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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the rapper features production from BADBADNOTGOOD, Aaron Bow, Crooklin, Dupri, DNYC3, ESVYBE, Kaytranada, Lambo, Jay Nari, Blair Norf, Pops, SLWJMZ, Speakerbomb, and Teddy Walton.
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  1. Mar 31, 2017
    83
    It sounds instead much more like an artist stepping back into his old pocket with great relief and delivering the verses he feared he’d never be allowed to. He’s packing even more words in and rapping harder than ever, like his life depended on it.
  2. Apr 5, 2017
    80
    The fact that Freddie Gibbs created You Only Live 2wice as a concise, to-the-point body of work without fillers and ultimately for a greater purpose than just simply rapping makes it one of, if not the, strongest installment in his catalog thus far.
  3. Apr 5, 2017
    80
    Mechanically, the hooks that adorned Shadow of a Doubt are largely absent, though Gibbs' increased attention to melody that was displayed on the aforementioned 2015 LP remains.
  4. Mar 31, 2017
    75
    You Only Lie 2wice is a reflection of past mistakes, a declaration of dreams for his family’s future and a time stamp for the strenuous reality of an artist who nearly lost it all on his way to gaining it all.
  5. Mar 31, 2017
    75
    Throughout the album, he’s haunted by both the things that have and haven’t happened to him, what he has and hasn’t done, ruminating over a tight 32 minutes across eight tracks that feel haunted even at their hardest.
  6. The Wire
    Aug 8, 2017
    70
    The inconsistency here might grate but if you focus on Freddie’s spellbinding raps the story is cohesive and fearless. [Jun 2017, p.77]
  7. Mojo
    May 23, 2017
    60
    A trippy reined-in take on Madlib's psychedelia across a powerfully conversational ode to person resurrection winningly contrasted against past druggy misdemeanours. [Jul 2017, p.93]

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  1. Apr 2, 2017
    10
    Gibbs continues to innovate. This is a great album, with continuity, thought, and passion. YOL2 is basically a snapshot of Gibbs life rightGibbs continues to innovate. This is a great album, with continuity, thought, and passion. YOL2 is basically a snapshot of Gibbs life right now. He explains his current problems with his usual lyrical ingenuity and great flow (which is unmatched in the game right now). As for the cons there are a couple weak tracks including Phone Lit and the album I feel should have been a bit longer with this epic story being told (only 8 tracks). Also I feel like there should have been a bit more energy and passion on some tracks. Overall I rated this on how much I enjoyed it compared to other releases lately and that is a 10/10 for me. Expand
  2. Apr 5, 2017
    9
    This album hard. With Gibbs recent acquittal, there are some very introspective moments in this album. It is nothing short of amazing thatThis album hard. With Gibbs recent acquittal, there are some very introspective moments in this album. It is nothing short of amazing that this album seamlessly picks up where he left off w/Shadow of a Doubt. Expand