HipHopDX's Scores

  • Music
For 470 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 0.5 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 470
470 music reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Longtime Swollen Members fans likely won’t raise an eyebrow, but the consistent horrorcore references are likely to turn off potential new fans that aren’t down with the macabre subject matter
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For all of its powerful lyricism, Prisoner Of Conscious is not a particularly dynamic listen.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Existing within that world that overlooks lyrical competence or any moral deficiencies, there are enough instances where the veteran’s effortless style starts veering too close to effort-less.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This album is a polished, lateral step with an accompanying barcode for Weeknd’s fans. And outsiders looking to understand his appeal are likely better off downloading the three mixtapes that preceded the album.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, the album lacks the shine and luster of the previous two Maybach Music Group compilations.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s obvious Justin had quite a bit to say but sometimes, some things are just better left unsaid.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a byproduct of a team that has actualized potential for groundbreaking contributions, MellowHigh misses the mark by a wide margin.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What My Own Lane ultimately lacks is a true sense of creative risk from Kid Ink.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Mastermind simply lacks flair.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If only its last few tracks were just as focused and compelling [as "Wake Me Up"]. Lift Your Spirit only suffers when it winds down, as it panders to Blacc’s booming audience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With the exception of “Me & My Bitch” (a tale of two way infidelity) wedged in between a festive midsection, the Pushaz Ink crew has pieced together a well sequenced and cohesive package with My Krazy Life, but this aspect and his street credibility aren’t enough to win over naysayers expecting an overall greater performance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Remember Me’s faults definitely hold it back, but it’s still largely likeable and satisfying when it comes to simply being festive West Coast party Hip Hop.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a tepid set of songs that will undoubtedly satisfy his growing fanbase and, if lucky, make a run with the right program directors. For the rest of us, and not by design, Winter & The Wolves leaves you more than a bit cold.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The trouble with Illmatic XX isn’t what you hear, but what you don’t hear. In a vacuum, it’s an unexpectedly well-preserved snapshot of Golden Era, New York Hip Hop. Sonically, it strikes the perfect balance between cleaning up the original recordings through the advent of digital remastering without eliminating subtleties such as the crackle of a needle over vinyl.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    He’s returned with a slightly updated, less flawed version of 2012’s Pluto.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It attempts to do many of the same things [as Kilt II] sonically but falls short of the mark.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the misses hold Blacc Hollywood back from being great, Wiz still reminds listeners that regardless of what they’re looking for, he’s capable of providing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    X
    Personality aside, Chris Brown’s ability to succeed artistically at delivering sounds in all three sectors of urban Pop makes this release a great, yet disjointed listen.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Most of the songs on Full Speed are catchy in their own right, but on the heels of tracks that sound so much alike just now seeing their expiration on radio, the feeling is mixed at best.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fan of a Fan reads like a mimicking of that, missing a key ingredient in the Pop-Rap alchemy it takes to create something truly ingenius and infectious.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    His seemingly unshakeable integrity and forthright spirit in music making shrouds Ludaversal in serious tones, marking a stark departure from the Georgia emcee’s status quo, making this one a novel and welcome addition to his catalog.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When Wale showcases his growth in being able to link his classic skillset with modern content, the album unequivocally succeeds. However, in attempting to placate current mainstream tastes, he falls short of the album being the unique and iconic success of the mixtape that truly launched his career to another level five years ago.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Regardless of whether his hands are tied creatively to coded lyrics, such as “500 Homicides,” the music undoubtedly suffers as a result. But there are ephemeral periods on Remember My Name where Durk is more illuminative of his world, like “Resume.”
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While his long journey has finally paid off, Living Legend lacks it factor to have listeners clamoring for a follow-up anytime soon.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Meth Lab may be Method Man’s return to solo work, but without a true connection between the tracks the album feels more like a mixtape than an album, a string of songs that range from uninspiring to a reminder that Method Man was once one of Hip Hop’s elite.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s no creative expansion, just two acts trying to exist in their own worlds simultaneously instead of finding a new and interesting middle ground. Mixing classic Big Boi verses over old Phantogram songs would’ve probably been just as effective.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s when Bieber’s honesty feels less-than-honest and the tracks feel less-than-groundbreaking that this album falls short of the heights it should by all means be capable of reaching.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dillatronic highlights the producer’s grand vision, but in the end, we’re left with pieces of what could’ve been.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At 15 tracks, Heart Blanche is not much longer than 2010’s The Lady Killer and noticeably shorter than his first two albums, which both had no less than 18 tracks. However, sequencing is the heart of any album and Heart Blanche palpitates from its redundancy.