Hip Hop Album & Mixtape Reviews

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

Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise Cover
Artist: Big Sean
After a few months of writing at DJBooth, I finally got assigned to conduct my first ever "1 Listen Album Review" for Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise. On most days I like Sean, but... More
Posted 6 days ago
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Drake - If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late Cover
Artist: Drake
A new Drake album mixtape is more than a album mixtape, it's an arrow pointing towards hip-hop's future. Whatever other titles we may or may not bestow on Aubrey Graham, he's indisputably hip-hop's most influential emcee.... More
Posted 2 weeks ago
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Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$ Cover
Album: B4.DA.$$
The truly great, divine emcees - the Kendricks, Kanyes and Jays of the world - enter hip-hop's pearly gates without hesitation. Their reward is a lifetime of riches and adoration from rap heads. Others (who you can... More
Posted one month ago
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Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth Cover
It's rare for me to be so excited for an album the way I am for Lupe Fiasco's Tetsuo & Youth. No, let me be more careful with my words. I'm...cautiously optimistic. I'm hopeful. I'm ready to be blown away, but bracing myself... More
Posted one month ago
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Kat Dahlia - My Garden Cover
Artist: Kat Dahlia
Album: My Garden
I'm borderline embarrassed with the amount of spins I've given "Gangsta" over the past two weeks. The gym, the mechanic, even my grandma's spot, no matter how many times I blast Kat... More
Posted one month ago
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Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife Cover
Album: SremmLife
Maybe it was the five Bud Lights, maybe it was the ambiance at Magic City, or maybe, just maybe, "No Type" is a great song. Either way, as glitter, the fumes of stripper sweat and broken dreams filled the air at... More
Posted about 2 months ago
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Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint Cover
Album: The Pinkprint
it's an interesting time for Nicki. As much as she went after Rosenberg and insisted that she was deaf to the critics, there's no denying that after the "Nicki Minaj isn't a rapper, she's a pop star"... More
Posted 2 months ago
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D’Angelo - Black Messiah Cover
Artist: D'Angelo
Album: Black Messiah
While last week was undoubtedly my window to cash in on the pageviews and write my think piece or "1 Listen Review" or whatever, I just couldn't do it. More than any album that could ever potentially drop,... More
Posted 2 months ago
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PRhyme (DJ Premier & Royce Da 5’9) - PRhyme Cover
Artist: PRhyme
Featuring: DJ Premier | Royce Da 5'9"
Album: PRhyme
There is something so fitting about PRhyme being the last big album of the year. From Cole's latest album to RTJ to everything coming out of Chicago, it seems like hip-hop is in a very experimental stage. There... More
Posted 2 months ago
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J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive Cover
Artist: J. Cole
[Editor's Note: This is part of our "1 Listen Review" series, a series that's particularly apt here considering it stemmed from Cole's "1 listen reviews are fucking up hip-hop" statement. For the full review and breakdown of... More
Posted 2 months ago
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