HipHopDX's Scores

  • Music
For 362 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Undun
Lowest review score: 20 Neon Icon
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 362
362 music reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Libra Scale lacks the sparkle found in Ne-Yo's previous work. Much like "Champagne Life," there is still plenty to celebrate. Toast it up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While similar in feel to it's predecessor, Pilot Talk, this follow-up is much less commercial in approach. The backdrop, though sometimes redundant, is more intimate, substituting any real peaks of audio genius for a solid, cohesive chilled-out-smoke-and-float ambiance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Redman Presents...Reggie isn't near Mr. Noble's best work, but fans would be remised to turn their nose to the project. When he is in his element, he spits harder, and flows better than any of his peers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gutter Rainbows is a fairly easy spin, and can go into the listener's steady rotation in a pinch. That being said, this feels a bit like a subdued version of Eardrum.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hardcore Taylor Gang fans will be happy to add this to their collection, but if you're expecting another round of Kush x OJ, this album will probably disappoint you.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Book of David isn't Quik's finest effort; an album reportedly done in quick fashion, doesn't truly live up to Quik standards. However, it still holds its own in the current field.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Looking to make a convincing splash across the pond, Tempah offers up a hearty sample of talent and charisma with the aptly-titled debut album Disc-Overy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The headliners don't seem like they're really trying, so even when the other acts are, they're still smothered by their leaders' apathy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    From a technical standpoint, they're still rough around the edges; a weakness that can be improved over time. More importantly, their hearts seem to be in the right place, which can't be said for many of Animal Farm's peers.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Longtime fans will enjoy and support the album justly, but it will be understandably missed or ignored by many.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    More sexual than sensual, King Of Hearts fulfills the bare minimum of love, lust and heartbreak, all the while showcasing Young Goldie's affinity for the female body.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Man Bites Dog Records assembled a talented array of under-the-radar producers (sans Ayatollah) that crafted a cohesive sound for Vast Aire's unapologetic lyrical griminess. Nostalgic or otherwise, it works for right now.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On what is Lil Wayne's ninth studio album, there's very little of the spontaneity you would expect from someone whose calling card is non-written, unrehearsed, free-associative rhymes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the album doesn't necessarily reinvent the wheel, those with mainstream sensibilities that like metaphor-heavy rhymes with a strong dose of social commentary will be pleasantly surprised.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Violence Begets Violence may not draw too many new fans in, but it will serve to satisfy longtime supporters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Aside from its two missteps, Snoop and Wiz's Mac + Devin Go To High School is a surprisingly enjoyable listen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With pitfalls and all, Wiley is still going strong as artists come and go.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Black Cocaine is still raw in the right ways.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Pop Star Nicki is still going strong so her fans should have nothing to worry about, but those of us who started collecting with the original line should probably just find a new hobby-Mixtape Nicki has been discontinued.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With his debut album he's revealed himself as bare and buffoonish.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's nothing to startle about the music or the lyrics and there's little that isn't coated with a whiff of having heard it all before.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Two Eleven, while a well-crafted and produced album, falls short by comeback standards.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Lace Up is an imbalanced project that fails to establish MGK's grand message. His debut is decent at best.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The title-track to Meek Mill's album has all the makings of a classic opening.... And yet, what transpires on the rest of Dreams & Nightmares is an inconsistency of lyrical ingenuity and thematic execution that will haunt the Philadelphian rapper on his debut.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The album itself morphs from Dubstep, to R&B, to ballads, EDM, to Pop-Reggae--and that is its biggest achilles heel. It isn't something that other jumping-genre albums couldn't get over if it weren't for the the fact that it suffers from a serious sequence problem.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As its own EP, The Re-Up would help provide balance to the pop chart aspirations from last year. But as a tack-on for Roman Reloaded, it plays like a band-aid over a shotgun wound.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With Selling My Soul, Masta Killa seems to have winged his way through songs that are lazy and conceptually not well put together.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The most glaring issue with No Love Lost is the truly terrible production featured throughout.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For the casual Weezy fan (one that hears the music but doesn't listen), I Am Not a Human Being II is perfect mindless fun. However, for those who expected more from this repeatedly delayed effort, Wayne may have to hop in his spaceship and try again.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    His immersion in Rastafarianism has produced a middling album, at best.