Best Hip Hop/Rap Music Songs/Albums from 2010 to 2019 Poll: Nominations Thread (Closes July 4th)

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In 2011, we polled the greatest rap music of all time. Enter the Wu-Tang, Mind Playing Tricks on Me and Lemme Smang It won. But now seems like a good time to try it again, this time a decade at a time.

So let’s start with a nominations thread. Anyone can nominate 30 songs or albums. Obviously the idea of what a song or an album, or even the genre is has broken down a lot in the past decade and I think it would lead to a better discussion to be inclusive of that. If you think a YouTube hit or an obscure mixtape deserves to be included, then go for it. Instrumentals too. It has to feel hip hop though - it has also been a decade of pop stars rapping or working with big name producers - let’s leave that stuff elsewhere.

Nominations will last 3 weeks until 4th July.
Voting will be 50 songs/albums each.

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 13 June 2020 07:50 (four weeks ago) link

Oops I changed my mind on nominations date midway through writing the thread*, can a mod change the title to July 4th?

*Having to walk to dog while hungover can lead to disaster

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 13 June 2020 07:52 (four weeks ago) link

Ok let's start, I'll get a few out of the way. Does Kanye West feel hip hop enough ? ;)

ALBUMS (20/30)
A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
Little Simz - Grey Area
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kendrick Lamar - Section.80
Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
CunninLynguists - Oneirology
Aesop Rock - Skelethon
Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid
Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap
The Roots - undun
A$AP Rocky - LiveLoveA$AP
Young Thug - Jeffery
Milo - So the Flies Don't Come
Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T Wuz Here
Saba - Care for Me
Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos

TRACKS (25/30)
Kendrick Lamar - Cartoon + Cereal
Kendrick Lamar - HiiiPoWeR
Kanye West - Blood on the Leaves
Madlib & Freddie Gibbs - Thuggin
Madlib & Freddie Gibbs - Deep

Nabozo, Saturday, 13 June 2020 13:32 (four weeks ago) link

My knowledge of this decade in particular is superficial af but I'll do my best to throw in a few noms and submit a ballot when the time comes.

pomenitul, Saturday, 13 June 2020 13:34 (four weeks ago) link

wow my first fp after a mere - checks notes - one nominations

comparing me to Harold Shipman is unfair (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 13 June 2020 13:35 (four weeks ago) link


Was it the implicit braggadocio?

pomenitul, Saturday, 13 June 2020 13:38 (four weeks ago) link

I must have nominated something Noodle does not consider hip hop or finds extremely undeserving. I had better hide my future ballot.

Nabozo, Saturday, 13 June 2020 15:41 (four weeks ago) link

Hmm, on second thought, Kate Tempest is the likely culprit here.

pomenitul, Saturday, 13 June 2020 15:45 (four weeks ago) link

She doesn't exactly rap, but damn if it does not feel hip hop. It's like excluding Linton Kwesi Johnson from a reggae poll.

Nabozo, Saturday, 13 June 2020 15:49 (four weeks ago) link

Kate Tempest doesn't feel like music full stop

comparing me to Harold Shipman is unfair (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 13 June 2020 16:02 (four weeks ago) link

no use complaining, no one is gonna vote for it

ACABincalifornia (voodoo chili), Saturday, 13 June 2020 17:23 (four weeks ago) link

Launching this thread on the weekend may have not been the smartest idea

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 13 June 2020 20:54 (four weeks ago) link


Future - Pluto
Future - Honest
Gucci Mane - Mr Zone 6
Gucci Mane - Jewelery Selection
Gucci Mane, Future - Free Bricks
Tyler, the Creator - Goblin

would have nommed and voted for 'goblin' but it apparently dropped 6 days too early.

oscar bravo, Saturday, 13 June 2020 20:59 (four weeks ago) link

ALBUMS (18/30)
2 Chainz - Based on a T.R.U Story
Rick Ross - Teflon Don
Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't
Chief Keef - Finally Rich
Rae Sremmurd - Sremmlife
Meek Mill - Dreams and Nightmares
Sasha GoHard - Do You Know Who I Am?
Young Thug - I Came From Nothing
Young Thug - I Came From Nothing 2
Waka Flocka Flame - Flockaveli
Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers
Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday:Roman Reloaded

I'm guessing 'Last Train to Paris' and 'Nostalgia,Ultra' don't count as hip hop otherwise i'd have nommed them too.

oscar bravo, Saturday, 13 June 2020 21:28 (four weeks ago) link

would have nommed and voted for 'goblin' 'bastard' but it apparently dropped 6 days too early.

oscar bravo, Saturday, 13 June 2020 21:44 (four weeks ago) link

i'm far from knowledgeable about rap music but i may submit noms and perhaps even a ballot for this

will certainly take me some time!

dyl, Sunday, 14 June 2020 04:09 (three weeks ago) link

Please don’t think you have to be super knowledgeable to participate. Please join in!

