RapReviews.com's Scores

  • Music
For 528 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 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: 14 out of 528
528 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Simply put, it is an essential document of hip hop history, an interesting collection of sound art, and a lot of fun to listen to as well.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even if the music isn't extraordinary, Nas himself is legendary on "Untitled" - and as long as racism is relevant, so is this album.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Pro Tools could be called a return to form, but since GZA never lost the form in the first place, it would be more apt to say that he's kept the peak form he already had and just honed his lyrical tongue to an even sharper and more polished edge.