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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release from Virginia rapper McKinley Dixon features guest appearances by Alfred., Anjimile, Ms. Jaylin Brown, Angélica Garcia, Ghais Guevara, Hanif, Seline Haze, and Teller Bank$.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jun 20, 2023
    Dixon’s radiant songwriting paves the way, and his expressive style makes for an enchanting journey through blissful soundscapes.
  2. Jun 8, 2023
    Throughout Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!?, Dixon continues to show off his acrobatic way with words and parades his affecting precision of imagery.
  3. Jun 8, 2023
    It’s all gorgeously rich in both sound and delivery.
  4. Jun 8, 2023
    Thematic and lyrical motifs find repetition throughout the album like a musical director slowly pulling the strings together.
  5. Jun 8, 2023
    Dixon’s fourth album tightens its lens: skipping by in 30 minutes, its songs possess a renewed urgency and velocity. But his writing is more literary and exploratory still. Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!? (named after three of Toni Morrison’s most celebrated works) provides an embarrassment of imagistic riches.
  6. Jul 3, 2023
    Dixon is locked in as his verses speak on the duality of gripping steel while hitting the concrete to earn a living. It’s beautifully written, using imagery of fists clenched, finding your heart, and smiling in the sunshine. It’s the clear-eyed Dixon you want to hear more of.
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  1. Jul 10, 2023
    It does have a "cinematic" feel on the production and composition, the lyrics are nice too, with some self perspective, tenderness andIt does have a "cinematic" feel on the production and composition, the lyrics are nice too, with some self perspective, tenderness and disruption verses. But there is something on the narrative that struggles enough to feel it through the whole project. "Beloved! Paradise! Jazz​!​?" feels like the climax of something wonderful, but you do get to the end of this project feeling you miss a whole bunch of the movie even though you got here early. At least this is a happy ending with a lot of catharsis, we just might need a sound that fills the sense of struggle that leaded this fighter to this victory. Expand