#8. “DAMN.” by Kendrick Lamar

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– Metascore: 95

– Release date: April 14, 2017

Not only did “DAMN.” win a Grammy for Best Rap Album, but it was also the first nonclassical, nonjazz album to win a Pulitzer Prize. The committee said the album had “vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism” that captured “the complexity of modern African American life.”