HipHopDX's Scores

  • Music
For 336 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 336
336 music reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a curious turn, but one that finds them as oddly whimsical and satisfying as ever.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Good To Be Home is the better, more streamlined version of Blu’s nonchalance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with its melancholy closing, Dark Comedy is an incredibly fulfilling listen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wild, yet well-delivered songs showcase Songz as a master of a now lyrically unrestrained mainstream R&B standard.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout this descent into 2 Chainz’ world he vacillates between the surface level fun of his previous recordings and the slightly introspective allowing us to see the other side of the man formerly named Tity Boi.... Interestingly enough, these contradictions make the tape more fun than anything we’ve heard from 2 Chainz in a while, and, equally, it shows the most fun for a listener is a hint of depth added to a raucously good time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He’s let the high filter out more of the revelation, and it sounds like a more accessible piece of entertainment than his last. It’s not the call to arms some expected, but Ab-Soul is as convincingly conspicuous as he’s ever been.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the compilation deejay/producer album tends to have it’s share of woes as too many cooks spoil the broth, Statik Selektah balances out this tendency with solid production that invokes images of the days of Hip Hop yore.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like the album itself, the cast of guest appearances is minimal, yet praiseworthy for its originality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NehruvianDOOM isn’t the first attempt to recreate Golden Age Hip Hop in the 21st century, but it’s an exceptionally creative take on the now-classic sound that succeeds in offering an enjoyable--and at times quirky--listen.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the most accomplished releases of the year, You’re Dead! embraces the uncertain, celebrates fear, and induces a meditative consciousness that’s hard to shake after listening.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tinashe allows her project to rise above the strain of heartbreak to create a simultaneously empowered and cohesive debut.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album captures a swath of moods and tastes, and Black Milk’s lyrics are both imaginative and well-executed. The production is on the money, and he continues to make big strides lyrically.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vibes succeeds in getting its listener to flourish in a world of champagne toasts, faceless women and impulsive dancing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a kaleidoscope of sounds that feels like a best of instead of a debut. It’s jarringly airy, flitting about and flouting conventions at every turn, and it’s sometimes so steeped in it’s 90s house past that it undermines its own velocity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some songs border on perfection. A few more are just solidly average. Yet, it all balances out, and the rhymes on full display make Shady XV a great compilation release.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its narrative, the tropes, and the strategies are completely overcome by the albums terrifying integrity. It is immensely relatable because it is not afraid to be corny and cliche.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Pinkprint runs a middle path between pop over exertion and real lyricism, creating an everything for someone aesthetic that Nicki doesn't allow to shift into wastefullness. As such, it is an ambitious undertaking Nicki has wrangled in highly entertaining fashion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    PRhyme can be closed off to the Rap of today, but their rendition of the Rap of yesteryear will always have a place in any era.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hallways is still an accomplished addition to Homeboy Sandman’s ever consistent output.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sullivan’s long time away from music has given her a new outlook on life and Reality Show is all the better because of it. Her excellence bleeds into songwriting and production while her crooning is as good as ever.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a whole, there’s very little that’s progressive about B4.Da.$$ but it’s a distinguished retread and the most polished project the young emcee has put out to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ibeyi is executed expertly and encapsulates entirely its artists’ public narrative and ambitious musical inclinations up to this point. For now, that’s a blessing and all we know enough to ask for.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At 28, he’s very much hitting his stride in Rap, using every transitional moment to add one more compelling chapter to his narrative.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is still enough variety in styles that make it a successful conjuring. And, once there, the free-form melting pot of production and vocals continues to satisfy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Dark Sky Paradise, Big Sean is prepared to leave his mark.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fashawn’s sophomore release is a strong follow-up, six years in the making, that hits hard while preaching perseverance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mr. Wonderful isn’t everything for everybody, but it seems to belong completely to Bronson.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His self-expression is supported by an album mostly produced by him (a.k.a.. randomblackdude) and Left Brain, where the entire production is minimal, dark and contains rare interludes. It's the glue that holds all his confessions and retrospective bars together.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Musically, he is maturing before our very eyes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On it’s own merit; Barter 6 is the definitive mainstream strip club album of the modern era.