A Much Better Tomorrow

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A Much Better Tomorrow
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 18, 2000 (2000-07-18)[1]
StudioThe Glue Factory, San Francisco, California, U.S.
GenreHip hop
Label75 Ark
ProducerDan the Automator
Dan the Automator chronology
A Much Better Tomorrow
Wanna Buy a Monkey?

A Much Better Tomorrow is a debut studio album by Dan the Automator. It was released on 75 Ark in 2000.[1] It is the expanded version of his 1996 EP, A Better Tomorrow.[2] It features guest appearances from Kool Keith, Neph the Madman, and Poet.[3]

Critical reception[]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[5]
NME3/5 stars[6]
Select3/5 medals[8]

John Bush of AllMusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, stating that these tracks sound "a bit aimless without at least an occasional rap in front of them."[1] Thomas Quinlan of Exclaim! praised Dan the Automator and Kool Keith's collaborative tracks, stating that they "all demonstrate a creative partnership that is rarely found in hip-hop."[3] He called Dan the Automator "a producer who can make beats that expose the various personalities of Kool Keith's different characters."[3]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Dan the Automator and Kool Keith, except where noted.

1."A Better Tomorrow" (featuring Kool Keith) 5:57
2."King of NY" (featuring Kool Keith) 3:53
3."I Want da Mic" (featuring Kool Keith) 3:51
4."Sleep"Dan the Automator5:10
5."Wiling" (featuring Neph the Madman)Dan the Automator, Nephtali Lewis3:56
6."Cartoon Capers" (featuring Kool Keith) 4:44
7."4:17"Dan the Automator3:46
8."Buck Buck" (featuring Poet)Dan the Automator, Siwatu Kamau4:25
9."The Truth"Dan the Automator4:59
10."It's Over Now" (featuring Kool Keith) 5:32
11."A Better Tomorrow Pt. 2" (featuring Kool Keith) 7:00


Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • Kool Keith – vocals (1, 2, 3, 6, 10, 11)
  • DJ Qbert – turntables (3)
  • Brandon Arnovick – guitar (4)
  • Neph the Madman – vocals (5)
  • Sweet "P" – cartoon voices (6)
  • Poet – vocals (8)
  • Dan the Automator – production, mixing
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering
  • Christie Rixford – artwork
  • Chris Veltri – photography


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c d Bush, John. "A Much Better Tomorrow - Dan the Automator". AllMusic. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  2. ^ Comaratta, Len (August 29, 2010). "Whatever Happened To: Dan the Automator". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b c d Quinlan, Thomas (November 1, 2000). "Automator A Much Better Tomorrow LP". Exclaim!. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Weddle, Mark (October 7, 2000). "Automator "A Much Better Tomorrow"". Brainwashed. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  5. ^ Chrsitgau, Robert. "Dan the Automator [extended]". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  6. ^ "A Much Better Tomorrow". NME. September 12, 2005. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  7. ^ Noixe (September 16, 2000). "Dan the Automator :: A Much Better Tomorrow :: 75 Ark". RapReviews.com. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  8. ^ Lowe, Steve (October 2000). "Album reviews". Select. EMAP Metro: 108. ISSN 0959-8367.

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