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The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

the worst rap albums of 2020

See what we did there in the title of this piece? It’s called The Worst RAP Albums Of 2020, as opposed to The Best HIP HOP Albums Of 2020. KRS One once said, “Rap is something you do, Hip Hop is something you live”. The albums listed here are rap albums or trap albums, or something – not Hip Hop albums as far as we are concerned. (T)rap for us is a Hip Hop adjacent genre, like R&B and neo-soul are not Hip Hop, but Hip Hop adjacent. It so happens we like neo-soul and some R&B, but trap: not so much.

On this site, we curate Hip Hop. That means we listen to ALL new albums released in the Hip Hop genre. Inevitably we get to hear albums that get lumped into the Hip Hop category incorrectly. So we decided to have some fun and do this totally gratuitous list, with no other reason than to rant a little about what we consider a sad, sad corner of the rap universe. Every album on this list got at least two full listens, one with a focus on the lyrics, one more casual. Sometimes sitting through two listening sessions was torturous, sometimes surprisingly bearable.

Mind: not all music categorizable as trap sucks by definition. Juice WRLD’s posthumous album was pretty good. And 21 Savage and Metro Boomin have a better than solid album with Savage Mode II. These are exceptions, though.

We stuck a rating to each album listed here. Don’t attach TOO much meaning to the ratings and the comments. It’s just because we listened to all these albums that we’ve decided to share our thoughts about them. Like The Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2020 list, this list is a work in progress. If we have to misfortune to be confronted by more rap albums that deserve a place on this list, we will add them. Now let’s get into it, from bad to worse to worst: The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020.

Lil Durk - Just Cause Y'all Waited 2

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

Predisposed not to like artists with Lil in their name or with colored dreds, or with anything else really that looks like its just another generic construct out of the trap factory, it’s hard to go into a project like this with an open mind. While HHGA will always consider the use of autotune as a sign of weakness – a tool to hide the lack of skill – this guy gets away with it, he probably doesn’t even need it.

Lil Durk is a better rapper than most of his brethren, he is even capable of crafting bars wit some meaning (not always – “Chanel, Gucci, Gucci, handbag, Gucci, Gucci / Emilio Pucci, Pucci, I might kiss that coochie, coochie” – but more than most trappers are able to anyway). The trap beats here are generic but smooth and for the most part catchy and enjoyable, and the lyrics with Lil Durk’s flow and delivery are not all cringe-worthy – this is one of the better projects in this genre and the best of the bad albums released this year.

Rating: 55/100 | OK

Moneybagg Yo - Time Served

Catchy trap for the kiddies, surprisingly tolerable. Totally forgettable lyrics of course, but some decent instrumentals here and there.

Rating: 55/100 | OK

Yo Gotti - Untrapped

Yo Gotti’s tenth studio album. Generic, but tolerable.

Rating: 50/100 | Meh

Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Atake

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

Lots of hype and anticipation preceded this release. Was the wait worth it? Hard to judge perhaps for someone pre-inclined not to like anything that classifies as ‘trap’ and who wasn’t anticipating this album at all, but here goes anyway.

Going into Eternal Atake with a mind as open as possible the conclusion after two full listens is that it’s not all as bad as expected. It’s pretty generic, but even so, it’s better than most of its ilk. Mostly nonsensical, dumbass lyrics of course but that’s to be expected on a trap album. LUV’s flow and delivery are not the worst of the trap genre though, and the instrumentals are mostly enjoyable.

Rating: 50/100 | Meh

Future - High Off Life

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

“Lamborghini, Ferarri, Maybach (yeah yeah)”.
“Diamonds (ooh)”.
“I’m rich (woo woo)”.
“Bitches, swimming pool (yeah yeah)”
“Drugs, bricks, cocaine” (skrrt)”
“Money, cars (brrt brrt)”
“Mink coat (ayy ayy)”
“Hoes in a Lamborghini (yeah yeah)”
“Watches, Benz (woah woah)”
“Rings on fingers (woo woo)”
“Bentleys, rich sh*t (yeah yeah)”

There are a few moments with some substance, but it’s clear you don’t turn to this kind of rap for lyrical depth. High Off Life is well put together though, it’s all very catchy and entertaining, and Future pulls off keeping things fresh on a tracklist with 21 songs and a playing time of 70 minutes, even if the auto-tuned choppy flows of Future and his high-profile guests can get tiring.

Rating: 50/100 | Meh

Pop Smoke - Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

When Pop Smoke played his strength – churning out UK Drill type bangers – he had something going on that separated him from the rest of the pack – and there are definitely some strong, typical Pop Smoke tracks on this posthumous debut album. Unfortunately, there’s too much pandering to the mainstream here, with too may trap and R&B infused songs (especially towards the end of the tracklist) that bring the album down. For a mainstream album Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon is not that bad, but ultimately it’s too bland to be memorable.

