Hip Hop Album & Mixtape Reviews


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

Big Sean - Hall of Fame Cover

Big Sean - Hall of Fame

Debut albums don’t really mean much. All it takes is one hit single, a perfect storm of marketing, and boom, you’ve blown up. Quick, what do Black Rob, Mike Jones (who?) and Vanilla Ice all have in common? They all went... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32101
Fat Joe - The Darkside 3 Cover

Fat Joe - The Darkside 3

Fat Joe might be headed to the clink later today, but that didn't stop the veteran emcee from releasing his latest mixtape, The Darkside 3. Premiered by our friends at Rap Radar, the 10-track project features... Read More

Average Rating: 43211
TROY NoKA - Love.Fear.Pianos EP Cover

TROY NoKA - Love.Fear.Pianos EP

For months, we here at The DJBooth have been buttering up the release of TROY NoKA's LOVE.FEAR.PIANOS album. Although the full-length is still not yet ready for worldwide consumption, the singer/rapper/producer is giving his... Read More

Average Rating: 32101
Earl Sweatshirt - Doris Cover

Earl Sweatshirt - Doris

Like many, I got my first exposure to Earl Sweatshirt via the AJ Rojas-directed visuals for "Earl". Depicting the 17-year-old emcee and his Odd Future colleagues mixing up and imbibing a literal drug cocktail with results... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
Tech N9ne - Something Else Cover

Tech N9ne - Something Else

Hip-hop has always rejected outsiders. From fans to label execs, hip-hop has largely demanded more of the same thing it’s currently enjoying: more shiny suits, more Auto-Tune, more molly. But the ironic thing is that all of... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines Cover

Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke is a 36-year-old married man who still preys on the opposite sex as if he was a newly initiated frat boy and seems to always be reminding the listener, male or female, about his large his man parts. Robin Thicke... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 21321
¡MAYDAY! - Believers Cover

¡MAYDAY! - Believers

As the world crashes and burns around them, ¡MAYDAY! remains firmly planted, documenting the chaos through music, a paperweight in an industry full of fleeting fame and temptations. ¡MAYDAY! is a rare commodity in modern... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail Cover

Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail

Hip-hop has always been a youth-driven culture. As each new generation of rapper emerged, they would in turn kill off their rap parents in some sort of reverse-musical-infanticide. Assuming a rapper wasn’t literally killed... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32101
Ciara - Ciara Cover

Ciara - Ciara

It was 2004, and an 18-year-old girl from Atlanta was thrust into the nation’s spotlight. Her Goodies were eaten up by nearly everyone with access to an FM dial. Then, from kids at a Bar Mitzvah to newlyweds at their... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 21021
Wale - The Gifted Cover

Wale - The Gifted

The last time we gathered to discuss a Wale album is was 2011, and the release of Ambition felt like a moment in hip-hop history, like watching DC’s prodigal son standing at rap’s crossroads. The former underground... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43211
Slum Village - Evolution Cover

Slum Village - Evolution

In some ways, Slum Village can never win. Their fans won’t let them. The media won’t let them. And most importantly, they won’t let themselves. A new SV release will always be overshadowed by loss, no matter how high... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 21021
TiRon & Ayomari - The Wonderful Prelude Pt. 2 EP Cover

TiRon & Ayomari - The Wonderful Prelude Pt. 2 EP

In April, rappers TiRon and Ayomari collaborated on a four-track EP, titled The Wonderful Prelude Pt. 1. Now, 10 weeks later, fans are treated to yet another four-track EP, this time in the form of Part 2. The Wonderful... Read More

Average Rating: 54321
Mac Miller - Watching Movies With the Sound Off Cover

Mac Miller - Watching Movies With the Sound Off

When you attend a concert, you can always get a good idea of the performing artist by looking at their fan base. When you see Polos, skinny jeans, and a crowd ready to party, you are probably in for a high-energy hip-pop/frat... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32101
Kanye West - Yeezus Cover

Kanye West - Yeezus

Anyone who says Yeezus will go down as Kanye’s most talked about album clearly hasn’t been paying attention for the last decade. Graduation was his most talked about album until 808s & Heartbreaks, which was his most... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32101
J. Cole - Born Sinner Cover

J. Cole - Born Sinner

The smartest move of 2013 (thus far) goes to Fayetteville’s native son J. Cole, who he decided to move up the release date for his sophomore album Born Sinner, to directly go up against Kanye West’s Yeezus. What some may... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43211
Statik Selektah - Extended Play Cover

Statik Selektah - Extended Play

Ever tried going to a highly anticipated movie the night it opens, only to find out it is sold out? Undoubtedly you will see another movie and who knows, you might even like that movie better than the main attraction. Welcome... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32101
The-Dream - IV Play Cover

The-Dream - IV Play

As an artist ages, they can become stuck in an ongoing battle with their fans. They want to change to stay relevant and explore new creative territory, their fans want more of the same music they first fell in love with.... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32101
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