Too High to Riot

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Too High to Riot
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Studio album by Bas
Released March 4, 2016
Recorded 2014–2015; New York City, Los Angeles, London
Genre Hip hop
Length 36:56
Label
Producer
  • J. Cole (exec.)
  • Ibrahim Hamad (exec.)
  • Ron Gilmore
  • Ogee Handz + DikC
  • Cedric Brown
  • Cam O’bi
  • Soundwave
  • Subdaio
  • The Hics
  • K-Quick
  • Jay Kurzweil
Bas chronology
Last Winter
(2014)Last Winter2014
Too High to Riot
(2016)
Singles from Too High to Riot
  1. "Night Job"
    Released: December 4, 2015
  2. "Housewives"
    Released: December 11, 2015
  3. "Methylone"
    Released: February 5, 2016

Too High to Riot is the second studio album by American rapper Bas. It was released on March 4, 2016, by Dreamville Records and Interscope Records. The album sold 8,065 copies in its first week, debuting at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart.[1][2]

Background[edit]

The album includes the guest appearances from his labelmates J. Cole and Cozz, along with The Hics. The sonic foundation of the album is produced by Ron Gilmore, Ogee Handz + DikC, Cedric Brown, Cam O’bi, Sounwave, Subdaio, The Hics, and K-Quick.[3]

Promotion[edit]

On April 15, 2016, Bas announced Too High To Riot Tour with Cozz, EarthGang, The Hics and Ron Gilmore. The tour started June 3, 2016 in Miami, Florida and ended July 17, 2016 in New York City. The tour was 26 dates.[4] On January 30, 2017 Bas released Too High to Riot documentary on Tidal.[5] The documentary was available exclusively to Tidal subscribers for the first few days, it was uploaded to YouTube on February 4, 2017.[6] The documentary follows Bas on his Too High to Riot tour.

Singles[edit]

On December 4, 2015, Bas released the first single from this album, titled "Night Job" featuring J. Cole.[7] The music video for "Night Job was released on March 3, 2016.[8] On December 11, 2015, which is a week later, he released the second single, titled "Housewives". This track, also was included on the Dreamville's compilation album, titled Revenge of the Dreamers II.[9] On July 15, 2016, Bas released "Housewives (Remix)" featuring rapper Ab-Soul.[10] On February 5, 2016, the album's third single was released for the song, titled "Methylone". On the same day, Bas announced the release date, track list, and cover art of the album.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
HipHopDX4/5 stars[12]
Exclaim!7/10[13]
XXL4/5 stars(XL)[14]

Upon its release, Too High to Riot received acclaim from critics. Scott Glaysher of HipHopDX rated the album a 3.9 out 5 saying, "Too High to Riot is hands-down Bas’ best work to date. It’s a smooth yet potent project with few stumbles minus the rhyme variation. It mixes all of his strengths into one cohesive package and demands to be played again and again. With only four real concrete years in the game, this latest installment to his catalog is the foundation he needs to potentially become Michael Jordan himself; or at least Steph Curry."[12] Writing for Exclaim!, Themistoklis Alexis praised the rapper for "a maturity that never preaches — something that many of his peers generally don't reach until a handful of albums in."[13] In a positive review for The Arkansas Traveler, Brittany Williams said, "Whether Bas is too high to riot because of indulging in cannabis or because of his new found status in hip-hop is hard to determine, but the rapper’s writing skills, melodic rhyme scheme and overall relatability are hard to ignore."[15]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Too High to Riot"
  • Cam O'Bi
  • Gilmore[a]
2:42
2."Methylone"
  • Hamad
  • Gilmore
  • Kaleb Rollins
Gilmore2:42
3."Dopamine" (featuring Cozz)
  • Gilmore
  • Cedric Brown[a]
3:36
4."Housewives"
  • Soundwave
  • Gilmore[a]
3:30
5."Miles and Miles"
  • Hamad
  • Gilmore
Gilmore1:39
6."Live For"Hamad
  • Ogee Handz
  • DikC
2:42
7."Clouds Never Get Old"Hamad
  • Ogee Handz
  • DikC
  • Jay Kurzweil[a]
3:08
8."Matches" (featuring The Hics)
Gilmore3:44
9."Night Job" (featuring J. Cole)
  • Cedric Brown
  • KQuick
  • Gilmore[a]
3:14
10."Ricochet" (featuring The Hics)Hamad
  • The Hics
  • Gilmore
  • Kurzweil[a]
3:16
11."Penthouse"
  • Hamad
  • Gilmore
Gilmore4:01
12."Black Owned Business"
  • Hamad
  • GIlmore
  • Rollins
  • Otis Jackson, Jr.
  • Bhanu Rangra
  • Daniel Thompson
Subdaio2:42
Total length:36:56
Notes

[a] indicates an additional producer.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[16] 49
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 7
US Rap Albums (Billboard)[18] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Too High to Riot by Bas on iTunes". Itun.es. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  2. ^ "Bas New Song "Methylone" | Complex CA". Ca.complex.com. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  3. ^ Glynn, Patrick. "Bas Announces 'Too High To Riot' LP, Drops New Single "Methylone"". 2dopeboyz.com. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  4. ^ Walker, Angus (April 15, 2016). "Bas Announces "Too High To Riot" Tour With Cozz, EarthGang & More". hotnewhiphop. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ Schwartz, Danny (January 30, 2017). "Watch Bas' "Too High To Riot" Documentary On TIDAL". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved February 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ Dreamville Records (February 4, 2017). "Too High To Riot (Documentary)". YouTube. Retrieved February 13, 2017. 
  7. ^ Goddard, Kevin (December 4, 2016). "Bas - Night Job Feat. J. Cole [New Song]". hotnewhiphop. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  8. ^ Blum, Sam (March 9, 2016). "Bas and J. Cole Get Gritty in New Video for 'Night Job': Watch". Fuse. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  9. ^ Hernandez, Victoria (December 10, 2015). "J. Cole x Dreamville "Revenge Of The Dreamers II" Cover Art, Tracklist & Album Stream". HipHopDX. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Lilah, Rose (July 15, 2016). "Bas - Housewives (Remix) Feat. Ab-Soul [New Song]". hotnewhiphop. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Ivey, Justin (February 5, 2016). "Bas Drops "Methylone"". XXL. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Glaysher, Scott. "Bas Too High To Riot Review". HipHopDX. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Alexis, Themistoklis (March 4, 2016). "Bas - Too High To Riot". Exclaim!. Retrieved March 23, 2016. 
  14. ^ Robertson, Darryl (March 14, 2016). "Bas Brings Emotion and Depth to 'Too High to Riot'". XXL. Retrieved March 14, 2016. 
  15. ^ Williams, Brittany. "Review: Bas's "Too High to Riot"". The Arkansas Traveler. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Billboard Rap Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 15, 2016.