The Source's Scores

  • Music
For 61 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 6% 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: 74
Highest review score: 90 Jesus Piece
Lowest review score: 40 Lip Lock
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
61 music reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Each song means more with reference to the project's overall concept than it does as a standalone record, which shouldn't take away from its impact, but rather speak of the courage of its creator. [Apr-May 2015, p.87]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With his major label debut, Kendrick Lamar has done something that few new MC's are capable of, and that is, live up to the hype. [Dec 2012/Jan 2013, p.87]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nas once again reminds us that as long as he's got one mic, lifee--and hip-hop--are beyond good. [#254, p.87]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it's a;l said and done, Summertime '06 will be remembered as one of--if not solely--2015's best. [Jun-Jul 2015, p.87]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jesus Piece is a complete and compelling body of work compiled of consistent MCing and a diverse sonic palette. [Feb-Mar 2013, p.87]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compton gives every indication that Dr. Dre is as potent now as he was in the 20th century's final decade. [#267, p.91]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Run The Jewels and Run The Jewels so enticing is that they only rap about what they know, and they do it well. [Sep 2013, p.98]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On MNIMN Push T delivers his wittiest lines to date. [Nov 2013, p.91]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Meek surpasses expectations of his own personal Dreams and Nightmares with a youthful appeal, especially for today's misconstrued generation. [Dec 2012/Jan 2013, p.88]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall a thoroughly introspective record featuring classic Southern yet modern hip-hop sound tagged with a relatable yet unique coming-of-age story. [Apr/May 2014, p.81]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My Krazy Life is a solid debut. [Apr/May 2014, p.81]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Save a few moments of "over-rapping," his pen is sharp and succinct, void of dull or filler moments. [Dec/Jan 2016, p.90]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In comparison to his past two albums, Cudi has grown the furthest from his purest hip-hop roots on Indicud, successfully carving out his own space using fundamental tools of hip-hop. [Jul 2013, p.91]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After listening to Live from the Underground in its entirety, you'll notice the album's cohesiveness and Southern harmony. [#253, p.88]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the rappers who also contribute to the album aren't out of place, the journey you take with Snoop and Pharrell feels a bit over capacity with their addition. [Jun-Jul 2015, p.88]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The rock presence is clear, but Rocky's raps are still where he triumphs. [Jun-Jul 2015, p.93]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In passing, Yeezus may seem like a blind attempt at genre-blending, margin challenging mash-ups, but once experienced, proves to be more of the encompassing, thought provoking, and at times gut-wrenching art Kanye West has consistently fed the culture with.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Documentary 2 is The Game’s strongest most focused work since his debut album 10 years ago.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Watching Movies with the Sound Off lacked that strong single to support the album’s release and the young Mac still has time to fully develop the direction in which he proceeds from at this point in time, the Most Dope spitter crafted a cinematic achievement that is definitely most dope.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Direct, honest and powerful, Patch The Sky can only win you over, slowly but surely.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a step up for Rocky and the perfect documentation of today's new forefront in hip-hop. [Feb-Mar 2013, p.88]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By combining the deep-bass beats and fast-spitting rhymes of Trap Muzik with mature, more-to-the-story rhymes, Tip finds himself back in the limelight. [Feb-Mar 2013, p.89]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite lackluster showings on the title track, and the anti-climactic first two verses of "Picasso Baby," a track presence that has stood the test of time for almost two decades eventually shines though. The second half of the aforementioned "Picasso Baby" shows off Jay-Z at his peak. [Sep 2013, p.97]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    GO:OD AM is the most transparent music Mac Miller has ever made and in doing so he has created a sonically cohesive and impressive album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    The album is sonically pleasing. [#267, p.92]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The visuals that come along with the music and skits create a Cirque du Soleil-meets-Hip-Hop atmosphere as Tech N9ne and his star-studded cast propel you through ups and downs throughout the album all while staying on track with fire, water, earth theme. [Sep 2013, p.99]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Allowing Cee Lo to exercise his eclecticism while staying within the boundaries of GM is pivotal to this album's originality and is pulled off in a way that only they could make happen. [Sep 2013, p.101]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nothing Was The Same is straight to the point, and in just over an hour, Drake closes the book on Take Care, yet opens the chapter to a brighter future. [Nov 2013, p.89]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From start to finish, this album is a great look at what G.O.O.D. Music has to offer. [No. 225, p.95]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Slaughterhouse's debut album has plenty of cuts that should satisfy their old fans and at least a few that should attract new ones. [#255, p.96]
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