“Musically, lyrically and emotionally,Kendrick Lamar‘s third album is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece,” Rolling Stone says of the Compton, California rapper’s 2015 release, “a sprawling epic that’s both the year’s most bumptious party music and its most gripping therapy session.”
Drake’s If Youre Reading This Its Too Late, lands at #3 on Rolling Stone’s list. “No pop hooks, no romance, just a tightly sequenced set of rap cuts where he plays directly to his base by venting his anger and paranoia,” the publication writes. “He disses his own record label and kvetches about groupies as only he can.”
Releasing “some of the year’s most thought-provoking hip-hop” with his debut album earned Vince Staples #35 on Rolling Stone’s list for his Summertime ’06.