Metacritic Aggregate: 2022 New Music: Hip-Hop

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Ranking

  1. Kendrick Lamar: Mr Morale & the Big Steppers (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope -2CD) {61}: AD:*, Al:*, AM:*, AS:+, AV:+, BB:+, BPM:*, C:*, Cl:*, Cmp:+, CS:+*, D:*, DW:+, Ev:*, Ex:*, G:+*, Gw:*, HDX:+*, HV:+, I:*, LBF:*, LQ:*, MO:*, Ne:+*, NME:+*, NPR:+, NT:*, O:*, P:*, PM:+*, PO:*, Qt:+, RR:*, RS:+, S:+, Sg:+, Sl:+*, SMH:*, T:*, Tr:+, V:+*; js:+, mc:+, scw:*, ts:+, xci:* -- A:(89/26), RC:A-, TH:***
  2. Pusha T: It's Almost Dry (GOOD Music/Def Jam) {39}: AM:*, AV:+, BB:+, BPM:*, Cl:*, Cmp:+, CS:+*, DW:+, EW:+, HDX:+, HV:+, LBF:*, Ne:*, NME:+*, Pf:+, PO:*, Qt:+, RR:*, RS:+*, S:+*, Sg:+, Sl:+; scw:*, vu:+, xci:*, xjdc:+, ysp:* -- A:(81/9), RC:***, TH:A-
  3. Earl Sweatshirt: Sick! (Tan Cressida/Warner -EP) {37}: AD:*, AM:*, Al:*, BB:+, BPM:*, BV:*, Cl:*, Cmp:+, CS:*, Esq:+, Ex:*, G:*, GB:+, GQ:+, HDX:+*, NME:*, NR:*, O:*, OC:+, P:*, Pf:+*, PM:+, PO:*, R:*, RR:*, RS:+*, Sg:*+, Tr:+, W:*; mc:+, ti:+, vu:+ -- A:(80/21), TH:*
  4. Danger Mouse & Black Thought: Cheat Codes (BMG) {31}: AD:*, AM:*, C:*, Cl:*, DIY:*, Ev:*, Ex:*, G:*, Gl:*, HDX:*, LQ:*, Mj:*, Ne:*, NME:*, NT:*, O:*, RR:*, Sp:*, U:*; js:+, scw:*, xjdc:+ -- A:(83/24), RC:A, TH:A-
  5. Saba: Few Good Things (Saba Pivot) {25}: BV:*, C:*, Cl:*, Cmp:+, CS:*, Ex:*, HDX:+, LQ:*, NME:+*, NT:*, PM:+, Qt:+*, RS:+, S:+, SC:*, Spk:*; scw:*, vu:+, xci:* -- A:(79/13), TH:A-
  6. Vince Staples: Ramona Park Broke My Heart (Blacksmith/Motown) {24}: AM:*, BB:+, BPM:*, C:*, Cl:*, Cmp:+, Ex:*, Gl:*, Gw:*, HDX:+*, NME:*, Pf:+*, S:+, Sg:+; ts:+, vu:+ -- A:(79/13), RC:A-, TH:**
  7. Denzel Curry: Melt My Eyez, See Your Future (PH/Loma Vista/Concord) {22}: AM:*, AV:+, BPM:*, BV:*, Cl:*, Cmp:+, CS:+, D:*, DIY:*, HDX:+, HV:+, K:*, LBF:*, Ne:+*, NME:+*, S:+, Sg:+, Tr:+; xsp:+ -- A:(86/9), TH:**
  8. Billy Woods: Aethiopes (Backwoodz Studioz) {22}: BPM:*, Cmp:+, DW:+, GB:+, Ne:+*, OC:+, Pf:*, PO:*, S:+, SC:*, Sg:+, Spk:*, Tr:+; scw:*, xci:*, xgh:+ -- A:(82/5), RC:**, TH:***
  9. Sudan Archives: Natural Brown Prom Queen (Stones Throw) {20}: AM:*, BPM:*, C:*, Cl:*, Ex:*, LBF:*, Mj:*, MO:*, NR:*, NT:*, O:*, Pf:*, PO:*, SC:*, T:*, U:* -- A:(81/18), TH:A-
  10. Kae Tempest: The Line Is a Curve (Republic) {20}: AM:*, C:*, D:*, DIY:*, Gw:*, LW:*, Mj:*, NME:*, O:*, RC:*, SC:*, Sk:*, T:*, U:*; scw:*, xci:* -- A:(82/17), TH:A-
  11. Bob Vylan: Bob Vylan Presents the Price of Life (Ghost Theatre) {20}: Cl:*, ClR:*, CM:+, D:*, DIY:*, Gw:*, K:*, LBF:*, LW:*, Mj:*, NME:*, PO:*, T:*, W:*; scw:*, xci:* -- A:(84/14), TH:A-
