HipHopDX Album Reviews

  • Cozz - Cozz & Effect

    Cozz - Cozz & Effect

    Album Reviewsposted 30 days ago

    There's bourgeoning imagination in every stanza. "Cozz & Effect" brims with promise.

  • Childish Gambino - Kauai (EP)

    Childish Gambino - Kauai (EP)

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Childish Gambino's "Kauai" does an admirable job putting raw feelings before agendas or aesthetics, and it is easy to enjoy as a result.

  • Game - Blood Moon: The Year Of The Wolf

    Game - Blood Moon: The Year Of The Wolf

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    "Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf" starts strong and is at times well crafted, but loses it's focus through features enough to detract from the project's cohesion.

  • Keyshia Cole - Point Of No Return

    Keyshia Cole - Point Of No Return

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Keyshia Cole successfully expresses fervent, unfettered emotion on "Point Of No Return", but finds it challenging to deliver a stand out single.

  • Diamond District - March On Washington

    Diamond District - March On Washington

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    With "March On Washington," Diamond District provide a concise, diverse package that showcases their skills while providing entertainment and social commentary.

  • Rapsody - Beauty And The Beast (EP)

    Rapsody - Beauty And The Beast (EP)

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Rapsody's "Beauty and The Beast" is a stellar take on her strengths, but doesn't experiment enough with her delivery to truly carry Jamla's searing production.

  • Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

    Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    FlyLo's fifth LP is intimate and ethereal, and though its title embraces the macabre, the project favors liberation over lamentation.

  • Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait

    Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Concise, jarring, and ominous, "Hell Can Wait" succeeds at conveying the apocalypse of some realities, turning a local lament in to a universal one.

  • The Black Opera - The Great Year

    The Black Opera - The Great Year

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    On "The Great Year," The Black Opera use their distinct sound to take a stance, but there are moments when that stance could use some nuance.

  • Saigon - GSNT 3: The Troubled Times Of Brian Carenard

    Saigon - GSNT 3: The Troubled Times Of Brian Carenard

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Saigon's latest iteration of "Greatest Story Never Told" isn't a retread, but it's a reminder that he's capable of better.

  • OnCue - Angry Young Man

    OnCue - Angry Young Man

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    "Angry Young Man" finds OnCue immolating himself on wax with hell-bent bars over gnarled guitar synths, but he flattens out as songs become repeat affiars.

  • Bishop Nehru & MF DOOM - NehruvianDOOM

    Bishop Nehru & MF DOOM - NehruvianDOOM

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Experimental in almost all the right ways and filled with well-crafted, ominous beats, "NehruvianDOOM" is a step up for the emcee in his young career.

  • Childish Gambino - STN MTN

    Childish Gambino - STN MTN

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    STN MTN has Childish Gambino rapping over the most accessible production of his career, but we also see his rhyme schemes fall short where they usually shine.

  • Rich Gang - Tha Tour Pt. 1 (Mixtape)

    Rich Gang - Tha Tour Pt. 1 (Mixtape)

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    The bizarre trinity of Birdman, Young Thug, and Rich Homie Quan makes for a surprisingly trap-love-fest that hypnotizes you for its entirety.

  • Tinashe - Aquarius

    Tinashe - Aquarius

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Overall, Tinashe's debut succeds on almost every level, weaving her sultry voice, solid songwriting and stellar production to craft a cohesive debut.

  • Madchild - Switched on

    Madchild - Switched on

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    With "Switched On," Madchild is playing to his strengths, but he shines best when he takes risks.