HipHopDX's Scores

  • Music
For 257 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Undun
Lowest review score: 30 5.0
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 257
257 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a work to prove that they could do it, and they've done it tenfold.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From nine-minute douchebag manifestos, to enlisting an A-list Grammy ensemble to piece-mealing his album out to the masses every Friday, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy defies logic and it ignores convention.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its substantial subject matter, solid production and tightly-woven sequencing, Charity Starts At Home does exactly what a solo debut should: showcases the artist's skill set and personality all at once.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every song on The Dreamer/The Believer succeeds off the strength of Common and No I.D.'s seasoned chemistry.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no doubt--R.A.P. Music is the best Southern Rap album since Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The project furthers Top Dawg Entertainment's winning streak and marks the formal arrival of a cornerstone for this organization, an interestingly deep thinker whose determination and expanding consciousness seek to uplift and shape the world around him.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is brimming with peerless content and an enlivened ambience that is manifested from his spoken word introduction to his grandmother's parting words on the closing track.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it feels druggy and improvisational at times, the outcome is soberingly great.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With welcome to: OUR HOUSE, Slaughterhouse has somehow managed to improve upon its already-absurd skill set.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City, Compton's flag bearer unveils a group of songs equally potent individually and collectively, meeting the mainstream and rabid fans in the middle, improbably touching that thinnest slice between mass appeal and mass respect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By co-opting the title of John Coltrane’s 1965 classic, A Love Supreme, Bilal is at least hinting at lofty expectations. For the most part he exceeds them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent is at its root empowering, challenging and subversive, most strikingly, it’s simply an incredibly rewarding listen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yeezus--like Yeezy--is jarring, uncomfortable, uncompromising and courageous--all the things that initially made Hip Hop great.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No Poison No Paradise is Black Milk’s best album, and one of the year’s best in Hip Hop so far.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In addition to being Dam Funk’s best production work to date, 7 Days Of Funk is Snoop's most enjoyable album in years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As Gangster Rap, Piñata is free of conceptual pretense; it’s a slice more than a thesis. It’s also a new benchmark for Gibbs and may end up as a career calling card. If nothing else, it quickly sounds like one of the year’s best.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When it's all said and done, Ghostface Killah treats Apollo Kids like a seasoned veteran would treat a game on the hardwood; he picks his spots, lets his teammates have their moments, and takes over when necessary. In that respect, Apollo Kids is another project we can tally up in Ghost's win column.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you've been patiently waiting for five years or just recently got into Saigon's music, The Greatest Story Never Told delivers a stimulating message that is as cautionary as it is entertaining.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There aren't any lackluster songs, and even though the lyrics and the rhymes are digestible on the first listen, they get better with more listens.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Full of political and social commentary, Pharoahe's W.A.R.-time performance will leave fans hoping he continues his trend of cutting the wait time between albums in half.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The group's unpredicatability and totally unique style is grassroots Hip Hop at its best.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Family Sign is a heavy, moody album. There's not nearly as much humor here as with Atmosphere's previous two releases, but that doesn't make it any less of a quality addition to the group's catalogue.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In sum, Golden Era is an extremely tight, solid package, clocking in at less than 40 minutes through ten tracks.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Beasties feel permanently young again having crafted an album that is just as consistent, unhinged and enjoyable as Check Your Head.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tyler, the Creator still achieves an engrossing dystopian vision of Hip Hop that refuses to compromise to what fans and industry critics demand of him.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All 6's and 7's doesn't disappoint as a well-balanced offering.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album at times teeters on the point of greatness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Eminem and Royce Da 5'9" are perfectly capable of standing on their own, but it's clear that even after all these years, they inspire something special in each other.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    4
    4 doesn't necessarily stand so well by itself, but as part of the Beyoncé experience, there are enough vehicles here to keep her moving.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The final product is a solid debut that shows enough of Sean's skill and personality to keep listeners stay tuned, with the room for growth for higher expectations next time around.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While underground Hip Hop peers such as Cage and Zion I have struggled in their efforts to expand genres, one of Ohio's best widens his scope with a fiery intensity and a welcomed sound.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its free-wheeling feel, efficient sequencing and a lack of filler show that it's not as random as its title implies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Today's Hip Hop scene has a rotating cast of notable stars, yet Watch The Throne simply wouldn't have felt the same had it been two different rappers converging for something this monumental.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This 23-year-old may have been searching for answers, but that journey allowed him to find one of this year's most outstanding albums with Section.80.