Best Rap Albums of the 2010s

The Top Ten
1 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar Product Image

Who is gonna top this album out of drake and j cole they haven't even made a better album than GKMC, seriously will they ever? Time is ticking. Most classic hip hop albums happen early in a rappers career think about it look up all the greats. They really need to make a classic album quick because they have hits but no classic albums and Kendrick has both that's why he's known as the leader of the new school. TPAB is too creative and thought provoking. There is more creativity in song Mortal Man than any J Cole album and Blacker the Berry goes harder than any drake song. Can drake make a better song about sex than These Walls? Kendrick is a genius. This album will go down has the best hip hip album of the decade. He might even make a better album next time but I doubt it. It's way too important and innovative. You can't be in the talks of the greats like Jay z, snoop, Tupac, biggie with no classic album it wouldn't make sense. If Drake or J Cole don't make a classic album it not good ...more

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.

This album transcends the mainstream, transcends hip-hop, transcends music, and finds its way into the world of unadulterated art that DKMC didn't. Definitely deserves that top spot.

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.

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

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.

My number 1 album of all of them. Kendrick came in and dominated, Kendrick is a hard second but these two are keeping the lyrics going for true Hip Hop fans.

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

MBDTF was sick, but this and TPAB are both just a little better in my opinion and as long as they're 1 and 2, I'm fine with that.

3 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West Product Image

1. Dark Fantasy...classic intro and opener to an album and ye spits bars

2. Gorgeous...kanye's best verse and a dope beat and song in all (what's a black beatle anyway, a roach)

3. Power...straight up so hype, amazing song, just straight euphoria

4. All of the Lights (Prelude)

5. All of the Lights... Rap record of the year at Grammys

6. Monster...Nicki Minaj has one of the best verses of all time, also, ye ross and jay are on point

7. So Appalled...this is a real rap song, also a much needed commentary on rap and the way it's going

8. Devil in a New Dress...Personally my favorite song on the album, the guitar just vibes and takes Kanye's brilliance on producing to a whole new level, also Ross spits mad bars

9. Runaway...Emblematic of Kanye's career and work not only as a rapper but as an artist, one of his bigger pieces of legacy and beautiful pieces of work

10. Hell of a Life...More of a Yeezus vibe but somehow fits ...more

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

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

The pinnacle of hip hop for me, alongside the likes of Illmatic and Enter the Wu Tang

4 Recovery - Eminem Recovery - Eminem Product Image

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.

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

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

Is this even an argument? This album WON the best rap album of 2010.

5 Under Pressure - Logic Under Pressure - Logic Product Image

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

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

13!? It needs top 5 at least

Logics best album, amazing flows, beautiful production, purely timeless and still criminally underrated

6 Run the Jewels 2 - Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2 - Run the Jewels Product Image
7 Yeezus - Kanye West Yeezus - Kanye West Product Image

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

8 Born Sinner - J Cole Born Sinner - J Cole Product Image

Listen to crooked smile, forbidden fruit and rich ni66az and you wont even vote for any other album
Only kanye's MBDTF and Kendrick's GKMC are comparable to this album!
What are tinie timpah and Eminem's albums are doing here!

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

9 Section.80 - Kendrick Lamar Section.80 - Kendrick Lamar Product Image

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

Very very underrated album. Definitely top 5

This is what started it all

Higher up please.

10 Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels Product Image
The Contenders
11 2014 Forest Hills Drive - J. Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive - J. Cole Product Image

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

#22? No collaborations unlike the other artists ranked higher (Kanye West,A$AP Rocky) and all the songs are beast, It broke a bunch of records

All the J.Cole & Kendrick albums shoild be in the top 10,especially this.

12 Take Care - Drake Take Care - Drake Product Image

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.

Are you crazy easily top 3 💯

he don't miss

13 Long.Live.A$AP - A$AP Rocky Long.Live.A$AP - A$AP Rocky Product Image

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

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.

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.

14 Damn - Kendrick Lamar Damn - Kendrick Lamar Product Image

This will be #1 soon mark my words

15 Control System - Ab-Soul Control System - Ab-Soul Product Image

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

Top Songs: Terrorist Threats, Pineal Gland, Soulo Ho3

16 Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator Product Image
17 Life Is Good - Nas Life Is Good - Nas Product Image
18 Pinata - Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Pinata - Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Product Image

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

19 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem Product Image

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

Comeback of the best rapper alive (and ever)

The songs are awesome

Should be top 10

20 Laila's Wisdom - Rapsody Laila's Wisdom - Rapsody Product Image
21 Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts Product Image
22 Habits & Contradictions - Schoolboy Q Habits & Contradictions - Schoolboy Q Product Image

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.

23 Atrocity Exhibition - Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition - Danny Brown Product Image

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.

23? ONLY 23? Come on, this isn't my rap album of the decade but I voted this so it could be higher. This is #4 at WORST

Really?! Recovery over this?!

24 The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
25 Rodeo - Travi$ Scott Rodeo - Travi$ Scott Product Image
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