Top 10 Rap Albums of 2020
2020 was undeniably a great year for rap music. The year itself may not have been the best with COVID-19 and other problems, but artists were dropping amazing albums, EPs, and mixtapes that may just go down as classics. Not only were older and more established artists dropping music, but many new and young artists made breakout singles and albums and secured their spot in the rap industry. Artists that passed away also released amazing posthumous albums for their fans. Without any further ado, let’s get into the top ten rap albums released in 2020 and what made these albums so great.
10. No Pressure - Logic
Logic dropped his sixth and final studio album on July 24, 2020. Logic retired from rapping after releasing the album to take care of his family. The significance of this album made his fans appreciate the project much more. The songs in the album were definitely a huge improvement compared to his recent albums, which have not done very well. His 2019 album, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, was a messy album with no real structure and corny lyrics. The album just did not feel like music that Logic would ever make. However, the young rapper definitely redeemed himself with No Pressure as he rapped intricate bars and made clever, meaningful lyrics about his life as a father, the rap industry, and even subjects as dark as gang violence. The album was perhaps the best project Logic has made since Under Pressure.
9. High Off Life - Future
High Off Life was released by Future on May 15, 2020. The album has the typical hyped feeling that Future’s music typically gives off but it is also very different from Future’s other albums. Future’s previous projects typically have songs that all have the same sound and vibe. His new album gives off different vibes in different songs and Future uses this to his advantage as he takes listeners on a rollercoaster of emotions. His songs “Trapped in The Sun” and “Touch The Sky” make listeners think of expensive cars and clothes. Other songs such as “Posted With Demons” and “100 Shooters” give off a dark and scary vibe. Overall, the album is amazing as it is so different from his many other albums.
8. Legends Never Die - Juice WRLD
Legends Never Die dropped on July 10, 2020, around seven months after the artist’s unfortunate death. The album was a creative way for Juice WRLD to say goodbye to his friends, family, and fans. Legends Never Die had an angelic vibe and revolved around Juice WRLD’s message to his fans and his unfortunate drug addiction. All of Juice WRLD’s previous solo studio albums were mainly about heartbreak and had a depressing feel to them in general. This is what set his new album apart from his other music. The album had melodic rap and slower songs that could be considered R&B music. Some songs were upbeat such as “Blood On My Jeans,” and other songs had a surreal and depressing vibe such as “Life’s A Mess.” Overall, it was a great posthumous album for his fans and anyone else to listen to.
7. Industry Games - Chika
This album was the start of perhaps one of the greatest female rappers of the decade. Chika used this album as a way to talk about the corrupt and unfair environment that is present in the rap industry. The young rapper destroyed all the claims that “women can’t rap” through a well-crafted, emotional album that was packed with lyricism, confidence, and spirituality. Each song in the album told a beautiful story through creative storytelling and melodies that lets listeners into the life of Chika. The album itself is just a creative masterpiece and will definitely leave listeners satisfied.
6. Meet The Woo 2 - Pop Smoke
Meet The Woo 2 dropped before Pop Smoke’s death. The album was the project that got Pop Smoke some recognition and acknowledgement. As time passed, more people heard about the Brooklyn drill artist and Meet The Woo 2 received more and more attention. Unfortunately, the young rapper passed away when he started to blow up. This album is filled with songs that you can play when you’re alone, when you workout or when you’re at a party with friends. The drill beats, the exciting flows, and the artist’s naturally deep voice makes Meet The Woo 2 a very fun album to listen to in general.
5. Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon - Pop Smoke
This posthumous album was easily Pop Smoke’s best album so far. Every single song in this beautifully crafted album is different and gives listeners the best of feelings. Pop Smoke incorporated his typical Brooklyn drill style into the album with songs such as “44 BullDog” and “Make It Rain.” On the other hand, the artist explores a more melodic flow in the album with songs such as “Yea Yea” and “For The Night.” He also unexpectedly made a couple romantic songs on this album such as “What You Know Bout Love” and “Something Special.” The different flows and melodies that Pop Smoke uses in the album make this album a true masterpiece.
4. THE GOAT - Polo G
Lyrically, this album tops every other album on the list. The young Chicago artist dropped this album on May 15, 2020, just as he was starting to get recognition. Polo G dropped a song with Lil Tjay in 2019, which blew up and got Polo G his first bit of recognition. He then dropped THE GOAT on May 15, 2020 to completely secure himself a spot in the rap game. The album is a combination of soft love songs and stories of Polo G’s struggle with gang violence and drugs. Polo G also talks about his success and how hard he had to work to get there on tracks such as “21” and delves into the darker parts of his life, talking about how he was molested at a young age on the track “I Know.” What made this album truly great is the track “Wishing For A Hero.” The track remixes the legendary song “Changes” by Tupac, and Polo G did an amazing job on the beat as he talked about systemic racism, police brutality, and other issues black people deal with as a whole.
3. Savage Mode II - 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
This long-awaited album was the perfect sequel to the original Savage Mode the duo created. Filled with 21 Savage’s disrespectful, hype lyrics and Metro Boomin’s creative beat production, the album was very fun to listen to. Most of the songs offer a dark and upbeat vibe but the artists also switch it up with songs such as “RIP Luv.” The album was overall a great album to get hyped to and truly enjoy.
2. My Turn - Lil Baby
This album was packed with Lil Baby’s various flows and melodies and amazing beats from big producers such as Tay Keith and Murda Beatz. Lil Baby’s beat selection was one of the biggest factors in the album’s great success. The rapper rapped over some of the hardest beats of the year in songs such as “How,” “We Paid,” and “Woah.” The song “Emotionally Scarred” was very successful as Lil Baby uses a hard beat and explores his previous heartbreaks, his success, etc. My Turn was definitely one of the best albums of the year.
1. Eternal Atake - Lil Uzi Vert
Eternal Atake was definitely one of the most successful albums of the year, looking at sales alone. Many critics claim that the reason for its success is because of how long fans had to wait for the album and the hype that people created around it. This is definitely not the case as the album is filled with amazing bars and hard beats from producers such as Oogie Mane, Wheezy, and even Chief Keef. The album was filled with Lil Uzi Vert’s typical upbeat sounding music and clever bars. Combined with his intricate flows, melodies, and rhyming schemes, the album was a great success.
In conclusion, the year 2020 was a great year for rap music. Many new artists blew up and artists changed rap forever. Based on the great albums that dropped recently, the future of rap music looks very promising.