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Success Is Certain should certainly be viewed as successful if Royce Da 5'9's goal was to rap his ass off over knocking production from legends to create an album worthy of quite a few rewinds and replays.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its delay, it's by no means a swan song, contractually and musically. R.E.D. is a lot of many things, only adding to the anticipation already for Game's final offering to Interscope.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He succeeds in creating a soul revival with a refreshing modern day twist done so right.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By translating the reverence toward his idols into his own talents instead of living in the past, Apathy continues to earn his keep in a genre that he feels is losing its way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a Hip Hop album, complete with the wondrous elements consistent with a broader musical appreciation. And it just might be 9th Wonder's best yet.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unquestionably, this is one of the most complete works of music made this year, and absolutely speaks volumes about what cohesiveness and attention to detail can do for a project.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a tight-knit collection of features and palpable confidence exuded in his lyrics, Ambition is Wale's most cohesive and likewise enthralling project thus far in his brisk career.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My Life II… The Journey Continues (Part 1) is one of Mary's most memorable albums.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lioness: Hidden Treasures preserves the gift of a true diamond in the rough.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    L&R's shots of riskiness and emphasis on contextual relevance propel this project past it's humdrum offerings like "International" and "West Side Love," keeping replay value intact.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He gives a worthy addition to the series and continues his reign as one of rap's best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The rhymes and the beats are correct on every song on The Earn, and whenever he speaks against something, he offers an alternative.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Underground Hip Hop in the right and literal sense of the term, Vodka & Ayahuasca is an uncompromising listen that dwells in the underbelly of an increasingly saccharine rap scene.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Habits & Contradictions may be no follow-up to fellow Kendrick Lamar's Section .80, but ScHoolboy Q definitively shines through as a formidable rapper with immense future potential.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More Beautiful Than Silence, is one of the year's most authentic rap collections.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not an understatement to call Carnivale Electricos one of the most fun, vibrant, and culturally-diverse albums in recent years.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In addition to her general growth as an artist, All of Me mainly works due to Estelle having the confidence to let it work instead of over-thinking it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is replete with humor, drama, and a satisfying sense of duality and resolution.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an escapist listen that appeals to fans beyond the traditional Hip Hop consumer, and is as forward-sounding as it is nostalgic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Elitist as it might seem, it's a Rap album that sounds better if you can name most of the Gang Starr Foundation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Curren$y's big league debut The Stoned Immaculate remains faithful to the spirit of his beloved witty arrogance, while bolstered by star power intended to propel his career at this pivotal stage.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His singular sound gives the project a wonderful sense of cohesiveness and gels Purpp's vision together with a maturity beyond his young years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The complete package displays an obvious maturation from the veteran that is effectively in tune with a focus many have considered missing for some time.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is a storyteller's album. In fact, it's an immensely inclusive R&B album.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bold and indulgent, God Forgives, I Don't embodies why Rick Ross has become a fixture that listeners can depend on, as well as an executive who can strategize success for not only himself but others around him.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This Time isn't Sigel's strongest endorsement as an emcee--that would be The B. Coming--but it is a testament to his impeccable ability to select production.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    StereoType finds both Statik and Strong Arm Steady breaking new ground that is free of expectations and limitations, proving themselves capable of making relatable music that can't be boxed in and assigned a personality.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color takes an inspiring and heartfelt stance, representing another triumph for the resilient and complex orator Brother Ali.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, Rap's resident Judo master of juxtaposition sounds inspired again, dishing out shifting dichotomies through a scattering of deliveries without encroaching on petulance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Murs and Fashawn forge an exceptional chemistry on This Generation that more importantly doesn't compromise their stylistic individuality.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    First Of A Living Breed is another powerful entry into the Good Sun's discography.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An exemplary balance of serious and cheerful cuts alike, very seldom does The Heist reach beyond its means.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a matter of execution, and in that regard, fans will have little to complain about.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a Wu-Tang project it is one of the most complete and consistent in the post-Supreme Clientele canon.... Iron Fists is also a compilation that wears its love of Asian cinema on its sleeve.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The mixtapes remain practically untouched, giving any new The Weeknd fans a genuine look into what allowed an unknown artist to transform himself into someone who breathed new life into R&B.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Marciano's outright refusal to relinquish his old school ways and broaden his reach results in enjoyable glorified crime fiction that could render him archaic sooner rather than later, but for right now it's perfect.