HipHopDX Album Reviews

  • E-40 - The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 4, 5 & 6

    E-40 - The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 4, 5 & 6

    Album Reviewsposted 5 months ago

    E-40 is inventive and entertaining on "The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil Parts 4,5 & 6." But the 45-song set often drags due to formulaic, forced songs.

  • Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip - The Abstract & The Dragon (Mixtape Review)

    Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip - The Abstract & The Dragon (Mixtape Review)

    Album Reviewsposted 5 months ago

    While it's only comprised of a handful of original tracks, "The Abstract And The Dragon" is a cohesive mix of Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip's old and new material.

  • Snoop Dogg & Dam Funk - 7 Days Of Funk

    Snoop Dogg & Dam Funk - 7 Days Of Funk

    Album Reviewsposted 5 months ago

    Dam Funk's stellar production and arrangement combine with a refined, sometimes oddly romantic Snoop Dogg to make "7 Days Of Funk" Snoop's best effort in years.

  • Smif-N-Wessun - Born And Raised

    Smif-N-Wessun - Born And Raised

    Album Reviewsposted 5 months ago

    It isn't much longer than an EP, but Smif-N-Wessun's "Born And Raised" succeeds at blending Hip Hop and Reggae into its own unique entity.

  • Childish Gambino - Because The Internet

    Childish Gambino - Because The Internet

    Album Reviewsposted 5 months ago

    Childish Gambino's sophomore set, "Because The Internet," is ambitious, self-referential, experimental and an overall improvement from his 2011 debut, "Camp."

  • R. Kelly - Black Panties

    R. Kelly - Black Panties

    Album Reviewsposted 5 months ago

    R. Kelly's "Black Panties" is a raunchy return to baby-making music bathed in club-friendly Rap production. But the debauchery kills the mood at times.

  • Jhene Aiko - Sail Out

    Jhene Aiko - Sail Out

    Album Reviewsposted 5 months ago

    Jhene Aiko displays solid Hip Hop influenced soul on "Sail Out" giving off a feeling of authenticity to hold over current fans and possibly gain a few new ones.

  • Hopsin - Knock Madness

    Hopsin - Knock Madness

    Album Reviewsposted 5 months ago

    Hopsin's "Knock Madness" is a perfect album for die-hard fans & his bar-for-bar execution and self-awareness yield a solid listen despite a bit of shtick.

  • Esoteric & Stu Bangas - Machete Mode

    Esoteric & Stu Bangas - Machete Mode

    Album Reviewsposted 5 months ago

    "Machete Mode" is Esoteric and Stu Bangas' way of providing fans of Hip Hop's raw underbelly with further proof that the subgenre is still alive and well.

  • Jonwayne - Rap Album One

    Jonwayne - Rap Album One

    Album Reviewsposted 5 months ago

    The triumph of "Rap Album One" is that Jonwayne manages to experiment sonically while his rhymes maintain an undeniable true school appeal.

  • Alexander Spit - Dillinger

    Alexander Spit - Dillinger

    Album Reviewsposted 5 months ago

    With "Dillinger," Alexander Spit's forward thinking becomes a gift and curse that requires investments of time and patience.

  • Chris Brown - The X-Files EP (Mixtape Review)

    Chris Brown - The X-Files EP (Mixtape Review)

    Album Reviewsposted 5 months ago

    Despite his penchant for self sabotage off the mic, Chris Brown is still immensely talented. But the flashes of his skill are hit or miss on the "X-Files" EP.

  • Kool G Rap & Necro (Godfathers) - Once Upon A Crime

    Kool G Rap & Necro (Godfathers) - Once Upon A Crime

    Album Reviewsposted 5 months ago

    With Necro's brand and Kool G Rap's title long established, "Once Upon A Crime" is little more than another notch under the collective belt.

  • Yo Gotti - I Am

    Yo Gotti - I Am

    Album Reviewsposted 5 months ago

    Yo Gotti does a superb job of making sure he connects with his core audience, but "I Am" doesn't offer much dynamic production or rhymes for casual fans.

  • Troy Ave - New York City: The Album

    Troy Ave - New York City: The Album

    Album Reviewsposted 6 months ago

    Troy Ave's wittiness and overall personality make "New York City: The Album" not just a good New York, street Hip Hop album, but a good Hip Hop album period.

  • Lloyd Banks - F.N.O.: Failure's No Option (Mixtape Review)

    Lloyd Banks - F.N.O.: Failure's No Option (Mixtape Review)

    Album Reviewsposted 6 months ago

    Lloyd Banks doesn't tread new lyrical territory with "FNO," but he tweaks a winning formula with a collection of songs that range from solid to catchy.