RapReviews.com's Scores

  • Music
For 587 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 28% 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 Tetsuo & Youth
Lowest review score: 15 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 587
587 music reviews
    • 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).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Every time you turn the page to another chapter of "Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang" you get a pleasant surprise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    His bitterness about that fate may be the only black mark against this album--there's a tinge of resignation here and little effort to make himself more palatable to the masses.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I'm curious to see and hear how an album that addresses nothing but social issues would turn out, but I'm more than satisfied with this release in the meanwhile as Mike continues to pledge his allegiance to getting rich independently, or simply put, the grind.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Shabazz Palaces created an album that is deep, dense, cryptic, hypnotic, and beautiful in its own freaky way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Whatever genre you want to label Dedication as, it is a remarkable album.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If this is the Wu-Tang of the 2010's, we need more albums like it.
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This isn't an album of 1990's styles brought to 2012 - these are contemporary beats and rhymes that can hang with anything else coming out on the scene
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Personal, heartfelt lyrics and soulful production have been key factors in K.R.I.T. building the following that he has amassed up to this point in his career, and this time around he's coming with much of the same.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite the many cooks involved in this project, it maintains a sonic and lyrical cohesiveness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It is prime El-P, deep, heavy, funny, and banging all at the same time.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ali is a mess of contradictions, but his latest effort proves how well those contradictions work together. Mourning In America is another amazing album by Ali, hip-hop's best street preacher.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Usually an artist can try and re-create the album that gave him so much acclaim, or he can scrap everything and create something new and fresh, with the risk of alienating his fan base. P.O.S chose to do the latter with We Don't Even Live Here, but unlike many artists, he pulled it off without a hitch.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sean Price has rarely if ever lost a step and Mic Tyson is not going to be the time that he did.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This album is Prodigy and Alchemist giving long time fans exactly what they want.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Madlib produced albums tend to only get better with age, and I don't expect Pinata to be an exception.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    B4.DA.$$ is a step in the right direction in New York hip-hop getting the attention and validation its long been denied.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though Bronson does try new things on his first major-label outing, he still includes his characteristic lyrical qualities along with elements from past releases. In a sense, he's re-introducing himself.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Chilltown, New York" proves itself a worthy successor not only to 2002's "React" but to the rest of Sermon's long and storied rap career.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    May be one of 2004's most important rap records.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Goodie Mob sounds newly rejuvenated, almost vivified by the tremendous odds they faced coming back instead of impeded by it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While I don't feel this to be anywhere near the seminal work that I feel she is utterly capable of, this is still essential listening from a highly relevant emcee.