Hip-hop fans received the royal treatment in 2021 when some of the genre’s biggest names made their valiant returns onto the main stage. Kanye West, Drake and J. Cole dominated with their respective efforts while promising acts such as Don Toliver, Baby Keem and Slowthai made compelling cases as to why they’re anything but flash-in-the-pan performers.

Dive into Billboard’s top 20 hip-hop albums of 2021 below.