HipHopDX's Scores

  • Music
For 277 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Undun
Lowest review score: 20 Neon Icon
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 277
277 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The final product is a solid debut that shows enough of Sean's skill and personality to keep listeners stay tuned, with the room for growth for higher expectations next time around.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its free-wheeling feel, efficient sequencing and a lack of filler show that it's not as random as its title implies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Today's Hip Hop scene has a rotating cast of notable stars, yet Watch The Throne simply wouldn't have felt the same had it been two different rappers converging for something this monumental.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This 23-year-old may have been searching for answers, but that journey allowed him to find one of this year's most outstanding albums with Section.80.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Success Is Certain should certainly be viewed as successful if Royce Da 5'9's goal was to rap his ass off over knocking production from legends to create an album worthy of quite a few rewinds and replays.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its delay, it's by no means a swan song, contractually and musically. R.E.D. is a lot of many things, only adding to the anticipation already for Game's final offering to Interscope.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He succeeds in creating a soul revival with a refreshing modern day twist done so right.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By translating the reverence toward his idols into his own talents instead of living in the past, Apathy continues to earn his keep in a genre that he feels is losing its way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a Hip Hop album, complete with the wondrous elements consistent with a broader musical appreciation. And it just might be 9th Wonder's best yet.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unquestionably, this is one of the most complete works of music made this year, and absolutely speaks volumes about what cohesiveness and attention to detail can do for a project.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a tight-knit collection of features and palpable confidence exuded in his lyrics, Ambition is Wale's most cohesive and likewise enthralling project thus far in his brisk career.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My Life II… The Journey Continues (Part 1) is one of Mary's most memorable albums.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lioness: Hidden Treasures preserves the gift of a true diamond in the rough.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He gives a worthy addition to the series and continues his reign as one of rap's best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The rhymes and the beats are correct on every song on The Earn, and whenever he speaks against something, he offers an alternative.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More Beautiful Than Silence, is one of the year's most authentic rap collections.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In addition to her general growth as an artist, All of Me mainly works due to Estelle having the confidence to let it work instead of over-thinking it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is replete with humor, drama, and a satisfying sense of duality and resolution.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an escapist listen that appeals to fans beyond the traditional Hip Hop consumer, and is as forward-sounding as it is nostalgic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Elitist as it might seem, it's a Rap album that sounds better if you can name most of the Gang Starr Foundation.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His singular sound gives the project a wonderful sense of cohesiveness and gels Purpp's vision together with a maturity beyond his young years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The complete package displays an obvious maturation from the veteran that is effectively in tune with a focus many have considered missing for some time.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is a storyteller's album. In fact, it's an immensely inclusive R&B album.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bold and indulgent, God Forgives, I Don't embodies why Rick Ross has become a fixture that listeners can depend on, as well as an executive who can strategize success for not only himself but others around him.