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 To Pimp A Butterfly
Lowest review score: 20 Neon Icon
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 362
362 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An exemplary balance of serious and cheerful cuts alike, very seldom does The Heist reach beyond its means.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    GMB
    Despite its missteps, GMB is a commendable project that should hold over diehard fans.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With pitfalls and all, Wiley is still going strong as artists come and go.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang at face value might not be the most agreeable title for Raekwon's album, a closer look would prove it's actually perfect.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with its melancholy closing, Dark Comedy is an incredibly fulfilling listen.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For now, Follow Me Home is a lowrider journey to California, with many ups and some downs included.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Murs and Fashawn forge an exceptional chemistry on This Generation that more importantly doesn't compromise their stylistic individuality.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Good To Be Home is the better, more streamlined version of Blu’s nonchalance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ronson and company created an album that’s accessible by all, a little bit of everything that everyone wants to hear.
    • 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
    Dreams Worth More Than Money is a slight misfire for Meek Mill, but enough is there the we think he can eventually achieve in his music the high he’s achieved in his personal life.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    36 Seasons may not be Ghostface’s greatest project, but it is another notable addition to his extensive body of work. Rapping alongside Kool G Rap and AZ for the bulk of the album is certainly a treat, and the two have their own moments of glory. Production, on the other hand, simply does not hold on to the lyrical dynamism present between Ghost, Pharoahe Monch, AZ and G.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    13
    Ultimately, fans looking for a solid but not necessarily classic addition to the Infamous Mobb Deep catalogue, should be satisfied with 13.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are a great many moments that make Under Pressure feel like a feature film about Logic’s life, and when at its best, it is creating that sort of imagery.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vibes succeeds in getting its listener to flourish in a world of champagne toasts, faceless women and impulsive dancing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a dynamic range that stretches from speedier tracks like “I Wish” to the slow and steady “90’s Class Act (Ek),” PeteStrumentals 2 refuses to settle on a single model, rather incorporating snippets of what Pete Rock has shown has fans over the years.