McKinley Dixon   Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!?
3.8
excellent
Release Date: 2023
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4.0 excellentErwann S. STAFF | June 20th 23

Yeeeehaw soulful'n'jazzy hip hop is always a winner for my solipsist heart. Warm basslines and smooth key lines deliver the musical goods while energetic rapping brings intensity to the mix.

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4.0 excellentcjbizzlebizzle | December 31st 23

For only 28 minutes 'Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!?' accomplishes more than most musicians produce in albums more than twice as long as that. The record starts out with a fairly unassuming reading setting the stage for many great moments that follow. 'Sun, I Rise' shines a light on both Dixon's powerful lyricism and bold delivery as well as the instrumentation on the album, in that case a wonderful string section and live drums accompany the lyricists. 'Mezzanine Tippin' gets a bit weird reminiscent of something like Atrocity Exhibition before a battery of some of the best jazz rap songs of recent memory come through. Personally, it feels like 'Live! From the Kitchen Table', with wonderful rap + saxophone + keys interplay, is the triumph of this record but you can make the case for many of the songs here. 'Tyler, Forever' deserves a bit of a shoutout too, bringing in a less jazz focused style to help give the album a bit more variety and flow.

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4.5 superbGene Gol-Jonsson CONTRIBUTOR | September 22nd 23

This goes industrially hard, but still manages to stay ethereally blissful. Damned if this ain't hip-hop record of the year.

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4.5 superbafterthenight | July 31st 23

feels like a mini tpab, love itrmckinley dixon also displays an incredible potential here, look forward to anything he makes next

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3.5 greatajcollins15 | June 14th 23

There is a lot to love from this sophomore McKinley Dixon album, but there is also a small dip in quality from his bombastic debut a few years ago. The jazz rap album has booming and sophisticated jazz instrumentals that have that modern jazz-rap flair of a TPAB or an Avantdale Bowling Club, but it has the energetic and fast-paced rapping of a JID. However, the breath of the track list really tracks feel like he is getting into a flow with Tracks ending as fast as they start. Overall, it?s still a really enchanting and promising record that continues to build McKinley?s sound to extreme heights, just needs some more tuning in the future.

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