12 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Houston MC and Travis Scott collaborator Don Toliver released what should have been his breakout mixtape Donny Womack on August 2, 2018. The problem is that Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD, an album to which Toliver also contributed, arrived the next day. Roughly a year and a half later—the dust fully cleared from Scott’s magnum opus—Toliver releases his Donny Womack follow-up, Heaven or Hell. If you missed it around the time of Donny Womack, Toliver’s influence on Scott and contribution to songs like ASTROWORLD’s “CAN’T SAY” is easy to recognize here. Even saturated in Auto-Tune, Toliver’s melodies are refined and identifiable, especially soaring over heavy synth stabs on “Cardigan,” “Can’t Feel My Legs,” and “Candy.” His MCing is likewise bolstered by the uncommonly high register of his voice. Providing more bang for the buck are features from JACKBOYS cohorts Sheck Wes and Scott himself, along with Migos members Quavo and Offset. But the mission for Toliver here is likely the same as it was the last time: to be the next voice to blow out of Houston.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Houston MC and Travis Scott collaborator Don Toliver released what should have been his breakout mixtape Donny Womack on August 2, 2018. The problem is that Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD, an album to which Toliver also contributed, arrived the next day. Roughly a year and a half later—the dust fully cleared from Scott’s magnum opus—Toliver releases his Donny Womack follow-up, Heaven or Hell. If you missed it around the time of Donny Womack, Toliver’s influence on Scott and contribution to songs like ASTROWORLD’s “CAN’T SAY” is easy to recognize here. Even saturated in Auto-Tune, Toliver’s melodies are refined and identifiable, especially soaring over heavy synth stabs on “Cardigan,” “Can’t Feel My Legs,” and “Candy.” His MCing is likewise bolstered by the uncommonly high register of his voice. Providing more bang for the buck are features from JACKBOYS cohorts Sheck Wes and Scott himself, along with Migos members Quavo and Offset. But the mission for Toliver here is likely the same as it was the last time: to be the next voice to blow out of Houston.

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