HipHopDX's Scores

  • Music
For 456 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 To Pimp A Butterfly
Lowest review score: 20 Neon Icon
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 456
456 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, Marci Beaucoup is a nice victory lap that falls just short of Reloaded.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all adds up to a quality album that manages not to take itself too seriously without resorting to being dumb.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The seven-track offering spills alpha male-isms from a “money-over-bitches” point-of-view, yet remains sultry enough to appeal to the fairer sex. It’s a tenuous balance Ty walks like a seasoned tight rope artist.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every story and every hook connects on a human level, which in a Rap game moreso than ever defined by absurdity and ephemeral aspirations makes this a worthwhile listen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When an act features the level of execution that Major Lazer showcases on Apocalypse Soon, it makes the likely forthcoming full synergy of dance, Rap and pop not so much regrettable, but palatable and completely welcomed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scott Mescudi made an EP’s worth of material feel like an album, and he did it without surrendering his artistic integrity in the process.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When an object in motion has been in as much motion as Kelis has been in the past four years, finding rest in soulful vibes and plaintive melodies, an album that invites rest for the artist as much as it does the listener is a welcomed, intriguing and appreciated listen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Breaking fresh ground with the latest addition to an already prolific catalog, Gravitas finds Talib Kweli simultaneously wearing the hats of businessman and creator.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Infamous Mobb Deep is a return to the roots of their artistic consciousness, substantiated almost 20 years ago, and with fine precision.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Much like with W.A.R. and Desire, P.T.S.D. seeks to accomplish more than just keep Pharoahe’s spot on the criminally-underrated lists warm; instead, it makes a case for placing him among the Chuck Ds and Ice Cubes as one of Hip Hop’s sharpest social voices.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a curious turn, but one that finds them as oddly whimsical and satisfying as ever.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Good To Be Home is the better, more streamlined version of Blu’s nonchalance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with its melancholy closing, Dark Comedy is an incredibly fulfilling listen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wild, yet well-delivered songs showcase Songz as a master of a now lyrically unrestrained mainstream R&B standard.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout this descent into 2 Chainz’ world he vacillates between the surface level fun of his previous recordings and the slightly introspective allowing us to see the other side of the man formerly named Tity Boi.... Interestingly enough, these contradictions make the tape more fun than anything we’ve heard from 2 Chainz in a while, and, equally, it shows the most fun for a listener is a hint of depth added to a raucously good time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He’s let the high filter out more of the revelation, and it sounds like a more accessible piece of entertainment than his last. It’s not the call to arms some expected, but Ab-Soul is as convincingly conspicuous as he’s ever been.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the compilation deejay/producer album tends to have it’s share of woes as too many cooks spoil the broth, Statik Selektah balances out this tendency with solid production that invokes images of the days of Hip Hop yore.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like the album itself, the cast of guest appearances is minimal, yet praiseworthy for its originality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NehruvianDOOM isn’t the first attempt to recreate Golden Age Hip Hop in the 21st century, but it’s an exceptionally creative take on the now-classic sound that succeeds in offering an enjoyable--and at times quirky--listen.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the most accomplished releases of the year, You’re Dead! embraces the uncertain, celebrates fear, and induces a meditative consciousness that’s hard to shake after listening.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tinashe allows her project to rise above the strain of heartbreak to create a simultaneously empowered and cohesive debut.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album captures a swath of moods and tastes, and Black Milk’s lyrics are both imaginative and well-executed. The production is on the money, and he continues to make big strides lyrically.