Everything's Fine Image
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  • Artist(s): Quelle Chris
  • Summary: The debut release for the collaboration between Jean Grae and Quelle Chris features guest appearances from Big Tone, Hannibal Buress, Michael Che, John Hodgman, Ashok "Dap" Kondabolu, Mosel, Nick Offerman, Denmark Vessey, Anna Wise, and Your Old Droog.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. Jun 12, 2018
    84
    The overwhelming sense Everything’s Fine leaves you with is that at some point a deep engagement with your artistic craft starts to look a lot like love--love between artists, between artist and audience, and finally a radical love for the world itself, even and especially because we know things will never be fine.
  2. Apr 26, 2018
    84
    There are ways to hear this album as both damning or redemptive, depending on the perspective. But it is never sanctimonious, and it is constantly breathtaking.
  3. Apr 26, 2018
    80
    For an album so complex--one that’s simultaneously funny and fearless--it has an uncanny way of simplifying things
  4. Apr 26, 2018
    80
    Right from the outset, the album is filled with dense, complex vocal arrangements, with both MCs (as well as their guests) delivering dozens of vicious caricatures of fake rappers and "woke" folks. ... They complement each other well, and both drive the album's concept.
  5. Apr 26, 2018
    80
    This is an album that takes familiar hip-hop starting points and denatures them, resulting in a compelling collage that feels structurally untethered to hip-hop then or now. The results alternate between tragic and comic, but the ambition is steadily high throughout.
  6. The Wire
    Jul 12, 2018
    80
    The guests (Denmark Vessey, Nick Offerman--yes, Ron Swanson himself--and Your Old Droog among others) are perfectly judged and the deeper message of the album, that relaxation and repose in 2018 are luxuries that those on the frontline can’t afford, is delivered with extra heft and power thanks to the lightness of touch and the sardonic style hiphop’s coollest couple demonstrate throughout. [May 2018, p.63]
  7. Apr 26, 2018
    75
    It’s a sprawling and intentionally distancing record, but never less than fascinating.

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  1. May 6, 2018
    10
    Quelle Chris & Jean Grae are a perfect match. this album was a masterpiece from start to finish. there's not a single track that i didn't likeQuelle Chris & Jean Grae are a perfect match. this album was a masterpiece from start to finish. there's not a single track that i didn't like on this project at all. Expand
  2. May 13, 2018
    9
    Following a string of interesting singles, this musical duo/life partners release what is likely going to be the strongest rap collaborationFollowing a string of interesting singles, this musical duo/life partners release what is likely going to be the strongest rap collaboration of the year. Confidence, comedy, and charisma seep from this album, covering a range of hot-button topics such as privilege, stereotypes, addiction, and activism. Attached to each song is a hefty layer of dry-humor that guides the album to whole new depths. Dig in and get to know this release, you won't be disappointed. Expand
  3. May 31, 2018
    9
    Full of funny lines, great topical songs, smart lyrics and amazing production. So many interesting concepts that make for an experience that,Full of funny lines, great topical songs, smart lyrics and amazing production. So many interesting concepts that make for an experience that, for majority of the album, is like listening to a comedy show. Just brilliant. Expand