HipHopDX's Scores

  • Music
For 351 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 point 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 351
351 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nobody’s Smiling is defiant, as full of commanding musicality as it is of Common’s own provocation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While SremmLife is thin on substance, it’s built for clubs and late night adventures. Perfect for the time where sunglasses and Advil are eventually needed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Every Hero Needs a Villain is simply an enjoyable listening experience that any longtime Hip Hop fan is sure to appreciate.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At 28, he’s very much hitting his stride in Rap, using every transitional moment to add one more compelling chapter to his narrative.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ibeyi is executed expertly and encapsulates entirely its artists’ public narrative and ambitious musical inclinations up to this point. For now, that’s a blessing and all we know enough to ask for.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He succeeds in creating a soul revival with a refreshing modern day twist done so right.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While other artists are constantly on the prowl for the latest trend that will keep their names relevant, Spitta never ventures out of his own lane, and yet, his latest material never seems to spoil.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a kaleidoscope of sounds that feels like a best of instead of a debut. It’s jarringly airy, flitting about and flouting conventions at every turn, and it’s sometimes so steeped in it’s 90s house past that it undermines its own velocity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    First Of A Living Breed is another powerful entry into the Good Sun's discography.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    By Any Means is a lean 56 minutes, though Gates still finds room to entertain his schizophrenic tendencies.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Two Eleven, while a well-crafted and produced album, falls short by comeback standards.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    VII
    Aside from the lack of significant risk-taking, Teyana Taylor generated a debut album that is honest and well produced. And while she takes absolutely no risks on the album, and her vocal range is limited, she never strays from what she does well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Take it or leave it, Wise Up Ghost is great.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, Marci Beaucoup is a nice victory lap that falls just short of Reloaded.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Longtime fans will enjoy and support the album justly, but it will be understandably missed or ignored by many.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Die-hard Funk Volume supporters get everything they want and more with Knock Madness.... But casual fans and savvier listeners may ultimately find Hop’s latest frustrating.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mr. Wonderful isn’t everything for everybody, but it seems to belong completely to Bronson.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The inclusion of a small handful of featured emcees spices up the pot appropriately and where and when they cook are choiced well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The songwriting is so intentionally simple and evocative that you’re as much sucked into wondering just what she’s going to say next as much as you just want to hear a high-quality song.