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Consequence of Sound's Top 25 Hip-Hop and R&B Albums of the 2010s

Consequence of Sound's Top 25 Hip-Hop and R&B Albums of the 2010s

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25. Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

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

On Invasion of Privacy, she breezes past the challenge of a highly anticipated debut by making one of the most exciting rap albums in years.

24. Noname - Room 25

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

The pleasure of Room 25 is in hearing a master wordsmith turn words into feelings so that the feelings linger long after the words have stopped.

23. Beyoncé - Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Beyoncé
December 13, 2013
Critic Score
28 reviews

It trafficks specifically in lost arts like sequencing, pacing, and mastering. It’s not concerned with moving units. It’s concerned with Beyoncé’s self-exploration, in a complicated, incredibly intriguing way.

22. FKA twigs - LP1

FKA twigs - LP1
August 12, 2014
Critic Score
40 reviews

LP1 isn’t anything revolutionary; it’s a frankly expressed project focused on the dualism between love and lust, reality and fantasy.

21. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

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

An album like RTJ2 is rare. Decades from now, this album may just be revered as one of the best hip-hop records of our era, the total synchronicity of two talented artists reaching the apex of their prime.

20. 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
25 reviews

It seemed like the best Tribe could hope for was an album that longtime fans would embrace, but excite few younger listeners unfamiliar with the group. As it turns out, We got it… is a triumphant defying of such expectations.

19. Saba - Care for Me

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

At 10 breezy tracks, Care for Me isn’t just a collection of songs; it’s an honest-to-god album that develops ideas at its own pace.

18. Blood Orange - Negro Swan

Blood Orange - Negro Swan
August 24, 2018
Critic Score
26 reviews

Though nothing from the album may ever get played in a ballroom, Negro Swan is a grand work that gives credit to the pioneers of the culture while building a path forward within that framework, placing Hynes firmly in the canon as one of the most insightful musicians of his generation.

17. Frank Ocean - Blonde

Frank Ocean - Blonde
August 20, 2016
Critic Score
37 reviews

Blonde is R&B minimalism that only Ocean could have made, and he created it as such so that its details emerge when they feel comfortable to do so — namely when the listener is prepared to face their similarities to his autobiographical faults with the same lack of a need for exoneration.

16. D'Angelo - Black Messiah

D'Angelo - Black Messiah
December 15, 2014
Critic Score
25 reviews

An artist of uncompromising power and originality, he has proven that he will not, cannot conform to the expectations of the music industry, his adoring fans, or anyone else. He is a delicate, impulsive genius of rare distinction, and this defiant streak is essential to the character of his music.

15. Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!

Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!
May 10, 2019
Critic Score
17 reviews

Woods embodies the cultural makeup of Chicago, tackles the multiplicity of identity, and balances her dominance with flawlessly selected features that build her up.

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

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

Watch the Throne turns out to be a success, even if it isn’t the landscape-altering LP the world had hoped for.

13. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Critic Score
29 reviews

Take Care shines bright, utilizing the same concepts and notions as its predecessor but with far more lethal and appealing results.

12. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

Anderson .Paak - Malibu
January 15, 2016
Critic Score
15 reviews

.Paak seems to be in total control of his talent. It might be a challenge for him to make something as relatable and soulful as Malibu again, but fortunately, the album has the kind of substance that suggests he’s built to last.

11. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

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

Where the harsh, cold production of drill echoes the harsh, cold sentiments, Chance’s voice and the multi-faceted production are all about change, examining any little moment that might provide some fun and relief.

10. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
June 23, 2017
Critic Score
26 reviews

On his new album, Big Fish Theory, Staples continues to perfect his brand of nuanced nihilism while exploring new sounds that should put the music industry on notice that the future is now.

9. Solange - A Seat at the Table

Solange - A Seat at the Table
September 30, 2016
Critic Score
25 reviews
Here she evades definition entirely, bolted steadfast to the burden of the past, but stubbornly careening toward the future, life through death. Solange is R&B as hell.

8. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

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

A sonic departure from the jazz inflected funk of To Pimp a Butterfly and the hyper-melodic, west coast revival feel of good kid, m.A.A.d city, DAMN. is much more concerned with trading groove for thump and concept for straight spitting. 

7. SZA - Ctrl

SZA - Ctrl
June 9, 2017
Critic Score
19 reviews

With Ctrl, SZA proves that the cult following that ballooned with the release of her 2014 mixtape, Z, was not some flash in the pan, but a deserved wellspring of attention from an adoring fan base whose faith in what she had yet to produce helped to produce the project that could eventually stand as the best thing she has ever done.

6. Kanye West - Yeezus

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

It’s an album for the books, one that indicates West’s hunger for exploration while always sounding like it could become extraordinarily popular, even for him. This is the level that things could be at.

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

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

Lamar has bypassed the norm by producing an album that’s damn near unimpeachable.

4. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
Critic Score
35 reviews
Whether he’s being sarcastic or vulnerable, publicly hedging or lyrically baring it all, his songwriting speaks to the humanity in us all.

3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is hands-down the most ambitious mainstream rap album ever made.

2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
March 16, 2015
Critic Score
38 reviews
While the album is a lyrical landmark above all, there’s no missing that it’s a rich body of work all around.

1. Beyoncé - Lemonade

Beyoncé - Lemonade
April 23, 2016
Critic Score
32 reviews

Lemonade marks Beyoncé’s most accomplished work yet. It is the perfect combination of the sharp songwriting of 4 with the visual storytelling acumen of her self-titled record. Here, we see Beyoncé fully coming into her own: wise, accomplished, and in defense of herself.

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