Album Review | Sleep Sinatra – In God’s Image

This album was released on December 31st last year. Sleep Sinatra has become one of my favorite underground MCs over the past couple years. My favorite album from him so far is Routes, which I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to cover. That album is amazing though. Definitely check it out if you haven’t heard it yet. I also love his Voodoo Kit EP with Killer Kane. Anyway, Sleep already had one of my favorite albums of 2021 with DIVINENATION—Sleep Gloriously is pretty great too—so I was pretty excited when I saw that he was dropping another album to close out the year. I’m not expecting it to be as great as DIVINENATION, but I’ll be pretty shocked if I somehow don’t end up enjoying this album to some extent. The tracklist is pretty enticing as well; there are a lot of placements from producers that I really like. I’m expecting this to be one of the best albums of December.


The album starts off with Artificial Hearts, which features production from Jlvsn. The beat sounds like it samples an 80s R&B song. I think it’s pretty good. Sleep killed the verse on this track.

My mind is more deep, your motives mad shallow
You couldn't paddle in my waves, get drowned for the hassle
My heart got hella shrapnel, but it's beatin' still
They wanna see me killed, can't stand how I keep it real

The song’s got a super simplistic structure—it’s just one verse with no hook or bridge—but the rapping is too good for me to not fuck with this song. I think it’s dope. Track 2 is called Philodendron Family (growth). This one is produced by Big Flowers, and it’s got a pretty cheerful, celebratory-sounding beat. The song is pretty goddamn short. It’s just one minute and 28 seconds long, so there’s only time for one quick verse. The verse itself is pretty good though. This definitely isn’t one of my favorite tracks on the album, but I enjoyed it overall. I think it’s a good song. Track 3 is called Science Projects. This one features an artist named J-Scienide, as well as production from Stu Bangas. It’s definitely got my favorite beat up to this point on the record. The drums are a lot more hard-hitting here than they are on either of the preceding tracks. The first verse from J-Scienide is pretty nice too. I wasn’t familiar with him prior to hearing this song, but he did his thing.

If the pussy stank then baby girl no thanks
I don't give a fuck, I got money in the bank

Even though I really liked his verse, I definitely think Sleep Sinatra had the best performance. He sounds great on this beat. The hook is pretty cool too. I don’t really have any complaints with this track. I think it’s dope. The following song is called Gray State, and it’s one of the more exciting tracks for me because it features production from brainorchestra. I think the beat here is even better than that of the preceding song. This is another pretty short track, so there’s just one verse from Sleep before the track ends. The verse is very good though. I definitely think the song could’ve been fleshed out a bit more, but I still enjoy it as it is. I think it’s pretty good. Track 5 is called Citi Bike, and it’s the shortest song on the album. I actually really love the bizarre, mellow production from Big Flowers on this track, and Sleep’s verse over it is great. His flow is pretty nice. I find it impressive that he was able to ride this beat considering the bizarre drum pattern.

Corruption and greed make the bucks it seems
Still trustin' the hustle, ain't no substance clean
Through introspection, reckon it's enough to just be
I'm doin' me, I don't expect the reciprocity

The song is short as hell, but the production is so good that I don’t even mind the brevity. The song is dope. Track 6 is called Escapades, and it has another one of my favorite beats on the album. It’s produced by someone named Loman with whom I was previously unfamiliar. It’s a great first impression though. Anyway, this is actually one of my favorite songs on the album. I think Sleep killed the verse here.

Anointed author in search for a point of departure
Run it up and spread wealth where we boisterous and prosper
Flexin' a fix like a 'roided up doctor
Aim to hit my mark every time, the soul of an archer
There's so many I used to kick it with that's gone now
Feelin' like the sirens been synonymous with God's sound
Flourish creatively in a lockdown
Everybody buyin' their clout, but can't cop style

His flow is really nice, and there are zero filler bars. Again, the song structure is very straightforward, but this track actually has a hook, which is pretty solid. I think the song’s really dope. It’s followed by Stand in Formation, which features M.A.V. I really like the production from Passport Rav, and Sleep killed the first verse.

Open fire, it's open season on hopeless demons
I know the meaning of power, that's why they souls been leavin'
Niggas scheme for the powder, won't even know no fiends
It's a different era, been prepared 'cause the hate ain't recent
Stay at peace while makin' upgrades to weaponry
They don't wanna fight, they catch enough fades, they endin' me
Doom prep and essentials is what I'm nettin'
Seen ignorance be the downfall of my enemy

I’ve only heard M.A.V. on a couple features with guys like Vinnie Paz and UFO Fev in the past, and I don’t really remember him leaving much of an impression, but I really enjoyed his performance here.

