Top Hip Hop/Rap Albums of 2020
By Lorenzo Lazaro
10. Savage Mode II - 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s collaborative album dropped in early October with 14 tracks. This is 21’s first album since I am > I was, which dropped in 2018. I thought this album was really solid. It had some Big-name features like Drake and Young Thug. Personally, my favorite thing about this album was the narrations before almost every song by Morgan Freeman.
9. Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon - Pop Smoke
This was Pop Smoke’s first posthumous project, since his tragic death in early February. The album has 31 tracks and includes features from top artists like Lil Baby, Dababy, Roddy Ricch, and A Boogie. This album showed exposure to Pop Smoke’s different types of flow and rhythms. My favorite tracks on this Album were Hello, For The Night, and Something Special.
8. Dababy - My Brothers Keeper
This album was released by Dababy a couple of weeks after he lost his older brother, due to suicide. My Brothers Keeper only had 7 tracks, but I can’t name a track that I didn’t like. Dababy showcased other flows than his typical ones on songs like Shanayah and My Brother’s Keeper. I believe this is Dababy’s best project so far.
7. My Turn - Lil Baby
Lil Baby released My Turn in February which featured 20 tracks. A lot of people consider Lil Baby a mumble rapper, but if you really listened to his songs on this album, he’s really not mumbling, but he just has a unique voice. My Turn featured the song Emotionally Scarred, which I believe might be the song of the year. Other songs that I liked were Sum 2 Prove and Woah.
6. Pray 4 Love (Deluxe) - Rod Wave
I feel like every time Rod Wave drops an album, his name in the music industry gets bigger. Pray 4 Love Deluxe has 25 songs and was released in August. I’m personally a big fan of Rod Wave and this was my favorite album yet. Letter from Houston is the best song on this album and one of my favorite songs this year.
5. Top - NBA Youngboy
I don't see why so many people hate on NBA Youngboy. This is his third drop this year and it was straight heat. He displayed his emotional side in some tracks along with his typical style in others. My favorite songs on this were Drug Addiction, Cross Roads, House Arrest Tingz, and To My Lowest.
4. Artist 2.0 (Deluxe) - A Boogie wit da Hoodie
Artist 2.0 Deluxe featured 29 tracks with 9 additional songs from Artist 2.0 the regular version. Over half of the songs on this album have been on repeat in my playlist this whole year. The best track on this album was It’s Crazy, which featured his baby daughter. A boogie will always be one of my favorite artists.
3. Eternal Atake - Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi’s long-awaited album Eternal Atake did not disappoint. This album had 18 tracks with almost no features. Some people thought this album was overhyped, considering how long he said it was coming out, however I believed it was worth the wait. The beats on this album went so crazy. My favorite song on this album was I’m Sorry.
2. The GOAT - Polo G
Polo G is now one of my top three favorite artists. But before this album, I would rarely listen to him. What’s so great about this album is the lyrics in his songs. I really believe that Polo G is the best lyricist in the game right now. The GOAT proved that Polo G is a big name hip hop artist.
1. Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial - Roddy Ricch
There have been very few albums that I have listened to that I enjoyed every song. This is one of them. This album had many different flows and many great features. Please Excuse me for Being Anti Social is the best album of 2020.