Kendrick Lamar is often considered the saviour of the new school. Among a generation of mumble rappers, Lamar has been consistent in releasing seriously good quality hip hop. Since his emergence on the Compton underground hip hop scene in the late early 2010s, Lamar has gone on to work with all the greats in the business and is known as a skilled lyricist.
Coming up in Compton under the independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment, Lamar first garnered attention with his 2010 debut mixtape release Overly Dedicated. In 2011, Lamar released his first full-length studio album, Section.80, which caught the attention of Compton native Dr Dre, and already with a cult following, the rapper landed a record deal with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment.
Upon signing to Aftermath, Lamar began work on his first major-label album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, which upon its release in 2012, received critical acclaim and positive reviews making Lamar the next big artist. Now with a lot of pressure on him to produce a good third album, Lamar took three years out of the game to work on his craft and music, which culminated in his 2015 release To Pimp A Butterfly. The album was Lamar’s first to reach number one on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified platinum.
Lamar continued to follow suit with his albums on somewhat of a streak. The Compton rapper’s 2017 album DAMN. earned him his first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 in the form of ‘Humble’ and even saw Lamar win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
However, although Lamar has had a lot of success with regard to his albums, even he himself prefers some of his projects more than others. In an interview with L.A. radio show ‘The Neighbourhood’ on Real FM 92.3, the Compton rapper ranked his albums from best to worst. You can see the rapper’s personal favourites in the list below.
Kendrick Lamar’s albums ranked worst to best:
- To Pimp A Butterfly
- Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
When asked why he considered DAMN. his best project, the rapper responded, “Because I think DAMN. is a hybrid of all these projects. It was me finally being able to take elements from ‘Good Kid’, the message behind To Pimp A Butterfly, the sonics and beats slappin’ on ‘Good Kid’ and the rawness of just being able to do what I wanted on Section.80“
You can watch more of Lamar ranking his albums in the video below.