XXL's Scores

  • Music
For 337 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Lowest review score: 40 Dirty Gold
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 337
337 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Simply put, this is a step forward for the Rhymesayers veteran.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With Violence Begets Violence, JMT are as vicious and energetic as ever, reminding why they've been able to enjoy such longevity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Weighing in at a terse 32 minutes in length, spanning eight tracks plus an introduction, the album is a cohesive and methodical offering yet because of the constrained spin time, neither Bishop Nehru nor MF Doom have the space to flex their creative impulses and push the envelope in their respective spheres.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    He treats this debut album like a retail mixtape, and the result is a project that picks off from where The Luca Brasi Story left off. Unfortunately, these high points aren’t enough for him here to progress further.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Big Baby D.R.A.M. does have moments where tracks like “Sweet VA Breeze” and “WiFi” easily blend into each other, sounding a bit too similar. But those middling songs don’t really hinder the overall replay value of the album.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The result is tailored toward the stereotypical collegiate definition of "fun," sounding like the soundtrack to a keg party, rather than the "grown and sexy" interpretation of a good time.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Indicud is an at-times very good album, but it’s certainly no 2001. This isn’t because of a lack of ingenuity or creativity on Cudi’s part, but rather because the decision to act as the project’s sole producer didn’t do him any favors.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The album never reaches jaw-dropping levels because the envelope’s never pushed, but that’s not the point. Albert Einstein is about two artists doing what they do best, and for one of them, it’s a return to form.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    GMB
    Pac Div was hoping to achieve a harder sound with GMB, and when it comes to the tongue-in-cheek "Bank," "Sneakerboxes," which features Chip Gnarly & Big Silk, and "Debo," they certainly get there. But it is when they take a more casual approach to their sound, as on "Slow," which sounds like a club anthem lost at a children's party, or the aimlessly catchy "Can't Help It," that they reach heights only attained by Superman.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    He’s perfected his lane, but he hasn’t pushed anything forward or changed anything significantly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It truly sounds like a vintage New York hip-hop album, and it’ll appeal to those still looking for that. On the flip side, the production is so outdated you can’t help but think that these songs have literally just been sitting around this whole time.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Kurupt’s energy doesn’t carry over to every song on Streetlights.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    He puts out so much that there's no filter, and even bright flashes are clouded by curious moments.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This joint LP produces sub-par lyrics, multiple cartoon beats and a whole lot of, "What the hell did they just say?"
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the third installment of the critically acclaimed series fails to excite.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Dirty Gold‘s shortcomings overshadow the shining moments on the album as Haze struggles to find her identity, somewhere between underground rebel and mainstream player.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It takes fewer risks than Careless World and as a result there are less payoffs.