HipHopDX's Scores

  • Music
For 288 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Undun
Lowest review score: 20 Neon Icon
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 288
288 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like the album itself, the cast of guest appearances is minimal, yet praiseworthy for its originality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While each track on Loud is an audio Polaroid of past work, there's little evolution. It's evident Rihanna is working her way to the top, but she's been doing that for three albums now.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pink Friday was one of the most highly-anticipated albums of 2010, largely due to curiosity. The reality is that it could have never lived up to the hype it prematurely received. Still, there's room for growth, and Nicki Minaj has both the skills and the following to keep moving up.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No Mercy takes T.I.'s recent experiences and frustrations, and effectively bottles them up into a potent and complete work.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The execution isn't as good the second time around, but Banks has reestablished his sound, and made clear that he is still a major force to be reckoned with in the Rap game.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With tracks like "15 Minutes" to slow things down for those romantic moments, and an upbeat song such as "All Said And Done" to keep things moving along at a decent pace, Jamie Foxx's LP is a pleasant addition to the current R&B landscape.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it is impressive how much Albarn squeezes out of a piece of equipment that most would assume isn't up for the task, this is ultimately a tour-bus album--several songs are even named after the cities in which they were likely conceived.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Give the Drummer Some finally officially opens the door for Barker to enter to world of Hip Hop he's always said he wanted to walk through.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Moreover, this work shows his place in Doomtree, but provides him a greater unique identity against his sister and brothers. Bad Time Zoo definitely raises the question of where the cages and bars are in 2011.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It maintains a musical energy intense enough to fuel a good party, yet throws in just enough of a dash of introspect to remind listeners that behind Jim Jones' exotic cars, empty bottles left behind at VIP tables, penchant for the drug business, and platoon of fly females, the man still has a heart.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Some Cold Rock Stuf continues with a gracious mixture of up-tempo and moody cuts, though some are more favorable over others.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As much credit as the pair deserve for creating a modern approximation of Ennio Morricone, Rome is more likely to lead to watching one of Sergio Leone's classics than replaying the album itself.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hail Mary Mallon gives us one of the better independent albums released of the year. The artists' ability to have fun, while weaving a complex and serious narrative is the thing that only seasoned lyricists could pull off.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the house and dance beats and Marc Anthony features, Pitbull is still a rapper, and a decent one at that. He has definite personality on the mic, a trained and well-executed flow and delivery, and an ear for a good club banger.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Blackenedwhite is conflicted, but quality music.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite losing the laser-like focus of their earlier mixtapes, When Fish Ride Bicycles is a fun, well-made album that brings several welcome additions to their catalogue
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Together/Apart is musical therapy for those who find themselves caught under the pressures of life.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At this point listeners are either down with his movement or they aren't, and while We The Best Forever is a solid piece, it's not different enough from his previous work to change any minds about him.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Here I Am is a solid effort by Destiny's other child.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For now, Follow Me Home is a lowrider journey to California, with many ups and some downs included.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    J. Cole's debut album has flaws just as others' rookie seasons did, but Cole World: Sideline Story definitely proves that he deserves a prominent spot on the team.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Cats & Dogs is a moody, well-produced album that, at times, is brimming with meaning-something not entirely common these days.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Take Care could be much better in some theoretical ways, it isn't bad in any objective way either.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's isn't exactly a new album or even an entirely new mixtape, but taken at face value, Fear of God II is a solid collection of tracks.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Blue Slide Park doesn't do anything to damage Mac's current status in the game, but it also doesn't do much to raise it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's another solid collection, complete with radio hits, club bangers, and introspective ballads on her favorite subjects: love and sex.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The self-proclaimed "White trash heartthrob" kicks off his show with a display of lyricism and content that aligns very closely with Yelawolf has always been about - sincerity, family, community and of course Chevrolet Caprice Classics.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No, his music isn't appropriate for every situation, but when T-Pain is what you're in the mood for, there's still no better T-Pain than T-Pain.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's serious when necessary, occasionally triumphant, and impressive enough that you have to consider him a force to be reckoned with.