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  • Artist(s): Aesop Rock, Tobacco
  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the collaboration between Aesop Rock and Tobacco.
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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. Jan 22, 2019
    80
    When the last few tracks roll around, it becomes clear that Tobacco and Aes are sticking with the same formula for the album’s duration. Tobacco will gradually layer more variously-filtered keys, Aes will find something to chant for the chorus, and then some distorted vocals will close the track out. Two albums of this might get tiring, but for 34 minutes, it works perfectly despite the predictability.
  2. Jan 22, 2019
    77
    With its 34-minute runtime, its cartoon cover art, and the pervading levity of Tobacco’s beats, Malibu Ken may seem at first like a minor work. But there’s nothing diminutive about a record this sharply written. It’s a side project every bit as substantial as Aesop Rock’s proper albums. That it also happens to be more fun than most of them is a bonus.
  3. Mar 11, 2019
    75
    Malibu Ken is wonky, unique electro-psychedelic thunk that is somewhat pretty. It's crisp, sensational perplexity, and very hard to overthrow.
  4. Jan 22, 2019
    70
    The result is an influx of psychedelic mania that ends up enhancing his counterpart’s festering lyrical voyages. Random references and non-sensical metaphors aside, Malibu Ken is proof that abstract hip-hop is very much alive.
  5. Jan 22, 2019
    70
    Tobacco's production throughout the album isn't quite as lo-fi or dirty-sounding as his solo work, and his presence is clearly felt, but he doesn't overpower Aesop. The two are a fitting match for each other, and their collaboration works as well as fans would expect.
  6. The Wire
    Mar 7, 2019
    70
    Tobacco’s beats sound like a mescaline trip through a haunted theme park from Scooby Doo, while the Def Jux legend in a different lifetime raps about an eagle snacking on a cat like a churro. Pretty standard stuff really. [Mar 2019, p.65]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 14, 2019
    10
    Incredible album, the minimal production really works in Aesop's favour and his lyrical prowess is top tier and unmatched as usual. 'Tuesday',Incredible album, the minimal production really works in Aesop's favour and his lyrical prowess is top tier and unmatched as usual. 'Tuesday', '1+1=13', 'churro' & 'Purple Moss' are definite highlights.

    Only gripe is, I wish it was longer. 10/10
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  2. Jan 29, 2019
    9
    A fantastic album from one of the most dynamic duos in hip-hop today. Electrifying from back to front, weird, idiosyncratic and absolutelyA fantastic album from one of the most dynamic duos in hip-hop today. Electrifying from back to front, weird, idiosyncratic and absolutely immersive. Would recommend to any hip-hop fan.

    Favourite Tracks: Corn Maze, Tuesday, Sword Box, Dog Years, Acid King, Suicide Big Gulp, 1+1=13, Churro

    Least Favourite Track: Purple Moss
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  3. Feb 4, 2019
    9
    Rarely do Side-project collabs go this well. Tobacco’s psychedelic beats serve as the perfect foundation for Aesop Rock’s abstract lyricism.Rarely do Side-project collabs go this well. Tobacco’s psychedelic beats serve as the perfect foundation for Aesop Rock’s abstract lyricism. There is little diversity from track to track but this is a perfect example of “too much of a good thing” can still be a good thing. Malibu Ken has managed to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts and is deserving of more love than it is likely to receive. 9 out of 10
    Tracks to Enjoy: “ Sword Box”, “1+1=13”, & “Churro”
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  4. Feb 3, 2019
    8
    Malibu Ken is pure fun for total weirdos.

    FAV TRACKS: CORN MAZE, TUESDAY, SWORD BOX, ACID KING, SUICIDE BIG GULP, 1+1=13, CHURRO LEAST
    Malibu Ken is pure fun for total weirdos.

    FAV TRACKS: CORN MAZE, TUESDAY, SWORD BOX, ACID KING, SUICIDE BIG GULP, 1+1=13, CHURRO

    LEAST FAV TRACK: PURPLE MOSS
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