#1 Schoolboy Q's Blank Face LP
Top Dawg Entertainment
Release Date: 8th of July
The most complete album this year. His aggressive gangsta flow, with his changes of cadence and rhyme pattern make him hard to touch on the mic in my opinion. Then you have the in house TDE producers among others that put together an album that's sonically near perfect.
Remaining top albums in no particular order:
#2 Vinnie Paz's The Cornerstone of the Corner Store
Enemy Soil Entertainment
Release Date: 28th of October
One of my favorite styles of hip hop is that Eastcoast Hardcore Boombap shit and to me Pistolgrip Pazzy is the leader of that sound. Whether it's with his group Jedi Mind Tricks or solo every album he drops is a classic and Cornerstone is definitely one of his best.
#3 ASAP Ferg's Always Strive And Prosper
ASAP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music
Release Date: 22nd of April
I may be in the minority here but personally I think Ferg is the illest rapper from the ASAP Mob. I'm still a big fan of Rocky but I think Ferg's style and his two albums are better than the Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye's two albums.
#4 Snoop Dogg's Coolaid
Doggy Style Records
Release Date: 1st of July
After releasing two disappointing albums, Snoop Lion where he tried reggae and Bush that was more pop orientated Snoop Dogg returns to his gangsta roots with his best album since The Blue Carpet Treatment.
#5 Kanye West's The Life of Pablo
Release Date: 14th of February
Despite all the issues Kanye has faced this year, a lot of them his own doing because of his infamously inflated ego, there's no denying he's a sick rapper and a genius producer.
#6 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' This Unruly Mess Ive Made
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis LLC
Release Date: 26th of February
If you hate on this album you haven't heard it. Mack is a dope lyricist and one of the best storytellers in the game and Lewis is one of the most underated producers in hiphop.
#7 Skepta's Konnichwa
Boy Better Know
Relase Date: 6th of May
The U.K.'s best rapper in my opinion, Skepta is also an ill producer and he dropped my favorite song of the year "It Ain't Safe" which has been out for a minute but was commercially released on this album.
#8 Copywrite's Blood Bath and Beyond
Public School Records
Relase Date: 12th of June
Hands down my favorite underground rapper. Copywrite has been sporadic with his releases over the years but every one of them have been classics.
#9 Tech N9ne's The Storm
Release Date: 9th of December
The man who perfected the rapid fire flow and put Kansas City on the hip hop map. Tech N9ne is also one of the most consistent rappers out with this album possibly being his best to date.
#10 YG's Still Brazy
4 Hunnid/Def Jam
Release Date: 17th of June
Westcoast Gangsta shit at its finest. My favorite production on an album this year.
See the full review on the album here!
*3 honorable mentions that almost made the list
- Mistah Fab's Son of a Pimp 2
- Travis Scott's Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
- Czarface's A Fistful of Peril
Written by Derek V. AKA Norman Voorhees
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