1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly presents it’s self as a genre-busting, frenzied fusion of funk, jazz, soul, and hip-hop. Thematically, it follows no story-arcs, and can turn and twist at any given moment, with the only through line being that every single song is unapologetic, devastatingly honest, and pridefully black. Whether you choose to pinpoint the brilliance in the innovative production or the unorthodox and supreme lyricism offered by Kendrick here, the bottom line is that at every single angle, Butterfly remains exceptional. Kendrick Lamar has not only crafted the most potent, distinguished, original representation of his mind and message, but he has done so with the utmost sense of skill, creativity and emotion. Simply put, Kendrick Lamar has not only topped his acclaimed debut, but he has crafted one of the greatest, most impactful albums in years.