  12. Conway the Machine: God Don't Make Mistakes (Griselda/Interscope) {15}: AM:*, BB:+, BPM:*, Cl:*, Cmp:+, Ex:*, HDX:+*, Ne:+*, RR:*, Sg:+ -- A:(84/7), TH:***
  13. Leikeli47: Shape Up (Hardcover/RCA) {15}: AM:*, Cmp:+, EW:+, Ex:*, Ne:*, NPR:+, Pf:+*, PO:*; ysp:* -- A:(82/5), RC:***, TH:**
  14. Megan Thee Stallion: Traumazine (1501 Certified/300 Entertainment) {13}: Cl:*, CS:*, G:*, MO:*, NME:*, RS:*, T:*, V:*; scw:* -- A:(76/9), TH:A-
  15. Kojey Radical: Reason to Smile (Atlantic) {12}: Cl:*, DIY:*, LBF:*, LQ:*, NME:*, NPR:+, O:*, PM:+, T:* -- A:(80/7), TH:***
  16. Sampa the Great: As Above, So Below (Loma Vista) {12}: Cl:*, DIY:*, Ex:*, G:*, Gw:*, LBF:*, LQ:*, Mj:*, Sk:*, T:* -- A:(79/15), TH:**
  17. Fly Anakin: Frank (Lex) {11}: Cmp:+, HDX:+*, LBF:*, Qt:+*, S:*, Tr:+, W:* -- A:(78/4), TH:**
  18. Homeboy Sandman: I Can't Sell These (self-released) {10}: PO:* -- RC:A, TH:A-
  19. 070 Shake: You Can't Kill Me (GOOD Music/Def Jam) {9}: Cl:*, GB:+, HDX:+, LBF:*, NT:*; xci:* -- A:(72/7), TH:***
  20. 700 Bliss: Nothing to Declare (Hyperdub) {9}: BPM:*, C:*, LBF:*, Pf:*, PM:+, Qt:+, RA:*, W:* -- A:(76/6), TH:*
  21. Central Cee: 23 (self-released) {9}: Cl:*, Ev:*, G:*, Gw:*, LQ:*, NME:* -- A:(78/8), TH:***
  22. Homeboy Sandman: There in Spirit (Mello Music Group -EP) {9}: js:+, xjdc:+, xsp:+ -- A:(69/2), RC:A-, TH:**
  23. Cypress Hill: Back in Black (MNRK) {8}: Al:*, Gl:*, Gw:*, I:*, K:*, YF:* -- A:(70/14), TH:**
  24. EarthGang: Ghetto Gods (Dreamville/Interscope) {8}: Cmp:+, CS:*, NME:*, PO:*, RS:+; vce:+ -- A:(67/8), TH:**
  25. Moor Mother: Jazz Codes (Anti-) {8}: AM:*, G:*, LQ:*, PO:* -- A:(80/3), TH:A-
  26. Nas: Magic (Mass Appeal -EP -21) {8}: Al:*, BPM:*, Cl:*, Ex:*, HDX:*, RR:* -- A:(79/9), TH:**
  27. Phife Dawg: Forever (Smokin' Needles/AWAL) {8}: Al:*, AM:*, HDX:+*, RS:+* -- A:(75/9)TH:**
  28. Benny the Butcher: Tana Talk 4 (Griselda/Empire) {7}: AM:*, Cmp:+, Ex:*, HDX:+, Ne:* -- A:(77/6), TH:**
  29. Che Noir: Food for Thought (TCF Music Publishing) {7}: Cmp:+ -- A:(55/2), RC:***, TH:***
  30. Curren$y & the Alchemist: Continuance (Jet Life) {7}: AM:*, Cl:*, Cmp:+, HDX:+*, W:* -- A:(78/4), TH:*
  31. Freddie Gibbs: $oul $old $eparately (Warner/ESGN) {7}: Cl:*, HDX:*, LBF:*, T:* -- A:(77/6), TH:***
  32. Steve Lacy: Gemini Rights (RCA) {7}: AM:*, Ex:*, NME:*, NT:*, O:*, PO:*, RS:* -- A:(76/10), TH:B
  33. Latto: 777 (RCA) {7}: BB:+, Cl:*, Cmp:+, NME:*, RS:+ -- A:(75/3), TH:**
  34. Mach-Hommy: Dollar Menu 4 (self-released) {7}: -- RC:A-, TH:***
