Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

We countdown the top 50 Rap albums released within the last ten years.

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Kam Jenkins Music Writer

Although it can be difficult analyzing albums that haven’t had numerous years to fully digest, it is fun seeing how recent albums stack up against each other. Comparing albums that have come out in the last seven years or so helps keep things fresh and tones down the potentially heavy nostalgia effect. Compiling all-time lists is something that can cause mass uproar among the music community — especially in hip-hop. MTV’s “Hottest MC’s in the Game” list has resulted in much controversy with rap fans and artists alike since its inception in 2007. With that being said, our team at TFC has conceived a “GOAT” list of our own. Here are our 50 best rap albums that have dropped this decade. There have been a few changes since we first unveiled numbers 50 through 26 because, well, curating this was hard.

So, if you’re looking to expand your hip-hop library, don’t hesitate to check out these albums. Think we forgot an important one? Let us know down in the Comments section below! Since boiling down hundreds of great rap projects is quite strenuous, this list has a few restrictions:

  1. Each album must have been released starting from 2010 up to present day
  2. Mixtapes are (for the most part) excluded; the records must be full-length studio albums (independent or major label)
  3. Grammy-nominated mixtapes are eligible to appear
  4. Artists who release free projects on a major label are eligible to appear
  5. Each album must be primarily based in the Hip-hop/Rap genre

This list was compiled by using my own personal knowledge and opinions mixed with how each album was received critically, NOT commercially. Album sales are a relevant barometer of an artist’s success. However, they are not directly correlated with musical quality. Thus going platinum or gold does not affect whether or not an album makes this list. Enjoy, and feel free to share your opinions below on what you think the top rap album of the decade is in the Comments. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Honorable Mentions

xx. Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager

xx. Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint

xx. Meek Mill – Dreams Worth More Than Money

xx. Mac Miller – GO:OD AM

xx. Young Thug – Barter 6

xx. Wale – Ambition

xx. Drake & Future – What a Time to Be Alive

xx. J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

xx. Tyler, the Creator – Goblin

xx. Migos – CULTURE

xx. Logic – The Incredible True Story

#50-26

50. The Game – Jesus Piece

49. Rick Ross – Teflon Don

48. Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$

47. A$AP Rocky – LONG.LIVE.A$AP

46. ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP

45. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

44. Travis Scott – Rodeo

43. Kanye West – Yeezus

42. Nas – Life is Good

41. Pusha T – King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude

40. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

39. Future – DS2

38. Drake – Take Care

37. Drake – Nothing Was the Same

36. JAY Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne

35. Joey Bada$$ – All-AmeriKKKan Bada$$

34. YG – My Krazy Life

33. Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids

32. Pusha T – My Name is My Name

31. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels

30. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

29. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

28. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom

27. Pusha T – DAYTONA

26. Kids See Ghosts – KIDS SEE GHOSTS

 

Top 25

 

25. JAY Z – 4:44

24. YG – Still Brazy

23. Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva is a Mighty Long Time

22. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata

21. Ab-Soul – Control System

 

20. Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs

19. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure

18. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition

17. Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth

16. Tyler, the Creator – IGOR

15. Danny Brown – XXX

14. Kendrick Lamar – section.80

13. The Roots – How I Got Over

12. Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica

11. JPEGMAFIA – All My Heroes Are Cornballs

Top 10

 

10. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music

9. Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy

8. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

7. The Roots – undun

6. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

5. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

4. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

3. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

2. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

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