Clandestine, the writin' been on the wall, vivid
With the blood of my brother's brother, we all feel it
What was written in plain sight, we all live it
Numbers don't lie and I see 'em just like the autistic

The song ends kind of abruptly, but that’s just a nitpick. I think this is another one of the best songs on the album. It’s really dope. The following track is entitled Cthulu, and it has kind of an ominous beat from HaNN_11. I actually think this song has some of Sleep’s best writing on the album.

Shinin', harnessin' refinement when I rhyme, it's
Something that they never seen designed
Clever and that piece with mine
Swing a cleaver that'll sever all of your weakest lines
My endeavor to be a beast until I reach resign

This is one of the most fleshed out songs on the album since there are two full verses and an actual hook. This is easily one of my favorite tracks on the project. I don’t have any gripes with it. The production is tight, and Sleep killed it. The song’s dope as hell. Track 9 is called Bad Brain(s) Dissertation, and it’s another one of the more exciting songs for me because it features Døøf and production from August Fanon. The strange, dark beat is fucking awesome, and Sleep sounds perfect over it. I love how hostile and aggressive his lyricism is here, and Døøf did a great job on the second verse too. This is the longest song on the album, but it doesn’t overstay its welcome at all. I think this is another one of the best tracks on the project. It’s dope as hell. The following track is called Curse Killer, and it has another one of my favorite beats on the album from HaNN_11. I could actually see someone like Conway the Machine rhyming over this beat. Sleep rhymed his ass off on the first verse.

Stay in the course with it
Mentally war-fitted, warp physics
If it's mine then my force gets it
Contortionist, the way I make it stretch
Save your breath, I'm airin' out opps with no regrets

I also think this song has one of the best hooks on the project. The second verse is even better than the first one in my opinion. Pretty much every aspect of this song stood out to me in a really good way. This is another one of my favorite tracks on the album. It’s dope as hell. It’s followed by yet another highlight for me entitled SuperPowers. The SINAI production on this track is pretty awesome, and Sleep sounds perfect over it.

I arrived at a point of growth
Through the fire of my opponent's smoke
With just enough to hang, was playin', holdin' rope
Ain't no games, fuel to the flame, I let it soak
Inspired by my desires, and driven to feel hope
I let the wheels coast, divinity can guide me home
Prolly find me vibin' with my children in a world, my own
Thorough dome, stressed by society, gotta break the mold
If it takes its toll I'll likely be chained in a hole
Or pursuin' high speeds while I'm takin' aim at the trolls
Recognizing my mind's worth more than its weight in gold

I think it’s pretty impressive how he kept the same rhyme scheme going throughout the whole verse. I really wouldn’t mind hearing another full project of Sleep rapping over his own beats to be honest. He’s a very good producer. This is another one of my favorite tracks. It’s dope as hell. The penultimate track was also pretty exciting to me because it’s produced by Messiah Musik and is entitled Soul Calibur II, which is my favorite video game of all time. The beat is really pretty, and I really dig Sleep’s relatively fast-paced flow here. Of course the writing is great, as always. This is one of the shortest songs on the album, but it’s one of the few tracks with an actual hook, which I think is pretty good. This track doesn’t have one of my favorite beats, but it’s certainly not bad. The loop is just not as detailed as some of the others in my opinion. The song is pretty good overall though. The closing track features production from Nicholas Craven and is entitled Last Breathe. It has one of the best beats on the album in my opinion, and Sleep rapped really well over it.

They livin' dormant, ignorin' the lineage of the Moorish
On your own in a dire situation, venom in the forest
Pen been gettin' morbid ever since I ascended in orbit
And mortifyin' the ducks that are more than borderline sus

I love the verse, and I even think the sung outro sounds pretty good. The song’s got a very straightforward structure, so I don’t have too much to say about it. Everything is very well done though. I think it’s another one of the better tracks. It’s dope.


This album is great. There’s not a single track here that I don’t like. Sleep Sinatra is another one of those artists whom I can count on to always kill every verse, so it’s kind of up to the producer to help him craft great song. Thankfully, every producer involved in this record did what they were supposed to. The features were all pretty good as well. I think some more fleshed out song structures could’ve pushed a lot of these songs to the next level for me; a lot of them are just singular verses with no hook or bridge or anything like that. However, that’s just a nitpick. I still enjoyed every track to some extent. I’m satisfied with this project, and I look forward to seeing what Sleep does next. This shit is dope. Check it out.

Favorite Song: Curse Killer
Least Favorite Song: Soul Calibur II

80

Grade: B+

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