The Best Kendrick Lamar Albums, Ranked  

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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.

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To Pimp a Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kendrick Lamar Albums, Ranked
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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

good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kendrick Lamar Albums, Ranked
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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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Section.80 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kendrick Lamar Albums, Ranked
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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

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Damn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kendrick Lamar Albums, Ranked
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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