westside gunn – 10

If you were worried that Westside Gunn’s winning formula was at risk of treading water in the final instalment of the ‘Hitler Wears Hermes’ series, you’d be wrong.  A puzzling album scattered with incredible performances, esoteric moments (the Montell Jordan sample springs to mind) and a superlative feature list, ‘10’ possesses all of Gunn’s best and worst takes. ‘Science Class’ pales in proportion to its platinum-studded guest list but the perfectly belligerent 8-bit horror video game-esque ‘Red Death’ is a sublime moment of madness. 10 is definitely worth a few listens, even just to work out what’s going on. I’m pretty sure I love it.

23/30

A favourite: ‘Nigo Louis’

’10’ is out now via Griselda Records/Empire.

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