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  • Artist(s): Ty Dolla $ign
  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release from the collaboration between Kanye West & Ty Dolla $ign is the first of a planned trilogy.
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  • Genre(s): Pop, Rap, R&B, Contemporary R&B, Midwest Rap, West Coast Rap, Pop-Rap, Contemporary Rap
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  1. Feb 12, 2024
    60
    All in all, Vultures 1 doesn’t move the needle for Kanye West — or Ty Dolla $ign, for that matter. Listeners, fans, haters and hopefuls will be in the same place they were before the album dropped: confused, disappointed, but holding onto the idea that the Kanye we all fell in love with can still deliver undeniably good music that is worth defending.
  2. Feb 15, 2024
    58
    There is an uncanny, even hollow air to the album. It can feel a bit like watching a Super Bowl commercial: the budget is all there on the screen, the lighting and set dressing and sound design just so, but you can’t shake the nagging sense that there is no center, just a clot of references without a referent.
  3. Feb 13, 2024
    50
    Vultures is a serviceable record. The production, in typical post-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy fashion, is sparse. While it won’t be confused for a masterpiece, it shows that West is still good at being a producer. He puts Ty Dolla Sign in position to sound as bubbly as he’s been since the Obama era.
  4. Feb 16, 2024
    50
    Vultures 1 won’t be the worst hip-hop album of the year, but it’s repetitive, redundant, and far too impressed with itself to be enjoyed by anyone but true believers.
  5. Feb 22, 2024
    50
    Ultimately, “Vultures 1” is a simulacrum of a strong Ye album — sometimes thinly constructed, but thickened with harsh sound and polished to a high shine. Some of West’s recent albums have been brittle inside and out, but this is music that, for better and worse, matches the moment, with songs that are pugnacious, brooding, lewd and a little exasperated.
  6. Feb 12, 2024
    40
    As per usual, the actual music is hard to hear over the accompanying clamour, but if you strain your ears you can make out an album that’s an improvement on 2021’s Donda. It’s still uneven in a way that occasionally makes you wonder what on earth Volumes 2 and 3 of Vultures are going to sound like.
  7. 40
    ‘Vultures 1’ might not be the total dud that could put Kanye’s career six feet under, but it is far from one of his best efforts either. It’s more cohesive than ‘Donda’ – although that’s not hard, given it’s about half its length – and includes some well-curated guest spots from Travis Scott, Playboi Carti and India Love.

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