IDK - IS HE REAL?
Sep 19, 2019 (updated Sep 20, 2019)
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The sheep on the cover is so cute.

So. I listen to "Is He real?" hoping that IDK improves considerably. The album is, after all, the "debut LP" of the promising Maryland rapper. In 2017, "IWASVERYBAD" featured brilliant ideas, clever lyrics and avant-garde production, but looked more like a mixtape than a coherent album. His album shows that he is not only able to rapping with purpose but he does it for a well-placed production. Indeed, the album is centered on the question of God. Sometimes this question is a little forced but hey... I listened to this and could not help thinking that I was missing something. idk. I think he sounds like some of his contemporaries (Chance the rapper, for example and it's not a compliment for me, or even a lyrical Playboi Carti) on some of these tracks. While the album does not definitively answer all the existential questions, "Is He Real" displays an IDK that is versatile, creative, thoughtful, interesting and technically skilled. This album isn't without its weak points, but this is easily IDK's most exciting and focused effort to date.

Best tracks: "Porno", "24", "Digital", "Julia . . .", "No Cable", "Cloud Blu".

Worst track: "European Skies"
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