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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the rapper features guest appearances from Rick Ross and Kanye West.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    Another rare instance of an artist coming up with a classic a decade after what seemed like the peak of his career (Clipse’s Hell Hath No Fury), and the only thing that could’ve made it better was if he pre-released “Infrared” so that Drake could’ve responded and we could’ve had an album with “The Story of Adidon” on it.
  2. May 25, 2018
    91
    For the first time since going solo, it all feels of a piece. ... The sonic setting he [Kanye West] places this performance from Pusha in is an absolute masterpiece of minimalism.
  3. May 29, 2018
    86
    The seven-track album goes the distance to add further refinement and distillation to the steely, luxurious drug raps that earned him rap relevance. ... The album is only seven songs and 21 minutes long, but Kanye covers a lot of ground sonically without getting scatterbrained.
  4. May 25, 2018
    80
    The record’s simple presentation and briefness make for an engaging change from the epic crossover attempts of his prior LP Darkest Before Dawn.
  5. Jun 12, 2018
    80
    Kanye West grants taut, grimace-inducing beats, assisted infrequently by Mike Dean and Andrew Dawson, enabling Pusha to pack each one of the seven tracks with characteristically trenchant and terse rhymes. The lyrical focus is similarly laser-sharp.
  6. May 29, 2018
    80
    The album is claustrophobic and unrelenting, but also intensely exhilarating in its brevity.
  7. May 29, 2018
    60
    Brevity sharpens the ex-Clipse rapper’s focus, though: rarely has he sounded as urgent, even with his signature laconic tempo, as he does on bravura opener If You Know You Know; or as authoritative as on Santeria, which packs three different movements into under three minutes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. May 25, 2018
    10
    The perfect example for ‘QUALITY OVER QUANTITY ALBUM’.
    This is pure poetry on extra fire beats.
    Perfect raps, perfect beats, perfect
    The perfect example for ‘QUALITY OVER QUANTITY ALBUM’.
    This is pure poetry on extra fire beats.
    Perfect raps, perfect beats, perfect samples, perfect mixing. Just PERFECT.
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  2. Jun 17, 2018
    10
    Wow. This is the music version of Goodfellas. Kanye is in the Martin Scorsese position here with absolutely perfect production. And Pusha TWow. This is the music version of Goodfellas. Kanye is in the Martin Scorsese position here with absolutely perfect production. And Pusha T does more than deliver on this with the best rap performance of the year. Its crazy to think these two are over 40 years old and still making classics as good as anyone out. The raps here expensive, luxury, and confident. "If You Know You Know" lets you know right away the quality you are about to witness and doesnt slow down at all. "Come Back Baby" maybe explains the album best. The juxtaposition of Pusha's drug talk with the chorus and samples cry for help from drug addiction and redemption. Mix that with the context of the album art and it goes deep. There is darkness behind the rich lifestyle displayed. Just like in Goodfellas If you go beyond the surface level its not just coke raps and ignorance. Plenty of intricacies to pick apart with each listen. Classic status confirmed. Expand
  3. May 25, 2018
    10
    9.5 but round it up so 10. This album had VERY few misses and showed what we see time and time again. Kanye and Pusha have insane chemistry9.5 but round it up so 10. This album had VERY few misses and showed what we see time and time again. Kanye and Pusha have insane chemistry and When pushed in a corner, KANYE ALWAYS PRODUCES (MBDTF, 808s, etc.) Kanye's production skills are matched by few and he let his production compliment Push in a godly way. Two very talented artists and a near perfect album. Expand
  4. May 29, 2018
    9
    Easily the best rap album of the year so far. The production is amazing and the lyrics are on point.
  5. May 27, 2018
    9
    Spectacular, Simple and Surreal. The production is amazing, the quality as a body of work is consistent. Tracks like Santeria sum up how goodSpectacular, Simple and Surreal. The production is amazing, the quality as a body of work is consistent. Tracks like Santeria sum up how good this album is, although 7 tracks for an album is short, it delivers and is straightforward. Amazing Album, instant Classic, Its replay value is there. Expand
  6. Jun 6, 2018
    9
    DAYTONA is the most focused, sharpest and most savage Pusha T album yet. While the runtime initially seems overly short, it really plays toDAYTONA is the most focused, sharpest and most savage Pusha T album yet. While the runtime initially seems overly short, it really plays to Pushas strength: the tracks seemlessly flow into eachother, going from one fantastic Kanye West beat into the next. This makes for a relentless, fast-paced 20 minute album that provides some of the finest, most luxurious drug rap ever.
    Kanye Wests production is spot on, and Pusha T's rapping, which, despite all, is still at the very center of the music, is (for the most part) as clever and poignant as ever.
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  7. May 25, 2018
    0
    Terrible album. Worst one he ever put out! My ears hurt! The songs have no life and sound like fillers.

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