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Skyzoo's sincerity as a rapper is shot through A Dream Deferred, but the album has a seamless musical charm.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    General Patton walks a fine line between putting his troop of featured artists in their place, while still showcasing his own five star pedigree.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Through the first 11 tracks on Diamond In The Ruff, Freeway is near flawless, showcasing an array of styles and fresh patterns while refusing to peddle shallow perspective. And then, over the course of the final five songs, the album nearly falls off a cliff.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His sophomore solo set, God of the Serengeti, sticks to the script, and that's not a bad thing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a strong return to form for the self-proclaimed King of the South.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Debuts this good just don't come along very often, and it all comes down to the precocious Harlem rookie's vision.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The biggest success of The 20/20 Experience lies within Justin Timberlake being able to gracefully glide into Adult Contemporary Music without coming across as trite or cheesy. There is enough oomph for the youngins, yet a defined maturity that proves Timberlake’s overstanding of eventually aging out of the capricious sect of R&B.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Inspectah Deck, 7L & Esoteric use '90s East Coast Hip Hop as a blueprint to innovate, and ultimately, that’s what made that era so special in the first place.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Using Wolf as a platform to let his imagination run wild while remaining accessible, Tyler, the Creator displays maturation on his own twisted terms.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Experimental is a tag few artists at his age would attempt, and yet Ghost does it with immeasurable confidence.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, it’s an album embedded with enough humor, knowledge, and obscure Hip Hop references that will force listeners to keep this one in rotation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The project succeeds in tying its theme of spiritual crisis amidst stardom to an analogy for the struggle to satisfy purists, but the overall results for this concept are fairly lackluster.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever adolescent deficiencies Mac Miller dealt with throughout his prodigious rise as Rostrum’s second brain child, Watching Movies With The Sound Off genuinely keeps him grounded for a calculated performance that will earn him the respect he’s craved since his Easy Mac days.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the album might incite a little listener’s fatigue in a single session absorption, it functions well as an inspiringly crowded display case of quality Rap in 2013.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not without its flaws (the “Bad” remix was unnecessary, and probably done simply for the big name feature), those questioning the direction Wale was going post MMG affiliation will more than likely be pleased with The Gifted.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a harsh listen that’s likely more obscure to casual, Top-40 listeners than R.A.P. Music. That’s too bad for them, because Mike and El-P seemingly unleash every item in their B-boy tool kit this time around.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a harsh listen that’s likely more obscure to casual, Top-40 listeners than R.A.P. Music. That’s too bad for them, because Mike and El-P seemingly unleash every item in their B-boy tool kit this time around.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Magna Carta Holy Grail is where Jay-Z’s emceeing finally meets his “High Rap” ambitions. This is easily the best rhyming Jay’s done since American Gangster. But a sharp Shawn on the mic isn’t a surprise. What is a surprise is that this is the most cohesive project Jay’s put together since The Blueprint.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Saaab Stories is the meeting of two artists who push the old Hip Hop formulas to new places unlike other ‘90s era revivalist types who would rather cling on.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are a few holes--the project’s length and forgettable appearances (Wiz Khalifia on “See Me”)--but overall, it’s an incredible album that will keep that hint of burgundy in the sky.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where he has yet to master the art of making complete songs (“Uncle Al” clocks in under a minute long) and his diction tends to lacks clarity, Earl paints pictures in a manner more poetic than just about all within his peer group.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those willing to experiment, Age Against The Machine serves as both a piece of art and a rewarding risk in an age where established artists are fearfully playing it safe.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s no glorifying of childish trends or negative influences, instead Monae favors creating music that could be embraced by varying demographics and is molded to withstand the test of time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Take it or leave it, Wise Up Ghost is great.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nothing Was The Same showcases new skills--trimming the unnecessary songs, and focusing on narrative details the way he does on “From Time”--that will strengthen Drake’s arsenal and help him continue to cement his status as a pop-rap heavyweight for years to come.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a true spiritual successor to the original, and is everything fans could have asked for: a worthy follow-up, well-thought-out standalone project, and a very necessary commentary on society, government, and machinations by which the two interact.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Old
    Proving himself one of today’s most flexible emcees, Old’s back end is Brown’s furthest departure from straightforward Rap to date, with him successfully adapting to faster 4/4 tempos reflective of the more erratic subject matter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Foreign Exchange have transformed themselves from a bastion of jazzy Hip Hop into a crossover group more akin to R&B’s soulful beginnings than the underground sound that was synonymous with Little Brother. Ultimately, listeners are the beneficiaries.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the production and detrimental hyper-lyricism place Eminem’s worst habits on display throughout the album, there is plenty of good here. Extremely compelling is the theme of Eminem’s growth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If there’s one thing you can take from Beyonce, it’s that you never have to feel “bored” as she describes in “Ghost.” There’s always room to innovate.