HipHopDX's Scores

  • Music
For 520 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 To Pimp A Butterfly
Lowest review score: 20 Neon Icon
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 520
520 music reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To Pimp A Butterfly is ambitious in its attempt to inspire a generation to change the world for the better and poignant enough to actually do so.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a work to prove that they could do it, and they've done it tenfold.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Whether it’s a future classic or impenetrable catalog builder remains to be seen, but once more, King Kendrick has proved through linear vision he’s naturally able to outshine the rest of the mainstream while still working to figure out the world around him.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It is both album and manifesto, and illustrates the true power of art. The power to conjure back from the dark the voice of people the world has chosen to ignore.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Rather than cheap ploys to cross over, the questionable collaborations are more likely calculated concessions with the intent of sneaking his evangelical message to a greater audience. After the communion cup runs empty, Chance proves himself worthy of hero worship by subtly and subversively overthrowing the commercialized horrors of his town’s violent drill movement.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In addition to being Dam Funk’s best production work to date, 7 Days Of Funk is Snoop's most enjoyable album in years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yeezus--like Yeezy--is jarring, uncomfortable, uncompromising and courageous--all the things that initially made Hip Hop great.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pusha delves into risky artistic terrain and imparts flashes of lyrical genius only a few have the pedigree to pull off. The Prelude has once again positioned Pusha as an emcee with the ability to put forth a legendary piece of work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No Poison No Paradise is Black Milk’s best album, and one of the year’s best in Hip Hop so far.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Each of Compton’s 16 tracks feel like individual set pieces bound together perfectly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no doubt--R.A.P. Music is the best Southern Rap album since Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its substantial subject matter, solid production and tightly-woven sequencing, Charity Starts At Home does exactly what a solo debut should: showcases the artist's skill set and personality all at once.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are a great many moments that make Under Pressure feel like a feature film about Logic’s life, and when at its best, it is creating that sort of imagery.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Cadillactica he’s found his stride by taking new steps. K.R.I.T. isn’t slept on, but he’s proven again that he should have a bigger bandwagon by now.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throughout RTJ2 [El-P] holds his own rhyming alongside a superior wordsmith.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The production is exquisite. A lush, cosmopolitan collection of sounds spread out and allowed to coalesce. The album is quiet, subtle and monastic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As Gangster Rap, Piñata is free of conceptual pretense; it’s a slice more than a thesis. It’s also a new benchmark for Gibbs and may end up as a career calling card. If nothing else, it quickly sounds like one of the year’s best.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clocking in at 47 minutes, the album is both Tyler, The Creator’s shortest and most cohesive album to date and is full of introspective admissions that logically line up with his public character.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They make poignant soul that’s fresh sounding at all angles. Most importantly, Choose Your Weapon stands on its own as one of the year’s best albums.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those looking for an album which actively engages the future of music while remembering the imperfect past has much to enjoy with In Colour.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No I.D. and company have helped him make music that’s both uncomfortable and lived-in, and Staples sounds more himself inside of it than ever before.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black Messiah is ambitious and adventurous, and in that way it delivers wholly on the promise of D’Angelo as an artist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Directors of Photography is a top-notch effort. Production and lyrics are both outstanding, and there are few qualms, if none at all.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nobody’s Smiling is defiant, as full of commanding musicality as it is of Common’s own provocation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Hamilton Mixtape is an enthralling musical journey through American history that manages to stay relevant to our country’s turbulent political landscape.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City, Compton's flag bearer unveils a group of songs equally potent individually and collectively, meeting the mainstream and rabid fans in the middle, improbably touching that thinnest slice between mass appeal and mass respect.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it feels druggy and improvisational at times, the outcome is soberingly great.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hell Can Wait is Vince Staples’ best short release to date and his true-to-form introduction as a Def Jam artist. It’s proof that he can improve for a new audience without compromising to reach them.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The project furthers Top Dawg Entertainment's winning streak and marks the formal arrival of a cornerstone for this organization, an interestingly deep thinker whose determination and expanding consciousness seek to uplift and shape the world around him.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Seat at the Table is her strongest work to date.