Rating: 50/100 | Meh

G Herbo - PTSD

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

The cover art is kinda nice, and while listening to “Intro” it looked like G Herbo’s PTSD might be a pleasant surprise, against expectations. Alas, “Intro” is the best song on PTSD by far – it all goes downhill after that first song pretty fast, degrading into blandness and mediocrity. PTSD runs for 47 minutes, not that long at all – but it feels a lot longer, never a good sign. But even so, PTSD is not really bad, better than most projects coming out in this subgenre of rap. PTSD is forgettable, not terrible.

Rating: 50/100 | Meh

Lil Baby - My Turn

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

My Turn is a thirteen-in-a-dozen album, but it’s not the worst of its kind. Yes, it’s generic, bland, and mostly boring, and at 20 tracks and one hour of playing time, it’s way too long. But it’s also tolerable, easy-listening, and perfectly suited to serve as background music. When listening to this album a little more carefully it’s evident Lil Baby is a mid rapper at best. Still better than a lot of other trappers though.

Rating: 45/100 | Bad

Don Toliver - Heaven Or Hell

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

Can an album like Heaven Or Hell even be categorized as Hip Hop or even Rap? Probably not, but let’s have an opinion on this thing anyway…:

The good: Heaven Or Hell‘s cover art is very nice, and Don Toliver is a good name – he could’ve just as easily called himself Lil Tolly or Young Don or something, knowing the kind of music he makes. The non-musical aesthetics of this project are on point.

The bad: the music is incredibly boring – sleep-inducing beats and the lifeless, wack auto-tune vocals to match. This kind of overuse of auto-tune is like signaling your incapabilities as a rapper. Got no skills? Crank up the auto-tune, why don’t you.

Lots of people seem to love this album – good for them. We don’t though. Heaven Or Hell is background music at best.

Rating: 40/100 Bad

Lil Wayne - Funeral

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

Lil Wayne is an icon, one of the most influential rappers of the last two decades – unfortunately*. It’s not a stretch to say he fathered the mumble trap genre, spawning an army of face-tatted Lil Clones who have been flooding the mainstream with an endless stream of generic braindead music.

Sonically this album starts off kind of promising, with some interesting instrumentals here and there, but at 24 tracks and well over an hour it all descends in bland genericness pretty quick. Lyrics-wise it’s typical Lil Wayne, lots of clumsy rhyming and dumb-ass drivel: “Wobble-di-wobble, lil mama ass is colossal / Give me head like a bobblehead, bobble-di-bobble” – well, you get it. Lil Wayne stans will likely be well pleased, but there’s so much Hip Hop out there that’s a lot better than this that it just does not do to dwell on Funeral.

*Strong anti-Lil Wayne bias freely admitted.

Rating: 40/100 | Bad

Gunna - WUNNA

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

It’s a challenge to sit through all 50 minutes of Wunna and stay awake. The beats are sleep-inducing, and that can be OK if there’s lyrical content to keep attention – but obviously, that’s too much to ask for an artist of Gunna’s caliber.

Cute pink toe, I bit her on the toes
I f**k her like a ho, I make a whole flick (Sh*t, make a whole flick)
Proud of baby girl, she can take a whole d*ck (Take a whole d*ck)
She told me she was thirsty, started drinkin’ my spit (Drinkin’ my spit)

LOL

Rating: 35/100 | Very Bad

T.R.U. & 2 Chainz - No Face No Case

These trap guys sure know how to cook up decent instrumentals, but why this kind of autotuned rapping/singing appeals to people remains to be a mystery.

Rating: 35/100 | Very Bad

DaBaby - BLAME IT ON BABY

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

Lots of people seem to like this kind of rap music. Not everybody though. This project is barely over EP-length, but it feels more like two hours. DaBaby’s favorite words: bitch and n***a.

Rating: 35/100 | Very Bad

Gucci Mane - Gucci Mane Presents: So Icy Summer

Gucci Mane is one of the veterans/pioneers of this unfortunate subgenre of rap. This project is a monster, and not in the good sense of the word. A monstrosity is a better word perhaps. Half Gucci Mane half album, half compilation, this album runs for a mindnumbing 80 minutes. The album gets progressively worse towards the end too with an endless parade of interchangeable feature artists, so sitting through this thing twice was a challenge, to say the least. Gucci Mane Presents: So Icy Summer – no, just no.

Rating: 30/100 | Very Bad

Chris Brown & Young Thug - Slime & B

Not as bad as expected.

“Poppin’ bottles in the club
F**kin’ models, doin’ drugs (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
And I can’t do this anymore (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
I feel like an animal (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Woah”

Unexpected lyrical depth too.

