Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Label: Def Jam

Artists

  • Amerie:
    • In Love & War [2009] ***
  • Iggy Azalea:
    • The New Classic [2014] A-
  • The Beastie Boys:
    • Rock Hard/Party's Gettin' Rough/Beastie Groove/Instrumental [1984] B+
    • Licensed to Ill [1986] A+
  • Big Boi:
    • Sir Lucious Left Foot . . . The Son of Chico Dusty [2010] A-
    • Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors [2012] *
  • Big K.R.I.T.:
    • Live From the Underground [2012] *
  • Big Sean:
    • Hall of Fame [2013] **
  • Foxy Brown:
    • Ill Na Na [1996] Dud
    • Broken Silence [2001] *
  • Joe Budden:
    • Joe Budden [2003] Choice Cuts
  • Chrisette Michele:
    • I Am [2007] **
    • Epiphany [2009] *
  • Keyshia Cole:
    • A Different Me [2008] *
  • Common:
    • Black America Again [2016] **
  • DMX:
    • It's Dark and Hell Is Hot [1998] Choice Cuts
    • Flesh of My Flesh Blood of My Blood [1998] Dud
  • Fabolous:
    • Loso's Way [2009] Dud
  • Warren G:
    • Take a Look over Your Shoulder (Reality) [1997] Dud
  • Ghostface:
    • The Pretty Toney Album [2004] *
  • Ghostface Killah:
    • Fishscale [2006] A+
    • More Fish [2006] A-
    • The Big Doe Rehab [2007] A-
    • GhostDeini the Great [2008] Choice Cuts
    • Ghostdini Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City [2009] A-
    • Apollo Kids [2010] ***
  • Jay-Z:
    • The Dynasty: Roc La Familia [2000] B
  • Oran "Juice" Jones:
    • Oran "Juice" Jones [1986] C+
  • Lady Sovereign:
    • Public Warning [2006] ***
  • L.L. Cool J:
    • Radio [1985] B+
    • Bigger and Deffer [1987] C+
    • Walking With a Panther [1989] A-
    • Mama Said Knock You Out [1990] A
    • Mr. Smith [1994] Choice Cuts
    • All World [1996] A
    • Phenomenon [1997] ***
    • G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith--The Greatest of All Time [2000] Neither
  • Meth, Ghost and Rae:
    • Wu Massacre [2010] Dud
  • Method Man:
    • Tical [1994] *
    • Tical 2000: Judgement Day [1998] Choice Cuts
  • Method Man/Redman:
    • Blackout! [1999] ***
  • Nas:
    • Hip Hop Is Dead [2006] A-
    • Untitled [2008] A-
    • Life Is Good [2012] ***
  • Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley:
    • Distant Relatives [2010] A-
  • Ne-Yo:
    • Because of You [2006] Dud
    • In My Own Words [2006] Choice Cuts
    • Year of the Gentleman [2008] **
  • Frank Ocean:
    • Channel Orange [2012] A-
  • Original Concept:
    • Straight From the Basement of Kooley High! [1988] B-
  • Public Enemy:
    • Yo! Bum Rush the Show [1987] B+
    • It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back [1988] A+
    • Fear of a Black Planet [1990] A
    • Greatest Misses [1992] ***
    • Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age [1994] A-
    • He Got Game [1998] A
  • Pusha T:
    • My Name Is My Name [2013] A-
  • Redman:
    • Doc's Da Name 2000 [1998] A-
    • Malpractice [2001] Dud
  • Rihanna:
    • Music of the Sun [2005] Dud
    • A Girl Like Me [2006] Dud
    • Good Girl Gone Bad [2007] Choice Cuts
    • Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded [2008] Choice Cuts
    • Rated R [2009] **
    • Talk That Talk (Deluxe Edition) [2011] A-
    • Unapologetic [2012] ***
  • The Roots:
    • Game Theory [2006] A-
    • Rising Down [2008] A
    • How I Got Over [2010] A
    • Undun [2011] B+
    • . . . And Then You Shoot Your Cousin [2014] A-
  • Beanie Sigel:
    • The Truth [1999] **
    • The B. Coming [2006] *
  • Slayer:
    • Reign in Blood [1986] B+
    • South of Heaven [1988] B-
  • Slick Rick:
    • The Great Adventures of Slick Rick [1988] C+
    • Behind Bars [1994] Choice Cuts
    • The Art of Storytelling [1999] A-
  • Vince Staples:
    • Hell Can Wait [2014] A-
    • Summertime '06 [2015] B+
    • Prima Donna [2016] A-
  • The-Dream:
    • Love/Hate [2007] A-
    • Love Vs. Hate [2009] **
  • 3rd Bass:
    • The Cactus Album [1989] A-
  • Kanye West:
    • Yeezus [2013] ***
  • Young Jeezy:
    • Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 [2005] Choice Cuts
    • The Recession [2008] **

Compilations/Soundtracks