HipHopDX's Scores

  • Music
For 362 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 To Pimp A Butterfly
Lowest review score: 20 Neon Icon
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 362
362 music reviews
    • 89 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    He’s returned with a slightly updated, less flawed version of 2012’s Pluto.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With the exception of “Me & My Bitch” (a tale of two way infidelity) wedged in between a festive midsection, the Pushaz Ink crew has pieced together a well sequenced and cohesive package with My Krazy Life, but this aspect and his street credibility aren’t enough to win over naysayers expecting an overall greater performance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Book of David isn't Quik's finest effort; an album reportedly done in quick fashion, doesn't truly live up to Quik standards. However, it still holds its own in the current field.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While similar in feel to it's predecessor, Pilot Talk, this follow-up is much less commercial in approach. The backdrop, though sometimes redundant, is more intimate, substituting any real peaks of audio genius for a solid, cohesive chilled-out-smoke-and-float ambiance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Two Eleven, while a well-crafted and produced album, falls short by comeback standards.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Longtime fans will enjoy and support the album justly, but it will be understandably missed or ignored by many.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's nothing to startle about the music or the lyrics and there's little that isn't coated with a whiff of having heard it all before.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    More sexual than sensual, King Of Hearts fulfills the bare minimum of love, lust and heartbreak, all the while showcasing Young Goldie's affinity for the female body.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Overall, it feels like Last Train to Paris will be an album more tailored to the Pop scene, rather than the Hip Hop audience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With pitfalls and all, Wiley is still going strong as artists come and go.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Libra Scale lacks the sparkle found in Ne-Yo's previous work. Much like "Champagne Life," there is still plenty to celebrate. Toast it up.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    13
    Ultimately, fans looking for a solid but not necessarily classic addition to the Infamous Mobb Deep catalogue, should be satisfied with 13.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Gunz N Butta has all the makings of a classic Dipset banger, but like many of Cam'ron's albums, suffers from a lack of both direction and editing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As its own EP, The Re-Up would help provide balance to the pop chart aspirations from last year. But as a tack-on for Roman Reloaded, it plays like a band-aid over a shotgun wound.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Looking to make a convincing splash across the pond, Tempah offers up a hearty sample of talent and charisma with the aptly-titled debut album Disc-Overy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    From a technical standpoint, they're still rough around the edges; a weakness that can be improved over time. More importantly, their hearts seem to be in the right place, which can't be said for many of Animal Farm's peers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gutter Rainbows is a fairly easy spin, and can go into the listener's steady rotation in a pinch. That being said, this feels a bit like a subdued version of Eardrum.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The 17 tracks that precede Oldie are a hodgepodge of styles and line-ups; they're random in an ineffective way, with crew members seemingly shoe-horned together and the songs rolled out with little thought as to how the mixtape-slash-album plays as a whole.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Longtime Swollen Members fans likely won’t raise an eyebrow, but the consistent horrorcore references are likely to turn off potential new fans that aren’t down with the macabre subject matter
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the album doesn't necessarily reinvent the wheel, those with mainstream sensibilities that like metaphor-heavy rhymes with a strong dose of social commentary will be pleasantly surprised.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Lace Up is an imbalanced project that fails to establish MGK's grand message. His debut is decent at best.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The title-track to Meek Mill's album has all the makings of a classic opening.... And yet, what transpires on the rest of Dreams & Nightmares is an inconsistency of lyrical ingenuity and thematic execution that will haunt the Philadelphian rapper on his debut.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Ace Hood fails to deliver on Trials & Tribulations, and with four albums under his belt that have produced similar results, no rapper has arguably done so much and so little at the same time
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Remember Me’s faults definitely hold it back, but it’s still largely likeable and satisfying when it comes to simply being festive West Coast party Hip Hop.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Love & Danger leaves a confusing stain on the veteran's legacy and does little to strengthen the cause of loyalists with a vested interest in his haphazard easily misunderstood art.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At times tasteful and other times tasteless, Pluto demonstrates a bravado that knows no shame.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Aside from its two missteps, Snoop and Wiz's Mac + Devin Go To High School is a surprisingly enjoyable listen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Mastermind simply lacks flair.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Loyal 2 Chainz supporters and casual fans may enjoy B.O.A.T.S. II: #MeTime as functional, turn up music. But listeners that don’t fall into either of those categories would do well picking up more uniform offerings from similar artists.