Allmusic – "Southwest Riders is a fine collection of bass-driven Southern hip-hop. The individual artists aren't important -- the deep, rumbling bass grooves are, and they keep rolling throughout the entire collection, making it a worthwhile acquisition for bass-heads."
Rap Pages – "...a 28-song rainbow of gangsterism lifestyles..."
RapReviews – "...over 54 rappers combining for a near perfect double album. A few weaker tracks prevent this compilation from being flawless...Even 11 years later this compilation is still worth the price of admission. Perhaps mere coincidence or possibly a testament to the...scouting talent, you'll find that the bulk of the contributors are still dropping albums and still relevant in the game."
The Source – "...a fitting introduction to some of the lesser known hustlers on the grind....Southwest Riders is a double album that is sure to satisfy long-time reality rap fiends..."