Rating: 30/100 | Very Bad

Lil Yachty - Lil Boat 3

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

Lil Boat 3 is Lil Yachty’s fourth studio album and the follow-up to October 2018’s Nuthin’ 2 Prove. The album is also the final entry in Yachty’s Lil Boat trilogy, which began in March 2016.

At least some of these Lil … guys have some skill as a rapper. Lil Yachty is not one of them. Damn, but this guy sucks. Even autotune can not save his ass. Weak flow, no energy, typical dumbass trap lyrics. Sometimes there is something there that makes these trap projects tolerable, strong beats or energy of the artist involved, or something. Lil Yachty has nothing of that. Bad rapper, boring beats. The stacked feature list can’t help this trainwreck either – Tyler, A$AP Rocky, and Tierra Whack are wasted here. Nice cover art, that’s something at least.

Rating: 30/100 | Very Bad

A Boogie Wit da Hoodie - Artist 2.0

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

It’s always the same with these trap guys – generic but kind of decent production combined with wack vocals.

Beats 55, vocals 15.

Rating: 35/100 | Very Bad

Nav - Good Intentions

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

49 minutes, but this felt like a couple of hours. This guy’s flow and delivery suck, and autotune can help him hide his suckiness. Having a sucky flow and delivery is not uncommon in this niche of rap of course, nor is that sad use of autotune – but normally some redemption can be found in the beats, which can make sitting through a trap project a tolerable experience. But even the beats here are mid at best – this is a bland as it gets. The features can’t save Nav either. Good intentions notwithstanding, this project is a dud.

Rating: 30/100 | Very Bad

YoungBoy Never Broke Again - Top

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

Sometimes one hour can seem like hours, listening to Top is such a neverending experience. Sometimes there are some redeeming things that can be said about albums released in this niche (usually the beats), about Top not so much. The beats fall flat and are universally boring, and the beats are not even the worst about this thing. YoungBoy NBA’s vocals are really quite horrible – lyrical content and delivery. There’s little skill here, and not even autotune can save this guy.

Rating: 25/100 | Awful

Blueface - Find The Beat

Find the Beat is Blueface’s debut studio album. It’s worse than bad. An off-beat kind of style of rapping was Blueface’s thing before and on this album he appears to have ‘found the beat’ – but it doesn’t make listening to this trainwreck any more enjoyable. In this subgenre of rap where dumb, nonsensical lyrics are more the rule than an exception, Blueface wins the price for going even lower than most of his brethren. Are there people out there who think these kind of lyrics are amusing, instead of cringeworthy? Oh well. Even without paying attention to the lyrics, this album sucks. Now that Blueface has found the beat, it’s time for him to go looking for better beats, and for a good ghostwriter too.

Rating: 20/100 | Awful

6ix9ine - TattleTales

The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020

The bottom of the barrel, below even – that’s where 6ix9ine is at, as a person and as an artist. It’s embarrassing to know this vile person making this vile music has an actual fanbase. Who are these people who are unironically listening to this clown? Most frustrating about the existence of a 6ix9ine is that he is categorized as a Hip Hop/Rap artist – which is an insult to the genre and its fans. FOH.

Rating: 5/100 | Horrendous

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4 responses to “The Worst Rap Albums Of 2020”

  1. No Qualms says:

    Honestly didn’t mind that Chris Brown & Young Thug joint. As a DJ it moves the crowd. DaBaby can actually flow unlike most trappers.

  2. Marius says:

    Your site is really great and your lists are pure gold. Especially if you want to find something you overlooked or you search for a specific time or sound.

    It’s kinda cool you even take your time to listen to this kind of albums. Honestly, I wouldn’t have the time for most of it. I try to stay up to date with new artists and so on. Even Trap has some good stuff to offer, but overall I can’t enjoy this kind of muisc and don’t get the appeal. Especially the lyrics and the flow. Beat wise it is often ok, as you also mentioned. I thought the G-Herbo album for example was still bearable.

    Yeah, I don’t hate on new artists but lots of that stuff is actually an insult of what I grew up with hahaha. Luckily “real” Hip hop never died and we also always got great new artists coming out. Like Che Noir for example, probably the best newer artist for me this year.

    Anyway, great site!

  3. haz says:

    Not even coming from a place of hate here, I always enjoy the year-end lists and pick up some good selections from it, but is there a point to this article beyond saying ‘look at us, we’re so cool and alternative, we hate all the things idiots like!!1!!!’

    1. If you’re going to criticise materialistic and misogynistic lyrics, I’d suggest having another few listens to those Eminem and Action Bronson albums in your best-of.
    2. I can 100% guarantee no black people write for this site.

  4. James Cardwell says:

    not coming from a place of hate but this list is HELLLAAAA predictable and while I can agree with a lot of it, but it seems like u just dont like autotune but like autotune is one of those things thats just going to become a new norm/ aspect of the art form

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