RapReviews.com's Scores

  • Music
For 700 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 30% 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 American Gangster
Lowest review score: 15 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 700
700 music reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There won't be another album in 2015 with so much of the artist invested in it: mind, body and soul.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black Messiah is an incredible album, and an essential addition to D'Angelo's discography.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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
    • 65 Critic Score
    Several aspects of the sonic structure on otherwise well-made beats and well-laid vocals sound blurred and mashed together. It is not a pretty listen by any means unless the listener is willing to bear the pain of a weak recording process.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here's an album of beautiful R&B songs, and she's chosen to intersperse them with messages of black empowerment.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    It showcases Rapsody's indisputable excellence as a lyricist and rapper, and it sets up the next stage of a career that will keep everyone in the industry watching closely.
    • 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
    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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a year of political and social upheaval in 2016 he reached deep down to make a very personal statement from beginning to end on Black America Again and it shows in every word he wrote.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    Summertime '06 is extremely cohesive, but occasionally tiptoes on being monotonous.
    • 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.