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  • Summary: The first full-length release for the rapper as Naeem (previous albums were under the name Spank Rock) features guest appearances Amanda Blank, Micah James, Swamp Dogg, Velvet Negroni, and Justin Vernon.
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  1. 85
    Startisha, as such, finds Juwan transcending genre without qualm, a path crossed by many, but delivered here with a precision and confessional centre that feels innate, organic and without lull.
  2. Jun 15, 2020
    80
    The album's ability to blend genres results in an unique and alluring archive of sound — a strong coming-out party for the Baltimore native.
  3. Jun 16, 2020
    80
    Although this album lacks a certain grounded cohesion, it is rewarding to see him floating and flying for a minute, exploring different avenues of his voice, his history and his sound. He boldly ushers in a new wave of truth and complexity that foreshadows what else he has left to say.
  4. Mojo
    Jun 26, 2020
    80
    For all of Startisha's eclecticism, Juwan's visions are coherent, his voice assured. [Aug 2020, p.88]
  5. Jul 1, 2020
    80
    Naeem's debut album, Startisha, is beautiful and reaching.
  6. Jun 15, 2020
    70
    This album is more for Naeem himself than any listener. And when it hits a sweet spot, drifting somewhere between manic experimentation and somber fury, Startisha shines.
  7. Q Magazine
    Jun 15, 2020
    60
    Startisha is a marriage that nods to the old while leaning on the new, where results are more mixed. [Summer 2020, p.103]