First of a Living Breed - Homeboy Sandman
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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the new York rapper was producer by Jonwayne and is his first on the Stones Throw label.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. Between speed of delivery and brevity of line, Sandman's nonstop tunefulness here tends jingly no matter how gritty his flow.
  2. Oct 11, 2012
    His inexhaustible penmanship coaxes listeners to further sink their ears to the album's abyss, a pull that's hard to defy.
  3. Oct 25, 2012
    It's an amazing, cool, and filling mix, and with Homeboy himself being that right mix of persuasive and challenging, First of a Living Breed is an easy recommendation for any lyric-loving hip-hop head.
  4. Oct 25, 2012
    First Of A Living Breed is another powerful entry into the Good Sun's discography.
  5. Dec 17, 2012
    The law school drop-pout is at his analytical best here. [Jan 2013, p.93]
  6. Oct 8, 2012
    The brilliant writing on First of a Living Breed ... would position the album as a candidate for one of the year's best rap records if it weren't for those drawback tracks ["For the Kids", "Cedar and Sedgwick"].
  7. Oct 19, 2012
    First of a Living Breed is an example of an artist failing to balance the best and worst of himself, letting both halves wander freely through a 46 minute album that goes nowhere, existing simply because the potential for a tenable LP has been exhibited in the past. That exhibition is rarely visible this time around, sadly.

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