Ten years is a mighty long time in music. Countless careers have popped, flopped, and risen again since Complex first launched. But music—all types of music—has always been essential to who we are and what we do here at the Plex. So as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, it seemed only right to take a little stroll down memory lane and count down The 100 Best Albums of The Complex Era.

It was a tough task that required endless meetings, and some serious (at times even heated) team dialogue. For one thing, the album format has gone through some major changes over the past decade; we ended up including a few mixtapes on this list because they deserved to be on there. 

When all was said and done we ended up with a monster list that runs the gamut from hip-hop heroes to indie faves, some unstoppable pop stars, electronic eclectics, and everything in between. So click through as we review these certified Complex Classics.

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