As the year 2019 comes to a close, it’s fitting to take a retro rewind trip down memory lane to spotlight the best Hip Hop albums of the decade. Some were close, and others might be unsung; nevertheless, there can only be one supreme that stands above the rest. 

 

 

 

2010

Strong 2nd: 

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday

A couple of years prior, with the help of untouchable DVD freestyles, critically praised mixtapes and guest appearances that outshined the host, Nicki Minaj’s masterful debut set up a throne that the Queen MC sat on for years to come. 

Holy Contenders:

Waka Flocka – Fockavelli

Drake – Thank Me Later

Raekwon – Only Built For Cuban Linx 2

Quiet Storm Pic:

Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon 2

No.1

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

All Of The LightsRunaway, and Blame Game are just a few tracks that still make the head twist with a joyful ugly face till this day!!!.

 

 

 

2011

Strong 2nd 

Tyler The Creator – Goblin

This album leads a rebirth of the DGAF says anything type music. 

Holy Contenders:

Jay Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne

Kendrick Lamar – Section 80

Wale – Ambition

Quiet Storm Pick: 

Childish Gambino – CAMP

No.1

Drake – Take Care

This album not gave birth to acronym rap(HYFR and YOLO) but displayed Drizzy’s versatile sing rap style that became the blueprint for a tomorrow generation rappers whose name begins with Lil. 

 

 

 

2012

Strong 2nd 

Nas – Life Is Good

Unfortunately, Hip Hop heartache never sounded so good. 

Holy Contenders 

Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music

Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t 

2 Chainz – Based On A True Story

Quiet Storm Pick:

Joey Badass – 1999

No.1:

Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid Mad City

GKMC took us through a verbal-visual day in Compton that grab the attention wave fans and the respect of purists that all choose KDot to be their leader. 

 

 

 

2013

Strong 2nd

Pusha T – My Name Is My Name

Holy Contenders: 

Mack Miller – Watching Movies w/ The Sound Off

Wale – The Gifted

Drake – Nothing Was The Same

Quiet Storm Pick:

Curren$y – New Jet City

No.1

J.Cole – Born Sinner

On the surface, J.Cole challenge Kanye West by dropping his album on the same day, but underneath one can see the challenge was to himself as he diversity his style on New York Times and carried a legacy with Let Nas Down.

 

 

 

2014

Strong 2nd 

YG – My Krazy Life 

Storytelling disrespectful gangsta music that one could boogie to in their Chucks at a pool party off Crenshaw. 

Holy Contenders 

SchoolBoy Q – OxyMoron

Logic – Under Pressure

Nicki Minaj – The Pink Print

Quiet Storm Pick:

Rapsody – Beauty And The Beast

No.1

J.Cole – 2014 Forrest Hill Drive

The metamorphosis of Jermaine Cole from a rapper who is nice on the mic to an iconic artist. 

 

 

 

2015

Strong 2nd 

Wale – The Album About Nothing

This album shows that when Wale raps on beat and doesn’t stray away off-topic between verses, he is in the top 5 categories. 

Holy Contenders:

Future – DS2

Vince Staples – Summertime 06

Drake – If You’re Reading This

Quiet Storm Pick:

Jay Rock – 90059

No.1

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

The greatest most far-left sophomore album in the history of Hip Hop. 

 

 

 

2016

Strong 2nd 

Bas – Too High To Riot 

A pioneer album that describes in gritty melodic fashion the emotional roller-coaster aftereffects of depression caused by drug abuse. 

Holy Contenders: 

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3

Childish Gambino – Awaken My Love

Isaiah Rashad – The Sun’s Tirade

Quiet Storm:

3D Na Tee – The Regine

No.1

A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here Now, Thank You For Your Service

An excellent finale from a legendary group.

 

 

 

2017

Strong 2nd

Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom

The North Carolina MC debut quickly moved her into the Top 5 Alive all gender aside. 

Holy Contenders: 

Big KRIT – 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time

Jay Z – 4:44

Migos – Culture

Quiet Storm Pick:

Cardi B – Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2

No.1

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

DAMN. is a forward-reverse lyrical tale matched by upscale production that cemented Kendrick Lamar as this generation’s GOAT. 

 

 

 

2018

Strong 2nd 

J.Cole – KOD

Kevin’s Hart, 1985, everything in between are repeat status tracks that showcase J.Cole’s characteristics of vulnerability and beast mode.

Holy Contenders: 

Royce Da 5’9 – Book Of Ryan

Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy 

XXXTentacion – ?

Quiet Storm Pick:

Westside Gunn – Supreme Bilentele

No.1

Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap

The official debut album that displayed Nipsey Hussle’s blue-collar grind with gritty descriptive rhyme flows added with a west coast sound that crowned him as Cali’s King.

 

 

 

2019

Strong 2nd 

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana

Sharp rhymes and authentic beats that pay great tribute to the MC and DJ golden era days.

Holy Contenders:

Lizzo – Cuz I Love You

DaBaby – Kirk

Tyler The Creator – IGOR

Quiet Storm Pick:

Dreamville – Revenge Of The Dreamers 2

No.1

Rapsody – EVE

Like the title, EVE made Rapsody the mother of all in 2019

 

 

 

Best Album Of The Decade

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 

Few artists are fortunate to create at minimum one classic, while Kanye West elevated to more elite status by creating a second. MBDTF is a collection of all things Kanye, the artist: rapper, producer, and arranger merged with the complexity of his public persona. From Lost In The World, delicate beginnings of a chorus whisper to its passionate drums of sentimental thunder. Power plays as an alarm clock for a purposeful life while Monster presents him as an equal with his idol Jay-ZMBDTF is a classic Hip Hop creation that not only outshines any other album of the decade but will forever sit in the heavens of musical godhood.

J Hall

@jhallradio

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