• Record Label: DECON
  • Release Date: Jan 24, 2012
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jan 26, 2012
    88
    Vodka & Ayahuasca is a salute to no-bullshit hip-hop done right.
  2. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    Energy levels stay firmly in the red throughout and, perhaps, unsurprisingly given the subject matter, it sounds as though the pair had enormous fun in making it. [May 2012, p.102]
  3. Feb 1, 2012
    80
    Underground Hip Hop in the right and literal sense of the term, Vodka & Ayahuasca is an uncompromising listen that dwells in the underbelly of an increasingly saccharine rap scene.
  4. Jan 25, 2012
    80
    This is just one entertaining ride for hardcore hip-hop fans all the way down the corridor, one that economically rocks your knot at just under 42 minutes.
  5. Jan 25, 2012
    80
    Gangrene is dirty, underground hip-hop excellence as expected, but Vodka & Ayahuasca takes it to another level, or realm.
  6. May 8, 2012
    75
    Vodka & Ayahuasca is not only one of the strongest rap releases so far this year, in terms of 'crazy combinations' it stands up to "Madvillainy" and "Hell: The Sequel."
  7. Jan 25, 2012
    71
    That atmosphere helps hold up Vodka & Ayahuasca's sense of anarchic, altered-state unease when the lyrics don't quite cut it, though the tolerable-at-worst punchlines and metaphors are easier to stomach the less dead-serious you take them.
  8. Feb 15, 2012
    70
    V & A is generally a more challenging listen than Gutter Water, but it's definitely a more rewarding one as well and a can't miss for fans of either artist or those curious to hear a more unique variety of sample material than the usual hip-hop fare.
  9. Feb 1, 2012
    70
    The standout tracks are the featureless "Flame Throwers," "Odds Cracked" and "Auralac Bags," the latter of which boasts a noir-ish, alleyway-chase-scene type of beat.
  10. Jan 27, 2012
    70
    Ultimately V&A is an album that presents a fearlessly original and coherent, if distorted, vision, something that's become an endangered species in the age of the hit single.
  11. Feb 22, 2012
    60
    Vodka & Ayahuasca is a potent brew. [Mar 2012, p.100]
  12. Jan 25, 2012
    60
    The majority of the raps are unfortunately provided by ALC and Dr. No: two artists more known for getting busy behind the boards than on the mic.
  13. 60
    Take Vodka and Ayahuasca as a testament to these guys' long-acquired mastery of their craft, even as the rhymes are generally less than striking.

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