Rolling Stone's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2016

Rolling Stone's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2016

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40. Yo Gotti - The Art of Hustle

Yo Gotti - The Art of Hustle
February 19, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
70
6 reviews
User Score
65
11 reviews

39. Vic Mensa - There's Alot Going On

Vic Mensa - There's Alot Going On
June 3, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
4 reviews
User Score
63
63 reviews

38. Various Artists - This Is a Challenge

Various Artists - This Is a Challenge
December 16, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

37. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz - ColleGrove

Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz - ColleGrove
March 4, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
66
8 reviews
User Score
59
38 reviews

36. De La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...

De La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...
August 26, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
23 reviews
User Score
72
50 reviews

Their greatest strength has always been not caring what hip-hop is supposed to sound like.

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35. J. Cole - 4 Your Eyez Only

J. Cole - 4 Your Eyez Only
December 9, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
69
15 reviews
User Score
64
163 reviews

34. Common - Black America Again

Common - Black America Again
November 4, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
User Score
74
59 reviews

33. Vince Staples - Prima Donna

Vince Staples - Prima Donna
August 25, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
13 reviews
User Score
76
209 reviews

The music is as bleep-y as it is banging (James Blake produces on two tracks) and touchstones include Andre 3000, James Joyce, Leonardo DiVinci and Jay Gatsby.

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32. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie - TBA

A Boogie Wit da Hoodie - TBA
October 28, 2016
Critic Score
65
2 reviews
User Score
40
2 reviews

31. Joey Purp - iiiDrops

Joey Purp - iiiDrops
May 27, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
77
74 reviews

Following in the wake of Chance the Rapper's critical smash Coloring Book, his Savemoney crewmate Joey Purp debuts with the bright iiiDrops, another Chicago dispatch full of soaring horns and impassioned deliveries.

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30. Young Thug - Slime Season 3

Young Thug - Slime Season 3
March 25, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
User Score
69
112 reviews

29. Travis Scott - Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

Travis Scott - Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
September 2, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
62
9 reviews
User Score
66
153 reviews

28. Koran Streets - You.Know.I.Got.It (The Album)

Koran Streets - You.Know.I.Got.It (The Album)
September 9, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
1 review
User Score
NR

27. Shy Glizzy - Young Jefe 2

Shy Glizzy - Young Jefe 2
July 15, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
71
1 review
User Score
68
5 reviews

26. Open Mike Eagle & Paul White - Hella Personal Film Festival

Open Mike Eagle & Paul White - Hella Personal Film Festival
March 25, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
70
41 reviews

25. 2 Chainz - Daniel Son; Necklace Don

2 Chainz - Daniel Son; Necklace Don
August 5, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
70
3 reviews
User Score
67
16 reviews

24. Swet Shop Boys - Cashmere

Swet Shop Boys - Cashmere
October 14, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
8 reviews
User Score
75
31 reviews

23. cupcakKe - Cum Cake

cupcakKe - Cum Cake
February 9, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
68
1 review

22. D.R.A.M. - BIG BABY D.R.A.M.

D.R.A.M. - BIG BABY D.R.A.M.
October 21, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
User Score
73
79 reviews

His lovestruck, singing-in-the-shower style – imagine a cross between Ol' Dirty Bastard, Chance the Rapper and a private-press R&B record from the Seventies – is bent, delirious and totally intoxicating.

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21. Lil Uzi Vert - The Perfect Luv Tape

Lil Uzi Vert - The Perfect Luv Tape
July 31, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
60
4 reviews
User Score
56
33 reviews

20. Tink - Winter’s Diary 4

Tink - Winter’s Diary 4
August 25, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
79
3 reviews

19. KA - Honor Killed the Samurai

KA - Honor Killed the Samurai
August 13, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
4 reviews
User Score
78
58 reviews

18. 21 Savage - Savage Mode

21 Savage - Savage Mode
July 14, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
71
4 reviews
User Score
56
69 reviews

17. Kamaiyah - A Good Night in the Ghetto

Kamaiyah - A Good Night in the Ghetto
March 14, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
3 reviews
User Score
73
68 reviews

16. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.

Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.
March 4, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
26 reviews
User Score
81
644 reviews

There's brilliance in even Lamar's cast-offs, and an intimacy here that makes this more than just a gift for his ravenous fans --it's an illuminating look at a red-hot rapper's craft.

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15. Kodak Black - Lil B.I.G. Pac

Kodak Black - Lil B.I.G. Pac
June 10, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
61
4 reviews
User Score
52
31 reviews

14. Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife 2

Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife 2
August 12, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
13 reviews
User Score
67
93 reviews

They call themselves the "Black Beatles," and even if they've somewhat abandoned their hook-y bubblegum melodies, at least they've embraced the Fab Four's experimental mindset.

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13. Schoolboy Q - Blank Face LP

Schoolboy Q - Blank Face LP
July 8, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
18 reviews
User Score
76
243 reviews

Schoolboy Q's 2014 major-label debut, Oxymoron, marked him as the most street MC in L.A.'s Black Hippy rap collective. No less stressed or conflicted than that crew's breakout star, Kendrick Lamar, he's reporting from deeper within the fog of war on his follow-up.

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12. Saba - Bucket List Project

Saba - Bucket List Project
October 27, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
4 reviews
User Score
77
23 reviews

11. Kevin Gates - Islah

Kevin Gates - Islah
January 29, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
7 reviews
User Score
62
116 reviews
He's a rapper's rapper, a lyrical Evel Knievel without any desire for a cloying pop crossover; it should be mentioned that he works with no guest appearance safety nets, save one track on the deluxe edition – ultimately resulting in a cohesive, satisfying, fat-free full-length.
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10. Noname - Telefone

Noname - Telefone
July 31, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
User Score
80
180 reviews

Noname unfurls thoughts about a life where love and freedom are in the distance and too many friends are "casket-pretty." It's some of the year's most thought-provoking hip-hop.

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9. YG - Still Brazy

YG - Still Brazy
June 17, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
12 reviews
User Score
76
200 reviews

8. Death Grips - Bottomless Pit

Death Grips - Bottomless Pit
May 6, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
12 reviews
User Score
80
340 reviews

For all the different genres it consumes and spits back, it sounds like no other band on earth.

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7. Future - EVOL

Future - EVOL
February 6, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
71
18 reviews
User Score
61
130 reviews

6. Drake - VIEWS

Drake - VIEWS
April 29, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
67
28 reviews
User Score
60
361 reviews
Drake has tilled this soil on several albums, with little new insight or complexity unearthed here; the result is an occasionally excellent LP that feels, naggingly, like a missed opportunity.
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5. A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service

A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service
November 11, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
User Score
84
390 reviews

One of the most timeless rap groups ever has returned with a record that doesn't sound like 1996, but doesn't sound like 2016 either. It's imbued with the same feeling of "Push It Along" that they've had from the beginning. 

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4. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
September 27, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
29 reviews
User Score
85
469 reviews

While Atrocity Exhibition is stuffed like a piñata with colorful addictions ... its also teeming with the isolation, paranoia and regrets you could expect from a rap album named after a Joy Division song. 

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3. Young Thug - Jeffery

Young Thug - Jeffery
August 26, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
User Score
76
193 reviews

As usual it's Thug's own sound that predominates: the heroic howls, rasps, mumbles and wheezes of a man who is as captivating a vocalist as any in pop.

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2. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
February 14, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
32 reviews
User Score
76
917 reviews

It's a labored-over opus that wishes it were a mixtape, trying hard to curate the vibe of a sprawling mess, and that's because it's made by an artist who feels like a mess and doesn't care to hide it.

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1. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book
May 13, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
22 reviews
User Score
77
530 reviews

Reaching back to the very beginning of black music in America, Chance recontextualizes one of the most enduring African-American art forms for 2016's most urgent one.

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