Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Ultimately, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead displays a type of artistic growth almost alien to the genre.
  2. I'll Sleep When You're Dead is too smart, too relevant, and too dangerous.
  3. I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead is a triumph that will, like its predecessor, take years to unpeel.
  4. It seems - for the first time, perhaps - he's made one out of love for the artform alone rather than with the added motive of letting off a little barely-suppressed rage or feeling he has scores to settle, either with the industry or himself.
  5. One of the most powerful hip-hop albums of 2007.
  6. The Impressionistic sound painting El-P has long threatened - and finally delivered.
  7. He flirts with melody here... and relaxes his delivery, allowing us to take a breath before heading back into the chaos. [23 Mar 2007, p.59]
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. johnnyb.
    Jun 12, 2007
    10
    I would call el-p ahead of his time, but I don't think time will ever catch him.
  2. Oct 8, 2014
    10
    You really can't stop listening once you start. El-P made his big entrance with Fantastic Damage, but in some ways this seems to surpassYou really can't stop listening once you start. El-P made his big entrance with Fantastic Damage, but in some ways this seems to surpass Fantastic Damage lyrically. Full Review »
  3. hypernation
    Jan 24, 2008
    10
    this album along with Saul williams niggy tardust will completely change your view on what hip hop is capable of. Incredible, diverse and all this album along with Saul williams niggy tardust will completely change your view on what hip hop is capable of. Incredible, diverse and all too rare in this landscape of mediocrity. Full Review »