HipHopDX's Scores

  • Music
For 330 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 To Pimp A Butterfly
Lowest review score: 20 Neon Icon
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 330
330 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gift of Gab is a craftsman, and achieves goal to provide uplifting music.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's still a bit more growing to do, but Master of My Make-Believe shows that's she's headed in the right direction.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Azealia Banks has an endearing charm, magnetic glow, and aggressively attitudinal confidence that come together as 1991's short collection is equally catchy and unique rendering her one to continue watching.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Oh No's execution is slightly off the mark in sticking to its motif, but that shouldn't detract from the goods he's brought this time around. We can dig it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Attractive Sin, an album that is sure to add to his discography as another solid effort from Sir DZL.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Smoke DZA and Harry Fraud deliver a solid collection of songs that grow more interesting on repeated listen, basking in an evolved sound equally representing vintage and avant-garde New York Hip Hop.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Self Made Vol. 2 is a noted improvement from its predecessor.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Fortune further indicates a changing of the guard in urban music, as Chris Brown's feel good songs find his most staunch advocates willing to overlook his lowered standards of musical content.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, fans of Aesop will love this release, but those who have yet to find a reason to listen to his music won't find one here.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Cruel Summer is heavy and brash, and in that sense, it succeeds. G.O.O.D. Music's first outing successfully showcases the collective's talents, but it's ultimately an underachieving and uneven effort.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With points rewarded for originality and innovation the composer's greatest strengths are also his faults, as this effort lacks cohesion and sensible sequencing making for an exercise in patience that only biased fans would process as a sign of genius.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Napalm finds X fluctuating between trying to recapture the sound he perfected when he was cavorting with the Aftermath staff, and exploring elder statesmanship a la "Thank You" from 2006's Full Circle. When he goes too far in pursuit of either extreme, Napalm falters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Numbers can be applauded as the mature nature and notably impressive songwriting displays progression from MellowHype's older riotous material.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    His involvement in the actual song-making process may be limited, but his ear for the finished product shouldn't be understated.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall R.E.D. is concise and beautifully simple, making it one of this year's smoothest R&B albums.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though his delivery, wit, and overall presence are exciting and the EP is good for surprises such as Gucci Mane exceeding expectations over El-P's contribution "Telephuck," the continual insistence on raunch risks becoming stale.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    "Stocking Cap" Sai may be no more, but Saigon proves that he still hasn't lost his touch on the mic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Girl On Fire pushes her superb writing skills forward without losing what makes Alicia Keys the artist she promised to be 11 years ago.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Solution once again combines Buckshot and 9th Wonder's accomplished and refined skill sets as pioneers of the '90s and the past decade respectively.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For now, MHz Legacy fits the group's journey quite well with strong highlights and a few struggles along the way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    From mic to plug, Wu Block is a vintage Rap release only lacking in invention.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album slightly suffers from copycat syndrome with "Initiation" being the latest in Hip Hop's long line of Lex Luger replications (guest starring Lola Monroe, Taylor Gang's Nicki Minaj soundalike) and "Remember You" following the trend of working with drug chic singer The Weeknd, but Wiz Khalifa mostly succeeds at occupying his own comfortable lane.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jesus Piece ends up being the least compelling release in Game's storied catalogue, but that doesn't mean it's not worth a listen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    GMB
    Despite its missteps, GMB is a commendable project that should hold over diehard fans.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Short but sweet, Disrupted Ads chalks up another win towards Oh No's already prolific legacy as one of the present underground's consistently effective studio rats.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Indicud is an ambitious project that Kid Cudi took a blind shot at, and while by no means does he completely exemplify his immortal identity, he certainly makes a compelling case nonetheless.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Notwithstanding a couple musical blemishes, IV Play diligently continues The-Dream’s tenure as one of the premier acts in R&B.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though not his greatest body of work, it places his cunning lyrical skills front and center while showcasing his and Scram Jones’ identical ears for quality, bass-heavy production and the fact that gangsters want to have a little fun, too.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It doesn’t introduce a new sound, nor does it feature many moments we haven’t heard before. Yet what makes this album important are all the reasons Hip Hop needs Freddie Gibbs. On any one album, he can give you pieces of Tupac, UGK, Three 6 Mafia, and blend them into a harmony that would make Bone Thugs-n-Harmony proud.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album is repetitive in nature (a sure complaint for anyone highly critical of his solo work), Prodigy continues his largely consistent reign as a still thriving pioneer of New York’s once thugged-out era.