Hip-Hop Lists and Reviews
By Henry Adaso, About.com Guide
- Best Reviewed Albums
- Best Reviewed Songs
- Essential Hip-Hop
- Best Rap Music by Decade
- Best Rap Songs by Artist
- Best Rap Music by Year
Best Reviewed Albums
I've reviewed hundreds of albums over the years, but only a handful of hip-hop albums have swept me off my feet. I've compiled the lucky few into one simple pool for your convenience.
Best Reviewed Songs
Explore the best rap songs on the planet. These are songs with 4.5 - 5-star ratings.
- Lupe Fiasco - "Kick, Push"
- Nas - "Black Republican"
- Kanye, Nas, Rakim, KRS-One - "Better Than I've Ever Been"
Sure, there's plenty of good hip-hop music out there, but only a handful of those could be labeled "essential." Consult the lists below for albums, artists and songs that every hip-hop head should know.
Best Rap Music by Decade
You'll find one or two albums here that evoke some pleasant memories. You'll probably rediscover some old favorites. At the end of the day, you'll walk away feeling wistfully nostalgic.
Best Rap Songs by Artist
Selections from the catalogs of some ivy league MCs. These are records that separate the boys from the men.
- Top 10 Biggie Collaborations
- 10 Rap Classics Inspired by Michael Jackson
- 10 Rap Classics Inspired by Isaac Hayes
Best Rap Music by Year
Every year has its highs and lows. We'll spare you the ugly side and focus on the best music and moments of the past few years.
- Best Rap Albums of 2006
- Best Rap Albums of 2007
- Best Rap Albums of 2008
- Best Rap Albums of 2009
- Best Rap Albums of 2010
- Best Rap Songs of 2006
- Best Rap Songs of 2007
- Best Rap Songs of 2008
- Best Rap Songs of 2009
- Best Rap Songs of 2010
Hip-hop artists are recognized for their work every year. Here's a round-up of award nominees and winners over the years.
- Grammys Best Rap Album Winners
- 2006 Grammy Rap Winners
- 2006 BET Hip-Hop Award Winners
- 2007 Grammy Rap Winners
- 2007 BET Hip-Hop Award Winners
- 2008 Grammy Rap Winners
- 2008 BET Hip-Hop Award Winners
- 2009 Grammy Rap Winners
- 2009 BET Hip-Hop Award Winners
- 2010 Grammy Rap Winners
Unique lists and recommendations for heads who want something more than the usual. These range from sentimental rap songs to the best sophomore rap albums.
- 25 Best Hip-Hop Workout Songs
- Top 10 Rap Songs About Grief & Loss
- Top 10 Sentimental Rap Songs
- 10 Rap Songs Mom Will Love
- 10 Rap Songs Dad Will Love
- 10 Rap Songs About Obama
- 10 Spookiest Rap Songs
- 10 Best Sophomore Rap Albums
- 10 Hottest Hip-Hop Couples
- Best Rap Songs for the Summer
- Fallen Soldiers: Hip-Hop Deaths in the 2000s
Most rappers would give a limb to have Jay-Z's catalog. Some would kill to have Eminem's. To better understand why, you'll need to study the discographies of these rap greats.
Worst of Hip-Hop
OK, I lied. I promised to only highlight the best of hip-hop music here. But how can we embrace the best and completely ignore the things we despise about hip-hop culture?
- 25 Worst Hip-Hop Trends of the 2000s
- 25 Worst Rap Lyrics Ever
- 5 Cases of Fans-Turned-Enemies
- 10 Worst Rap Albums of 2008
- 10 Worst Rap Albums of 2009
- 11 Most Embarrassing Moments in Hip-Hop
- 10 Rap Album Cover Clichés We Could Do Without
Your favorite artists, albums, and more. Check out our readers' picks and feel free to add your voice to the conversation.