Hip Hop Album & Mixtape Reviews


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

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: 21021
¡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
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

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