Metacritic Aggregate: 2020 New Music: Hip-Hop

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Ranking

  1. Run the Jewels: RTJ4 (Jewel Runners/RBC/BMG) {61}: Al:*, AM:*, Cl:*, CM:*, Cmp:+, CS:*, D:*, DIY:*, Ex:*, Fld:*, HDX:*, I:*, LAT:*, LBF:*, LW:*, MO:*, Ne:*, NME:*, NT:*, O:*, P:*, Pf:*, PM:*, PO:*, Q:*, RR:*, RS:*, S:*, SC:*, SE:+, Sg:+, Sl:*, Sp:*, Spk:*, UR:*, V:*, YF:*; xcg:+, xci:+, xej:*, xem:+, xgm:+, xhs:+, xjd:+, xjdc:+, xjsp:+, xsp:+, xtl:+, xph:+, xsa:+, xtj:+, xtw:+ -- A:91/28, M:92/22, RC:A+, TH:A-
  2. Thundercat: It Is What It Is (Brainfeeder) {33}: AD:*, AM:*, BB:+, Bc:*, C:*, Cl:*, Cmp:+, DB:*, DIY:*, Em:*, Ex:*, Fld:*, Gl:*, Gw:*, HDX:*, I:*, LBF:*, Mj:*, MO:*, NME:*, NT:*, P:*, PO:*, Q:*, Qt:*, RA:*, Sg:+, Sk:*, Sp:*, U:*, UR:*, W:*; xtl:+ -- A:79/25, M:84/23, TH:B
  3. Mac Miller: Circles (Warner) {22}: Al:*, BB:+, Cl:*, Cmp:+, Ex:*, G:*, HDX:*, I:*, NME:*, Ne:*, NT:*, O:*, Q:*, RR:*, Spk:*, V:*, YF:*; xci:+ -- A:82/15, M:83/14, TH:A-
  4. The Weeknd: After Hours (Republic) {17}: AD:*, AM:*, BB:+, Cl:*, Cmp:+, CS:*, Ex:*, G:*, HDX:*, I:*, NME:*, Now:*, NYT:*, PM:*, Q:*, V:*; xkb:+ -- A:79/17, TH:B
  5. Stormzy: Heavy Is the Head (Merky/Atlantic -19) {15}: AM:*, Cl:*, DIY:*, G:*, I:*, LBF:*, Mj:*, Ne:*, NME:*, PM:*, Q:*, T:*, UR:* -- A:78/18, TH:**
  6. Childish Gambino: 3.15.20 (RCA) {14}: Al:*, AM:*, Cmp:+, CS:*, G:*, LAT:*, LBF:*, NME:*, NT:*, O:*, PM:*, PO:*, Q:*; xej:* -- A:81/11, TH:B
  7. Princess Nokia: Everything Is Beautiful (Platoon) {14}: PO:*, Q:*; xci:+, xgm:+, xjdc:+, xsp:+, xtj:+ -- RC:A-, TH:***
  8. Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats: Unlocked (PH/Loma Vista -EP) {13}: Bc:*, Cl:*, Cmp:+, Ex:*, HDX:*, LBF:*, Ne:*, PO:*, RR:*, Spk:*, W:*; bc_h:* -- A:82/7, M:81/9, TH:*
  9. Jay Electronica: A Written Testimony (Roc Nation) {13}: Al:*, AM:*, BB:+, Cmp:+, CS:*, EW:*, HDX:*, Pf:*, PO:*, Q:*, Sg:+; xsp:+ -- A:73/6, TH:*
  10. Shabazz Palaces: The Don of Diamond Dreams (Sub Pop) {13}: Cl:*, GB:+, LBF:*, LQ:*, Mj:*, PO:*, Q:*, Qt:*, RR:*, SC:*, U:* -- A:71/12, M:77/14, TH:**
  11. 070 Shake: Modus Vivendi (GOOD Music/Def Jam) {12}: Cl:*, Cmp:+, CS:*, Em:*, Ex:*, GB:+, HDX:*, NME:*, O:*, RS:*, Q:* -- A:75/12, M:80/10, TH:*
  12. Megan Thee Stallion: Suga (1501 Certified/300 Entertainment -EP) {12}: BB:+, Cmp:+, LBF:*, PO:*, RS:*, V:*; xgm:+, xkb:+ -- A:73/6, TH:A-
  13. The Streets: None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive (Island) {12}: AD:*, DIY:*, Mj:*, MO:*, NME:*, NT:*, O:*, Q:*, T:*; xci:+ -- A:72/19, M:77/9, TH:**
  14. Westside Gunn: Pray for Paris (Griselda) {12}: Cmp:+, Em:*, HDX:*, Pf:*, PO:*; xci:+, xjdc:+ -- A:77/4, RC:A-, TH:*
  15. Eminem: Music to Be Murdered By (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) {11}: T:*; xci:+, xjdc:+ -- A:63/16, RC:A-, TH:A-
