#7. Kendrick Lamar, Section.80

Label: Top Dawg Entertainment
Released: July 2

"People say I speak for generation Y," explains 24-year-old Kendrick Lamar on his crucial album Section.80. "Why lie? I do." That might sound like a bold claim but after listening to the Compton rapper's latest independent release, we've got to agree. Touching on everything from "A.D.H.D.," drug addiction and sexual abuse to fake industry types and crabby-ass haters, the artist formerly known as K. Dot doesn't just rhyme from the perspective of today's youth, he speaks their truth.

Not only is Kendrick a first-class rapper, his microphone proficiency is powered by excellent in-house production courtesy of Top Dawg Entertainment brethren Sounwave and THC. This album provides a perfect alternative for rap fans seeking that chilled-out Drake vibe without all the crooning.