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
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From nine-minute douchebag manifestos, to enlisting an A-list Grammy ensemble to piece-mealing his album out to the masses every Friday, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy defies logic and it ignores convention.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is a storyteller's album. In fact, it's an immensely inclusive R&B album.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The trouble with Illmatic XX isn’t what you hear, but what you don’t hear. In a vacuum, it’s an unexpectedly well-preserved snapshot of Golden Era, New York Hip Hop. Sonically, it strikes the perfect balance between cleaning up the original recordings through the advent of digital remastering without eliminating subtleties such as the crackle of a needle over vinyl.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you've been patiently waiting for five years or just recently got into Saigon's music, The Greatest Story Never Told delivers a stimulating message that is as cautionary as it is entertaining.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a work to prove that they could do it, and they've done it tenfold.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There aren't any lackluster songs, and even though the lyrics and the rhymes are digestible on the first listen, they get better with more listens.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Skyzoo's sincerity as a rapper is shot through A Dream Deferred, but the album has a seamless musical charm.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent is at its root empowering, challenging and subversive, most strikingly, it’s simply an incredibly rewarding listen.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Azealia Banks has an endearing charm, magnetic glow, and aggressively attitudinal confidence that come together as 1991's short collection is equally catchy and unique rendering her one to continue watching.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When it's all said and done, Ghostface Killah treats Apollo Kids like a seasoned veteran would treat a game on the hardwood; he picks his spots, lets his teammates have their moments, and takes over when necessary. In that respect, Apollo Kids is another project we can tally up in Ghost's win column.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yeezus--like Yeezy--is jarring, uncomfortable, uncompromising and courageous--all the things that initially made Hip Hop great.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With points rewarded for originality and innovation the composer's greatest strengths are also his faults, as this effort lacks cohesion and sensible sequencing making for an exercise in patience that only biased fans would process as a sign of genius.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Beasties feel permanently young again having crafted an album that is just as consistent, unhinged and enjoyable as Check Your Head.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Marciano's outright refusal to relinquish his old school ways and broaden his reach results in enjoyable glorified crime fiction that could render him archaic sooner rather than later, but for right now it's perfect.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By co-opting the title of John Coltrane’s 1965 classic, A Love Supreme, Bilal is at least hinting at lofty expectations. For the most part he exceeds them.