In many ways, 2021 represents one of the most difficult times in rap history. Several tragedies and bereavements have punctuated this year and have put our emotions to the test. But rap is also a genre built on resilience, and 2021 has seen its greatest artists, along with a roster of exciting newcomers, find new ways to balance joy and pain. In fact, the end-of-year reviews have already invaded the news feeds, and listeners are already sharing their best and worst lists of 2021.
Rolling Stone also shared his best projects for 2021: Playboy Carti towers over his peers
Several influential albums surfaced throughout the year, but according to Rolling Stone, the record that has surpassed them all is Playboi Carti’s Whole Lotta Red. The album was released on Christmas 2020. But the little buffer week between its release and the start of this year does not matter, given the revolution that this album represents. Carti delivered one of the most avant-garde rap records since Kanye West’s Yeezus. “ It’s my job from now on. That sound is something that is going to be consistent and relevant going forward, ” he told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “ It’s just part of creating something new. If this is something that people accept right away, how is it different? “He was right. The album’s footprints are featured on almost every track we’ve heard in 2021.
For the rest of the ranking, we have J. ColeThe Off-Season in 20th place, Maxo Kream Weight of the World in 14th place, Kanye West Donda in 13th place, Young Thug Punk in 12th place, DrakeCertified Lover Boy in 10th place, Lil Nas X Montero in 7th place, Doja Cat Planet Her in 6th place , Megan Thee Stallion Something for Thee Hotties in 5th place, and Tyler, The Creator Call Me if You Get Lost in 3rd place.
As you might expect, the fan base of all the artists in this ranking, have taken to social media to give their opinions, and some are scathing to say the least.