HIPHOPDX ALBUM REVIEWS

  • Madlib - Rock Konducta Pt. 2

    album-reviews posted 3 months ago by marcus.moore

    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

    album-reviews posted 3 months ago by kellan.miller

    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

    album-reviews posted 3 months ago by bruce.smith

    "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)

    album-reviews posted 3 months ago by dean.mayorga

    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

    album-reviews posted 3 months ago by marcus.dowling

    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

    album-reviews posted 4 months ago by jay.balfour

    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

    album-reviews posted 4 months ago by jessica.rew

    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

    album-reviews posted 4 months ago by ronald.grant

    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

    album-reviews posted 4 months ago by marcus.moore

    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)

    album-reviews posted 4 months ago by Andre Grant

    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

    album-reviews posted 4 months ago by omar.burgess

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

  • Sage Francis - Copper Gone

    album-reviews posted 4 months ago by ronald.grant

    Sage Francis delivers some exalted moments on his long awaited LP, but falls short of transcending his ideas to portray the true depths his of emotions.

  • Alex Wiley - Village Party

    album-reviews posted 4 months ago by steven.goldstein

    Alex Wiley's post-drill Village Party raises the bar on the artist's previous work, but fails to live up to its musical ambition enough to limit its enjoyment.

  • PeeWee Longway - The Blue M&M (Mixtape)

    album-reviews posted 4 months ago by sheldon.pearce

    PeeWee Longway is buttressed by signature production here and his dexterous flows show much promise, but the duds overwhelm you as much as the wins dazzle you.

  • Canibus - Fait Accompli

    album-reviews posted 4 months ago by martin.connor

    Canibus is the prototypical rapper's rapper, and while he does a few things well on this LP, his 15th effort is plagued by obtuseness and shoddy production.

  • Riff Raff - Neon Icon

    album-reviews posted 4 months ago by jesse.fairfax

    Riff Raff's "Neon Icon" is neither entertaining as sheer parody, nor a passable attempt at making a sincere Hip Hop album when judged by its merits.