HipHopDX's Scores

  • Music
For 338 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 338
338 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, it’s an album embedded with enough humor, knowledge, and obscure Hip Hop references that will force listeners to keep this one in rotation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The project succeeds in tying its theme of spiritual crisis amidst stardom to an analogy for the struggle to satisfy purists, but the overall results for this concept are fairly lackluster.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the album might incite a little listener’s fatigue in a single session absorption, it functions well as an inspiringly crowded display case of quality Rap in 2013.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not without its flaws (the “Bad” remix was unnecessary, and probably done simply for the big name feature), those questioning the direction Wale was going post MMG affiliation will more than likely be pleased with The Gifted.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a harsh listen that’s likely more obscure to casual, Top-40 listeners than R.A.P. Music. That’s too bad for them, because Mike and El-P seemingly unleash every item in their B-boy tool kit this time around.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a harsh listen that’s likely more obscure to casual, Top-40 listeners than R.A.P. Music. That’s too bad for them, because Mike and El-P seemingly unleash every item in their B-boy tool kit this time around.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Magna Carta Holy Grail is where Jay-Z’s emceeing finally meets his “High Rap” ambitions. This is easily the best rhyming Jay’s done since American Gangster. But a sharp Shawn on the mic isn’t a surprise. What is a surprise is that this is the most cohesive project Jay’s put together since The Blueprint.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Saaab Stories is the meeting of two artists who push the old Hip Hop formulas to new places unlike other ‘90s era revivalist types who would rather cling on.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are a few holes--the project’s length and forgettable appearances (Wiz Khalifia on “See Me”)--but overall, it’s an incredible album that will keep that hint of burgundy in the sky.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where he has yet to master the art of making complete songs (“Uncle Al” clocks in under a minute long) and his diction tends to lacks clarity, Earl paints pictures in a manner more poetic than just about all within his peer group.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those willing to experiment, Age Against The Machine serves as both a piece of art and a rewarding risk in an age where established artists are fearfully playing it safe.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s no glorifying of childish trends or negative influences, instead Monae favors creating music that could be embraced by varying demographics and is molded to withstand the test of time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Take it or leave it, Wise Up Ghost is great.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nothing Was The Same showcases new skills--trimming the unnecessary songs, and focusing on narrative details the way he does on “From Time”--that will strengthen Drake’s arsenal and help him continue to cement his status as a pop-rap heavyweight for years to come.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Old
    Proving himself one of today’s most flexible emcees, Old’s back end is Brown’s furthest departure from straightforward Rap to date, with him successfully adapting to faster 4/4 tempos reflective of the more erratic subject matter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Foreign Exchange have transformed themselves from a bastion of jazzy Hip Hop into a crossover group more akin to R&B’s soulful beginnings than the underground sound that was synonymous with Little Brother. Ultimately, listeners are the beneficiaries.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the production and detrimental hyper-lyricism place Eminem’s worst habits on display throughout the album, there is plenty of good here. Extremely compelling is the theme of Eminem’s growth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If there’s one thing you can take from Beyonce, it’s that you never have to feel “bored” as she describes in “Ghost.” There’s always room to innovate.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, Marci Beaucoup is a nice victory lap that falls just short of Reloaded.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all adds up to a quality album that manages not to take itself too seriously without resorting to being dumb.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The seven-track offering spills alpha male-isms from a “money-over-bitches” point-of-view, yet remains sultry enough to appeal to the fairer sex. It’s a tenuous balance Ty walks like a seasoned tight rope artist.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every story and every hook connects on a human level, which in a Rap game moreso than ever defined by absurdity and ephemeral aspirations makes this a worthwhile listen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When an act features the level of execution that Major Lazer showcases on Apocalypse Soon, it makes the likely forthcoming full synergy of dance, Rap and pop not so much regrettable, but palatable and completely welcomed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scott Mescudi made an EP’s worth of material feel like an album, and he did it without surrendering his artistic integrity in the process.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Infamous Mobb Deep is a return to the roots of their artistic consciousness, substantiated almost 20 years ago, and with fine precision.
    • 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.