Hip Hop Album & Mixtape Reviews


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

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
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
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