Hip Hop Album & Mixtape Reviews


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

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: 32101
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

Dom Kennedy - Get Home Safely Cover

Dom Kennedy - Get Home Safely

The calendar might read October, but summer ain’t over yet. Yes, the solstice has long passed, and the sure signs of winter’s gradual arrival have begun to materialize, but the definition of the sunny... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 54321
Pusha T - My Name Is My Name Cover

Pusha T - My Name Is My Name

The stovetop clicks to life, as a blue flame slowly grows until it’s at a steady burn. The pot clanks as it’s aggressively plopped over the blue flame by a gloved hand. Cocaine bubbles within. Finished product form lines... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
Danny Brown - Old Cover

Danny Brown - Old

Before I truly listened to Old, I had heard more about Danny Brown than I had directly from him on the mic. From the rowdy concerts and raunchy interviews (especially with a certain red headed celebrity) to his late... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 54321
Cam’ron - Ghetto Heaven VL1 Cover

Cam’ron - Ghetto Heaven VL1

The last time Cam'ron released a full body of work that was all his own, LeBron James had zero championship rings on his fingers, President Obama was a rookie in office and we all lived in a pre-twerking America. A lot can... Read More

Drake - Nothing Was the Same Cover

Drake - Nothing Was the Same

Three albums into his career and Drake is inarguably a rap superstar, maybe rap’s top superstar. But I’m not really sure why. I mean, I know why – he makes hits, the ladies love him, etc. – but I don’t know WHY.... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
Rapsody - She Got Game (No DJ Deluxe Version) Cover

Rapsody - She Got Game (No DJ Deluxe Version)

Comparisons can kill an artist. He or she sounds like him or her. He or she does this or that like him or her. Sure, those who came before influence each and every musician since the beginning of recorded music. Comparisons... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
The Weeknd - Kiss Land Cover

The Weeknd - Kiss Land

In an age when the Internet is the dominant source for new music, it's almost near impossible to get the attention of the masses like it was in the pre-WWW era. Now, you have to bring something fresh to the table on a... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
2 Chainz - B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time Cover

2 Chainz - B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time

ATL emcee and Playaz Circle co-founder 2 Chainz has released his second solo studio album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time. The follow-up to 2012 debut set Based on a T.R.U. Story, the project comes heralded by singles "Feds... Read More

Average Rating: 32121
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