10 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the 2010's (So Far)

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    Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
    The effort to canonize My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as one of hip-hop's all-time high points is already underway, and I'm confident that Kanye's new album can weather the backlash that all potential classics must confront.
  2. 2.
    Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012)
    With Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City, Compton's flag bearer unveils a group of songs equally potent individually and collectively, meeting the mainstream and rabid fans in the middle, improbably touching that thinnest slice between mass appeal and mass respect.
  3. 3.
    Drake - Take Care (2011)
    His follow-up album is plenty downbeat, but it's also gorgeous, an immersive headphone masterwork that's tender and intimate like little else in contemporary rap and R&B.
  4. 4.
    Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap (2013)
    There is no denying that with his knack for catchy melodies, descriptive songwriting, and excellent beat selection, Chance displays qualities on Acid Rap that have the potential to catapult him into superstardom. As a project itself, Acid Rap is one sweet, smooth musical journey that grapples with some serious topics in a pleasing manner.
  5. 5.
    Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (2015)
    Kendrick can’t be Pac or know everything it took to be him, but he isn’t going to let doubts stop him from making groundbreaking music. With To Pimp a Butterfly, it’s never been more apparent that he’s doing just that and prepared to stride past any and all obstacles.
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    Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (2010)
    Big Boi's lyrically on point, balancing cavalier wit and grown-man profundity that puts this album among Outkast's best. Your move, 3000.
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    Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2 (2014)
    The sequel takes the simplistic thrills of the debut and expands the duo’s natural chemistry. With Killer Mike grounded at the album’s emotional core, El-P is free to indulge in his intrepid production tendencies.
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    Rick Ross - Teflon Don (2010)
    Ross' ear for lush, expansive beats has become keener and his industry Rolodex deeper, allowing him to make every track but the intro feel like an epic, costarring major talents like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, and Drake.
  9. 9.
    J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011)
    J. Cole's debut album has flaws just as others' rookie seasons did, but Cole World: Sideline Story definitely proves that he deserved a prominent spot on the team.
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    A$AP Rocky - Love.Live.A$AP (2013)
    In many ways Long.Live.A$AP is an album of the present.