HipHopDX Readers Rank The Most Lyrical Album: Week Of 04/13/2014

Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" earns the highest votes in the poll with Rick Ross's "Mastermind" coming in last place.

HipHopDX users were recently asked to rate the week's top charting Hip Hop albums based on lyrics

The Ranker list, which HipHopDX uses to assess reader responses below, calculates the votes based on a "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" system and it creates a list with the data users input. Ranker lists the albums from top to bottom, based on the total number of votes and regardless of how many thumbs up a particular album gets. The order of the albums featured on the lists fluctuates as votes are cast. 

Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 earned the highest votes in the poll with 575 thumbs up and 116 thumbs down. The album's lyrics earned praise from several emcees when it was released, including Crooked I.  "It's just always refreshing to hear a super mainstream artist with bars and skills because a lot of these mainstream dudes that's rapping out there is wack as fuck," Crook said to HipHopDX at the time. "So, here's somebody who has all the success and has achieved so much in the game and he still has bars to bar you out the game. It's real refreshing."

Eminem's work as a lyricist was also praised in a recent HipHopDX interview with Talib Kweli. "Eminem introduced my daughter to lyrics," Kweli said recently. "When he performed ['Not Afraid'], she was like, 'Who is that, daddy?' I think she was like 10 or 11. I was like, 'That's Eminem.' She was like, 'That's one of the best rappers I've ever heard.' And she's been on some lyrical shit ever since then. It was amazing to me to watch my daughter discover Eminem, and be into his lyrics. She immediately noticed a difference 'cause Eminem had kind of been missing from the scene for a couple years before then. She immediately noticed he can rap better than everybody. She was like, 'He was the best rapper on the floor tonight.' And I'm like, 'Wow. Okay. She recognizes it, too.'" 

ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron was second on the list for most lyrical album this week. The rapper's most recent project earned 476 thumbs up and 97 thumbs down. YG's My Krazy Life earned the third spot on the list with 238 thumbs up and 209 thumbs down. Pharrell's G I R L  was second to last on the list. P's project earned 156 thumbs up and 209 thumbs down. Coming in last place, Rick Ross's Mastermind earned 185 thumbs up and 291 thumbs down. The results for last week's poll are below. 

Readers can respond to this week's question, which focuses on which charting album has the best beats by going to the week's Album Sales report

RELATED: Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 04/06/2014



  • Anonymous

    Anyone who thinks YG is lyrical is probably using angel dust exclusively.

  • Arian

    while MMLP2 Did have its flaws but it is lyrically amazing.... anyway schoolboy is more techmical than ross IMO

  • Anonymous

    HipHopDX is a biased piece a shit website ran by "morons" on "Oxy" "Contin"

  • Anonymous

    This is a fucking joke there's no way in hell My Krazy Life or Oxymoron is anywhere near more lyrical than Mastermind, this shit is ridiculous these voters are just gassed up on the typical popular trend to hate Rick Ross "the former C.O." that everybody can't stand because he's so fat and fake and only talks about money blah blah blah blah blah blah! these voters should just get over it and except the fact the guy makes good music.

  • Anonymous

    The only thing that matters is Mastermind has outsold all but one of those albums.

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  • Anonymous

    Funny how they add up all of the old vote, once it showed that Y.G. is more popular than Eminem on the last vote chart lol.

  • Anonymous

    u know hip hop is in a slump wen people vote pharell and schoolboy q having the best lyrics. not hatin they both dope in their own way but wtf hip hop!

  • Anonymous

    GIRLS better lyrically than Mastemind? lolol who the fuck is voting here?

  • I Just Lost The Little Respect I Had Left For You Niccas

    I'm speechless right now.

  • Anonymous

    "Pharrell - G I R L" what's so lyrical about this album??? lol

  • Anonymous

    This list has to be a fucking joke

  • Anonymous

    Well it's official. DX run by either a woman or a white person

    • Anonymous

      Why do white people assume that the word "Ayo" is an attempt at sounding Black? Odd.

    • Anonymous

      every site has errors I have never seen such poorly written pieces as there is on AHH. RapRadar only writes one sentence per post and usually can't even get that right!

    • Anonymous

      ^ lol like spelling errors arent on this site .

    • Anonymous

      "AHH is Black owned and so is Rap Radar" This explains why the spelling, grammar and writing is so poor.

    • Anonymous

      dont try so hard to sound black it makes it obvious you're just a white nerd

    • Big Buds on deck

      Ain't no secret, AHH is Black owned and so is Rap Radar, you can tell the difference in their stories and their reviews. But ayo which one of those albums is most likely to get burn in the backyard this summer while we slap bones and bust spades, knocking back E&J in styrofoam cups and blowing Blue Magoo out the Blueberry Swishers? huh?

  • Rozay O'Donnell

    Is some kind of fucking joke? You DARE to put my client at LAST PLACE? Are you fucking kidding me? Andres RETARDio is by far, thee worst writer on HIPHOPDUMBASS' payroll!! Are you all motherfucking deaf OR WHAT? How a Midwestern, whiny viced white boy beat rap's greatest lyricist is beyond me. I'M PREPARED TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION AND SUE YOU FOR EVERY PENNY YOU'VE GOT! THIS IS AN INSULT AND MY CLINET AND I WILL NOT STAND FOR IT! #bawse

  • Anonymous

    LOL how is this even up for debate. There are more syllables rhymed and more wordplay in MMLP2 than the rest of those albums combined. Why not throw in other lyrical albums like GKMC, or PTSD?

  • Anonymous

    DaVinchee X Paranoia of Success listen

  • Anonymous

    Em wins off Rap God alone

  • Anonymous

    hahaha lyrical, is this for real? pharrel don't even rap, that ain't a rap album, ross, yg and boy q are not lyrical, this site is a big joke!

    • Anonymous

      @what are you talking about: but we cant compare pop and rap albums! pharrell is pop. smh

    • what are you talking about

      What are you talking about? LYRICS don't have to ONLY be in Rap songs. That's #1. That's the biggest flaw in your terrible logic there. Next, some people clearly do think Ross, YG and Q are dope lyricists or they would not have any votes. Hundreds of people MAYBE just prefer to listen to street lyrics than Eminem's first world problems.

  • Anonymous

    i aint know we were voting most lyrical i just voted ross down cause he a cop

  • my nigga bawse is a happy oxymoron

    LMAO is this a fuckin joke hmmmm wonder who is the best lyricist outta them 5 smfh

    • kfc n shit

      I don't think much of Q's mic skills he okay but Kendrick is far better and jay rock is far more interesting entertaining to listen to

    • Ether Q

      Agreed. Even though Eminem is obviously the best at crafting bars and complexity, lyrics also means content. Q's album had a lot of deep shit. All 5 albums had mainstream appeal to them. Gotta look deeper than just rhyme structure when you're analyzing lyrics.

    • TDE

      some people think q dropped a better album than eminem even when you analyze lyrics. sure, PART OF the lyrical conversation is the dexterity em has when discussing rhyme patterns, but many people feel his subject matter is terrible. q and YG subject matter is more ill to some. how is this hard to understand?

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