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 14 June 2020 07:57 (three weeks ago) link

ALBUMS (5/30)

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN
Vince Staples - Summertime '06
Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs
Tyler The Creator - Flower Boy
JJ Doom - Key To The Kuffs

NAthaniel (cajunsunday), Sunday, 14 June 2020 08:31 (three weeks ago) link

Albums (6/30)

Roy Kinsey - Blackie: A Story by Roy Kinsey
SOB X RBE - Gangin
Young Thug - Jeffery
J Hus - Common Sense
Sicko Mobb - Super Saiyan Vol 2.
Chance the Rapper - The Big Day

ufo, Sunday, 14 June 2020 12:35 (three weeks ago) link

Bump #1

DJ Burn One & Starlito - Renaissance Gangster

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 14 June 2020 19:24 (three weeks ago) link

Also I’m gonna do the previous decades, so Goblin can stay there if that’s when it was released. Tyler released a bunch of things after it worth nominating. For example...

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 14 June 2020 19:25 (three weeks ago) link

Tyler, the Creater & ASAP Rocky - Potato Salad

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 14 June 2020 19:26 (three weeks ago) link

Btw everyone has kept up so far but can you keep up with no quotations marks or unnecessary grammar, just Artist - Song/Album please

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 14 June 2020 19:27 (three weeks ago) link

I'm guessing 'Last Train to Paris' and 'Nostalgia,Ultra' don't count as hip hop otherwise i'd have nommed them too.

― oscar bravo, Saturday, 13 June 2020 22:28 (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

I don’t think I’ve ever listened to the first record (it’s a diddy record, right?) but yeah if you think it yourself, then go with your instinct. Frank definitely is a different genre, even if he’s massively involved with others/influenced people/been influenced

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 14 June 2020 19:31 (three weeks ago) link


Kamaiyah - A Good Night in the Ghetto
Himanshu - Nehru Jackets
Danny Brown - XXX
Danny Brown - Old
Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
Polo G - Die A Legend
Azealia Banks - Broke with Expensive Taste
YG - My Krazy Life
Big K.R.I.T. - Return of 4eva
Main Attrakionz - 808s & Dark Grapes II
Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap
Noname - Telefone
Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
Tree - Sunday School II

geoffreyess, Sunday, 14 June 2020 19:55 (three weeks ago) link

already feel like this poll will disrespect the goon crew

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 14 June 2020 20:11 (three weeks ago) link

None of you voted in the first poll, please do in this one! I’m gonna space it out and bug you all and try to not any booius waggers notice it

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 14 June 2020 20:16 (three weeks ago) link

I'm already dreading the inevitable kanye discourse

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 14 June 2020 20:18 (three weeks ago) link

somebody get sisilafami in here

ACABincalifornia (voodoo chili), Sunday, 14 June 2020 21:09 (three weeks ago) link


Doughboyz Cashout - Mob Life
Waka Flocka Flame - Hard in da Paint
Soulja Boy - Zan With That Lean
Rich Homie Quan - Some Type Of Way
Tree - Probably Nu It
Young Thug - Danny Glover
Quelle Chris - Buddies
Young Jeezy - Lose My Mind feat Plies
Rae Sremmurd - Powerglide
Drake - Started from the Bottom
Chief Keef - Faneto
Migos - Bad and Boujee feat Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi Vert - XO Tour Llif3
Kreayshawn - Gucci Gucci
Future - Draco
Tay-K - The Race
Famous Dex - Japan
Gucci Mane - Finesse the Plug Interlude
Gifted Gab - Orange Skyline
Goldlink - Crew feat Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
French Montana - Unforgettable feat Swae Lee
Don Toliver - Mamma Mia
Kodack Black - Tunnel Vision
Lil B - The Age of Information
Daddy Dinero - Out the Jam
Kendrick Lamar - Tammy's Song


Young Thug - Barter 6
Playboi Carti - Playboi Carti
Benny the Butcher - The Plugs I Met
Billy Woods - Hiding Places


rumpy riser (ogmor), Sunday, 14 June 2020 21:28 (three weeks ago) link


Schoolboy Q - Blank Face
Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
Juicy J - Stay Trippy


calzino, Sunday, 14 June 2020 22:43 (three weeks ago) link


clipping. – There Existed an Addiction to Blood
Danny Brown – uknowhatimsayin¿
Death Grips – The Money Store
Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered.
Mike – May God Bless Your Hustle
Playboi Carti – Die Lit
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
Tierra Whack – Whack World


pomenitul, Sunday, 14 June 2020 23:04 (three weeks ago) link


Buck 20 Brick Boyz - We On Live
Roc Marciano - Ridin' Around
Shady - Go In
King L - Bars
Lil Reese ft. Lil Durk, Fredo Santana - Beef
Katie Got Bandz - I Need A Hitta
Z-Ro - Shingdig
Gucci Mane - What It's Gonna Be
SD - Circles
Lil Boosie - Top To The Bottom
Big Krit ft. 8Ball&MJG, 2 Chainz - Money On The Floor
Curren$y ft. Juvenile - B*itch Get Up
Fiend ft. Curren$y - Champagne
Raekwon - Butter Knives
Chief Keef - Love Sosa
2 Chainz - Spend It
Killer Mike ft. Bun B, T.I. - Big Beast
Trouble - Bussin'


