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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Nov 15, 2018
    90
    Despite FM!'s brevity, Staples jams so much into every bar that it fully satiates, all while still managing to end so abruptly that it comes as a surprise. The electrifying thrill of FM! is a triumph for the rapper who remains at the top of his game.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Each idea is significantly different from the last and this latest album is an immersive look at the grizzly realities of millions.
  5. Nov 14, 2018
    80
    It’s hard to work out whether this is an album, an EP or a playlist, and at 22 minutes long it’s difficult to feel fully satisfied and does leave you wanting more.
  6. The Wire
    Jan 25, 2019
    80
    He has the knack of E-40, of Slick Rick, of George Clinton, for whipping up ugly shit with infantile rhyme to make it taste like candyfloss. On “Outside!”, he turns “Who want to die” into a sprightly singalong. The cheer proves to be a cover for both an experimental edge more disruptive than that of Some Rap Songs and a hefty impact when Vince does finally start to crumble. [Feb 2019, p.56]
  7. Nov 15, 2018
    46
    FM! might have personality, but it's of the more obnoxious and self-obsessed "Get the Fuck Off My Dick" variety, and there's simply not enough quality on display to justify its own brief and largely annoying existence. Next.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Mar 23, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. FM! really shows why you should keep a close eye for Vince because the man knows how to make you taste the rainbow , the experience of listening to FM! is on of one , you can not deny the talent and creativity of the man , it might be a slight drop of big fish theory but it's a much better package than what other rappers are offering Expand
  2. Dec 8, 2018
    9
    Vince Staples continues to demonstrate why he is destined for greatness. The project times in at just over 20 minutes, but that does not stopVince Staples continues to demonstrate why he is destined for greatness. The project times in at just over 20 minutes, but that does not stop Vince from showing off his musical prowess. Vince uses his elite flow and rapping ability to rap over some fun and funky beats from producer Kenny Beats. The album has a light hearted, fun, summer vibe sound to it that you can party to. However, when you break the album down, you realize how Vince was living. he is often talking about murder and cripping, stuff that he had to do and worry about growing up. This shows off Vince's brilliance as he can mask the hardships with great sound, but can still make you look into the darkness of his past. Expand
  3. Nov 6, 2018
    9
    really fun listen, slaps top to bottom, gorgeous flow. vince is unstoppable
  4. Nov 8, 2018
    8
    Haven't liked a Vince Staples release since Summertime '06. For me this is a real return of form where he's not trying too hard and it comesHaven't liked a Vince Staples release since Summertime '06. For me this is a real return of form where he's not trying too hard and it comes off as effortless fun hiphop. Expand
  5. 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
  6. Feb 4, 2019
    7
    FM!'s fun concept begs for a longer runtime, but even at 22 minutes the project has plenty to offer with its quality beats, flows, hooks, andFM!'s fun concept begs for a longer runtime, but even at 22 minutes the project has plenty to offer with its quality beats, flows, hooks, and lyrics.

    FAV TRACKS: FEELS LIKE SUMMER, OUTSIDE, DON'T GET CHIPPED, RELAY, FUN!

    LEAST FAV TRACK: BRAND NEW TYGA
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  7. Nov 5, 2018
    1
    Why is it that indie rap albums with racial overtones always get headlines and (selected) critic success on this site? A message to theWhy is it that indie rap albums with racial overtones always get headlines and (selected) critic success on this site? A message to the critics who keep doing this- no one in the hood listens to this crap, and your critic reviews aren't driving anyone to the polls. You're just getting on everyone's nerves driving this imagined proletariat revolution down peoples throats. I live in the hood, and you'd have a better chance of getting every autotuned, mali poppin, club-bass driven rapper to get political than for things to 'make a difference' this way. Gets a 1 because Vince Staples is a decent rapper ('lyrical' skill) - the positive reviews show that- gets a minus 6 for the biased, can't see passed your own reality nonsense. Expand

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