RapReviews.com's Scores

  • Music
For 641 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Survival Skills
Lowest review score: 15 Occasion
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 641
641 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Once you listen, you'll never be able to look at rap's landscape the same way again.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They were just waiting for the right time to kick precisely the right rhyme, so that "The Grind Date" would go down not just as an important date in rap history but in the pantheon of all musical endeavours since the dawn of mankind. It's that damn good.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A true original not to the game, but to rap music at its best.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The magic in "The Craft" is that whether you're a student of the craft of hip-hop or not, you'll always enjoy the experience. The magic in "The Craft" is that it doesn't get stale with time - the beats and rhymes only get fresher and fresher.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nas has made a passionate album to reawaken your love of the art and if your heart isn't thumping in your chest by the end then it's not hip-hop that's dead, it's you.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is, really and truly, an experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Cool picks up right where "Food & Liquor" left off, once again using his Muslim background and Chi-Town sensibilities to inform his perspective without being rigidly bound by either.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Welcome to a new classic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There is very little that doesn't work, with both Marley (obviously) and Nas (surprisingly) meshing flawlessly into practically everything.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a historical artifact on an otherwise up-to-date album, one which is more important now that hip-hop needs a refresher on the essence of skills and the value of balancing the materialistic with the intellectual.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lupe Fiasco doesn't present tracks that are just a hot beat and some memorable bars--he's aiming for cinematic moments and drawing you into the atmosphere he seeks to create.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While Aesop Rock may not be every hip-hop fan's cup of tea, you must respect the man's grind. All-in-all The Impossible Kidis like (yet unlike) any Aesop Rock release: Ill underground beats and a lyrical prowess that yields rewards with each willing listen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's easily among the best of his work in his entire career.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    'So Far to Go' embodies everything great about Common--his witty delivery, smooth flow, loquacious lyrics and perfect sense of timing --but then the same could be said for virtually any track on Finding Forever.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Talib Kweli has made the career-defining work that his fans have been expecting for nearly a decade.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even though some might miss Slug's angst-ridden diatribes (Lucy Ford is nowhere to be found on this album), he manages to toe the line between rapper and griot better than he ever has before on this new effort.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you want to know further why this album is a classic you'll have to check it out yourself, but know for a fact it's well worth your fifteen dollars.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Felt 3 is a work of art that unlike so many sequels in life exceeds what the originals had to offer, and indeed offers something everyone can appreciate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Eleven tracks featuring Gift of Gab's superb rhyme writing, breath control and musical flow just don't seem like enough, but the amount of content he packs into that small space creates an energy density comparable to NOX, fueling this rocketship all the way to Mars and beyond to distant stars.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    So Far Gone is unquestionably one of the most cohesive, atmospheric hip hop records in recent memory--which is almost the antithesis of what one expects from a mixtape.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While no album may ever top his debut's brilliance, this one comes close enough to make even his most passionate haters happy to hear the raw essence of hip-hop revealed in all it's true glory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, "No Said Date" is the collective combination of stellar performances across the board.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nelly's taste in beats for "Sweat" is almost impeccable, and it's easy to imagine three or four of these songs all being singles.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nelly pushes crossover so far on a few of these tracks a few of his more hardcore fans may be turned off, but frankly since this is a concept album songs like "N Dey Say" are what I expected from "Suit."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's just enough to be cut that this could have been one outstanding album instead of two discs that overall make a pretty damn good release.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Akrobatik and Lif are the ideal lyrical yin and yang.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Certified" treads a fine line between keeping it real and selling units, but Banner treads that line very well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first overwhelmingly happy Atmosphere record.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Years from now these "Donuts" will still be just as fresh as the day they first hit the store.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To say "Things Go Better with RJ and Al" is as great as some of their earlier work would be an overstatement, but to say it's a dissapointment in any way shape or form would be a colossal lie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might be too early to call Cut Chemist's "The Audience's Listening" a masterpiece in 2006, let alone in the pantheon of all-time great turntablist albums like "Wave Twisters," but Cut Chemist defintely proves here that branching out from Jurassic 5 to pursue a solo career was anything but a mistake.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only downside to "Feedback" is that by the time you reach the swinging latino rhythms of the instrumental finale "Canto de Ossanha" 52 minutes of hip-hop soul just won't seem like enough.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are plenty of unexpected surprises to be found.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Being bold and different for Lupe pays off right from the jump.