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Paste's 30 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the 2010s

Paste's 30 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the 2010s

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30. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP

A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP
January 15, 2013
Critic Score
72
28 reviews

Rocky’s mixtape demonstrated that he can work his wheelhouse, but the further Long. Live. A$AP takes him from that cloud, the more RCA’s $3 million dollar investment begins to look like a reckless impulse buy.

29. Saba - Care for Me

Saba - Care for Me
April 5, 2018
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

28. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
February 14, 2016
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

The Life of Pablo is a fucking mess—the scattered, contradictory work of an icon straining to keep up with his own brilliant pace.

27. Danny Brown - OLD

Danny Brown - OLD
October 8, 2013
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

More than ever, Old allows even passive listeners to care about what Brown is saying, to form a bond with him and to trust there is more of interest to him than women and drugs.

26. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

25. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
December 25, 2016
Critic Score
86
32 reviews

RTJ3 is an excellent bookend to 2016, but it’s best used as a guide to the future, 2017 and beyond.

23. The Roots - How I Got Over

The Roots - How I Got Over
June 22, 2010
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

22. Childish Gambino - Because the Internet

Childish Gambino - Because the Internet
December 10, 2013
Critic Score
60
23 reviews

21. Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
August 8, 2011
Critic Score
74
29 reviews

20. Noname - Telefone

Noname - Telefone
July 31, 2016
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

18. Pusha T - Daytona

Pusha T - Daytona
May 25, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

17. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
He is not the best singer in the world, and certainly not the best rapper—but his desire to be upfront in his lyrics and distinguished in his music has made him an iconoclastic star.

16. Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD

Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD
August 3, 2018
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

15. Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
July 21, 2017
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

Flower Boy introduces us to a new Tyler that seems interested in cultivating lyrical and sonic beauty instead of testing his listeners’ tolerance for profanity.

14. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
October 28, 2014
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

You can feel the effort with every syllable, that this music is coming from their very core.

13. Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

12. Beyoncé - Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Beyoncé
December 13, 2013
Critic Score
83
28 reviews
The lack of universality to much of it keeps it from being the great album it wants to be, and some of the fascination seems to stem from 2013 celebrity culture obsession and speaks to the need to disappear from our own lives and become so wrapped up in the world of the rich and famous. Beyoncé does her part to make her world worthwhile, but it is our job to try and do the same.

11. Noname - Room 25

Noname - Room 25
September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

10. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
October 22, 2012
Critic Score
90
28 reviews

9. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book
May 13, 2016
Critic Score
85
23 reviews
This varied soundscape keeps Chance on his toes, giving him infinite ways to twist his thoughts and his voice into the reverent praises he’s so devoted to.

8. 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
Critic Score
86
25 reviews
These guys never rapped like this before, and they never will again, at least not in this configuration.

7. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

Vince Staples - Summertime '06
June 30, 2015
Critic Score
83
21 reviews

6. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
April 30, 2013
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

5. Kanye West - Yeezus

Kanye West - Yeezus
June 18, 2013
Critic Score
84
40 reviews

Ultimately, Yeezus is the least likable album Kanye’s ever made.

4. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
April 14, 2017
Critic Score
92
36 reviews

With DAMN., Kendrick Lamar plays by the rules and then sets the rule book on fire, and continues one of the most impressive run of albums of any artist in recent memory.

3. SZA - Ctrl

SZA - Ctrl
June 9, 2017
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

As a twenty-something woman who’s been single in the age of social media, SZA’s confessional debut album CTRL is strikingly relatable. But what’s remarkable about it is that she has spun her personal experiences into a soulful, touching R&B record with broad appeal beyond her particular demographic.

2. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
November 22, 2010
Critic Score
91
39 reviews

In its many contradictions, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy—perhaps this century’s definitive portrait of torment, vanity, self-delusion, and pathos—has given way to stirring new possibilities.

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
38 reviews
Original Source: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2019/11/best-rap-albums-2010s.html
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