Looking at the best hip-hop albums of this century, who truly ranks as the undisputed king?
According to Business Insider, based on popularity and sales, Drake currently reigns as the ‘King of Hip-Hop.’
With over 100 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as holding Spotify and Apple Music streaming records, it’s not hard to see why.
But, did you know that according to reviews aggregator Metacritic.com, Drake’s albums have an average score of 77?
So much for the ‘King of Hip-Hop.’
Breaking down the best hip-hop albums of this century, you won’t find big names like Eminem nor Dr. Dre. You also won’t find Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Kodak Black, nor Nas. Instead, you’ll find Kendrick Lamar and Outkast holding the top spots.
Today, Digital Music News ranks the best hip-hop albums according to their Metascore. You can see the list below in descending order.
21. Jay-Z – The Blueprint
20. The Roots – Undun
19. Common – Black America Again
18. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
17. Saigon – The Greatest Story Never Told
16. Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury
15. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
14. Missy Elliott – Miss E… So Addictive
13. Run the Jewels – RTJ2
12. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
11. The Streets – Original Pirate Material
10. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
9. The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come For Free
8. Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
7. Outkast – Speakerboxxx / The Love Below
6. Dizzee Rascal – Boy In Da Corner
5. Madvillain – Madvillainy
4. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
3. Outkast – Stankonia
2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
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