The 25 Best Hip Hop Albums of the 2010’s So Far…

#25. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. – (An official timeline of  my thoughts following the release of Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” album)…  

“DAMN.” this album is hella hyped right now!…

“DAMN.” all of these music publications are really digging K dot’s new album!…

“DAMN.” a “95” on Metacritic!…

“DAMN.” that’s brazy!…

“DAMN.” I forgot, Kendrick isn’t a “Blood”!…

“DAMN.” i meant to say that’s “crazy”!…

“DAMN.” i’ve  listened to this album 5 times in a row now!…

“DAMN.” this album is “overrated” as f#ck!…

“DAMN”!… 

#24. Pusha T – Darkest Before the Dawn: The Prelude – Pusha T is one of the most underrated MC’s of all time! After his group the Clipse’s disbanned at the beginning of this decade, I think most people assumed that Pusha T’s career would go by the wayside, but that didn’t happen. Thanks inpart to his affilation with G.O.O.D Music, Pusha T has been involved in some of best songs of the decade so far. Records such as “Runaway”, “So Appalled”, “Mercy”, “New God Flow”, and “Nostalgia” have all kept Pusha T’s name in the “limelight”… IMO “Darkest Before the Dawn: The Prelude” has been the “pinnacle” of his solo career thus far. Making a “short” album in vein of  “Illmatic” is now “back in style”, and Pusha T takes full advantage of this formula. This album contains 10 hyper focused songs from a rapper who is still in his “rapping prime”…

#23. Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth – I’m one of those Lupe Fiasco fans from the very beginning. I was 15 years old when “Food & Liquor” came out, and it wouldn’t be far fetched to say that that album was instrumental in my personal “music development”… This is why it will probably come as surprise to some people when I say that “Tetsuo & Youth” is the best Lupe Fiasco project ever made! Why do I think this?… To me every Lupe Fiasco project was dope, but there was always a underlying level of “corniness” to them that would damper the experience somewhat. Similar to a Tech N9ne or Hopsin project, Lupe would sometimes have a really hard time not being a corny Mother F#cker now and again. All of this changed with “Tetsuo & Youth” though, the serious tone stayed consistent from beginning to end… Unfortunately if you’ve heard the latest Lupe album “Drogas Light” you’re probably well aware that he’s completely lost his way again, but hey at least we got this great album…

#22. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty – Daddy Fat Sax is the an undisputed legend in the game! He’s released 4 albums in the last 7 years… What other living hip hop legend is currently pumping out albums at that consistency?… There are a few, but hardly any of them are still getting “radio play” the way Big Boi is. Not mention his style is completely different from the way it was 20 years. Always changing and always evolving, Big Boi personifies what it means to be “hip hop”…

#21. Pro Era – Peep the Aprocalypse – Pro Era is like the modern day equivalent of the Wu-Tang Clan… A ton dudes in one group who can really rhyme and go after it on the mic! A supremely talented group of individuals who all have their own thoughts and opinions to contribute is what really separates this group from everyone else! They’re absolutely a wonder to watch and listen to especially when you consider that none of them were probably over the age of 20 when this mixtape dropped. Oh yeah I’m counting mix tapes on this list as well sense there is virtually no difference between them besides the price…

#20. Rae Sremmurd – Scremmlife – I’m going to catch a lot of sh*t for adding this album to my list, but I really don’t care… For what this is (radio/party record), I think Mike Will and Rae Sremm did a masterful job of putting this album together! This album does what so many albums try to do, but so few exceed at which is making a project where every song is “radio friendly”. These boys deserve a lot of credit, and if no one else wants to co-sign them, I’ll do it because I really respect what they do…

#19. Yelawolf – Love Story – If you can’t tell by now, I can listen to and appreciate any type of rap/hip hop music… I’ve always tried to keep my thoughts and opinions as versatile as possible because I know “close mindedness” isn’t an attractive trait to posses, and no one wants to listen to the opinion of someone who is “out of touch”… So when it came to listening to this rap/country album I welcomed the challenge!… “Love Story” is a legitimate country/rap album. This isn’t “Trunk Musik” where it was 90% rapping with a few country vibes thrown in there from time to time. This is truly a 50/50, rap/country split! An album similar to something a “Kid Rock” or a person of that elk would attempt, but the main difference is Yela can really rap and sing. This album could really only be made be one individual and that’s what makes this album so good. A completely unique experience in hip hop is something I always welcome because we get plenty of the “same sh*t” as it is…

#18. Nas – Life is Good – In my estimation this has to be considered either Nas’s second or third best album so far… From top to bottom this album can compete with anything in Nas discography besides “Illmatic” of course. It’s easily Nas’s most personal album too date, and i think that is the aspect that I enjoyed the most about it… The beats aren’t revolutionary and neither are the raps for that matter, but the subject matter could easily be categorized as such… Who else in hip hop is rapping about divorce and teenage daughters?… Nas currently “owns” that lane in hip hop…

#17. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo – The “impossible” happened when Kanye West put out the “The Life of Pablo”… For the first time in almost a decade the “Old Kanye” was back!… It once it wasn’t “808’s Kanye” or that bullsh*t “Yeezus Kanye”, it was the authentic 2007 “Graduation Kanye” back from the “grave” to bless us with one last album before he went back to “selling out” again… Ok it wasn’t exactly the “Old Kanye”, but it was close enough that I can at least appreciate the sentiment…

#16. Dr. Dre Compton – Since when was making an album that is a “8/10” become such a bad thing? People were legitimately angry when Dr. Dre dropped this album, but I don’t understand why. You were expecting a 50 year old billionaire to still be rapping about “Chronic”? Seriously bruh?!?…

