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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the California rapper features guest appearances from E-40, Jay Rock, Kamaiyah, Kehlani, Earl Sweatshirt, Ty Dolla $ign, and Tyga.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 83
    FM! features the rapper in his raw form and representing his love for the west coast. Whether you decide to hit play in chronological order or skip around, this album will have you bobbing your head at any point. FM! is a sunny day that not even being stuck in LA traffic can ruin.
  2. Nov 2, 2018
    82
    Vince is at ease here, intertwining his personality into his somber celebration of Long Beach like never before. He’s rapping his ass off, and hooks are mostly an afterthought. He dips in and out of inventive flows.
  3. Nov 13, 2018
    82
    Ultimately, Staples has added another colorful chapter to his chameleon-like catalog and reinforced his intention to keep evolving no matter what trends are dictating the current wave.
  4. Nov 5, 2018
    80
    While ‘Big Fish Theory’ saw the rapper centre stage, relentless and omnipresent, on ‘FM!’ he lets us tune in to a calmer world, one which he dips in and out of when he pleases, filling in the blanks and staying in the fast lane.
  5. Nov 9, 2018
    80
    With production duties primarily hot potatoed between Hagler and Kenny Beats, the beats and feel are consistent and strong while not getting in the way of Staples’ flow, which is elastic and modern without losing an inch of his clarity and bluntness.
  6. Nov 6, 2018
    80
    Vince has managed to not only be acerbic but entertaining on his newest release. Its only drawback is its extremely short runtime.
  7. Nov 7, 2018
    60
    As it stands FM! is little more than a placeholder--an interesting but self-indulgent sketch from an artist who could be creating masterpieces.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Nov 6, 2018
    9
    really fun listen, slaps top to bottom, gorgeous flow. vince is unstoppable
  2. Nov 2, 2018
    8
    Not as great as Big Fish Theory or Summertime '06, but it's still pretty damn good. This is a fun little banger of an album. It reminds me ofNot as great as Big Fish Theory or Summertime '06, but it's still pretty damn good. This is a fun little banger of an album. It reminds me of the immediacy of Pusha T's Daytona from earlier this year. I'm into it. Expand
  3. Nov 2, 2018
    8
    Vince Staples goes for simple, fast, and chaotic on this one. Though it is not as epic or "good" in a traditional sense as Big Fish orVince Staples goes for simple, fast, and chaotic on this one. Though it is not as epic or "good" in a traditional sense as Big Fish or Summertime '06, it doesn't try to be. Instead, it grips your attention (something that certain portions of '06 failed to do), balances accessibility with intrigue well (something that Big Fish felt lacking in), and knows it's minuscule place in the world. It sets off to do something simple: to keep the listener invested and excited, and it achieves that very well.
    FM! is also a clear showcase of Vince's knack for irony, juxtaposing the overall theme of summer and fun with frantic, dark, bass-heavy production and harsh lyricism. The album is perhaps the most potent example to date of Vince's ability to meld accessibility with artistic value.
    Perhaps the most common criticism of the album is its length. However, what one must understand when listening to this album is that the short length was an intentional technique used by Vince to play to the album's strengths: simplicity and straightforwardness. Sure, just because it was intentional doesn't make it right, but FM! doesn't feel abrupt in the slightest. In fact, if it had been any longer, the listener most likely would have gotten sick of the chaotic and maximalist production and gang-related lyrics. What I would say is the albums greatest flaw is its overuse of hard-hitting, bass-driven beats. Vince seems to have had a lapse of his usual derivation from the norm in the making of this decision, and it hinders the potential of this album.
    In conclusion: NEWEARLSWEATSHIRT
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  4. Nov 2, 2018
    7
    A very fun album to listen to with a tracklist filled with bangers. It's a very short album. Even though the album has 11 tracks it stillA very fun album to listen to with a tracklist filled with bangers. It's a very short album. Even though the album has 11 tracks it still doesn't feel like a complete album. It feels like a promo to a bigger and more complete album. Expand
  5. Nov 9, 2018
    6
    Kind of a mixed bag. I'll preface this by saying I'm 35 and realize Hip Hop stopped being made with my opinion in mind a long time ago soKind of a mixed bag. I'll preface this by saying I'm 35 and realize Hip Hop stopped being made with my opinion in mind a long time ago so there that is. The album starts off strong Feels Like Summer is good only to be followed by Outside which is meh then followed by Don't Get Chipped which is great. It's kind of a theme for the album, good track/meh track so on and so forth. Tweakin was very good once it got going but the length of the album does hurt it as there are skits interspersed within which is just like why? It's worth a listen and a few of the tracks are fantastic but overall just kind of ok. Expand
  6. Nov 2, 2018
    6
    Should be considered more of an EP than an album at just barely over 20 minutes long. Doesn't seem like his heart was as invested into thisShould be considered more of an EP than an album at just barely over 20 minutes long. Doesn't seem like his heart was as invested into this one. Clearly not on the level of Summertime '06 or Big Fish Theory (and probably not of Prima Donna either). Nonetheless, it is a pretty fun album with some nice (albeit short and sort of pointless) appearances from Earl Sweatshirt and Tyga.

    Best tracks:
    Feels Like Summer
    Tweakin'
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  7. Nov 6, 2018
    0
    This album sucks. This is just porn for the pretentious pitchforkers. Worst album ever!!!!

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