I don't know if I agree. I mean obviously I can't predict the future, but I haven't seen a hip hop album get the word "classic" thrown at it this much in a long time.
on the same token how can anyone accurately ascribe the word "classic" to an album after just a few days? That cheapens the word classic, which I take to be a culturally transcendent album where there's a large consensus that almost every track on the album is single-worthy.
it feels important because it is indeed a deeply personal artistic statement pulled off with great technical skill, and occasional moments of brilliance from its producers (particularly Swimming Pools).
however, imo, it just isn't potent enough to warrant a five star--ahem--five mic rating. back to my original point, we'll see how history treats it and how pop culture processes it to see if it breaches the point of being an all-time great album.
This post was edited on 10/23 at 3:20 pm