  16. J Hus: Big Conspiracy (Black Butter) {11}: Cl:*, G:*, LBF:*, MO:*, NME:*, O:*, Pf:*, Q:*, W:* -- A:85/7, M:87/8, TH:**
  17. Public Enemy: What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down? (Def Jam) {11}: AD:*, AM:*, ClR:*, K:*, NME:*, P:*, Sp:* -- A:79/11, M:80/4, TH:A-
  18. Freddie Gibbs & the Alchemist: Alfredo (ESGN/ALC/Empire) {10}: Cl:*, Cmp:+, Ex:*, GB:+, HDX:*, LBF:*, Ne:*, Pf:*, Sg:+ -- A:88/6, TH:*
  19. Lil Wayne: Funeral (Young Money) {10}: Cmp:+, RR:*, YF:*; xci:+ -- A:60/11, M:62/10, RC:A-, TH:**
  20. Jessie Reyez: Before Love Came to Kill Us (Island) {10}: AM:*, BB:+, Cl:*, Ex:*, G:*, NME:*, Q:*, V:* -- A:77/7, TH:**
  21. Serengeti & Kenny Segal: Ajai (Cohn) {10}: Pf:*, PO:*; xbl:+, xjdc:+ -- RC:A-, TH:**
  22. Skepta, Chip & Young Adz: Insomnia (SKC M29) {10}: Cl:*, G:*, LQ:*, NME:*, O:*, Qt:*, W:* -- A:80/5, M:82/6, TH:**
  23. City Girls: City on Lock (Quality Control/Motown) {9}: PO:* -- RC:A-, TH:A-
  24. Riz Ahmed: The Long Goodbye (Mongrel -EP) {8}: Cl:*, G:*, LQ:*, MO:*, NME:*, O:*; xci:+ -- A:81/7, TH:*
  25. Boldy James & the Alchemist: The Price of Tea in China (ALC/Boldy James) {8}: Cmp:+, HDX:*, Pf:*, PO:*, Sg:+ -- A:82/2, TH:***
  26. KA: Descendants of Cain (Iron Works) {8}: AM:*, Cmp:+, Pf:*, Sg:+; xci:+ -- A:80/4, TH:***
  27. Lil Uzi Vert: Eternal Atake (Atlantic) {8}: BB:+, Cmp:+, HDX:*, NME:*, NYT:*, Pf:*, RS:*, Sg:+ -- A:76/6
  28. Princess Nokia: Everything Sucks (Platoon -EP) {8}: PO:*, Q:*; xtj:+ -- RC:B+, TH:**
  29. Nas: King's Disease (Mass Appeal) {7}: Al:*, Cl:*, CS:*, HDX:*, NME:* -- A:75/8, TH:**
  30. Armand Hammer: Shrines (Backwoodz Studioz) {6}: Bc:*, Cmp:+, Pf:* -- A:80/1, TH:***
  31. Conway the Machine: From King to a GOD (Griselda) {6}: Cl:*, CS:*, Ex:*, HDX:*, Ne:*, YF:* -- A:80/8, M:81/6
  32. Drakeo the Ruler: Thank You for Using GTL (Stinc Team) {6}: Pf:*, PO:*, SC:*; xci:+ -- A:85/1, TH:**
  33. Fat Tony & Taydex: Wake Up (Carpark -EP) {6}: -- RC:***, TH:***
  34. Little Simz: Drop 6 (Age 101 -EP) {6}: Cl:*, DIY:*, PO:*, RR:*, W:* -- A:70/2, M:79/6, TH:*
  35. Oddisee: Odd Cure (Outer Note) {6}: Ex:* -- A:80/1, RC:**, TH:***
  36. Pop Smoke: Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon (Republic) {6}: Cl:*, HDX:*, I:*, NME:*, V:*, YF:* -- A:70/9, M:68/11
  37. Royce Da 5'9": The Allegory (EOne) {6}: Al:*, Cmp:+, Ex:*, HDX:*, NME:*, Q:* -- A:75/7
  38. Tkay Maidza: Last Year Was Weird Vol 2 (4AD -EP) {6}: DIY:*, LQ:*, Ne:*, NME:*, NT:*, O:* -- A:81/7
  39. Amine: Limbo (Republic) {5}: P:* -- A:70/7d4, M:68/4, TH:A-
  40. Jadakiss: Ignatius (Def Jam/Roc Nation) {5}: Al:*, AM:*, Cl:*, Em:*, RR:* -- A:85/2, M:82/4
  41. Polo G: The GOAT (Columbia) {5}: BB:+, Cmp:+, CS:*, Em:*, HDX:* -- A:80/3