  35. Shygirl: Nymph (Because Music) {7}: C:*, LBF:*, NME:*, NT:*, O:*, Sk:*, T:* -- A:(83/7)
  36. Black Star: No Fear of Time (self-released) {6}: Cmp:+, CS:*, DW:+, HDX:+, RS:+* -- A:(73/4)
  37. Buck 65: King of Drums (self-released) {6}: xci:*, xjdc:+ -- TH:A-
  38. Deca: Smoking Gun (Coalmine) {6}: vce:*+ -- TH:A-
  39. Digga D: Noughty by Nature (CGM/EGA) {6}: Cl:*, G:*, NME:*, O:*, T:* -- A:(79/7), TH:*
  40. Future: I Never Liked You (Epic/Freebandz) {6}: BB:+, Cmp:+, HDX:+, NME:*, RS:+; mc:+ -- A:(66/7)
  41. JID: The Forever Story (Dreamville/Interscope) {6}: Cl:*, Ne:*, PO:*, Spk:* -- A:(84/4), TH:**
  42. Lupe Fiasco: Drill Music in Zion (1st & 15th) {6}: HDX:+*, Ne:* -- A:(73/7), TH:***
  43. Aitch: Close to Home (Capitol) {5}: Ev:*, Gw:*, NME:*, T:* -- A:(62/11), TH:*
  44. Bad Boy Chiller Crew: Disrespectful (Relentless) {5}: BV:*, Gw:*, NME:*, O:*, Pf:* -- A:(74/6)
  45. Kenny Beats: Louie (XL) {5}: Cl:*, G:*, LBF:*, Ne:* -- A:(79/5), TH:*
  46. Burna Boy: Love, Damini (Atlantic) {5}: Cl:*, CS:*, T:* -- A:(73/6), TH:**
  47. Junglepussy: JP5000 (self-released -EP) {5}: GQ:+, LQ:*, Pf:+* -- A:(85/2), TH:*
  48. Wiz Khalifa/Big KRIT/Smoke DZA/Girl Talk: Full Court Press (Asylum/Taylor Gang) {5}: xci:* -- TH:A-
  49. Lyrics Born: Mobile Homies Season 1 (Mobile Home) {5}: xci:* -- TH:A-
  50. Quelle Chris: Deathfame (Mello Music Group) {5}: HDX:+*, W:*; vu:+ -- A:(76/5), TH:*
  51. Bob Vylan: We Live Here (Deluxe) (Venn -EP -21) {5}: xci:* -- TH:A-
  52. Babyface Ray: Face (Empire) {4}: BB:+, Cl:*, Cmp:+, HDX:+ -- A:(76/2)
  53. Bladee & Ecco2k: Crest (Year0001) {4}: Ne:*, NPR:+, Pf:* -- A:(80/2), TH:*
  54. Buck 65/Tachichi: Flash Grenade (Black Buffalo) {4}: ysp:*, xci:* -- TH:**
  55. Con+Kwake: Eyes in the Tower (Native Rebel) {4}: xci:* -- TH:***
  56. Elucid: I Told Bessie (Backwoodz Studioz) {4}: -- RC:**, TH:**
  57. Tee Grizzley: Half Tee Half Beast (Grizzley Gang/300 Entertainment) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  58. Gunna: DS4EVER (YSL/300 Entertainment) {4}: BB:+, Cmp:+, GQ:+, HDX:+
  59. J-Hope: Jack in the Box (HYBE) {4}: NME:*, RS:*, YF:* -- A:(78/5), TH:*
  60. Ka: Languish Arts (Iron Works -EP) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  61. Lil Durk: 7220 (Alamo/Sony) {4}: BB:+, Cl:*, Cmp:+, RS:+ -- A:(72/2)
  62. Flo Milli: You Still Here, Ho? (RCA) {4}: G:*, Gw:* -- A:(72/5), TH:**
  63. Sean Paul: Scorcha (Island) {4}: NME:*, T:* -- A:(80/2), TH:**
  64. Post Malone: Twelve Carat Toothache (Republic) {4}: AM:*, AS:+, NME:*, T:* -- A:(61/11)