DJ Quik - The Book Of David
Curren$y - Covert Coup
King Louie - Man Up, Band Up
Future - 56 Nights


knife sharpening tips (gaudio), Sunday, 14 June 2020 23:59 (three weeks ago) link

Started a playlist. A decent amount of stuff not on Spotify though. I’ve made it collaborative so if you think I’ve missed anything or prefer a remix, feel free to add.

Also one thing I think I should have mentioned. Remixes. I’m gonna count all songs under one umbrella, as to not vote split. But if you would like to promote a remix over the original, go for it. And if there is a prominent remix, I’ll include it in the eventual countdown.

a hoy hoy, Monday, 15 June 2020 09:38 (three weeks ago) link

TRAX (30/30)

WC - That's What I'm Talking About
King Louie - Too Cool
Tyler, The Creator - Sandwiches
Freeband Gang - Chosen One
Rich Kidz ft Waka Flocka Flame - My Life
Young Thug - Keep In Touch
Gucci Mane - Making Love To The Money
Gucci Mane - First Song Back
Max B - Bring Another Ounce
TKO Capone - Louis Gucci
Laws ft Emilio Rojas, Big K.R.I.T - Hold You Down(Remix)
Sasha Go Hard - Tatted

why yes i did p much stop listening to new music around 2013, tbh I could quite happily nom and vote for 20 gucci trax

oscar bravo, Monday, 15 June 2020 17:29 (three weeks ago) link


Big Sean, Jay Electronica & Kendrick Lamar - Control

a hoy hoy, Monday, 15 June 2020 20:34 (three weeks ago) link

will get some noms in later this week

ACABincalifornia (voodoo chili), Monday, 15 June 2020 20:38 (three weeks ago) link

A few stray tracks:

Yelawolf - Box Chevy vol. 3
Chief Keef - I Don’t Like (didn’t see it mentioned above)
Pink Siifu - Stay Sane

Mule, Monday, 15 June 2020 21:02 (three weeks ago) link

(Part 3, not Vol. 3)

Mule, Monday, 15 June 2020 21:06 (three weeks ago) link

Box Chevy pt3 seems to be the only of 7 box Chevys not on Spotify

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 08:19 (three weeks ago) link

It’s on Trunk Muzik, but listed only as «Box Chevy».

Mule, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 09:17 (three weeks ago) link


Push a T - Daytona

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 15:21 (three weeks ago) link


Pusha T - The Story of Adidon

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 20:30 (three weeks ago) link

TRACKS (14/30)
Azalea Banks - 212
Big Boi ft. George Clinton, Too Short and Sam Chris - Fo Yo Sorrows
Das Racist ft. Lakutis - Amazing
Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment – Sunday Candy
Drake ft. Young Jeezy - Unforgettable
Homeboy Sandman ft. J-Live and Kurious - Enough
Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta
Killer Mike - Willie Burke Sherwood
Le!f - Wut
Lil Wayne ft. Cory Gunz – 6 Foot 7 Foot
Nicki Minaj - Girls Fall Like Dominoes
Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – Black Beatles
Young Money - Roger That
Zebra Katz ft. Njena Reddd Foxxx – Ima Read

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 16 June 2020 21:38 (three weeks ago) link

TRACKS (2/30)

Babyface Ray - The Streets ft. 42 Dugg
El Hitta - Aww Yea

ACABincalifornia (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 23:21 (three weeks ago) link

ALBUMS (7/30)

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
Kanye West - Yeezus

NAthaniel (cajunsunday), Thursday, 18 June 2020 09:29 (three weeks ago) link

Migos - Versace
Ace Hood - Bugatti ft. Future & Rick Ross
Isaiah Rashad - Heavenly Father
Young Thug - Stoner
Saba - PROM / KING
Sada Baby - Bloxk Party ft. Drego
DJ Quik - Nobody ft. Suga Free
Waka Flocka Flame - Grove St. Party
Polo G - Deep Wounds
Mozzy - Sleep Walkin'
T.I. - About The Money ft. Young Thug
03 Greedo - Never Bend
Curren$y - Michael Knight
Droop-E - N The Traffic ft. Nite Jewel & J Stalin
Kevin Gates - Satellites
Fiend - Absolutely
King Louie - My Hoes They Do Drugs
YG - Twist My Fingaz
ShooterGang Kony - Charlie
Nef The Pharaoh - Big Tymin'

