The Best Rap Albums Of 2022

Time to update your playlists, because this year's hottest rap album releases are more fire than ever with innovative production and profound verses by many of your favorite hip hop artists. From Vince Staples' RAMONA PARK BROKE MY HEART and Gunna's DS4Ever to Grammy Award winner Megan Thee Stallion's Traumazine, 2022's top hip hop albums feature diverse rappers across a few decades and countless hip hop music subgenres, including trap, alternative hip hop, drill, R&B, pop, reggaetón, southern hip hop, soul, funk, gangsta rap, electronic, and experimental hip hop. 2021 XXL Freshman Coi Leray and Brooklyn native Fivio Foreign finally dropped their highly-anticipated debut studio albums, Trendsetter and B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth), and the late King Von (rest in power) released his posthumous full-length project What It Means to Be King.

Which 2022 rap album will win a Grammy next year? How many of these full-length projects and mixtapes will surpass a billion streams across Spotify and Apple Music? Vote below for your favorite new rap albums, and feel free to check out these artists' discography lists afterwards if you'd like to discover more of their greatest studio LPs.

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  • The Forever Story
    410 votes
    • Genres (Music): Hip hop
    The Forever Story is the third studio album by American rapper JID. It was released on August 26, 2022, through Dreamville and Interscope Records. The album features guest appearances from Kenny ...more
  • Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
    722 votes
    • Genres (Music): Conscious hip hop, Jazz rap, Progressive rap
    Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers is the fifth studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, released on May 13, 2022, through PGLang, Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope ...more
  • Melt My Eyez See Your Future
    526 votes
    • Genres (Music): Hip hop
    Melt My Eyez See Your Future is the fifth studio album by American rapper Denzel Curry, released through PH and Loma Vista Recordings on March 25, 2022. The album includes features from Robert ...more
  • It's Almost Dry
    436 votes
    • Genres (Music): Hip hop
    It's Almost Dry is the fourth studio album by American rapper Pusha T. It was released on April 22, 2022, by G.O.O.D. Music and Def Jam Recordings. The album features guest appearances from Kanye ...more
  • God Don't Make Mistakes
    Conway the Machine
    268 votes
    • Genres (Music): Hip hop
    God Don't Make Mistakes is the second studio album by rapper Conway the Machine. It was released through Shady Records on February 25, 2022. The album was preceded by two singles, "Piano Love" and ...more
  • Few Good Things
    210 votes
    • Genres (Music): Hip hop
    Few Good Things is the third studio album by American rapper and record producer Saba, released through Saba Pivot, LLC on February 4, 2022.