  65. Redveil: Learn 2 Swim (self-released) {4}: Cmp:+, HDX:+, Pf:*; vu:+ -- A:(60/2), TH:B
  66. Yung Kayo: DFTK (Sevensevenseven/YSL) {4}: Pf:*, Tr:+ -- A:(82/1), TH:**
  67. Action Bronson: Cocodrillo Turbo (Loma Vista) {3}: Cl:*, Cmp:+, Sp:* -- A:(69/3)
  68. Joey Bada$$: 2000 (Pro Era/Cinematic/Columbia) {3}: Cl:*, Ex:*, PM:* -- A:(73/9)
  69. Confucius MC: Somewhere (YNR Productions -21) {3}: xci:* -- TH:**
  70. DJ Marz Y Los Flying Turntables/DJ Jester the Filipino Fist: Made in USA (self-released) {3}: vce:+ -- TH:**
  71. DJ Premier: Hip Hop 50 Vol 1 (Mass Appeal -EP) {3}: xcw:* -- TH:**
  72. Doechii: She/Her/Black B*tch (Top Dawg Entertainment/Capitol -EP) {3}: NME:* -- A:(70/2), TH:**
  73. Drake: Honestly, Nevermind (OVO Sound/Republic) {3}: AM:*, CS:*, RS:* -- A:(67/10)
  74. Ghais Guevara: There Will Be No Super-Slave (self-released) {3}: BPM:*, PO:* -- TH:*
  75. Ka: Woeful Studies (Iron Works -EP) {3}: PO:* -- TH:**
  76. Willow Kayne: Playground Antics (Columbia -EP) {3}: D:*, DIY:**, NME:* -- A:(90/3)
  77. The Koreatown Oddity: Isthisforreal? (Stones Throw) {3}: LBF:*; ysp:* -- A:(80/2), TH:*
  78. Mach-Hommy: Balens Cho (Hot Candles) (Griselda -21) {3}: Pf:*, -- A:(80/2), TH:**
  79. Roc Marciano & the Alchemist: The Elephant Man's Bones (ALC/Marci/Empire) {3}: Pf:* -- A:(82/1), TH:**
  80. Raw Poetic & Damu the Fudgemunk: Laminated Skies (Def Presse) {3}: LW:* -- A:(78/2), TH:**
  81. RXK Nephew: Slitherman Activated (Towhead -21) {3}: xci:* -- TH:**
  82. RZA Vs Bobby Digital: Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater (MNRK -EP) {3}: -- RC:*, TH:**
  83. Serengeti: Kaleidoscope III (Audio Recon) {3}: PO:* -- TH:**
  84. SonnyJim & the Purist: White Girl Wasted (Daupe) {3}: LQ:*, Mj:*, PO:* -- A:(76/3)
  85. Charm Taylor: She Is the Future (Sinking City -21) {3}: PO:* -- TH:**
  86. Wrecking Crew: Sedale Threat (self-released) {3}: xci:* -- TH:**
  87. Yeat: 2 Alive (Field Trip/Geffen) {3}: Cmp:+, HDX:+, NPR:+ -- A:(58/4)
  88. 42 Dugg & EST Gee: Last Ones Left (CMG/Warlike/Interscope) {2}: Cmp:+, HDX:+
  89. Chief Keef: 4Nem (Glo Gang/RBC -21) {2}: Pf:*, PO:* -- A:(75/4), TH:B
  90. Cordae: From a Bird's Eye View (Atlantic) {2}: AV:*, NME:+* -- A:(69/8)
  91. Duke Deuce: Crunkstar (Quality Control/Motown) {2}: HDX:+ -- TH:*
  92. Fivio Foreign: BIBLE (Columbia/RichFish) {2}: NME:*, RS:+ -- A:(75/2)
  93. Ghais Guevara: Black Bolshevik (self-released -EP -21) {2}: -- TH:**
  94. Ghais Guevara: May Ur Melanin Shield U From Ragnarok (self-released -EP -20) {2}: -- TH:**