  42. Quelle Chris & Chris Keys: Innocent Country 2 (Mello Music Group) {5}: HDX:*, Ne:* -- A:76/4, TH:***
  43. Backxwash: God Had Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out of It (Grimalkin) {4}: Ex:*, GTV:*, Ne:*; bc_s:* -- A:90/2
  44. Black Eyed Peas: Translation (Epic) {4}: V:* -- A:60/2, M:63/4, TH:***
  45. Cadet: The Rated Legend (Underrated Legends) {4}: Cl:*, Gw:*, NME:*, O:* -- A:85/4
  46. Tee Grizzley: The Smartest (300 Entertainment) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  47. Headie One X Fred Again: Gang (Relentless -EP) {4}: Cl:*, Cmp:+, LQ:*, NME:* -- A:90/3
  48. Juice WRLD: Legends Never Die (Grade A/Interscope) {4}: AM:*, Cl:*, LBF:*, V:* -- A:73/7, M:71/4
  49. Knxwledge: 1988 (Stones Throw) {4}: AM:*, Q:*, W:*; bc_b:* -- A:70/1, M:80/5, TH:B
  50. Kassa Overall: I Think I'm Good (Brownswood) {4}: AM:*, DB:*, PO:* -- A:80/1, TH:*
  51. Pop Smoke: Meet the Woo 2 (Victor Victor/Republic) {4}: BB:+, Cmp:+, Ex:*, HDX:* -- A:74/4
  52. Snotty Nose Rez Kids: Born Deadly (Fontana North -EP) {4}: PO:*; bc_s:* -- TH:**
  53. Trivium: What the Dead Men Say (Roadrunner) {4}: AM:*, ClR:*, Ex:*, K:* -- A:76/5, M:84/4
  54. Blueface: Dirt Bag (Cash Money -EP -19) {3}: -- TH:***
  55. Apollo Brown & Che' Noir: As God Intended (Mello Music Group) {3}: AM:*; bc_h:*, xci:+ -- A:77/1
  56. Drake: Dark Lane Demo Tapes (OVO/Republic) {3}: BB:+, Cmp:+; xkb:+ -- A:53/9, M:56/5
  57. D Smoke: Black Habits (WoodWorks/Empire) {3}: Ex:*, HDX:*, YF:* -- A:85/2
  58. Dave East: Karma 3 (Dave East PS) {3}: AM:*, Cl:*, NME:* -- A:80/2, M:82/4
  59. The Game: Born 2 Rap (Entertainment One -19) {3}: AM:*, NME:*, RR:* -- M:82/4
  60. Mick Jenkins: The Circus (Free Nation/Cinematic) {3}: Cl:*, Ex:*, NME:* -- A:77/5
  61. Lil Baby: My Turn (Quality Control) {3}: BB:+, Cmp:+; xkb:+ -- A:64/4
  62. Logic: No Pressure (Def Jam) {3}: AM:*, NME:*, V:* -- A:73/5, M:78/5
  63. Roc Marciano: Marcielago (Marci) {3}: HDX:*, RR:*, W:* -- M:82/4
  64. Medhane: Cold Water (TBHG) {3}: GB:+, Pf:* -- A:84/1, TH:*
  65. Vic Mensa: V Tape (Roc Nation) {3}: CS:* -- A:91/1, TH:**
  66. Mike: Weight of the World (10k) {3}: Pf:*; bc_h:* -- A:80/1, TH:*
  67. Naeem: Startisha (37d03d) {3}: Cl:*, Ex:*, LBF:* -- A:75/5, M:72/4
  68. Pink Siifu/Yungmorpheus: Bag Talk (Field-Left -19) {3}: PO:* -- TH:**
  69. Wiley: The Godfather 3 (self-released) {3}: LQ:*, NME:*, Qt:* -- A:77/3, M:77/4
  70. 6lack: 6pc Hot EP (Interscope -EP) {2}: NME:* -- A:75/3, TH:*
  71. Anuel AA: Emmanuel (LLC) {2}: AM:*, BB:+ -- A:80/1
  72. Big Sean: Detroit 2 (Getting Out Our Dreams/Def Jam) {2}: AM:*, CS:* -- A:68/7
  73. Blueface: Find the Beat (Cash Money) {2}: -- TH:**
  74. Blu & Exile: Miles (Fat Beats) {2}: Ne:*; bc_h:* -- A:90/1
