Top 10 hip-hop albums of the decade

This is one of the many album covers for Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

George Condo

This is one of the many album covers for Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Zachary Noland

The decade is coming to an end, and there have been a lot of ups and downs in the hip-hop community. There have been a lot of good albums and a lot of bad albums this decade; this list is to showcase the top 10 albums of the decade, to focus on the good things that happened this decade, and to give a little break from the bad things that have happened.

  1. Flower Boy – Tyler, the Creator, 2017
Eric White
Cover art for Flower Boy

This album showed Tyler’s full potential by showing his creativity and growth from all of his previous albums, and that he could turn into one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time if he really focuses on being creative and making himself more and more known

  1. WOLF – Tyler, the Creator, 2013
Mark Ryden
This is the album cover for WOLF

This album was the beginning of showing the world Tyler’s potential as a rapper and as an artist in general, as this album really showed what he was capable of, but he hadn’t made it known how great he could be at this moment. This album showed so much growth from Tyler as a person and an artist from his previous album, “Goblin.”

  1. ? – XXXTentacion, 2018
XXXTentacion
Album cover for ?

This album was the final release of X before he passed away on June 18, 2018, and it showed how much he changed as a person and as an artist. Prior to this album, he had been through a lot of false accusations and went from someone who went from a heavy bass/hard rap artist, then to a soft and depressed artist, now to a happier person and this album showed that, as it also showed how much potential he had, but he was shot in Florida at a motorcycle dealership.

  1. Die Lit – Playboi Carti, 2018
Nick Walker

This album was a very important moment in trap as it showed the world that you didn’t have to be super lyrical and super great at rapping to make good hip-hop music as Playboi Carti showed us that with this album, instead he just mumbles and says the same things over and over. His music is not meant to carry a message, but one is supposed to have fun listening to him.

  1. Rodeo – Travis Scott, 2015
Kevin Amato

This was possibly the most important moment in trap music as it showed that you could not be super lyrical and still make music that also had a message behind it, which is exactly what Travis Scott did with this album. The only reason this album isn’t ranked higher is because the albums after this had such an impact on hip-hop in general.

 

  1. To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar, 2015
Kendrick Lamar

This was a very important album in hip-hop as it had possibly one of the most powerful messages about the treatment of black people in America. The messages were about police brutality and also the black on black violence.

 

  1. KIDS SEE GHOST – Kids See Ghost, 2018
Takashi Murakami

This was a collab album by Kanye West and Kid Cudi as they formed the group Kids See Ghost. This seven song album has some of the best production lyrics of the decade and showed the world something new and fresh.

 

  1. IGOR – Tyler, the Creator, 2019

This is the only album on this list from 2019, and it’s possibly the best album that is on this list as it truly shows Tyler’s growth as an artist over the past 10 years. It shows Tyler building on his potential from Flower Boy, except he made every song on this album count. The only reason this album isn’t number one is because the other two albums either have a more powerful message or go further into the artist’s personal life.

 

  1. good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar, 2012
Kendrick Lamar

This album doesn’t have as strong of a message as “To Pimp a Butterfly,” but it does still have a powerful message about black violence and about the poor city of Compton. While it does have a message, the production and rapping from Kendrick Lamar is amazing. The reason this album is ranked so much higher than “To Pimp a Butterfly” is because the songs have better production and melodies,while still giving a powerful message.

 

  1. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West, 2010
George Condo

To top this list off is Kanye West’s 5th studio album and is arguably his best album. Some would even consider it to be the greatest album of all time because it takes a deep dive into Kanye’s mind and personal life, and he uses his voice as the ultimate instrument while making some of the greatest instrumentals in hip-hop of all time.

 

That was the list of the top 10 best hip-hop albums of the 2010’s. While all of these albums were amazing, the best one came out to start the decade and set the standard for hip-hop albums for the rest of the decade; it may have even set the standard for hip-hop albums in general.