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Kendrick VS. Drake VS. J. Cole: Ranking Rap's Big 3 Top 5 Albums

If you're reading this, it's too late to change my opinion — I said what I said.

For Black Music Month, where we embrace the influence of its roots and the artists that carry on its legacy, it's only right that we rank some albums. I'll be ranking the rap game's Big 3 Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Drake's albums head to head in this piece.

Debut Album: Section.80

Debut Album: Cole World: The Sideline Story

Debut Album: Thank Me Later

Winner Best Debut: Section.80

Sophomore Album: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

A picture of Kendrick Lamar performing

Sophomore Album: Take Care

Sophomore Album: Born Sinner

Winner Best Sophomore Album: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

Junior Album: To Pimp a Butterfly

Junior Album: Nothing Was the Same

Junior Album: 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Winner Best Junior Album: 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Senior Album: Damn.

Senior Album: Views

Senior Album: 4 Your Eyez Only

Winner Best Senior Album: Views

Most Recent Album: Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers

Most Recent Album: Certified Lover Boy

Most Recent Album: The Off-Season

Best Most Recent Album: The Off-Season

Bottom Line

While we all know rankings are completely subjective, it's nice being able to have this much quality music from three extremely gifted musicians to even do a ranking such as this. All three of these artists can create timeless classics that can stay with you for years to come, which is something that we can all appreciate. Whether you're a Kendrick fan, Drake fan, J. Cole fan, or maybe even a fan of all three like me, you know each one is great in their way, and that's what makes the music that much better. 

How would you rank these albums? Let me know in the comment section below.