HipHopDX's Scores

  • Music
For 599 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% 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: 73
Highest review score: 100 Undun
Lowest review score: 20 Neon Icon
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 599
599 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    FM!
    Ultimately, Staples has added another colorful chapter to his chameleon-like catalog and reinforced his intention to keep evolving no matter what trends are dictating the current wave.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    With its brevity and risk-taking, The Last Rocket succeeds at illustrating Takeoff’s talents. Though there’s no outright banger and some filler, this solo album serves as a glimmer of hope for the longevity of Hip Hop’s current favorite trio.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The subtle wave of acoustics, sparse pianism and occasional bass bump work as an apt complement to Ella’s oration. The production also displays the underappreciated diversity of Mustard’s bottomless bag of beats.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    With Pieces of a Man, Jenkins is surely having his own Frank Ocean-esque moment--he’s expressing himself on his own terms with poignant lyricism and nuance.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    By Quality Control’s standards, Nuthin’ 2 Prove is a brisk listen-through as it clocks in at just over 45 minutes, but it certainly feels as bloated as recent projects from Migos and Quavo’s solo album.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Suncity (named after his former El Paso stomping grounds) goes the distance in capturing slow-moving society, accented with inviting sunbeams, especially on the first-person acoustic number “Saturday Nights.”
    • 60 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Quavo shows consistency on this album through trap-a-long choruses and fresh sounds but there are definitely some misses that will likely never be streamed again.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Tip’s latest sets an example for matured vets who still like to get their hands dirty. Dime Trap is dually nostalgic and relevant, and cements T.I. amongst rap’s all-time elite.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Bobby has bars for days--and days--and as a consistent top to bottom play, YSIV has vibrant energy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    While she’s making a valiant effort to mimic a lot of the mainstream rap currently infiltrating the airwaves, it’s going to be challenging for people to not immediately dismiss her as an unwelcome gimmick. That’s not to say the 15-year-old doesn’t have an arsenal of slick jabs ready to go. Much like her fiery personality, Bhad Bhabie’s song lyrics exude healthy doses of attitude toward anyone who tries to stand in her way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    It’s clear that DROGAS Wave has enough value to be memorable but is less than the sum of its parts.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Noname overwhelmingly succeeds in telling her coming-of-age story where she removes all emotional layers to explore everything from comical socio-political ideology to sexuality minus self-serving preachiness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    As a highly experimental album, the occasional misfire is a guarantee. Ultimately, Iridescence is an exciting way to start a new trilogy and is a testament to Brockhampton’s perseverance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Curry has constructed a project that plays to the sonic structures of the era without sacrificing meaningful content in doing so. TA13OO is the culmination of his promise and talent, resulting in Curry’s magnum opus.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In an era where artists hype up projects that turn out to be nothing but half-baked playlists, 6LACK’s thoughtful embrace of the album format is refreshing. East Atlanta Love Letter is a moody masterpiece that may very well take the artist’s career to new heights.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Fans clamoring for the old Marshall Mathers should stream the old album or hell, rent it from the library or something. After being faced with nothing to prove as the highest-selling rapper of all-time, Eminem’s found another challenge in perfecting the new style he’s put on display.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Slime Language suffers from being predictable, which is the last thing you’d ever want or expect from a Young Thug-affiliated project. The lesser-known artists don’t make much of a mark, the more notorious features are the clear highlights, and the project, as a whole, offers nothing to compete with the highs of Beautiful Thugger Girls--let alone the hallucinatory string of releases from 2015.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    There are no deep layers to be uncovered on Queen. No methodical analysis responding to her critics for her reliance on sexual ploys. Nary a mention of any mental anguish the grave allegations her brother faces.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where his debut was concerned with building on his formative years, this incubated follow-up hatches a newly minted worldview from the embattled singer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A conscionable affair from start to finish, it’s a reminder of Future’s effortless ability to release solid tracks within his wheelhouse.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Stay Dangerous could have benefitted greatly with more personal touches as opposed to the conventional gangsterisms that bulk up the album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Travis manages to create a substantial body of work that begs to be served as a whole, rather than just bite-sized pieces.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of the best R&B/soul albums of 2018.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It may take more than one sitting to get through it, but anyone who dives in as fan will discover there are plenty of contact highs to be had.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Buddy’s self-acceptance ensures his future in Hip Hop is bright and shines through on Harlan & Alonda. The pursuit of his goals has finally paid off with this grand debut.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    JP3
    With Jp3, Junglepussy has successfully pushed her artistry forward without sacrificing the personality that established her as a dynamic force. Although her crass content isn’t meant for everyone and she has yet to have a proper crossover moment, the sophistication of this project demonstrates her underrated status is just moments from being erased.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Scorpion solidifies his universal relatability while yet again supplying fans with an overload of tracks to willingly keep or ditch.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Gangsta Gibbs has enough fire here to remind fans that he’s able to compete in an era that has continuously boats of some insane releases.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Redemption shines brightest when the music itself matches Rock’s dynamic performance and infuses enough energy for him to seize the moment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    When you factor in all its dexterity, randomness and overall generality, it’s hard to truly believe NASIR was the album he had been cerebrally building these past six years. No, this isn’t “grown man Hip Hop” to bring balance back to whatever the younger generation of mainstream rappers are doing at the moment; nor will it ever reside in the upper echelon of the living legend’s catalog. It is, however, imperfect fine art.