HipHopDX Album Reviews

  • Common - Nobody's Smiling

    Common - Nobody's Smiling

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    Common's latest is his best since "Be," and like the album itself does about Chicago, that says plenty.

  • B.o.B. - No Genre Pt. 2 (Mixtape)

    B.o.B. - No Genre Pt. 2 (Mixtape)

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    On "No Genre Pt.2," B.o.B. makes clear dashes to Pop excellence while maintaining a nice balance of the variety and sincerity from his early mixtapes.

  • Onyx - #TURNDAFUCUP

    Onyx - #TURNDAFUCUP

    Album Reviewsposted 2 months ago

    A continuation of the artistry from "#Wakedafucup" is established on "#Turndafucup," but its attempts at current production trends lack as a whole.

  • MellowHype - INSA (Mixtape)

    MellowHype - INSA (Mixtape)

    Album Reviewsposted 3 months ago

    "INSA" is a step forward; MellowHype is shoring up their approach, but they still have yet to put all the pieces together to produce an ingenious matrix.

  • Cam'ron - 1st Of The Month Vol.1 (EP)

    Cam'ron - 1st Of The Month Vol.1 (EP)

    Album Reviewsposted 3 months ago

    In addition to solid production, Cam'ron's "1st Of The Month Vol. 1" excels in the instances where it falls in love with its mythos.

  • Madlib - Rock Konducta Pt. 2

    Madlib - Rock Konducta Pt. 2

    Album Reviewsposted 3 months ago

    While Madlib's "Rock Konducta Pt. 2" breaks for in some aspects, it's still an enjoyable compilation of edgy instrumentals and dusty drum breaks.

  • Illa Ghee - Social Graffiti

    Illa Ghee - Social Graffiti

    Album Reviewsposted 3 months ago

    While formulaic in spots, Illa Ghee's "Social Graffiti" wins with surprisingly varied production and consistent surface-level bombast and street similes.

  • Boogie - Thirst 48

    Boogie - Thirst 48

    Album Reviewsposted 3 months ago

    "Thist 48" paints Boogie as a promising artist with lots of potential and a level of honesty rarely seen from his peers.

  • Your Old Droog - Your Old Droog (EP)

    Your Old Droog - Your Old Droog (EP)

    Album Reviewsposted 3 months ago

    Despite the Nas comparisons, Your Old Droog distinguishes himself from the pack with his self titled EP by mixing personal commentary with clever punchlines.

  • Trey Songz - Trigga

    Trey Songz - Trigga

    Album Reviewsposted 3 months ago

    With "Trigga," Trey Songz succeeds using a simplified, "turnt up" formula for Pop stardom that excels at being commonplace, but not "common."

  • Ab-Soul - These Days

    Ab-Soul - These Days

    Album Reviewsposted 3 months ago

    Ab-Soul has let his high filter out some of the revelations, but "These Days..." is his accessible introduction to the world.

  • Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy

    Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy

    Album Reviewsposted 3 months ago

    Packed with comedy, film, '90s television, and folklore references, Open Mike Eagle's "Dark Comedy" is an incredibly fulfilling listen.

  • Buckshot & P-Money - BackPack Travels

    Buckshot & P-Money - BackPack Travels

    Album Reviewsposted 3 months ago

    Buckshot is pure Brooklyn, and with P-Money, "Backpack Travels" genuinely reflects the traditionally straightforward stylings of Brooklyn Hip Hop lore.

  • Jaded Incorporated (Mayer Hawthorne & 14KT) - The Big Knock

    Jaded Incorporated (Mayer Hawthorne & 14KT) - The Big Knock

    Album Reviewsposted 3 months ago

    While Mayer Hawthorne and 14KT combine for some nice electronic Funk, many of their ideas ideas don't fully translate to the finished product.

  • ZelooperZ - Help (Mixtape)

    ZelooperZ - Help (Mixtape)

    Album Reviewsposted 3 months ago

    ZelooperZ gels a cacophony of beats, rhymes and imagery into a menagerie that pushes the envelope, but he's green enough to be overwhelmed by his own charisma.

  • Swollen Members - Brand New Day

    Swollen Members - Brand New Day

    Album Reviewsposted 3 months ago

    "Brand New Day" is an unbalanced but ultimately pleasing mix of Swollen Members' signature stylings with enough experimentation to keep things interesting.