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Year Review: Top 15 Global Hip-Hop Albums of 2022

In 2022, rap music thrived at an unprecedented scale. The genre witnessed enrapturing rhythms, therapeutic lyricism and Avant-garde LPs which represented the culture and provided it with the longevity it needed. Amidst Kendrick Lamar’s return after a five-year hiatus, Nas’ seamless gestation on King’s Disease III, Pusha T’s iconic full-length LP, It’s Almost Dry and Drake & 21 Savage’s debut collaborative effort, Little Simz, Flohio, JID and Lazza laid a foundation for modern rap with fearless conviction.

While the dust settles, here are our top 15 Global Hip-Hop Albums.

15. Flohio, ‘Out of Heart’

Out of Heart

14. Gunna, ‘DS4Ever’

13. Kojey Radical, ‘Reason To Smile’

12. Leikeli 47, ‘Shape Up’

11. Lazza, ‘Sirio’

10. Little Simz, ‘No Thank You’

9. Drake & 21 Savage, ‘Her Loss’

8. JID, ‘The Forever Story’

7. Bad Bunny, ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’

6. Robert Glasper, ‘Black Radio III (Supreme Edition)’

5. Metro Boomin, ‘Heroes & Villains’

4. Nas, ‘King’s Disease III’

3. Pusha T, ‘It’s Almost Dry’

2. Danger Mouse & Black Thought, ‘Cheat Codes’

1. Kendrick Lamar, ‘Mr. Morales & the Big Steppers’