Shock City Maverick

  • Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Oct 19, 2004
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Spin
    83
    He's more grounded... and his evasive, abstract beats underpin his vocals less randomly. [Dec 2004, p.124]
  2. Blender
    80
    Beans's themes may be everyday, but thankfully his wit isn't. [Nov 2004, p.129]
  3. Mojo
    80
    The sound of Beans returning to the hip hop that hatched him, remaking it in his image. [Dec 2004, p.100]
  4. Beans has yet to learn, however, that we’re paying the price of admission to hear him wrap his tongue around the mic, not screw around with his drum machine.
  5. Urb
    70
    This time, he's truly on some next shit instrumentally and vocally. [Nov 2004, p.98]
  6. New Musical Express (NME)
    70
    [A] groovily electronic, acid-addled collection of throat-tickling, Venusian rhyme formations. [23 Oct 2004, p.51]
  7. His machinegun flow is as cerebral as ever, but too much of the album's production slides by in a dignified haze of twinkling clips and clacks, devoid of real grime or grizzled substance.
  8. Maverick has a more consistent tone than either of Beans' previous records, but it also lacks the stand-outs of its predecessors, settling into bland production strokes that recede behind his always fascinating rhymes.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MattD
    May 30, 2005
    10
    look guys...this album's getting mediocre ratings from magazines, but that doesn't mean shit. this is easily one of the hottest look guys...this album's getting mediocre ratings from magazines, but that doesn't mean shit. this is easily one of the hottest albums i've ever heard. some articles talked bad about his ego and everything, but caan you think of a rapper who doesn't have an ego? the lyrics here are top-notch Full Review »
  2. davidg
    Mar 9, 2005
    10
    beans is amazing, shock city maverick is an instant classic
  3. Chris
    Jan 27, 2005
    9
    I Liked it alot. This was a nice album by the Former Anti Pop Consortium MC Beans. IT is very fresh and he does great on almost every track.