instrumentals really won me over, they’re not as simplistic as they may seem. They have these subtle layers of extra jazziness and drums sprinkled in. Overall R.A.P. Ferreira did a fairly good job with these beats.

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Apr 2, 2021
I wasn't as crazy about the Small Bills album after revisiting it recently, liked it more initially
Jan 30, 2021
definitely not as good as his latest (admittedly i haven't heard his work under milo that's probably even better). i'll say that i still gave it a 70+ because i found it interesting with the spoken word influences
Jan 25, 2021
oh and yeah btw i forgot to tell you, you should check out that mixtape logic dropped this week under the doc d moniker if u haven't already. lots of mf doom vibes with the supervillain persona, i personally didn't like it too much, but a lot of people on the website really enjoyed it so give it a go
Jan 25, 2021
that's a good way of doing things! by the looks of it you mainly review music that you really like, as opposed to me, i'm just reviewing a bunch of random stuff that comes out, some bad, some good, some whatever. so a lot of that stuff doesn't need that time to sit nor does it have that lyrical complexity u mentioned
Jan 25, 2021
rarely do i change my thoughts on something with multiple listens drastically, so i usually write on new releases after 1 listen, especially on stuff i don't like/ am indifferent towards. its kinda of a bad habit and makes for more premature thoughts but i don't want to be spending much time on shit idc abt
Jan 25, 2021
if i understood that correctly, that's how i usually do things as well. even if i'm reviewing something i've listened to plenty of times i give it an extra listen just to collect my thoughts
Jan 25, 2021
thank you! january has been kinda slow too, so you haven't missed much. only big hip hop release so far was rap ferreira, you might like it, it's pretty abstract, more than anything he dropped beforehand
Jan 24, 2021
Jan 24, 2021
also just read your most recent review, sorry for missing that. hope you're doing better, doom's death hit hard for sure
Jan 24, 2021
hey pelican, how you been doing? you seem kinda inactive since the start of the year


I specialise in short hip hop reviews. Always relisten an album before reviewing. Everything 75+ is straight quality. Rating distribution is on the higher side, because I tend to review music, i at least somewhat like.
Mostly listen to hip hop and soul.
Explaining my ratings:
0-19 Awful
20-29 Very Bad
30-39 Bad
40-49 below average
50-59 average
60-69 solid
70-79 good
80-89 fantastic
90-99 classic
100 masterpiece

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