Hip Hop Album & Mixtape Reviews


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

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

Nas - Illmatic XX Cover

Nas - Illmatic XX

Released by the Queensbridge rhymesayer in 1994, debut album Illmatic has gone down in history as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, and cemented Nas as one of the foremost lyricists of his generation. To... Read More

Average Rating: 54321
SZA - Z EP Cover

SZA - Z EP

A few years ago, a girl with a free-flowing mound of hair by the name of Solana Rowe was passing out t-shirts to the members of hip-hop’s hottest crew, Top Dawg Entertainment at a Kendrick Lamar concert. As an employee of... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 54321
DAO JONES - 100 Years LP Cover

DAO JONES - 100 Years LP

New York native Dao Jones has released his new album, the 100 Years LP, which we have available for full stream at The DJBooth. The 16-track project, which was fully produced by Jones, along with co-production from Luke... Read More

Rick Ross - Mastermind Cover

Rick Ross - Mastermind

Out of all the nicknames Rick Ross has been given - The Bawse, Ricky Rozay, the Taco Truck Killer - the most accurate is the Teflon Don. (Except for maybe the Taco Truck Killer, which I just made up, so I’m biased.)... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32101
ScHoolboy Q - Oxymoron Cover

ScHoolboy Q - Oxymoron

It took me a while to get ScHoolboy Q. While everyone else will claim to have known Q was a rap star in the making since before he was a zygote, I can pretty accurately and honestly track my trajectory into the world of... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43211
Isaiah Rashad - Cilvia Demo Cover

Isaiah Rashad - Cilvia Demo

A splash of modern rap combined with vintage sounds and styles has proven to be a reliably successful, although difficult to execute, strategy in hip-hop, a genre deeply rooted in nostalgia. Mix an old automobile (say, a 1993... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
Step Brothers - Lord Steppington Cover

Step Brothers - Lord Steppington

In the center of a dimly lit studio, Evidence lounges on a purple velvet couch, nodding his head to the sinister sounds coming through the speakers. Alchemist has his back turned to him, tinkering with the soundboard, looking... Read Full Review

Kid Ink - My Own Lane Cover

Kid Ink - My Own Lane

Putting ink to flesh is a powerful thing. Elaborate patterns spread on the back of a warrior can signal status in an Amazonian tribe. A simple word printed on a forearm can remind a son of the father he lost. Lines of... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32101
Beyoncé - Beyoncé Cover

Beyoncé - Beyoncé

Before we talk about what we hear when we listen to Beyonce’s new self-titled album, first we have to talk about who we’re hearing. We’re hearing a woman with 17 Grammy Awards and over 150 million albums sold. A woman... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32121
Childish Gambino - Because The Internet Cover

Childish Gambino - Because The Internet

Childish Gambino, the rapping alter-ego of actor/ comedian/ writer/ singer/ producer/ all-around-entertainment maven Donald Glover, is a product of the internet. “So what?” you may be asking yourself. “Every rapper is a... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
Hopsin - Knock Madness Cover

Hopsin - Knock Madness

Hopsin, your rapper’s favorite rapper, is back with his latest album. Or, perhaps he would be your rapper’s favorite rapper if he didn’t spend so much time angrily insulting his fellow rappers and the rap game at large.... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32101
Jhené Aiko - Sail Out EP Cover

Jhené Aiko - Sail Out EP

Where is Jhene’s vocal range? You just keep waiting on it to arrive, but it never does, like a part-midnight food delivery that never arrives, or the retrospectively-absurd Christmas present you wanted for years and never... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Cover

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Starting nearly the second after My Name Is dropped in 1999, Eminem became a lightning rod for controversy, and the release of his classic Marshall Mathers LP would cement his place as hip-hop’s leading firestarter, a... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43211
Curren$y x Smoke DZA - The Stage EP Cover

Curren$y x Smoke DZA - The Stage EP

Fans of kush-loving rappers Curren$y and Smoke DZA know that new music is always on the horizon. Whether it's an announced official album or mixtape on the release calender, or merely a random, out-of-the-blue joint EP,... Read More

Average Rating: 54321
Lorine Chia - Naked Truths Cover

Lorine Chia - Naked Truths

Imagine an individual who modestly boasts a voice justifiably likened to singing legends of decades past--soulful queens who quietly ruled over their respective genres during reigns that lasted far past their own lifetimes.... Read Full Review

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