RapReviews.com's Scores

  • Music
For 682 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 8 Million Stories
Lowest review score: 15 Occasion
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 682
682 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    "Kingdom Come" is everything you expected.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Every time you turn the page to another chapter of "Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang" you get a pleasant surprise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Old
    Brown's self-awareness of his situation doesn't seem to have made him alter his intake. At least it has allowed him to make an incredible album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Atrocity Exhibition is a party rap album, a drug rap album, an emo rap album, and a post-punk album all rolled into one.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's also among his best work and he raps with the passion and fury of a rapper on his first LP.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With strong lyricism, impeccable production, and a consistent tracklist-only "Hydromatic" and "Poppin'" lack the rest of the LP's highlights-DJ Quik has turned in another gem sure to keep lowrider stereos and headphones alike busy throughout the summer and beyond.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Talib Kweli keeps the level of discourse high throughout Gutter Rainbows, and it should come as a surprise that some references he makes will go right over your head (props if you knew who knew Yohji Yamamoto was or what the Bhagavad Gita is).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    He's versatile enough in writing ability to cover any topic from somber to silly, he's clever enough to make what he has to say worth rewinding to catch, and he's not that bad behind the boards as a producer either
    • 57 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's awfully hard to name a bad track on Trill O.G. anywhere.
    • 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
    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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It is prime El-P, deep, heavy, funny, and banging all at the same time.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The range on "The New Danger" is as broad and deep as the Brooklyn Renaissance itself.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tronic shows marked improvement in Black Milk as the total package; he doesn't excel by sacrificing his rhymes for the sake of the music, or vice versa.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    From the 'Intro' to the 'Outro' there's very little to not like about UGK 4 Life other than the fact it can never be done again, and any music videos released off this album won't feature Pimp doin' his thang.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It may be that the only constant on Chemical Warfare IS Alchemist's beats, but that's enough to make it work--and like the futuristic battle it implies the album is filled with hits you'll never see coming.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Big Fish Theory sees Staples evolve as a rapper and an artist, and prove himself as a singular talent in hip-hop.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Trying to cherry-pick highlights from "DAMN." is an exercise in futility: practically every track is superb, more a matter of taste than anything else. It's simpler to isolate the one bum note: "God" sounds like an Akon joint from the mid-Noughties.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The album succeeds in granting an audio interpretation to something that's showcased more prominently in a cinematic medium.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The irony of releasing three beautiful albums it that even a great album like "RTJ3" can still wind up being ranked third in descending order. As good as it is nothing here can top "Crown," "Angel Duster" or "Early" for me. By no means is this in any way a negative. It's like saying you're going to listen to your third favorite Ice Cube or third favorite Michael Jackson album--you're still going to wind up listening to some brillaint s#$t over and over again no matter what.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    However challenging or confusing his rhymes can be, the songs still work with their combination of banging beats, rich lyricism, and twisted humor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tame and Del are like-minded rappers who have been heading in the same direction for years musically without having crossed paths. Now that they've finally linked their styles together in tandem, it's a blessing to all of their old fans and soon to be new ones.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is as essential as any other producer/emcee collaboration this year ("Pinata", "Run the Jewels 2") and proves that Premier (with the assistance of Adrian Younge) can still craft great albums with his well-worn formula.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This album succeeds in its goals despite the heartbreaking passing of Phife Dawg while it was being recorded, and even though I had accepted "The Love Movement" as their last chapter all those years ago, this is a much more fitting end.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    King Push's Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude is a damn good record, but it is not flawless.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Neither artist disappoints on the LP and Quik continues to progress and go beyond the boundaries of traditional west coast hip-hop. Although I'm not sure if fans will ride down Crenshaw bumping a few of the songs on the album, I salute Quik and Kurupt for trying something new.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Let Them Eat Chaos is another fantastic album by an incredible talent.