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Game shows lyrical improvement over his major label debut, and even though some accused him of being a "name dropper" back then and still will today, the references seem more in keeping with his "soldier of the West" philosophy and less like a filler for lack of content.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One listen is all that is needed to convince you that the Clipse have dropped one of the best rap albums of the year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With "The Undisputed Truth," Brother Ali improves as a rapper, while sacrificing none of the unique, personal touch that made "Shadows on the Sun" so impressive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Francis is on a level where even next shit is two steps behind.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is more expansive and daring--resulting in more highs and lows than "Arular."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimate Victory is everything one could have hoped for as an official sophomore album follow-up to "The Sound of Revenge"--there's no slump here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the most satisfying P.E. album in over fifteen years, both a throwback to their glory years and a hopeful sign of more great years to come.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those who have slept on Wyclef Jean's catalogue may need to give it another look after listening to Carnival Vol. II.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In short, it is one of the best albums of the year, and could be one of the best albums of the decade.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's nothing boring about the tracks on Ego Trippin' though, from the hard hitting Neptunes produced "Sets Up" to the soft-spoken Polow Da Don produced "Why Did You Leave Me."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Odd Couple [is] thirteen songs chock full of honest, unabashed, experimental self-expression that isn't afraid to take chances.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stop wasting time and go to the store to get Rising Down right now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With II Trill Bun B's ensured the legacy of U.G.K. will exist for decades to come, but more importantly he's created the album that every hip-hop head from North to South with have rattling out of their trunk all summer long.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, And I Love H.E.R. is as good of a conceptual album as hip-hop has ever seen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With very little filler and a strong selection of songs from start to finish, the hype that this is potentially "album of the year" according to Atlantic Records may ACTUALLY be true.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Ludacris may be professing loudly to do it for hip-hop on his latest album, it's refreshing to know he can do it for hip-hop and still do it for the mainstream who may not realize just how artful he really is.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    P.O.S. has created something that sounds vibrant and alive, and stretches the narrow limits of the genre.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you want to doubt it or not, there's just too much right about the self-titled Slaughterhouse for this album to be wrong.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an emotional and creative masterpiece in the genre of hip hop.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Us
    Us is uplifting, thought-provoking, funny, heartbreaking, and bootyshaking.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs that were already previously available on "So Far Gone" are a winner and the new songs don't bring Drake down off the high cloud he's already on.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jake knows Freeway's strengths and plays to them with so much grace it's almost unfair to rappers who've got to piece records together with a hodgepodge of producers who craft their tracks with no one in particular in mind.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dr. No's Ethiopium combines two of the best things on Earth: Egyptian jazz and hip hop. This is a fantastic album, and one that improves upon "Dr. No's Oxperiment."
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The reason ArchAndroid is so good is because, from minute one, it is so apparent that its author loves music. And for those of us that love music, that's a real treat.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Roots aren't just cashing in from their newfound Jimmy Fallon fame, they're doing what they do best that nobody else in or outside the Illadeph-side can do.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's something magical about pairing Talib with Hi-Tek on production that transcends his already almost unlimited lyrical potential and creates an extraordinary experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Big Boi has exquisite taste in music, guests, lyrics and choruses--not to mention the knowledge and expertise of how to put a classic album together. And whoever bet against him just lost. Big time.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Saigon has had the time to craft an epic hip-hop album that's a fitting testament to his skill and his sheer force of will.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's easily one of the best albums of the year so far, and has the sound and feel of a classic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Apart from these misgivings [middle-core sequencing issues and "Nasty" not making the grade], it must be said that Nas has truly delivered.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ill Manors, depressing, blunt and provocative, fulfills one of rap music's most noble tasks--to touch the sore spots.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a decade of depth to D. Swain that shows in every bar, note, and beat of this Payback, one which should hopefully give the music biz a big smack in the face.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Reloaded is a brilliant album but it is one that requires a certain mood.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While most of these songs probably can't stand out alone, the project on the whole is a great addition to an already great catalog of one of hip hop's finest artists.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Illmatic by Nas is a 10/10 classic hip hop album. It's essential, and that's undeniable. Illmatic XX when taken as a whole, isn't.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pharoahe Monch has always been among the most talented rappers in the game, and now with PTSD, he has an album that showcases not only his lyrical prowess, but also his ability to craft a fully focused and theme driven album.