Isaiah Rashad - Cilvia Demo
Migos - Young Rich N*ggas
Boosie - Life After Deathrow


ACABincalifornia (voodoo chili), Monday, 22 June 2020 22:15 (two weeks ago) link

Hey everyone, I’ve kind of... had to radically change my whole life in the past week due to coronavirus* so if people wanna keep nominating and bumping this page then great, but I think I’m gonna extend it a bit after the deadline (maybe to the end of July?) so I can do it properly and get everyone involved without also having to stress too much about real life stuff either.

*basically the main way my brick&mortar business made money has closed down and had to start building a fully online business with bills still looming.

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 25 June 2020 17:21 (two weeks ago) link

oh no I'm so sorry

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 June 2020 17:23 (two weeks ago) link

im sorry, a hoy hoy. wishing the best for you.

ACABincalifornia (voodoo chili), Thursday, 25 June 2020 17:23 (two weeks ago) link

It’s not actually that bad, it’s just very time consuming and expensive. It is also actually kind of fulfilling, as I have felt in a bit of a rut for the past year and wanted an excuse to push myself to do something new, which this really is.*

*only if it turns out to be successful, if not then fuck it

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 25 June 2020 17:41 (two weeks ago) link

may flockaveli be a balm in this time

ACABincalifornia (voodoo chili), Thursday, 25 June 2020 17:42 (two weeks ago) link

a hoy hoy hang tight my friend! sounds exciting. even if it all falls apart you’ll be better for it i bet.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 25 June 2020 17:56 (two weeks ago) link

sorry to hear that a hoy hoy hope it all works out soon

will have a proper think thru later but to start...


Danny Brown - The Hybrid
R.A.P. Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages
E-40 - Revenue Retrievin' Graveyard Shift / Overtime Shift
Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, i Don't Go Outside
Gunplay - 601 & Snort
Ka - Honor Killed the Samurai
Lil Herb - Welcome to Fazoland
Chief Keef - Back from the Dead 2


E-40 - Serious ft. T-Pain
Earl Sweatshirt - Hive ft. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies
Killa Kyleon and Mouse on tha Track - Dick Look
Gunplay - Bible on tha Dash
Gunplay - Jump Out


devvvine, Thursday, 25 June 2020 18:04 (two weeks ago) link

Also thanks for for the love guys. The rona changing everything

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 25 June 2020 19:37 (two weeks ago) link

That sucks Sam, big time. Hope you get the time to find a way out, sending good vibes.

Scampidocio (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 25 June 2020 20:08 (two weeks ago) link


Dave - Psychodrama


(7th) CB - Talk On My Name
#HarlemSpartans Bis X Blanco X Active X MizOrMac - Kennington Where It Started
67 - Waps
67 feat Giggs - Let's Lurk
Big Boi feat Cutty - Shutterbug
CarnsHill Ft Youngs Teflon x KTrap x 67 Monkey, Dimzy, Liquez, R6, ST & ITCH - Check Dis
Dej Loaf feat Big Sean - Back Up
DigDat - Air Force
Headie One - Both
Headie One x RV - Know Better
J Hus - Clartin
J Hus - Bouff Daddy
J Hus - Dem Boy Paigon
J Hus - Did You See
J Hus - Friendly
Loski x Russ x Taze - Olympic Chinging
Nito NB - Rise And Tan
Sheck Wes - Mo Bamba
Stormzy - Vossi Bop
Unknown T - Homerton B

paolo, Thursday, 25 June 2020 20:10 (two weeks ago) link


paolo, Thursday, 25 June 2020 20:10 (two weeks ago) link

Paolo thanks for the massive UK playlist. I’ve been very interest in how non-trad-America rap will do for something like this. I think for my nominations I’m gonna be heavy on female rap, as another big example.

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 25 June 2020 21:31 (two weeks ago) link

R.A.P. Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages

apologies, a great album but a 2020 release. please ignore

devvvine, Thursday, 25 June 2020 21:36 (two weeks ago) link

xp enjoy. I hope things turn out OK for you.

paolo, Friday, 26 June 2020 09:47 (two weeks ago) link

Abra Cadabra feat Krept and Konan - Robbery Remix
Ambush - Man Can't
Death Grips - I've Seen Footage
Dizzee Rascal - Space
JME feat Giggs - Man Don't Care
Sneakbo feat Giggs - Active


paolo, Sunday, 5 July 2020 15:41 (six days ago) link

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