It's been exactly one week since Kendrick Lamar released his latest full-length album, DAMN., and in addition to earning more than 300 million streams during that time, the TDE emcee now owns two of the top five highest-rated albums of all-time on Metacritic.
According to their website, a Metascore "distills the opinions of the most respected critics writing online and in print to a single number." In this case, a Metascore for DAMN. was compiled using 23 critical reviews, including those from The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, Pitchfork and more. It should be noted that "all-time" in the world of Metacritic actually means since 1999, the year Metacritic launched. Albums released prior to 2000 are only included when they are reissued, and reissues are—along with EPs and live albums—excluded from this list.
In total, Lamar has a composite career score of 89, which is the average of his five releases: DAMN. (96), untitled unmastered. (86), To Pimp a Butterfly (96), good kid, m.A.A.d city (91) and Section.80 (80). By comparison, Drake has a career score of 77 and J. Cole has a career score of 72.
The highest-rated non-Kendrick Lamar rap album on Metacritic's album release by score all-time list is OutKast's 2000 release Stankonia (95) at No. 8, followed by Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (94) at No. 11 and Madvillian's Madvillainy (93) at No. 13.