  95. Jack Harlow: Come Home the Kids Miss You (Generation Now/Warner) {2}: Cmp:+, V:* -- A:(50/8)
  96. Juice WRLD: Fighting Demons (Grade A -21) {2}: NME:*, V:*
  97. Kyle: It's Not So Bad (self) {2}: NME:* -- A:(80/1), TH:*
  98. Nigo: I Know Nigo! (Victor Victor/Republic) {2}: Cmp:+; ts:+
  99. NoCap: Mr Crawford () {2}: AM:*, HDX:+ -- A:(80/1)
  100. Vic Spencer x Small Professor: Mudslide (Coalmine) {2}: xci:* -- TH:*
  101. Youngboy Never Broke Again: Colors (Atlantic) {2}: Cmp:+, HDX:+
  102. Young T & Bugsey: Truth Be Told (Black Butter) {2}: LQ:*, NME:* -- A:(73/3)
  103. $NOT: Ethereal (300 Entertainment) {1}: Cmp:+
  104. ArrDee: Pier Pressure (Island) {1}: NME:* -- A:(70/3)
  105. Blackhaine: Armour II (Because Music -EP) {1}: Qt:+
  106. Dai Burger: Back in Ya Mouf (self-released -21) {1}: xci:*
  107. Tom Caruana: Strange Planet (Tea Sea) {1}: Mj:* -- A:(80/1)
  108. Dalek: Precipice (Ipecac) {1}: BPM:* -- A:(73/3)
  109. Defcee & Boathouse: For All Debts Public and Private (Closed Sessions) {1}: Cmp:+
  110. Mike Dimes: In Dimes We Trust (Encore) {1}: Cmp:+
  111. Iann Dorr: On to Better Things (10k) {1}: NME:* -- A:(67/5)
  112. Dreamville: D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape (Dreamville) {1}: Cmp:+ -- A:(60/2)
  113. Hook: From, Hook () {1}: Pf:+
  114. Iceboy Violet: The Vanity Project (2 B Real) {1}: Qt:+
  115. IDK: Simple (Clue/Warner) {1}: Cmp:+
  116. Dro Kenji: With or Without You () {1}: HDX:+
  117. Knucks: Alpha Place (Nodaysoff) {1}: Cl:* -- A:(80/1)
  118. Kodak Black: Back for Everything (Dollaz N Dealz/Sniper Gang/Atlantic) {1}: mc:+ -- A:(60/1)
  119. Coi Leray: Trendsetter (Republic) {1}: RS:+ -- A:(59/4)
  120. Material Girl: i85mixx21-22 (No Agreements) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(84/1)
  121. French Montana & Harry Fraud: Montega () {1}: HDX:+ -- A:(71/2)
  122. Rico Nasty: Las Ruinas (Sugar Trap) {1}: K:* -- A:(62/5)
  123. NLE Choppa: Me Vs Me (Warner) {1}: AM:* -- A:(65/3)
  124. Scuti: Intoxication (-EP) {1}: -- GTV:*
  125. Coby Sey: Conduit (AD 93) {1}: LQ:* -- A:(80/1)
  126. Tony Shhnow: Reflexions () {1}: HDX:+
  127. Shortie No Mass: Here Goes Nothing (-21) {1}: NPR:+
  128. Snoop Dogg: Back on Death Row () {1}: HDX:+
  129. Trueno: Bien o Mal () {1}: RS:+
  130. WiFiGawd: Chain of Command (POW) {1}: Cmp:+
  131. WitchCraft: Books Vol I: The Sundisk (Iapetus) {1}: PO:*
  132. Jay Worthy & Larry June: 2 P'z in a Pod (GDF/The Freeminded) {1}: Cmp:+
  133. YL & Zoomo: In Memory Of (RRR Music Group) {1}: Cmp:+
  134. Your Old Droog: YOD Wave (Mongoloid Banks/Nature Sounds) {1}: xci:*