XXL's Scores

  • Music
For 174 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Life is Good
Lowest review score: 40 Hotel California
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 174
174 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Wonder Years will be remembered with great fondness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sonic mood of Ambition reflects its title and author and proves, on the whole, far warmer than his debut.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Take Care's sum is greater than its parts.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although some of its strongest cuts already appeared on its predecessor ("My God," "Alone In Vegas," "I Still Wanna"), Pusha ultimately leaves anticipation for his official solo introduction.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taken on the whole, Camp is full of top-tier lyricism, honesty, uncertainty and triumph.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is a standout effort that introduces the full-range of his talents as an MC with crafty songwriting abilities and deft ear for a sonic palette.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A concept album with an equally heavy focus on musicianship and rhymes, undun fantastically transports into the tragic narrative.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once they digest this one, fans will be eager for seconds.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Transformation suffers from a few forgettable beats, but not in a way that devalues the project. Add another four-star LP to Murs's solid catalogue.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the music is undeniably the most exciting part of the tape, A$AP does little to get in the way, oftentimes, enhancing the beats with his Bone Thugs-N-Harmony inspired flows.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the abundance of features (twelve), Snow's fourth studio album is indeed a win.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Dreamer/The Believer may be Com's most digestible LP to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, lyrical dexterity and a versatile delivery prove to be ScHoolboy's biggest assets.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Rich Forever, Ross continues to cement his position as one of hip-hop's best artists.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with so many features, Tyga rarely lets the album get away from him, remaining in the driver's seat even when next to young stars and legends.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The multi-talented artist has indeed gotten better, steadily working towards perfecting his crafts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strange Clouds is a sophomore album that straddles genre lines but does so with an authenticity that many rappers testing the pop waters lack.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The compilation is short--12 tracks--but if fans are looking for relentless lyrics in their R.A.P. Music, this ATL MC remains a Killer on the mic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In his most recent solo endeavor, Control System, Soul craftily proves that he is indeed a potent weapon on a team full of heavy artillery.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Live from the Underground, through deeply authentic takes on his own life and surroundings, the 2011 XXL Freshman has found a way to create some of the most resonating, least selfish rap music around.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The rapper coolly exceeds expectations in his artistic self-awareness and this go-round shines like his diamond-studded Fozzy Bear chain.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rugby Thompson, an album that not only strips him of an unfair "weed rapper" label, but is also probably the best rap album to come out of New York this year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Self Made 2, MMG takes another step toward truly becoming untouchable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Teflon Don was a buffet-style feast with deluxe entrées laid out for the listeners, God Forgives, I Don't is a full-course dinner that starts with a plate of bruschetta and ends with a zeppole.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an LP that accurately reflects 8 Ball's place as one of the finest elder statesmen of southern rap.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With plenty of slick metaphors, complex wordplay and hard-hitting rhymes, Sigel comes out on top This Time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's rarely a weak bar on welcome to: OUR HOUSE, though the verbal dexterity isn't quite as stunning as it was on their debut.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kiss The Ring is brief and overrun with enough proven formulas and artists that the opportunity for a miss barely exists.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though Keys to the Kuffs is no magnum opus, occupying a place just a notch under Take Me To Your Leader in terms of execution, it is an important step for the veteran.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A healthy batch of impressive, often incredible music.