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  • Summary: After a number of mixtapes, the rapper from Louisiana releases his debut full-length studio release that includes guest appearances from Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Whether or not it's as good as The Luca Brasi Story is irrelevant, though at this point the two are about even. The highs on Luca Brasi are higher and the lows are lower, but Stranger Than Fiction is a much more consistent listen.
  2. Aug 16, 2013
    80
    The Luca Brasi Story was more ambitious, but Stranger Than Fiction does moves Gates closer to a larger audience.
  3. Dec 10, 2013
    80
    In small doses this perpetual explosion is often magnificent. [Sep 2013, p.66]
  4. Aug 16, 2013
    76
    The record's uncompromising hard luck street narratives are dispensed with a preternaturally sharp eye for detail that dabs Gates’ economic writing with a shock of much-needed color.
  5. 70
    Looking back at Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak, there is much strength to be gained in weakness--Gates current momentum is fueled with that power.
  6. Aug 16, 2013
    60
    He treats this debut album like a retail mixtape, and the result is a project that picks off from where The Luca Brasi Story left off. Unfortunately, these high points aren’t enough for him here to progress further.
  7. Jan 27, 2014
    60
    An artist on the verge of a spectacular breakthrough. [Oct 2013, p.107]

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