#15. Travis Scott – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight – There isn’t anyone from this generation that I respect more from a “musically” standpoint then Travis Scott… His “ear for music” is second to none IMO. He takes chances that other artists simply won’t take which speaks to his genius… As far as this project is considered I feel like most reviewers didn’t understand it… Travis made an album that flowed perfectly together from beginning to end and no one seemed to appreciate it! Ehh whatever, most of these reviewers spend all day in their cubicle’s fantasizing about another man f#cking their wife… How can we honestly expect these guys to know what’s “lit” and what isn’t?…

#14. Jay-Z – 4:44 – I did a full review on this album. Click on this link for my complete thoughts on it… https://hiphopwontstop.blog/2017/07/01/jay-z-444-album-review/

#13. J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive – You know I couldn’t leave Cole off this list! He’s had a large number of big singles throughout the last seven years, but the “classic” album eluded J. Cole throughout the early part of his career…. It wasn’t until “2014 Forest Hills Drive” was released when J. Cole finally had a project that could compete with the projects of his contemporaries (Kendrick, and Drake). It wasn’t quite a classic like “Ready To Die”, but at least it was way better then “Born Sinner”…

#12. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service –I’ve mentioned that “impossible” acts have occurred in hip hop over these last 7-8 years, but none of them can compare with this… Coming off a nearly a 20 year hiatus to drop a classic album is the thing of movies… The Tribe was supposed to finished! They hadn’t made a great album since “Midnight Marauders” which came out in 1993! Not to mention that they were sounding “washed” in the 90’s with that “Love Movement” fiasco… How could they possibly come back?… Personally I think I’m going to “chalk it up” as divine intervention… R.I.P Phife Dawg…

#11. Drake- Take Care – The unanimous “Best Drake album ever” is number 11 on my list, and was placed behind “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”!… Now I know some people will have a “huge” problem with all of this, but this is my opinion… I Personally prefer a lot rapping over a lot of singing thus this is why the list is in the order that it is. If you don’t like that explanation you can bite me!… Well actually don’t do that because that would probably really f#cking hurt… So let’s just agree to disagree then… Does that sound alright to you?… Okay cool…

#10. Kendrick Lamar – Section.80 – I can’t believe that some people actually have the audacity  to say that “DAMN.” is a better album than “Section.80”!…“Do you fools listen to music or just skim through it?”… “Rigamortus”, “HiiPower”, “A.D.H.D”, “Ronald Reagan Era”, “Poe Man Dreams”… Does anyone really want to debate this?…

#09. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – Ok so here’s the deal… I don’t know who wrote the raps/songs on this album. To be completely honest with you, I don’t really care… Is this a “great” album?… IMO i think it is, so I suppose that’s all that really matters to me at the end of the day… Whether 100 people were involved or just 1 it comes across as the same experience to me, so why should I concern myself with the details?…

#08. Travis Scott – Rodeo – Think about this for a second, Travis freaking Scott made a classic hip hop album that featured Justin Bieber, Young Thug, Chief Keef, 2 Chainz, and Quavo on it…  Have all of that information “soak” into your brain for a minute…  

#07. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata – Madlib is one those music producers who can bring the “best” out of any artist he works with… This was the case when he collaborated with an “up and coming” rapper from Indiana named Freddie Gibbs. Before this album came out I had always felt that Freddie had a ton of potential that had never been fully realized quite yet… “Cold Day In Hell” was the first mixtape I had ever heard from him, and with every release there after I was getting a bit concerned that he would never “tap in” to his untapped potential… Fast forward to 2014 and all of my worries were cast aside… “Pinata” gives you everything you could possible want from a great hip hop album. Great rapping?… Check! … Great Storytelling?… Check! … Amazing hip hop beats that only a producer of Madlib’s skill level can produce?… Double Check!… If you’re a fan of hip hop you really have to check this album out…

#06. Childish Gambino – Because of the Internet – Donald Glover a.k.a “Childish Gambino” is  a f#cking genius!… Yeah that’s all I really wanted to say here…

#05. Big K.R.I.T – Return of 4eva – “King Remember In Time” is the perfect acronym to describe Big K.R.I.T’s legacy so far… No one from this generation is more underrated than Big K.R.I.T! If you’ve never heard of Big K.R.I.T before, stop reading this article and download this mixtape! It’s free, so whats the worst thing that could happen?…

#04. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2 – Here’s a link to my “Run the Jewels” list https://hiphopwontstop.blog/2017/06/15/10-best-run-the-jewels-songs-of-all-time/  Check it if you are completely unfamiliar with this group…

#03. Kanye West – My Twisted Beautiful Dark Fantasy – I have mixed feelings about this album… Yes this album is phenomenal, but it isn’t one of my favorite Kanye albums… In fact I would probably place his first three albums ahead of this album if I were to rank them all, which i’m sure i will one day because why hell not… I rank sh*t, that’s what I do…

#02. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city – The album that turned Kendrick Lamar into bonafide superstar! The funny thing is I clearly remember buying this album within the first month that it came out and noooooobody was talking about it. It wasn’t till that “Control Verse” dropped almost a full year later when the “general public” really started to take notice. If you don’t believe me check the numbers. It took almost a full year for “good kid m.A.A.d city” to go platinum…

#01. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly – This is one of the five greatest hip hop albums ever made! I can say this definitively because I’ve heard them all… A ton style mixed with even more substance equal’s the greatest piece of music to be released in the past decade… The two best albums of the decade released by the same artist?… Yup, Kendrick Lamar has been absolutely “dominant” in this decade…


 

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