RapReviews.com's Scores

  • Music
For 570 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 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Distant Relatives
Lowest review score: 15 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 570
570 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.
    • 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
    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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is more expansive and daring--resulting in more highs and lows than "Arular."
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 85 Critic Score
    No one will forget after Emeritus, an album that proves Scarface deserves accolades and titles just as much as we deserve for him not to retire.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It is prime El-P, deep, heavy, funny, and banging all at the same time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Years from now these "Donuts" will still be just as fresh as the day they first hit the store.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Us
    Us is uplifting, thought-provoking, funny, heartbreaking, and bootyshaking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Being bold and different for Lupe pays off right from the jump.