RapReviews.com's Scores

  • Music
For 552 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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Liquid Swords [The Chess Box]
Lowest review score: 15 Occasion
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 552
552 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    channel ORANGE is filled with brave music.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Labor Days isn't perfect it is definately the underground Ghostface's most satisfying release to date.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He may be young and he may like to have fun, but he's also gotten depths of thoughtfulness that you don't have to dig deep for before they shine.
    • 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.
    • 90 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.
    • 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
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is an overall above average album that needed a little more of something--a little more 9th Wonder, a little more swagger, a little more about the world of today--and possibly just a little less angst.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    One can't fairly make the claim that "Pt. II" picks up right where the original left off, but this is the best Raekwon we've heard lyrically and musically in a long time, and barring a late entry this should be the best Wu-Tang related album of 2009.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If one can express disappointment in undun, it's that it sets out to tell a story and tells it well, but delivers a short story or a novella where fans of The Roots would have undoubtedly preferred a full length novel.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    You're Dead loses momentum after "Never Catch Me." Much of the later two-thirds of the album is more atmospheric, reminiscent of 2012's more contemplative "When the Quiet Comes."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ghost continues his tradition of being the Wu's most consistant soloist.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's the sound of a composer showing just what can be done with a sampler in the right hands. Hip-hop producers should take notes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, it's hard to find much fault with The Wonder Years, and it's remarkable how cohesive it feels given that it's a compilation album.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An artistic statement and a brilliant debut, Gas Mask should be Motown's unofficial soundtrack, but its listenership should know no regional boundaries.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    They've wisely chosen to not compete with the younger generation of DJs, and shown the upstarts the roots of dance music. They've also proven that they are not one-trick ponies who can only build beats on samples. They do just as well with a completely different sonic pallette.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is more expansive and daring--resulting in more highs and lows than "Arular."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is soulful, accessible, and devoid of the ignorance and shallowness that are trademarks of mainstream hip-hop.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, "No Said Date" is the collective combination of stellar performances across the board.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album is two veteran MCs going hard and loose, feeding off one another's energy and pushing one another to step their game up. It's definitely the start to a beautiful friendship.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The EP serves its purpose quite well as it gives fans just enough to keep you craving a Brother Ali full length, but holds back enough so they will appreciate the full length once it arrives.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Chance the Rapper builds on the formula that Kendrick Lamar rode to success last year, offering a lower-key, more introspective take on Kendrick's confessional half-sung raps.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Skyzoo has created an album that may not be the dream we all thought it could be, but it is one that will be playing in your mind long after you've nodded off.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Exxecution is twelve songs of slamming, grimey, take-no-prisoners NY hip hop. Ruste Juxx and Marco Polo show lames how it's done, and leave a trail of dead in their wake.