Best Rap Albums of the 2010s


The Top Ten

1 To Pimp a Butterfly

The best hip hop album I've heard in my life, along with Illmatic

This is masterpiece through the entire thing. 11/10 - AlphaQ

He interviews tupac

A Pigeon... was here - PigeonGaming

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

Best rap album of all time in my opinion - coryrevv

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.

Bleh, it’s pretty excellent. 8/10 - AlphaQ

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

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3 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West

Such a masterpiece

Top Songs: Power, Stronger, All of the Lights


Production, lyrics, themes... Beyond perfection.

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

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4 Recovery - Eminem

This album was truly disappointing - coryrevv



Not that bad. 7/10 - AlphaQ

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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.

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

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


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 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.

8 Long.Live.A$AP - A$AP Rocky

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

Was R cali on this album?

Top Songs: F***** Problems, 1Train, Peso

A$AP Rocky put together a great project with this album. F***** Problems was one of the best songs of the year. 1Train featured great rappers including Kendrick Lamar and Danny Brown. - cameo510

This is probably an unpopular opinion that will get me jumped someday…but ‘F*ckin Problems’ is one of the best songs of the year. - AlphaQ

9 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

10 2014 Forest Hills Drive - J. Cole

Best album by the best

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

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The Contenders

11 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

Oi, this is on here twice mate! - AlphaQ

12 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.

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.

His first album

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14 Life Is Good - Nas
15 We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest

Tribe came back with one of their strongest albums period. Many topics are covered, from the current generation to Tribe's legacy, and every song is beautiful. RIP Phife.

The best comeback album in hip-hop history!

16 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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17 Damn - Kendrick Lamar

This will be #1 soon mark my words - Terao11

Marking Terao11's words

Lmao me too marking those word my nibba

18 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

19 90059 - Jay Rock
20 Atrocity Exhibition - Danny Brown

Easily the best experimental hip-hop album from this decade. The whole album is amazing, with interesting and quotable lyrics, songwriting that depicts depression and addiction very vividly, and beats that are completely original and set up the songs' tones perfectly. Definitely underappreciated, though Danny's voice surely contributes to that.

Really?! Recovery over this?!

21 Pinata - Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

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

22 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

23 The Martyr - Immortal Technique
24 Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
25 The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
26 R.A.P. Music - Killer Mike
27 Mista Thug Isolation - Lil Ugly Mane
28 Dark Sky Paradise - Big Sean
29 Information Age - Dead Prez
30 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

31 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

Top Songs: All My Life, Follow me Home, Say Wassup - cameo510

32 Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color - Brother Ali
33 Apollo Kids - Ghostface Killah
34 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.

Work out is his 3rd best song behind No role models and GOMD

35 The Powers That B - Death Grips
36 Violence Begets Violence - Jedi Mind Tricks
37 Ta13oo - Denzel Curry
38 Soundtrack to the Struggle - Lowkey
39 Aura - Kool Savas

So much better than Kendrick.

Uh no

40 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.

41 If You're Reading This It's Too Late - Drake
42 Raw - Hopsin
43 Bottomless Pit - Death Grips
44 All-Amerikkkan Badass - Joey Badass

This should be way hogher, such a good album - Andrewjcavasos

45 Exmilitary - Death Grips
46 Ill Manors - Plan B
47 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

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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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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