The Top 30 Rappers Of The 2010s

The Top 30 Rappers Of The 2010s

We covered the best 30 rap albums of the past decade last month on our Instagram; now it’s time to cover the rappers who defined the 2010s, enjoy!

30. JPEGMAFIA

Sub-Genre: Experimental/Abstract Hip Hop

Key Factor: Creativity

Essential Projects: Veteran (2018), All My Heroes Are Cornballs (2019)

29. Aesop Rock

Sub-Genre: Conscious/Abstract/Underground Hip Hop

Key Factor: World building

Essential Projects: The Impossible Kid (2016), Skelethon (2012)

28. Billy Woods

Sub-Genre: Abstract/Underground Hip Hop

Key Factor: Atmosphere

Essential Projects: History Will Absolve Me (2012), Dour Candy (2013), Hiding Places (2019)

27. A$AP Rocky

Sub-Genre: Cloud/Trap/Evolutionary/Mainstream Hip Hop

Key Factor: Creativity

Essential Projects: LONG.LAST.A$AP (2015) , LONG.LIVE.A$AP (2013), TESTING (2018)

26. Ghostface Killah

Sub-Genre: Classic/Evolutionary Hip Hop

Key Factor: Artistic Development

Essential Projects: Sour Soul (2015), Twelve Reasons to Die (2013), 36 Seasons (2014), Apollo Kids (2010)

25. Joey Bada$$

Sub-Genre: Conscious/Classic/Hip Hop

Key Factor: Lyricism

Essential Projects: 1999 (2012), B4.DA.$$ (2015), ALL-AMERiKKKAN BADA$$ (2017)

24. Drake

Sub-Genre: Pop/Mainstream Hip Hop

Key Factor: Versatility

Essential Projects: If You’re Reading This It’s To Late (2015), Nothing Was The Same (2013), Take Care (2011)

23. Roc Marciano

Sub-Genre: Glamor/Underground Hip Hop

Key Factor: Consistency

Essential Projects: Marcberg (2010), The Pimpire Strikes Back (2013), Behold a Dark Horse (2018), Reloaded (2012)

22. Vince Staples

Sub-Genre: Gangsta/Evolutionary Hip Hop

Key Factor: Artistic Reinvention

Essential Projects: Summertime 06′ (2015), Big Fish Theory (2017), Hell Can Wait (2013)

21. Travis Scott

Sub-Genre: Trap

Key Factor: Psychedelic Sound

Essential Projects: Rodeo (2015), Astroworld (2018), Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (2016), Days Before Rodeo (2014)

20. Lil Ugly Mane

Sub-Genre: Experimental/Trap/Cloud Rap

Key Factor: Forward Thinking

Essential Projects: Mista Thug Isolation (2012), Three Side of Tape (2015), Oblivion Access (2015)

19. Benny The Butcher

Sub-Genre: Gangsta/Coke Rap

Key Factor: Consistency

Essential Projects: Tana Talk 3 (2018), The Plugs I Met (2019)

18. Young Thug

Sub-Genre: Trap

Key Factor: Creativity

Essential Projects: JEFFERY (2016), Barter 6 (2015), Slime Season 3 (2016), BEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS (2017)

17. Future

Sub-Genre: Trap

Key Factor: Consistency

Essential Projects: Monster (2014), DS2 (2015), Save Me (2019), Purple Reign (2016)

16. Jay-Z

Sub-Genre: Conscious/Glamor/Mainstream Hip Hop

Key Factor: Personal Growth

Essential Projects: 4:44 (2017), Watch the Throne (2011)

15. Killer Mike (of Run The Jewels)

Sub-Genre: Conscious/Abstract/Experimental Hip Hop

Key Factor: Socially Aware Lyricism

Essential Projects: Run the Jewels 2 (2014), R.A.P. Music (2012), Run the Jewels 3 (2016), Run The Jewels (2013)

14. Denzel Curry

Sub-Genre: Evolutionary/Trap/Abstract Hip Hop

Key Factor: Artistic Evolution

Essential Projects: Ta13OO (2018), Imperial (2016)

13. Westside Gunn

Sub-Genre: Gangsta/Coke/Underground Hip Hop

Key Factor: Consistency

Essential Projects: Supreme Blientele (2018), Flygod (2016), HWH2 (2012), HWH6 (2018)

12. Big K.R.I.T.

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Sub-Genre: Conscious/Mainstream/Southern Hip Hop

Key Factor: Consistency

Essential Projects: 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time (2017), K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (2010), Cadillactica (2014)

11. Pusha T

Sub-Genre: Coke/Gangsta Rap

Key Factor: Lyricism

Essential Projects: Daytona (2018), King Push (2015), My Name is My Name (2013)

10. Mac Miller

Sub-Genre: Mainstream/Evolutionary Hip Hop

Key Factor: Artistic Progression

Essential Projects: Faces (2014), Watching Movies with the Sound Off (2013), The Divine Feminine (2016), K.I.D.S. (2010), Swimming (2018)

9. Tyler The Creator

Sub-Genre: Mainstream/Evolutionary Hip Hop

Key Factor: Artistic Progression

Essential Projects: IGOR (2019), Flowerboy (2017), Wolf (2013)

8. Black Thought (of The Roots)

Sub-Genre: Conscious Hip Hop

Key Factor: Storytelling

Essential Projects: Undun (2011), Streams of Thought Vol. 1 (2018)

7. MC Ride (of Death Grips)

Sub-Genre: Experimental/Industrial Hip Hop

Key Factor: Delivery

Essential Projects: The Powers That B (2015), The Money Store (2012), Year of the Snitch (2018), NO LOVE DEEP WEB (2012), Exmillitary (2011)

6. El-P (of Run The Jewels)

Sub-Genre: Experimental/Abstract Hip Hop

Key Factor: Forward Thinking

Essential Projects: Run The Jewels 2 (2014), Run The Jewels 3 (2016), Cancer 4 Cure (2012), Run The Jewels (2013)

5. Freddie Gibbs

Sub-Genre: Gangsta/Coke Rap

Key Factor: Bravado

Essential Projects: Piñata (2014), Bandana (2019), You Only Live 2wice (2017)

4. Danny Brown

Sub-Genre: Abstract/Underground Hip Hop

Key Factor: Creativity

Essential Projects: Atrocity Exhibition (2016), XXX (2011), Old (2013)

3. Earl Sweatshirt

Sub-Genre: Lo-Fi/Underground Hip Hop

Key Factor: Emotional Depth

Essential Projects: Some Rap Songs (2018), I Don’t Like Shit I Don’t Go Outside (2015), Doris (2013)

2. Kanye West

Sub-Genre: Mainstream/Conscious/Experimental/Gospel/Evolutionary Hip Hop

Key Factor: Creativity

Essential Projects: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010), The Life Of Pablo (2016), Yeezus (2013), KIDS SEE GHOSTS (2018), ye (2018)

1. Kendrick Lamar

Sub-Genre: Conscious/Mainstream Hip Hop

Key Factor: Conceptual Depth

Essential Projects: To Pimp A Butterfly (2015), good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), DAMN. (2017), untitled unmastered. (2016), Section.80 (2011)

List Created, Edited, and Written By: Marc Dator, owner and founder of Fantastic Hip Hop

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