Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Dec 6, 2011
    80
    What could have ended up sounding like sketches, are now completed pieces,m full of suspense flashback, refrains ad other temporal tricks. [Oct 2011, p.61]
  2. Aug 31, 2011
    80
    Rapping with Paul White combines a series of moods and ideas and ties them together with quirky skits and a varied palate of samples, all with the charm we've grown to expect from White.
  3. Aug 31, 2011
    80
    Do not sleep. The lush soundscapes of the vivid and fascinating world of Paul White await.
  4. 70
    He's a white man crafting beats behind street-level odes to marking out territory from the likes of Detroit's Guilty Simpson and Marv Won, plus others, and he draws on a cornucopia of cultures to do so. Latin, Middle Eastern, African and, worst of all for Starkey, freaky German (NOT THEM!) Moog music rears up on a seductive record that reveals itself in layers.
  5. Aug 31, 2011
    70
    Some will call it noise, others a beautifully complicated symphony. In the end, you're not quite sure where you've landed, but you're glad you took the trip.
  6. Aug 31, 2011
    70
    Rapping With Paul White is part Afrobeat and/or ambient instrumental hip-hop, part energetic and demented rap, and part scavenger hunt of all the painfully obscure samples that sprinkle through White's beats.
  7. Sep 22, 2011
    67
    Considering how he and White have a past history of collaborating, you'd think that Guilty Simpson and White would be firing on all cylinders by now; instead, the Detroit hardhead unfurls cliché after cliché and drops vague, autobiographical teases that don't reveal much in particular.
  8. Jan 11, 2012
    60
    A trip for questing bohemians of every persuasion. [Dec. 2011 p.96]
  9. Sep 21, 2011
    60
    It;s the mesmerising sonic weave which provides the intrigue. [Oct 2011, p.117]
  10. Sep 14, 2011
    60
    Rapping With Paul White continues to put the world on notice that White is on equal footing with many of the underground's most esteemed vinyl spinners. It just doesn't provide much evidence that White is as accomplished at working out what an album of his should sound like other than more of the sample-exploration we've already come to expect of him.
  11. Aug 31, 2011
    60
    Sadly there are too many beats and samples that it can be hard to keep up with the ferocious pace, despite the obvious talent and flashes of genius on this record.

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