This brings me back to two albums in particular: Camp Lo's Uptown Saturday Night and Kanye's The College Dropout — less in terms of sound and production (though the Kanye—9th Wonder connection is of course very obvious) and more in terms of just sheer entertainment value. This record has it all: a concept that makes the skits worth sitting through, comedy, pretty incredible verses, and just delightful production. It's so rare for me to listen to an album — even one that I really, really like — and then immediately listen to it five more times. Five!

More than anything, this record has a mise en place. It has an opinion and a worldview that it defines well and then you just get to live in it in a really delightful way for forty-five minutes. It's fun from start to finish. I don't know what else to say about it.


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