HipHopDX Album Reviews

  • Kevin Gates - By Any Means (Mixtape)

    Kevin Gates - By Any Means (Mixtape)

    Album Reviewsposted 26 days ago

    While "By Any Means" is a lean 56 minutes, Kevin Gates still finds room to entertain his schizophrenic tendencies and showcase his star quality.

  • Jon Connor - Best In The World (Mixtape)

    Jon Connor - Best In The World (Mixtape)

    Album Reviewsposted 27 days ago

    Jon Connor's "Best In The World" is a mixtape in the very traditional sense. Connor appropriates Kanye West's work without sacrificing complexity or heaviness.

  • A$ton Matthews - A$ton 3:16 (Mixtape)

    A$ton Matthews - A$ton 3:16 (Mixtape)

    Album Reviewsposted 29 days ago

    A$ton Matthews subject matter on "A$ton 3:16" doesn't stray far from street talk, but his production choices, features & legitimacy provide hope going forward.

  • Onyx - #WAKEDAFUCUP

    Onyx - #WAKEDAFUCUP

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Onyx puts forth a conservative effort on "Wakedafucup," but an abundance of thematic elements helps translate the time and effort put into making this album.

  • SpaceGhostPurrp - BMW 2: IntoXXXicated (Mixtape)

    SpaceGhostPurrp - BMW 2: IntoXXXicated (Mixtape)

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Even with moments of magic, SpaceGhostPurrp's "BMW 2: IntoXXXicated" is too predictable and redundant to truly be good.

  • Vince Staples - Shyne Coldchain II

    Vince Staples - Shyne Coldchain II

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Primed for the spotlight, Vince Staples benefits from strong connections, raw talent and poignant social commentary with the edgy "Shyne Coldchain 2."

  • Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata

    Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    As Gangster Rap, "Pinata" is free of conceptual pretense, it's a slice more than a thesis and undoubtedly Freddie Gibbs' best, most streamlined album to date.

  • YG - My Krazy Life

    YG - My Krazy Life

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    While not the most technically sound rapper, YG's introspective moments, catchy singles and A-list cameos make "My Krazy Life" a solid major label debut.

  • Young Money - Rise Of An Empire

    Young Money - Rise Of An Empire

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Where "We Are Young Money" portrayed Young Money as one big Playboy-Mansion-style party, "Rise of an Empire" offers a gloomy portrait of a house divided.

  • Aloe Blacc - Lift Your Spirit

    Aloe Blacc - Lift Your Spirit

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Aloe Blacc's "Lift Your Spirit" showcases a wide range of influences, yet also feels impersonal at times by seemingly pandering to Blacc's booming audience.

  • Black Milk - Glitches In The Break

    Black Milk - Glitches In The Break

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    "Glitches In The Break" adds another notch to Black Milk's belt as an equally talented emcee and producer across multiple genres.

  • Chali 2na - Manphibian Music (ATC: EP2)

    Chali 2na - Manphibian Music (ATC: EP2)

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    With "Manphibian Music" Chali 2na continues his artistic evolution as a bona fide veteran who has adapted to Hip Hop's modern era.

  • Prodigy & Alchemist - P=MC2 (Bonus EP)

    Prodigy & Alchemist - P=MC2 (Bonus EP)

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    The lack of a standout track on the deluxe version of Prodigy and Alchemist's "P=MC2" leaves it better suited to longtime fans than the casual listener.

  • Pharrell Williams - G  I  R  L

    Pharrell Williams - G I R L

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Pharrell Williams' "G I R L" scans as pop with little happening lyrically, but there's just enough soul beneath the album's smooth surface.

  • Rick Ross - Mastermind

    Rick Ross - Mastermind

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    "Mastermind" is simply a hodgepodge of classic Rick Ross tropes thrown into one and tagged with a title more fit for super-villainy.

  • Kid Cudi - Kid Cudi Presents SATELLITE FLIGHT: The journey to Mother Moon

    Kid Cudi - Kid Cudi Presents SATELLITE FLIGHT: The journey to Mother Moon

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Flaws and all, "SATELLITE FLIGHT: The journey to Mother Moon" stands as one of Kid Cudi's biggest accomplishments.