Hip Hop Album & Mixtape Reviews


DJBooth's editors review only the best and most noteworthy new hip hop albums and mixtapes.

Common - Nobody’s Smiling Cover

Common - Nobody’s Smiling

Rap is young man’s game, always churning old waters for the next new thing, always feeding the bones of the previous generation to the next. So it’s no surprise that only a select few manage to build careers that last... Read Full Review

Bad Rabbits - Dusted (Acoustic EP) Cover

Bad Rabbits - Dusted (Acoustic EP)

When it comes to miracles, mysticism, and modern marvels, I am generally pretty realistic. For the most part I believe that everything can be explained using logical, critical thinking and science. However, sometimes, with... Read Full Review

B.o.B - No Genre 2 Cover

B.o.B - No Genre 2

This past December, B.o.B released Underground Luxury, his well-received third full-length studio album. Ask any of his fans, though, and they'll all tell you the same thing: they prefer "Mixtape B.o.B" to "Album B.o.B."... Read More

Average Rating: 32121
Lil Durk - Signed To The Streets 2 Cover

Lil Durk - Signed To The Streets 2

Last October, Lil Durk delivered Signed To The Streets, a mixtape that properly showcased Chicago's drill music scene. Less than a year later, the Def Jam signee has returned, blessing fans with a sequel to the free... Read More

Robin Thicke - Paula Cover

Robin Thicke - Paula

A few years back, a close friend told me that, ever since a woman he'd been dating had left him, he'd been writing love poems and slipping them into her mailbox. I was torn; part of me wanted to laugh at him, because that was... Read Full Review

Trey Songz - Trigga Cover

Trey Songz - Trigga

There are only two reasons a man will listen to a R&B album like Trey Songz’ new Trigga. One, he’s hoping that it’ll help get him laid, both by soaking in Songz’ apparent appeal with the ladies through auditory... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32101
GQ - Rated Oakland Cover

GQ - Rated Oakland

I think I'm getting old. Three drinks automatically means a hangover, I can't eat McDonalds after 11 PM without getting heartburn, and I have no problem staying at home on a Friday to watch Netflix. It's carried over to my... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 54321
Ab-Soul - These Days… Cover

Ab-Soul - These Days…

These days, Russia makes land grabs like it’s the Cold War. These days, people eat gluten-free, or like the cavemen did, or like Mediterranean people do, or whoever else lives long and stays slim. These days, music is... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32101
G-Eazy - These Things Happen Cover

G-Eazy - These Things Happen

Objectivity is the biggest myth in music. I always laugh when someone accuses me of writing subjectively, or of being biased. As if there's some other way to write. This isn't math, this is music. Every time you press play... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32101
¡MAYDAY! & MURS - ¡MursDay! Cover

¡MAYDAY! & MURS - ¡MursDay!

I hate needles, blood makes me want to puke, and I can barely handle "Game Of Thrones"' violence, let alone, you know, real life injuries. So, naturally, the emergency room was the first place I went to check out the new... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
50 Cent - Animal Ambition Cover

50 Cent - Animal Ambition

For this review, I’m doing things a bit differently. We’re going to take a tour through the animal kingdom, paralleling 50 Cent’s animal instinct as heard on his new album, Animal Instinct: An Untamed Desire to Win,... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32101
Wiz Khalifa - 28 Grams Cover

Wiz Khalifa - 28 Grams

For the latest edition of "Album Reviews in Dope Places", Nathan Slavik reviews Wiz Khalifa's new 28 Grams mixtape in a Rite Aid parking lot with a bag of Doritos, an Arizona Ice Tea and some smoke; is there any better... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
Michael Jackson - Xscape Cover

Michael Jackson - Xscape

For the inaugural edition of Album Reviews in Dope Places, Nathan Slavik travels to the home Michael Jackson passed away in to deliver his review of MJ's new posthumous Xscape album. Shout out to security for making a blogger... Read Full Review

BOOTS - WinterSpringSummerFall Cover

BOOTS - WinterSpringSummerFall

BOOTS, the singer/songwriter and producer who worked extensively behind-the-scenes on Beyoncé's self-titled album release last year, has released his debut project, WinterSpringSummerFall. Available for stream-only, the... Read More

Verbal Kent x Khrysis - Sound Of The Weapon (Instrumentals) Cover

Verbal Kent x Khrysis - Sound Of The Weapon (Instrumentals)

In early 2014, Chicago emcee Verbal Kent teamed up with North Carolina producer Khrysis and Mello Music Group to release Sound of the Weapon. The production on the 14-track full-length is raw and classic, which perfectly... Read More

Average Rating: 54321
Future - Honest LP Cover

Future - Honest LP

Years ago, some time between 1994 and ‘98, hip-hop’s Future was being written in a recording studio in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Outkast was hard at work recording their game changing first three albums, amplifying the... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 10321
Asher Roth - Retrohash Cover

Asher Roth - Retrohash

As I talked about yesterday on RefinedHype, I have been pretty excited about Asher Roth's new project, RetroHash. I don't want to be redundantly repetitive so I'll give the abridged version. Basically, it's this, Asher blew... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32101
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