Payback

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  • Summary: The seventh studio album for the rapper features guest appearances from such artists as Agallah, El-P, Lil B, Phonte, Questlove, Res, and Swiss Beatz.
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  1. Oct 17, 2012
    90
    There's a decade of depth to D. Swain that shows in every bar, note, and beat of this Payback, one which should hopefully give the music biz a big smack in the face.
  2. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    While Payback's status as a concept album makes it a rarity in the hip-hop world, even rarer for that realm is an album that's more focused on a continued narrative than creating a breakout single, making the album something that's to be experienced in its entirety.
  3. Oct 17, 2012
    80
    His honesty and candor on the LP are constantly refreshing.
  4. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    Lyrically, Swain brings it, and the album's conceptual structure is sturdy enough to support nearly 90 minutes of nimble versification.
  5. 70
    Come for the hype; stay for the delivery. He's earned it.
  6. Oct 17, 2012
    60
    It's like a Jason Statham film, leave your brain at the door, don't think, enjoy it for what it is.
  7. Nov 20, 2012
    60
    South Carolina rapper Danny Swain shoots clever satiric spitballs from the hip-hop margins.... But eighty minutes of gripes about label persecution and insufficiently positive reviews feels like celeb whining from someone who isn't famous.

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