  75. Chris Brown & Young Thug: Slime & B (RCA) {2}: Cmp:+, HDX:* -- A:88/1
  76. Jenna Camille: The Time is NOW (self-released) {2}: bc_s:* -- TH:*
  77. Conway the Machine & the Alchemist: Lulu (Patta -EP) {2}: Cmp:+, PO:*
  78. DaBaby: Blame It on Baby (South Coast/Interscope) {2}: Cmp:+, NME:* -- A:57/7
  79. Elaquent: Forever Is a Pretty Long Time (Mello Music Group) {2}: Ex:*; bc_h:* -- A:80/1
  80. RAP Ferreira: Purple Moonlight Pages (Ruby Yacht) {2}: Bc:*, Ne:* -- A:79/2
  81. Future: High Off Life (Epic) {2}: BB:+, Cmp:+ -- A:62/11
  82. G Herbo: PTSD (Epic) {2}: Cmp:+, HDX:* -- A:73/4
  83. Mia Jae: Couples Therapy (self-released -EP) {2}: HDX:*; bc_s:*
  84. Zebra Katz: Less Is Moor (ZFK) {2}: Bc:*, SC:* -- A:72/3
  85. The Koreatown Oddity: Little Dominiques Nosebleed (Stones Throw) {2}: -- Bc:*, NT:*
  86. Haleek Maul: Errol (Lex) {2}: G:*, Q:* -- A:75/2
  87. Mozzy: Beyond Bulletproof (Empire) {2}: Cmp:+, RR:* -- A:74/3, M:77/4
  88. Navy Blue: Ada Irin (Freedom Sounds) {2}: Bc:*; bc_h:*
  89. Pink Siifu: Negro (Field-Left) {2}: Bc:*, PO:* -- TH:*
  90. Roddy Ricch: Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial (Atlantic -19) {2}: HDX:*; xkb:+ -- A:71/7
  91. Russ: Shake the Snow Globe (Diemon/Columbia) {2}: Em:*, NME:* -- A:83/3
  92. Sada Baby: Skuba Sada 2 (Asylum) {2}: Cmp:+, Sg:+ -- A:68/1
  93. Stove God Cook$ & Roc Marciano: Reasonable Drought (The Conglomeration Ent) {2}: Cmp:+, HDX:* -- A:86/1
  94. Don Toliver: Heaven or Hell (Cactus Jack/Atlantic) {2}: Cmp:+, HDX:* -- A:66/4
  95. Bob Vylan: We Live Here (Venn -EP) {2}: LW:*, NME:* -- A:85/2
  96. Rod Wave: Pray 4 Love (Alamo) {2}: Cmp:+, PO:*
  97. Young Nudy: Anyways (RCA) {2}: Cmp:+, Ex:* -- A:90/1
  98. Action Bronson: Only for Dolphins (Loma Vista) {1}: Cl:* -- A:72/3
  99. Akai Solo: Eleventh Wind (Break All) {1}: bc_h:*
  100. The Allergies: Say the Word (Jalapeno) {1}: bc_h:*
  101. Arms and Sleepers: Safe Area Earth (Future Archive) {1}: Ex:* -- A:65/2
  102. Vince Ash: Vito (POW) {1}: bc_h:*
  103. Joey Bada$$: The Light Pack (Columbia) {1}: NME:* -- A:80/1
  104. Big $ilky: Big $ilky Vol 2 (Big $ilky) {1}: bc_h:*
  105. Dai Burger: Bite the Burger (First One Up -19) {1}: Em:* -- A:74/2
  106. Curly Castro & Small Professor: BLUu Edwards (Wrecking Crew) {1}: bc_h:*
  107. Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice: Panic Ruminations (Moodhouse -EP) {1}: bc_h:*
  108. Clairmont the Second: It's Not How It Sounds (Clairmont the Second) {1}: -- Ex:*
  109. Conway the Machine: No One Mourns the Wicked (Big Ghost Limited) {1}: Bc:*
  110. Denzel Curry: 13LOOD IN + 13LOOD OUT MIXX (-EP) {1}: HDX:* -- A:80/1
  111. Kaelin Ellis: Moments (self-released) {1}: bc_b:*
  112. Ty Farris: No Cosign Just Cocaine 3 (Ty Farris) {1}: bc_h:*
