Best Rap Albums of the 2010s


The Top Ten

1 To Pimp a Butterfly

Yes this was the perfect album of the 2010's decade this album was better than all of the other hip-hop albums hell even all music genre albums of the 2010's decade. Kendrick ruled 100% no doubt about it.

I love Em, but To pimp a butterfly is way better than Recovery

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This is one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time and Recovery is #2 that's not even rap... To Pimp A Butterfly is art.

A Pigeon... was here - PigeonGaming

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2 Good Kid: M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar

He manages to find numerous topics of life in compton to talk about and how they affect him as a person. Another great part about it is he is able to take trips to his childhood, beliefs, and ambitions. Honestly all the songs are great. Surprised section 8.0 wasn't in the top ten. You can see the impact the black hippy crew have had this decade with there elaborate and amazing storytelling.

M.A.A.D City, Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst, Money Trees... Not one bad song on this album

Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst is one of the greatest rap/hip-hop tracks of all time! Phenomenal Album

TPAB was unbelievable... but this even better.

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3 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West

Top Songs: Power, Stronger, All of the Lights


There isn't a single bad track... Why is "Recovery" even on here? - EmperorAguila

Production, lyrics, themes... Beyond perfection.

Kanye is just a legend. the instrumentation in this album is incredibly, plus kanye was still at his rawwest on this album lyrically

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4 Recovery - Eminem

Every song is amazing, it can get slightly repetitive but the album has no peers except for other Eminem albums.

This album gets more hate than its fair share, considering the depth of lyrical and production fidelity. It is a great album with a great theme of never give up and push on.

This album is amazing I recommend it to anyone in a low point in their life - Idoz2001

My favorite album it's his best one

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5 Yeezus - Kanye West

This is Kanye's most ambitious project. This album was literally worked on for years, up until the week it was released. Kanye recorded enough songs for this album to fill up 2 full length albums. Kanye recorded and re-recorded verses for this album over and over until the week before it was releases. The list of collaborators on this album is very lengthy and quite impressive. Kanye worked his ass off, and he cut and rearranged so much. Kanye poured HIS SOUL into this album and it boggles my mind how more people don't like it.

Top Songs: Black Skinhead, New Slaves, Blood on the Leaves - cameo510

Why is this on the list. This was Kanye's worst project

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6 Born Sinner - J Cole

Top Songs: Born Sinner, Power Trip, Crooked Smile

Another great but underrated album. - cameo510

This should be in top 5. This was the best rap album of 2013

Power trip and trouble are awesome

J cole is great but so underrated

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7 2014 Forest Hills Drive - J. Cole

All of J.Cole & Kendrick's albums should be in the top 10. This was the best album of 2014 & J.Cole was just beast on this album.

Best New School Rap Album great Lyrics storytelling and really relatable

This was an incredible solo effort

This Should be higher than 10. Wet dreamz, GOMD, No Role Modelz, Fire Squad, Apparently, Tale of Two Citiez, Love Yourz, all great songs

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8 Life Is Good - Nas
9 Long.Live.A$AP - A$AP Rocky

Ghetto Symphony and angels two of my favorite songs on this masterpiece

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10 Control System - Ab-Soul

Listen to this and you will put it above all except maybe GKMC

Top Songs: Terrorist Threats, Pineal Gland, Soulo Ho3 - cameo510

The Contenders

11 Under Pressure - Logic

One of the best albums of all time, should be top 5 at least. - m18230

13!? It needs top 5 at least - Iggyxxc

so good

On point the whole album, no skippable tracks at all.
Top 5 albums of all time.

12 We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest

The best comeback album in hip-hop history!

13 Section.80 - Kendrick Lamar

Very very underrated album. Definitely top 5

Possible one of the most underrated albums ever just because his other work is so good

Higher up please.

