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 in the Comments. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Honorable Mentions

 

xx. Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet

tumblr mvwv4zbQWE1qbvzlwo1 500 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

xx. Future’s Honest

Future Honest album - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

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

kid cudi man on the moon 2 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

xx. Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint

CabysZhW0AALWBx 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

xx. Meek Mill’s Dreams Worth More Than Money

meek mill dreams worth more than money review 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

xx. Mac Miller’s GO:OD AM

Mac Miller – GOOD AM Album Stream 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

xx. Young Thug’s Barter 6

Young Thug Barter 6 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

xx. ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron

schoolboy q oxymoron 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

xx. Wale’s Ambition

Wale Ambition 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

xx. Drake & Future’s What a Time to Be Alive

drake what a time to be alive 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

xx. Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise

dark sky standard 500x500 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

xx. J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only

51981478 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

xx. Tyler, The Creator’s Goblin

Goblincover - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

xx. Migos’ CULTURE

MigosCulture - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

xx. Logic’s The Incredible True Story

tumblr inline nuph75SwJ61qkt38m 500 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

#50-26

 

50. Tech N9ne’s All 6’s and 7’s

T9CD6SND7S FRONT 600 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

49. Flatbush Zombies’ 3001: A Laced Odyssey

Flatbush Zombies 3001 A LACED ODYSSEY ALBUM ARTWORK - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

48. A$AP Rocky’s AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP

atlonglastasapcoverjpg 9accef2cdc89a73a 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

47. King Los’ God, Money, War

God Money War 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

46. Vince Staples’ Big Fish Theory

Vince Staples Big Fish Theory - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

45. J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive

j cole 2014 forest hills drive opt 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

44. ScHoolboy Q’s Habits & Contradictions

ScHoolboy Q   Habits  Contradictions 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

43. The Game’s Jesus Piece

Jesus piece game albumcover - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

42. Rick Ross’ Teflon Don

51EjNnWb1TL 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

41. Joey Bada$$’s B4.DA.$$

b4dass 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

40. A$AP Rocky’s LONG.LIVE.A$AP

x1raribjtat2uijebepp 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

39. ScHoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP

ScHoolboy Q Blank Face LP cover art e1499294367602 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

38. Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo

sxpzauvbpychut1jakw7 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

37. Nas’ Life is Good

nas life is good kelis inspired album artwork HHS1987 2012 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

36. Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris

earl doris album cover1 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

35. Future’s DS2

Future DS21 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

34. Drake’s Nothing Was the Same

51XqhF1YjCL 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

33. Run the Jewels’ Run the Jewels 3

161201 RTJ3 Full cover Run The Jewels e1499293471889 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

32. Ghostface Killah’s Apollo Kids

Ghostface Apollo Kid 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

31. Pusha T’s My Name is My Name

artworks 000056638213 bj1jbp t500x500 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

30. JAY Z’s 4:44

jay z 4 44 cover1 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

29. YG’s Still Brazy

Ck9ijWnWgAADtX3 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

28. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Piñata

1456794323 cover 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

27. Drake’s Take Care

518GFIiIlyL 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

26. YG’s My Krazy Life

artworks 000073475639 a4t680 t500x500 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

#25-11

 

25. Ab-Soul’s Control System

absoul control system 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

24. El-P’s Cancer 4 Cure

el p cancer four cure 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

23. JAY Z & Kanye West’s Watch the Throne

9c4edce0c07bf00ae5fa3fc08272fc04.1000x1000x1 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

22. Travis Scott’s Rodeo

3f3140aef2284f6c93217fbfff01e2b9.500x500x1 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

21. Joey Bada$$’s All-AmeriKKKan Bada$$

0a5608c99cd5209b622b9cc7d383b9c6.1000x1000x1 e1499266710988 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

20. Danny Brown’s XXX

Danny Brown XXX Deluxe Version iTunes Plus AAC M4A 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

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

drake reading this too late 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

18. The Roots’ How I Got Over

b05244cd035a0258a064922787c50099.500x500x1 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

17. Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music

killer mike rap music 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

16. Vince Staples’ Summertime ’06

staples 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

15. Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.

C9H8 PWUIAAzbQ2 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

14. Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book

chance 3 artwork 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

13. Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth

c62a47ae3dc30782d567e334dc5a6f2d.1000x1000x1 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

12. Kanye West’s Yeezus

a7ffd4f851d390e339523b05385e2b36.500x500x1 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

11. The Roots’ undun

TheRoots Undun 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

Top 10

 

10. Big K.R.I.T.’s Cadillactica

2d08ae4a16cd73ea393b2f3da436bdbb.1000x1000x1 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

9. Pusha T’s King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude

pusha t darkest before dawn 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

8. Danny Brown’s Atrocity Exhibition

danny brown atrocity exhibition 620x620 e1499267217120 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

7. Kendrick Lamar’s section.80

1340263356 20110628 SECTION801a 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

6. A Tribe Called Quest’s We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

09e256ce885fe6b3cf181239c3b3231c.1000x1000x1 e1499292791207 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

5. Run the Jewels’ Run the Jewels 2

600x600 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

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

891f23d1 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

3. Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city

kendrick lamar good kid maad city 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

2. Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

750x 1 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

1. Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly

topimpabutterfly kendricklamar 300x300 - Top 50 Rap Albums of the Decade

 

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This