XXL's Scores

  • Music
For 205 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Lowest review score: 40 Dirty Gold
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 205
205 music reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The end result is a body of work that pushes hip-hop in a bold new direction and puts Mr,. West back at the forefront of the culture once again.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Life Is Good is arguably Nas's best album since Stillmatic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every record is both complexly arranged and sonically fitting, foregrounding Kendrick's vivid lyricism and amazing control of cadence. There's not a single loophole.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Luda may not have evened the playing field, but he certainly created an excellent musical forum for the sexes to air out their differences.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The tandem intuitively displays a concept--the grind, fame, and reconciliation--by evolving the lyrical content and changing the aural backdrops
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Both releases have their hits and misses, but overall the music remains balanced. Longtime E-40 fans will find more than a few songs to mob to, while the decidedly West Coast sound may alienate newer listeners.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Thank Me Later, he explores what it's like to have done that-to have become successful. Turns out, it's not exactly what he thought it would be. But it still sounds pretty damn remarkable.
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    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The seasoned MC isn't exactly saying goodbye to rap. However, whenever he does decide to hang it up, Trill O.G. will surely go down as a testament to why Bun B is one of the trillest to ever do it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album still possesses enough of the classic Slug and Ant material that the underground has come to love that it will prove a welcome addition to their catalog.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Seven of the ten tracks are under 3 minutes long, leaving the listener wanting more. It's as if you've just begun to take off with the jets, but the pilot is forced to make a premature landing. Even so, CC delivers, it's quality outshining its quantity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is the first test of Tech's ability to balance his new industry connections with the distinct style that his Technicians have become accustomed to over the years. Luckily, he reaches that marker without any real stumbles along the way.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout the 11-track record, Em and Royce deliver exactly what their fans have been waiting for for a decade plus: lyrics to go.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Big Sean is justifiably basking in his moment on Finally Famous, oozing lyrically dexterous flamboyance over lighthearted production.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This prolific rhymer has added yet another project to a continuously growing catalog, and it's one sure to please anyone who flies those Jets.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The project feels unified, and the three artists mesh well with one another throughout.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When Fish Ride Bicycles is an energetic and fun summer album with lots of warm-weather references and car talk.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the content of We The Best Forever is what we've come to expect from a DJ Khaled offering-grandiose odes to the grind and getting yours-that he understands how to create those better than most is what makes a DJ Khaled track, and album, worthwhile.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Collectively, the project is incredibly ambitious, yet dexterous; West and his band of producers skillfully lay down a musical foundation that makes it easy to dance to and not be worn down by the, at times, didactic messages.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Section.80 proves is that its author's brain is neither lost nor useless, as he weaves together carefully constructed thoughts before spewing raps on each of the project's 16 tracks, ensuring nothing is disposable or without purpose.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The majority of Sorry 4 The Wait reinforces that he's still capable of doing this [dismantling aggressive beats with purpose and flair], even if it doesn't exactly live up to classic mixtapes in his catalog.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Reflecting the Top Dawg Ent. rapper's lyrics and tone, the album is unapologetic and rugged, but sounds anything but rough.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Maybe influenced by Marshall himself, Royce has learned to channel his loquacious voracity into a controlled rage, and the end result is perhaps his most complete body of work.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with some lack of vulnerability and risk, Tha Carter IV displays the nonsensical approach that fans have grown to love. Future and previous aside, Weezy's present is bright.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very strong debut album from J. Cole.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Undeniably, Charity Starts At Home reminds why the rapper has been a darling of the underground for years.
    • 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.