Not his best work, but that doesn't mean it's anything less than great 👍

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14 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem

Simply the best rap album of this decade... Had every emotion in it

Should be top 10

Comeback of the best rapper alive (and ever)

Love game dutty tune

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15 Habits & Contradictions - Schoolboy Q

Top Songs: Blessed, There He Go

ScHoolboy is my 2nd favorite rapper behind Kendrick Lamar. This album is great, and I think Oxymoron will be better. - cameo510

16 Disc-Overy - Tinie Tempah

Top Songs: Written in the Stars, Pass Out, Frisky

This album is so underrated. You just don't see many british artists putting together a great album like this one. Written in the Stars was a hit and so was Frisky. Till I'm Gone featuring Wiz Khalifa was also a great song. - cameo510

17 Cole World: The Sideline Story - J Cole

Top Songs: can't Get Enough, Work Out, Mr. Nice Watch

Can't Get Enough was a great song and is one of my favorites. Trey Songz makes the hit even better. Work Out is probably one of J Cole's most popular songs. - cameo510

Songs Such as Sideline Story And Breakdown is what made me believe he topped Friday night lights oh can't forget God's Gift

Lost Ones, Lights Please, Nobody's Perfect, Dollar and a Dream 3, and Return of Simba are the best lyrical songs. Can't get enough, Work Out, and Mr. Nice Watch are great hit songs.

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18 90059 - Jay Rock
19 Pinata - Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

This is an amazing rapper, colliding with an amazing producer. Need I say more?

20 The Martyr - Immortal Technique
21 Atrocity Exhibition - Danny Brown

Really?! Recovery over this?!

22 Take Care - Drake

Don't really count this as a rap album, it's a perfect mixture of rap and R&B but I think it's top 5 albums of all time. Drake was ahead of his time with this one.

Probably one of the best rap albums of this decade.

23 R.A.P. Music - Killer Mike
24 Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
25 The Incredible True Story - Logic

This was Logic's most ambitious album, it had a really creative and imaginative story it should at least beat kanye's album dark twisted fantasy.

Amazing Album, from one of the best - boblewhak

26 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
27 Mista Thug Isolation - Lil Ugly Mane
28 Dark Sky Paradise - Big Sean
29 Information Age - Dead Prez
30 Follow Me Home - Jay Rock

Damn Jay Rock Is so slept on people will look back at this album and say it was a classic

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31 Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color - Brother Ali
32 Apollo Kids - Ghostface Killah
33 Damn - Kendrick Lamar

This will be #1 soon mark my words - Terao11

Marking Terao11's words

Lmao me too marking those word my nibba

34 The Powers That B - Death Grips
35 Violence Begets Violence - Jedi Mind Tricks
36 Aura - Kool Savas

So much better than Kendrick.

Uh no

37 The Heist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
38 The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
39 Soundtrack to the Struggle - Lowkey
40 Bottomless Pit - Death Grips
41 King - Kollegah

Kollegah swallowed an encyclopedia, shook it and threw it back up. I never heard an album with more complex use of homophones and multisyllabic rhyming. And those orchestra-like beats are god like. - Martin_Canine

'AK' I'm Wandschrank" or"Alpha" are better than every fake amercian song. His lyrics are better. No one can reach his level.

Despite the greatness of this album... Kollegah isn't exactly authentic either. His lyrical ability is what makes his music great, not his credibility. - Martin_Canine

42 If You're Reading This It's Too Late - Drake
43 All-Amerikkkan Badass - Joey Badass
44 Exmilitary - Death Grips
45 Raw - Hopsin
46 Goblin - Tyler the Creator

Can't believe this wasn't even on this to begin with. There isn't a bad song off this album. Although, I am glad to see M.A.A.D. city over Recovery. - AlteredState

47 Untitled Unmastered. - Kendrick Lamar

May not be his best album, but still pretty good. I really like Untitled 2 & 8. - DarkSideOfRandy

I was gonna vote for DAMN,but then I thought this deserves a little praise.

48 Dreams Worth More Than Money - Meek Mill

His best album

lord knows

49 Volume 1: Flick Your Tongue Against Your Teeth and Describe the Present. - Bedwetter
50 Therapy Session - NF
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1. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
2. Good Kid: M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar
3. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
1. R.A.P. Music - Killer Mike
2. Pinata - Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
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