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The Best Kendrick Lamar Albums, Ranked

Updated September 14, 2018 3.1k votes 907 voters 5.9k views9 items

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K-Dot fans, we're ranking the best Kendrick Lamar albums of all time. One of the greatest rappers of all time, Kendrick Lamar's discography has earned him Grammy Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, and even the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Two of his studio albums, including his new album, have hit number one on Billboard charts. What is the greatest Kendrick Lamar album ever?

From his debut album Section.80 to his 2017 album Damn, this list of Kendrick Lamar albums includes Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, To Pimp a Butterfly, and his old mixtapes.

Vote up the best Kendrick Lamar albums, and vote down the ones that were disappointing.

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    1. Wesley's Theory (feat. George Clinton and Thundercat)    
    2. For Free? (Interlude)
    3. King Kunta
    4. Institutionalized (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise, and Snoop Dogg)    
    5. These Walls (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise, and Thundercat)    
    6. u
    7. Alright
    8. For Sale? (Interlude)
    9. Momma
    10. Hood Politics
    11. How Much a Dollar Cost (feat. James Fauntleroy and Ronald Isley)
    12. Complexion (A Zulu Love) (feat. Rapsody)    
    13. The Blacker the Berry
    14. You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
    15. i
    16. Mortal Man

    Metacritic score: 96/100

    • Release Date: 2015
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    1. Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter's Daughter
    2. B*tch, Don't Kill My Vibe
    3. Backseat Freestyle
    4. The Art of Peer Pressure
    5. Money Trees (feat. Jay Rock)    
    6. Poetic Justice (feat. Drake)    
    7. Good Kid
    8. M.A.A.D City (feat. MC Eiht)    
    9. Swimming Pools (Drank) (Extended Version)    
    10. Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst
    11. Real (feat. Anna Wise)    
    12. Compton (feat. Dr. Dre)    

    Metacritic score: 91/100

    • Release Date: 2012
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    1. Blood
    2. DNA
    3. Yah
    4. Element
    5. Feel
    6. Loyalty (feat. Rihanna)    
    7. Pride
    8. Humble
    9. Lust
    10. Love (feat. Zacari)    
    11. XXX (feat. U2)    
    12. Fear
    13. God
    14. Duckworth

    Metacritic score: 95/100

    • Release Date: 2017
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    1. F*ck Your Ethnicity
    2. Hol' Up
    3. A.D.H.D
    4. No Make-Up (Her Vice) (feat. Colin Munroe)    
    5. Tammy's Song (Her Evils)
    6. Chapter Six
    7. Ronald Reagan Era (His Evils)
    8. Poe Mans Dreams (His Vice) (feat. GLC)    
    9. The Spiteful Chant (feat. Schoolboy Q)    
    10. Chapter Ten
    11. Keisha's Song (Her Pain) (feat. Ashtrobot)    
    12. Rigamortis
    13. Kush & Corinthians (His Pain) (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)    
    14. Blow My High (Members Only)
    15. Ab-Soul's Outro (feat. Ab-Soul)    
    16. HiiiPoWeR

    Metacritic score: 80/100

    • Release Date: 2011