Let's be real: The critic is actually too general of a label for a "10 people ..." list. There are actually four different kinds of critics sharing insight during the initial leaked album process. Note that this all occurs on Twitter, as the only people posting about a leak on Facebook are shouting over the ocean roar of mediocrity and baby photos that site is slowly becoming.
Smart dumb critic: This bright young wonder would like you to know that he or she has an opinion and has banged out a 250,000-word think-piece (broken down over dozens of tweets) about the overall feeling of the album and the production, with a hastily assigned letter/number grade meant to reinforce their superiority over all of their friends who are TOTALLY coming to their next event, you know unless they have to pay and ... hold on, is it an open bar?
Smart smart critic: The people who actually know what they're talking about. You may get a tweet out of them, but they actually wait and--surprise!--listen to the record more than once before offering their opinion. (NOTE: There aren't that many of these people.)
Dumb smart critic: The comedians who start the jokes and hashtags that everyone else picks up on. The writers who don't have the formal training but still know what they're talking about. This is where a majority of the jokes/memes about (insert artist here) are created.
Dumb dumb critic: This is the realm of a lot of mainstream opinions that were once humorous but now are so played out that Old Navy just signed them to do commercials (Drake makes soft music! Meek Mill raps loud! Kanye is a jerk! J.Cole makes boring music! Blahdeblahdeblahdeblah) Also the home of longer relevant artists who crack jokes instead of getting back to recording.
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