by Cut Off Our Eggrolls? USER (83 Reviews)
February 27th, 2018 | 8 replies

Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wrist in the pot eatin' ramen like it's Ruth Chris....

On February 21, 2018, Towkio donned a spacesuit, climbed into a shuttle attached to a helium balloon and floated 100,000 feet into to the stratosphere to “drop” his new album WWW in a publicity stunt no doubt enabled by being one of Rick Rubin’s first new hip-hop signings in over 20 years. While many of today’s valiant keyboard warriors will attempt to hide their jealousy by questioning the point attempting such a feat, the fact remains that the guy went to space. This stunt denotes the man’s approach to his music as well. From his breakout tape .Wav Theory until now Towkio has exhibited an almost blinding confidence in his craft, charging forward with a recipe not wholly his own but certainly not a photocopy either. That trend continues with WWW, a debut dripping with noxious levels of personality and the production chops to match. The Chicago native has always given fans a different look which each release and WWW is a different look still, but there’s a twinkle in the eye here.

While strange to say, WWW really feels like a debut album. Opening with the introspective “Swim”, Towkio really sets the stage for an uplifting and vibrant album with “Symphony”, a lyrically dense stream-of-consciousness style track that shows Towkio’s willingness to dabble in some off-kilter arrangements. Small experiments like this pepper WWW and combined with Towkio’s charm, create a variety of memorable moments throughout the album. The slow jam “Morning View” holds one of the best ideas of WWW in SZA’s fantastic feature adding to a supremely serene and chilled vibe. “Slow jam” being the operative word that really highlights the debut-ism of WWW, the notion of box checking. Towkio has his slow jam in “Morning View”, his onomatopoeic banger in “Drift”, even his horribly ill-conceived WTF song with “Disco”. This box checking is magnified even greater by Towkio’s lyrics, which range from lovely soul-searching prose to cookie-cutter irreverent babble, too often setting up camp in the latter and distracting from the album’s greatest attribute.

What WWW excels at is where it counts, the music. There’s great diversity in the beats and while a good portion of the album revolves around a core of Chicago house, a few curveballs like the beat progression of “Drift” or the breakdown in “Loose” show a man flush with ideas and unafraid to use them. There’s been a gradual build in hype for Towkio since the release of .Wav Theory and although WWW isn’t the perfect culmination some may have expected, the rampant charismatic force here begets a mountain of potential. And while the charm doesn’t completely overshadow issues common with freshman offerings, with some polish that little twinkle might require shades to even look at in the future.

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February 27th 2018


Album Rating: 3.5

blah blah blah Rick Rubin sucks. I forsee I'll be in the heavy minority here but I've liked what this guy has been doing for years now.

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February 27th 2018



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February 27th 2018


neat little write up, spiritual pos

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February 27th 2018


Excited to listen. He never seems to quite live up to his potential, but this looks fun. Great review as usual.

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February 27th 2018


I missed reading your reviews while I was off Calc.
Mind pos

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February 27th 2018


good review, made me want to give it a try

February 27th 2018


Album Rating: 3.0

First listen sounded kinda like a poor man's Chance the Rapper (probably cuz that's what I thought about him before when I saw him open for Chance) but there's a lot more to it the more you listen. He definitely draws a lot from his peers but there's more energy.

February 27th 2018


Album Rating: 3.5

thanks for the kind words gents. and yes pete I've always thought towkio draws a lot from Chance in terms of his flow and general upbeat style but I like towkio much better.

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