1. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City
This album sounds like it could have been released 10 years ago and its old-school hip hop style is refreshing.
2. JJ Doom Keys to the Kuffs
Keys to the Kuffs showcases a myriad of different instrumentals and has an incredible flow.
3. A$ap Rocky LONG.LIVE.A$AP
LONG.LIVE.A$AP is the debut of A$ap Rocky, a hip-hop artist from Harlem. His killer East Coast style and original flow makes for a great album.
4. Thundercat Apocalypse
This album, which was co-produced by Flying Lotus, is one of the most unique albums to come out this year.
5. Tony Touch Piece Maker
Piece Maker features many different MCs, each with a distinct flow. The album also boasts several notable guest artists, including Gangg Starr and Cypress Hill.