Hip Hop Album & Mixtape Reviews


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

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
Kid Ink - Almost Home EP Cover

Kid Ink - Almost Home EP

The new EP from Kid Ink may be titled Almost Home, but I think its now safe to say Ink, is already home. While the sample size might be small, as there are only six cuts on the project, The RCA signee displays a confidence on... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32121
Ludacris - I Don’t Give a F**k Cover

Ludacris - I Don’t Give a F**k

Over the last 12 months, Ludacris has been the target of many a hater. While some have intimated that the Def Jam emcee has "fallen off" as a top tier rapper, others have accused Luda of putting his music on the back burner... Read More

Average Rating: 10321
French Montana - Excuse My French Cover

French Montana - Excuse My French

When you make a statement like “I have the best rap album out of New York in the past ten years,” it’s pretty obvious that a lot of heavy critique from hip-hop heads are just a hop, skip and jump away. You can’t help... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 32121
Bad Rabbits - American Love Cover

Bad Rabbits - American Love

Regardless of where they might actually land on a mythical list of the greatest albums ever, we all have a favorite album that, for one reason or another, will stick with us and never get old. I have a few of these, and... Read Full Review

Logic - Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever Cover

Logic - Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever

As a DMV native, I’ve kept a close eye on Logic’s career, as I try to do with any promising Maryland prospect. Logic first caught my attention with his Young, Broke and Infamous tape, specifically his knack for killing... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
Talib Kweli - Prisoner of Conscious Cover

Talib Kweli - Prisoner of Conscious

I don’t know if I’d be writing this if it wasn’t for Talib Kweli. I liked hip-hop before I heard Black Star, but that album helped me fall in love with hip-hop, and before I knew it, I had memorized every word of Black... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43211
Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap Cover

Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

In the digital age, hip-hop receives a litmus test every few months. A new rapper emerges on the scene and suddenly, everybody starts talking about him or her. The buzz leading up to the "big release" from this artist spirals... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
Rittz - The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant Cover

Rittz - The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant

When you’re in high school, your horizon often only extends as far as your beat up, hand me down, used car will drive; and that’s if you’re lucky enough to have a beat up car. The people you know might as well be the... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
R.A. The Rugged Man - Legends Never Die Cover

R.A. The Rugged Man - Legends Never Die

Veteran emcee R.A. The Rugged Man last released an album on November 16, 2004. Since then a black president has been elected (and re-elected) to office, Apple created the iPhone and D4L became a one-hit wonder with Laffy... Read More

Average Rating: 54321
Ghostface Killah - Twelve Reasons To Die Cover

Ghostface Killah - Twelve Reasons To Die

Years from now, when we talk about 12 Reasons to Die, we’ll talk about it as a Ghostface Killah album, and understandably so. Ghostface is the one with the Wu-Tang pedigree, the one with the multiple classic albums, the one... Read Full Review

Average Rating: 43210
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