XXL's Scores

  • Music
For 324 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 1.1 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 BAYTL
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 324
324 music reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Five albums in, Wale remains one of the more mercurial talents in rap, with SHINE serving as further evidence of his abilities as an MC and a reminder of his lyrical radiance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Satellite Flight captures Cudi’s adventure back home to the moon and does it brilliantly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the project has a few speed bumps, particularly the tracks with sung hooks that don’t seem to mesh much with the tense, dynamic raps Freeway delivers, Free Will is another solid entry into the consistent catalog of one of Philadelphia’s finest.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    3001: A Laced Odyssey is a perfect first step in a career that is still blooming.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cellar Door comes off as a bit of an endurance test as result. That’s a knock against it, but a small [one] for what’s a brisk and enjoyable listen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With the themes, moods and issues displayed here, Drizzy has shared another moment of his life, and now the only thing left to prove is if his crossover powers can last him a decade from now.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Adventures of Bobby Ray is B.o.B’s story, the feeling he conjures makes it easy to relate. It’s safe to say this genre-blending debut is a step in the right direction for the young rap star.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, 12 Reasons to Die is a pitch-perfect pairing of Adrian Younge’s soulful production and Ghostface’s invigorated rhymes.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A concept album with an equally heavy focus on musicianship and rhymes, undun fantastically transports into the tragic narrative.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Prima Donna doesn’t have one single track that carries the project and this is obviously done on purpose. It’s an effort better experienced as a whole rather than its parts.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mastermind is a powerful album, an album with an identity, and one that has some solid songs and a handful of hits. Ross delivers just what he promised.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s not always focused, and it’s not always perfect, but that’s what real freedom feels like.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While his rock-solid catalog should vanquish any doubt, the Bawse looks to cement his musical gangsta on his fourth Def Jam album.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Take Care's sum is greater than its parts.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the album’s loaded guest list, T.I. manages to squeeze in enough room to allow himself to shine and tells us why after nearly 15 years deep; he’s still a top-tier artist in the game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite a few redundant tracks and a lack of cohesion, Honkey Kong paints a good picture of the impressive output Apathy is capable of in 2011.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Ludacris’ name may miss several Best Rapper Alive lists, he never fails to deliver on each album. If Ludaversal is a reminder that he hasn’t fallen off lyrically, the game should pay attention.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ScHoolboy’s presence on Oxymoron is poised and confident.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thug sounds the best he’s ever sounded, despite some of the songs begin fairly far removed from his proverbial comfort zone.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As is often the case with politically charged rap, the album at times comes off preachy, but it rarely oversteps the boundary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the abundance of features (twelve), Snow's fourth studio album is indeed a win.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fact that Freddie Gibbs created You Only Live 2wice as a concise, to-the-point body of work without fillers and ultimately for a greater purpose than just simply rapping makes it one of, if not the, strongest installment in his catalog thus far.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Under Pressure feels like a roadmap to the influences he states on the album--OutKast, A Tribe Called Quest, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Quentin Tarantino films.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the self-assured MC is certainly gifted on the microphone, his boasts get a boost from the beatsmith’s production on songs like “Nobody,” as he guns for rap’s No. 1 spot. Likewise, Juxx’s spirited effort on the uplifting “You Can’t Stop Me” complements Polo’s uptempo production perfectly. It’s that balance that ultimately helps The eXXecution go off without a hitch.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Undeniably, Charity Starts At Home reminds why the rapper has been a darling of the underground for years.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Stalley’s debut album is highly entertaining with a sound that is very refreshing in today’s rap scene.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even without much mainstream appeal, K.R.I.T.’S relatability keeps it accessible, and ultimately, Cadillactica proves to be something the game barely knew it needed. Consider the gauntlet thrown.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all his subtle lyrical techniques, the Drake experience at full throttle is only achieved with the aid of his criminally underrated usual suspects; Noah “40” Shebib, PartyNextDoor and Boi-1da dominate the instrumental duties.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You Disgust Me is another another project where the beatmakers show their knack for spitting gritty 16s and attemping to outdo each other on their head-nodding production. Once again, it works.