Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Jul 12, 2011
    Though the Random Axe effort is relatively high-profile, these three conjure one another's grimiest gusto.
  2. Aug 4, 2011
    If you consider dressing up putting on clean socks, if you know what the streets smell like at four in the morning, if you consider Shook Ones Pt. II the perfect track to kick back to, you'll have Random Axe on repeat for weeks.
  3. Jul 22, 2011
    I just feel some little thing is missing, some insignificant morsel that should have no bearing on whether you explore Random Axe's Random Axe or not. By all means, dive in head first with comfort. Enjoy yourselves.
  4. Jun 30, 2011
    Black Milk, Guilty Simpson & Sean Price have that triple threat chemistry a la Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler & Dirk Nowitzki. Any album that makes you want to cop the instrumental version gives it legs and Milk has clearly emerged as one of the top producers in the game.
  5. Jun 30, 2011
    The project feels unified, and the three artists mesh well with one another throughout.
  6. Jun 30, 2011
    Random Axe the album barely crosses the 40-minute mark and it doesn't bother pleasing the crowd, but it rewards its core audience with a freestyle feel and an uncompromising allegiance to true hip-hop.
  7. Jun 30, 2011
    Despite its free-wheeling feel, efficient sequencing and a lack of filler show that it's not as random as its title implies.
  8. Jun 30, 2011
    Random Axe don't break the mold on this album, but they are sure to make stalwart fans of each individual rapper happy with a release that's thematically consistent if not repetitive and evocative of the three's surefire chemistry.
  9. Jun 30, 2011
    Milk's musical vision is the binding force behind Random Axe and it's something that Price and Simpson clearly believe in; thus, all their bragging about how essential their complete gullyness is to the rap game. Because, despite lines crossed and opportunities missed, it sort of is. Nothing so far in 2011 has a total aesthetic and attitude that goes as hard as this.
  10. Jun 30, 2011
    The supergroup concept is an invitation to self-indulgence, but Random Axe burns through 15 tracks--some of them about 60 seconds long--in about 40 tight minutes, making the trio more than the sum of its considerable parts.
  11. Aug 1, 2011
    Axe was released in 2011, and it's a clinic in meticulously penned rappin' ass rap.
  12. Jul 26, 2011
    On Random Axe, the verses are reliably good, but the tedium of clock punching replaces the spirit of competition.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jan 3, 2012
    Nice debut. Black Milk did an awesome job on the production of the album. It sounds like a similarly to an Madlib production album. MyNice debut. Black Milk did an awesome job on the production of the album. It sounds like a similarly to an Madlib production album. My favorite rapper of the group is Guilty Simpson. He did a great job. His sound is so unique. I can't wait for this group the do another album. Full Review »