22 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the era of SoundCloud rap, the lines between low-key, off-the-cuff experimentation and sweated-over, start-to-finish completion have become thoroughly blurred. Andy Mineo began his rise slightly ahead of that phenomenon, after spending his teen and college years as a basement beatmaker for his friends and himself. The New York-based MC could be goofy or clever on his mixtapes, EPs, and albums, but he was dead serious about giving his music a moral center, often by describing the complexities of living out faith, and prioritizing both technique and self-reflection.

The new mixtape Work in Progress is Mineo’s version of sharing his ideas (unreleased tracks he’s held on to for years and alternate versions of previously released material) in less processed forms while providing his own annotation. (There are explanatory podcast episodes that correspond with individual tracks.) “I ain’t done (BEAM version).aif,” a defiant track with subterranean bass (another version of which appeared on an EP last year), begins with him explaining that he created the track while trying to escape the pressures of success and get back to his roots. Insecurity of all kinds—relational, professional, and spiritual—is a central theme throughout, surfacing in the broody “Honest 2 God Tyshane-DSTL 1.0.mp3,” the swaggeringly sulky “I DON’T NEED YOU (DEMO).wav,” “Family Photo second half idea 2 (joel draft).aif,” which unfurls a bruised narrative over a molten bed of keyboard, and “Reflections Rough W_Horns & Break.Mp3,” during which he surges through the verses, wired on closely held social convictions.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the era of SoundCloud rap, the lines between low-key, off-the-cuff experimentation and sweated-over, start-to-finish completion have become thoroughly blurred. Andy Mineo began his rise slightly ahead of that phenomenon, after spending his teen and college years as a basement beatmaker for his friends and himself. The New York-based MC could be goofy or clever on his mixtapes, EPs, and albums, but he was dead serious about giving his music a moral center, often by describing the complexities of living out faith, and prioritizing both technique and self-reflection.

The new mixtape Work in Progress is Mineo’s version of sharing his ideas (unreleased tracks he’s held on to for years and alternate versions of previously released material) in less processed forms while providing his own annotation. (There are explanatory podcast episodes that correspond with individual tracks.) “I ain’t done (BEAM version).aif,” a defiant track with subterranean bass (another version of which appeared on an EP last year), begins with him explaining that he created the track while trying to escape the pressures of success and get back to his roots. Insecurity of all kinds—relational, professional, and spiritual—is a central theme throughout, surfacing in the broody “Honest 2 God Tyshane-DSTL 1.0.mp3,” the swaggeringly sulky “I DON’T NEED YOU (DEMO).wav,” “Family Photo second half idea 2 (joel draft).aif,” which unfurls a bruised narrative over a molten bed of keyboard, and “Reflections Rough W_Horns & Break.Mp3,” during which he surges through the verses, wired on closely held social convictions.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

Wesley Chenette ,

Excellence

This so good. A story of Andy and how he makes music and how thinks through his art. If you want to get to know who he is, this is the album to PURCHASE

Dat1PatsFan ,

I already kno it good

It’s Andy Mineo. No explanation needed

Russell L.😬😎✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼 ,

Wow

This is honestly fire. I love the new style. Love it. Still Andy Mineo at its heart tho. People shouldn’t be hating because they don’t like his music. This one kid in the reviews said “Andys small number of fans are so biased” whoever said that must be really ignorant and not know what goes on in the world. Because Andy is prolly one of the biggest (and best) rappers. Not just Christians can listen to it. I’m Christian so I only listen to Christian music (as a personal choice) but I know that there’s plenty of people who aren’t even Christian that love his music. So good work Andy on this fire album best album you’ve dropped by far. You have true God given talent. You’ve given your life to Him and look what happened lol

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