  113. CJ Fly: Rudebwoy (Pro Era) {1}: HDX:* -- A:80/1
  114. Gunna: Wunna (Young Stoner Life/300) {1}: Cmp:+ -- A:62/6
  115. Ialive: I'll Wait Forever (Ialive) {1}: bc_h:*
  116. Iojii: Lo & Behold (Iojii) {1}: bc_h:*
  117. Jabru: Old Rope (Jabru) {1}: bc_e:*
  118. Junia-T: Studio Monk (3-5 Playa Productions/Pirates Blend) {1}: HDX:* -- A:82/1
  119. Kamaiyah: Got It Made (GRND.WRK/Empire) {1}: Cmp:+ -- A:69/2
  120. Kamakaze/Eyez/Capo Lee/Big Zuu: Royal Rumble (Ditto) {1}: Cl:* -- A:80/1
  121. Key Glock: Yellow Tape (Paper Route/Empire) {1}: Cmp:+ -- A:70/3
  122. Tory Lanez: The New Toronto 3 (Interscope) {1}: Ex:* -- A:75/2
  123. Rhys Langston: Language Arts Unit (Rhys Langston) {1}: bc_h:*
  124. The Leonard Simpson Duo: LSD (Jakarta) {1}: bc_h:*
  125. Lex Leosis: Mythologies (self-released) {1}: Ex:* -- A:80/1
  126. Lil Durk: Just Cause Y'all Waited 2 (Alamo) {1}: Cmp:+ -- A:73/1
  127. Ronnie Luxe: Rabbit Hole (self-released -EP) {1}: bc_s:*
  128. Lyrics Born & Custo: Lyrics Born & Custom Present Rapp Nite (self-released -19) {1}: xci:+
  129. M24: Drip N Drill (self-released) {1}: Cl:* -- A:80/1
  130. Kenny Mason: Angelic Hoodrat (self-released) {1}: Cmp:+ -- A:70/1
  131. Moor Mother: Circuit City (Don Giovanni) {1}: -- TH:*
  132. Moor Mother: Clepsydra (self-released) {1}: PO:*
  133. Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked: HARD (Mello Music Group) {1}: HDX:* -- A:82/1
  134. Ovrkast: Try Again (Ovrkast) {1}: bc_h:*
  135. Ras G: Raw Fruit Vol 5 & 6 (FB Distribution) {1}: bc_b:*
  136. Tiffany Red: Call Me Red Vol 1 (-EP) {1}: HDX:* -- A:80/1
  137. SahBabii: Barnacles (Warner) {1}: -- Em:*
  138. Dua Saleh: Rosetta (Against Giants -EP) {1}: -- TH:*
  139. Sheff G: One and Only (Winners Circle/Empire) {1}: Cmp:+ -- A:73/2
  140. Skyzoo & Dumbo Station: The Bluest Note (Tuff Kong -EP) {1}: Ex:* -- A:82/2
  141. Skyzoo: Milestones (Mello Music Group) {1}: bc_h:*
  142. Smartbomb: Water for the Town V 2 (Smartbomb) {1}: bc_b:*
  143. Spectacular Diagnostics: Raw Unknown (Spectacular Diagnostics) {1}: bc_h:*
  144. Styles P: Presence (Phantom Entertainment/Empire -19) {1}: Em:* -- A:100/1
  145. Tensei: Speak Your Truth (Def Presse) {1}: bc_h:*
  146. John Tyler: No Color (self-released -EP) {1}: bc_s:*
  147. Vritra: Sonar (Bad Taste) {1}: Mj:* -- A:75/2
  148. Wale: The Imperfect Storm (Warner -EP) {1}: HDX:* -- A:82/1
  149. Westside Gunn: Flygod Is an Awesome God II (Griselda) {1}: -- TH:*
  150. Ric Wilson/Terrace Martin: They Call Me Disco (Free Disco/Empire) {1}: Bc:*
  151. Witch Prophet: DNA Activation (Heart Lake) {1}: bc_s:*
  152. Nestor Wynrush: Roxbury & Wooden Legs (Peanuts & Corn) {1}: bc_h:*
  153. Young MA: Red Flu (MA Music/3D) {1}: Ex:* -- A:80/1