Hip Hop Album & Mixtape Reviews


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

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
Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady Cover

Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady

Janelle Monae, mirroring the music she makes, is whimsical and intelligent, beautiful and perhaps most importantly, 100 percent authentic. Certain artists have the ability to weave their personalities into their music. Since... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
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
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