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only thing you really need to know is that no matter how you cop RTJ2, whether it's as a free digital download, a physical copy from Mass Appeal or the super-expensive "I'm On The Guestlist" supporter package you're getting more than your money's worth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When nostalgic old-timers lament the golden age of hip-hop, for those championing our current era, Under Pressure is the album to point to.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Many worry that the Cadillactica theme might go over the heads of some and alienate fans but rest assured, at the core of it all, there's still the 808 bang, jazzy, soulful music and the same Big K.R.I.T. that so many have come to know, respect and love--on second thought, he's better.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black Messiah is an incredible album, and an essential addition to D'Angelo's discography.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There won't be another album in 2015 with so much of the artist invested in it: mind, body and soul.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is an album that pushes boundaries and yet is always listenable and relatable, even at its most intricate and complex.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His lyrics are more considered; his flow is varied and on point pretty much throughout; the choice in music is superb; there are concepts that deserve your attention. The Game has delivered one of the greatest hip hop double albums in history.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Documentary 2 & 2.5 prove that he is back, and yes, better than ever. This isn't based on a cursory listen: the evidence is all there. His lyrics are more considered; his flow is varied and on point pretty much throughout; the choice in music is superb; there are concepts that deserve your attention.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We've come to expect nothing less than near-perfection from K.Dot and he comes pretty damn close on his most recent effort.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The order of the songs in the end seems carefully chosen, not unlike a play or movie where the emotional resonance from each piece is meant to build you up, bring you down, and build anticipation through each movement towards the climactic ending.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Kiss of Death is the Jadakiss album that everybody's been waiting for, 'Kiss fans and critics alike.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There are songs on here so thorough and ill they'll send a chill down your spine and raise the hair on your neck.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Shorter than its predecessor, it is also a more cohesive and even effort, making Ace and Brooklyn the focal points of this hour plus narrative told in the now trademark laid-back manner.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The range on "The New Danger" is as broad and deep as the Brooklyn Renaissance itself.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Do NOT approach this as a rap album, or you will be perplexed to no end. This is cerebral, intricate and inventive electronically-based music that is certainly hip-hop in ethic and inspiration, but channelled through a uniquely British conduit, interpreted by one of the more intriguing urban poets of recent times.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sage Francis is obviously not for everyone. Though he is a gifted lyricist, he is hard to follow, and the entirety of "A Healthy Distrust" has a rough edge that makes it far from easy listening.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    "Beauty and the Beat" is a rare, valuable record that channels two markedly different types of music into a new one, a collage of sounds that hasn't been heard in a very long time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's an excellent album if you're in on the joke.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There isn't a weak track on "Father Divine," and though some of Ladd's lyrical styling can be uninspired... the album is packed with solid material.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is not RJD2's best work, but this record contains several stunning creations and very few disappointments. Aceyalone settles for too little, allowing his natural skill to carry him in the absence of true purpose, but his voice still weaves deftly throughout most of the album.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ghost continues his tradition of being the Wu's most consistant soloist.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    From the thumping energy of the Just Blaze beats and fiery rap rhetorhic of "I'm Talkin' to You" to the smoothed soulful Khao Cates beats on the "miss you girl" narrative of "Hello," Atlanta's self-proclaimed king wears many different crowns and they all seem to fit him well.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Boots is more than just a fiery orator, he's a powerful composer who adds the funk to the mix to make his words stick. While at times his style has been hit or miss, "Pick a Bigger Weapon" finds him at his most musically consistant and enjoyable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There's nothing ludicrous about Ludacris giving his fans exactly what they want, and it's even less ludicrous that he will probably convert more new fans on the strength of "Release Therapy."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    "Kingdom Come" is everything you expected.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Considering how tight "Strength & Loyalty" is, it's not likely anybody is going to forget Bone Thugs-N-Harmony any time soon.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Balance is the key element that Freeway absolutely nails. Amongst these joints that sound like pure commercial hits, Freeway, drops enough dope introspective material to prove that he is well-rounded.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Solution is an album informed by Sigel's hustles and struggles that still manages to elevate beyond them to offer a broad appeal as the self-described "fat boy on a sucker free diet" puts out the best gangster rap Philadelphia has seen since the heyday of Schoolly D--except that Sig' is on a level now D could never touch.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While it may be a little on the long side, the quality never lets up and you'd have a hard time deciding which tracks, if any, should have been left on the cutting room floor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The album is listenable, exciting and succeeds in reigniting interest in hip hop and rappers that dedicate their life to become great MC's, not just hustlers.