Okayplayer's Scores

  • Music
For 148 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 96% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 3% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 12.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 84
Highest review score: 98 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Lowest review score: 50 Beaus$eros
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 148
148 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While this EP is a rather nice progression for Dear, and truly shows the diversity of his music, it also will give listeners something to wait for when his project comes out.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This time however they gave us a good album, something pleasant, different and raw to vibe on. Definitely give this a spin.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Homeboy Sandman's latest offering is worth a purchase. The style he provides through-out the 6 tracks on Subject: Matter shows off his intelligence–something a lot of Hip-Hop is missing these days. His story-telling abilities and vivid imagery go hand-in-hand on every track.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Every utterance on the album is packed full of meaning. Listeners will surely be left gleaning new insights from this collection after every rotation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the collection plays like exactly what it is: a fun side project that re-affirms the core values of vintage hip-hop at a time when the genre too often seems to value everything but vintage fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Perhaps his greatest achievement here lies in the construction, an LP that balances the rappers with the beats into a seamless record.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ali touches on every heavy topic under the sun but it's the more personal anecdotes, like flying home from Europe to attend his Dad's funeral or coming off tour to find his son neglected and injured that hit hardest and make Mourning in America worth copping.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Enjoyment of Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them will probably be directly correlated to the listener's ability to separate it from Below the Heavens. That in itself is a testament to the talent of the two artists involved, who have more than any flowers that come their way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Perhaps it's best enjoyed as an album of two halves--with funk on the A side, and a more introspective flipside. Either way, Sinkane's trip to the Red Planet is more than worth signing up for.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's all about the beats here. And they don't disappoint, nor do they let up, for the duration of the album.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Overall Breakfast effectively blends alternative and hip-hop elements into an eclectic montage of fresh lyricism and bursting musical backdrops.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Oh No is certainly a capable lyricist but the tracks on Ohnomite tend to work best when he lets his guest artist take the foreground.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Rugby Thompson is by far the most cohesive piece of work Smoke DZA has put out and it's clear he has developed in to a serious player in the independent hip-hop scene.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's got guest collabs that make sense without being overbearing, a few genre defying styles that go from almost dancey to instrospection and back but it never loses track.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's functional, escapist, I-hate-my-job-and-live-for-my-weekends, music.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In the end, the high points here are more than compelling enough to warrant repeated spins, and the weak spots are simply forgettable, not unlistenable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Overall, the album displays an artist in total command of his style and vision, which only makes sense considering how long and accomplished Dennis Coffey's career has been.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Overall Together/Apart is a very good record, and a few minor missteps from being a great one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Though it may not be the knock out aural masterpiece one would expect from the likes of a Flying Lotus production, The Golden Age of Apocalypse excels by harnessing the spirits of Pastorious, Sun-Ra, and other left-of-center demigods, dazzling us with FlyLo and Bruner's unique brand of collaborative eccentric genius.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While the material on Second Chance is quite straight forward and not very new, the album works, because it's a comfortable move forward for an artist who is trying to make up for lost time. The album is a defining second chance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It's a challenging, complex and sometimes brilliant album from an extremely talented artist who doesn't place limits on himself, though at times you may wish he had thrown a few small ones in there.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    This album may not appeal to some (especially those heads looking strictly for lyricism and weighty content). However, fans of both grime and dubstep will undoubtedly enjoy this offering, and most notably: Wiley's evolution.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While the project may not rack up repeat spins for most listeners, the sheer boldness will certainly hold attention whenever it does land in the deck.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    While casual listeners may be left scratching their heads a time too often for their liking, connoisseurs of pure MCing will find plenty to admire in Beans' craftsmanship, and long time fans of the Consortium will likely add this project to their collections with no regrets.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Crafty lyricism exemplifies this release by the guys from Portland, with the infectious zeal for hip-hop that's as instantly apparent and possessive of endurance as true as that of another famous Oregonian, runner Steve Prefontaine.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Their conversational deliveries and every man personas, cultivated in the often self-effacing world of blog rap sometimes feel small atop sparse, up tempo production clearly inspired by the late '80s when larger than life mic controllers brought the color to often minimalist canvases.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    There is no visible rust on Game Tested, Streets Approved, Rob's first album in six years.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Between the obvious hits and the Halcion fuzz however lays an interesting sound.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Packaged together here, The Fall does not feel like a proper Gorillaz album, but more like a musical scrapbook of the tour. Fortunately for us, even Damon's scraps are worthy of a casual listen.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the album hits all the right notes, the muted horns, understated strings and whispery vocalist with major funk potential leaves you nostalgic for something more.