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Allmusic 2019

Year In Review

Rawness and vulnerability were hallmarks of the excellent albums released this year by Polo G, Quelle Chris, and Shy Glizzy, while bold records from Megan Thee Stallion and Rapsody made sure that hip-hop's women didn't go unnoticed.

2 Chainz

Rap or Go to the League

The fifth album from the Atlanta rapper moves into more serious subject matter without losing any fun or energy.

Apollo Brown

Sincerely, Detroit

The Detroit beatmaker pens a love letter to his home city, featuring a large portion of its strong rap scene.

Boogie

Everything's for Sale

Studio debut from this Compton rapper follows the overcast style of the mixtapes that preceded it.

BROCKHAMPTON

Ginger

The introspective fifth set from the rap crew finds them tackling heavy issues with subdued production.

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There Existed an Addiction to Blood

The experimental rap trio's third Sub Pop full-length is their interpretation of the horrorcore subgenre.

Czarface / Ghostface Killah

Czarface Meets Ghostface

Rock-solid, exciting collaboration between the comic-inspired hip-hop supergroup and Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah.

Danny Brown

uknowhatimsayin¿

The animated art-rapper's ruminative second Warp album, executive produced by Q-Tip.

Dave

Psychodrama

The London rapper's debut album takes a conceptual approach, candidly wrestling with social issues and personal grief.

Denzel Curry

Zuu

Celebrating family, his predecessors, and Carol City, the Florida rapper delivers a bold set of bass-heavy anthems.

Earl Sweatshirt

Feet of Clay

A brief and gloomier post-script to the former Odd Future rapper's revelatory 2018 album Some Rap Songs.

EarthGang

Mirrorland

The debut studio album from the Atlanta duo follows in the footsteps of experimental rap legends OutKast.

Freddie Gibbs / Madlib

Bandana

Five years after the Top 40 LP Piñata, the Gary, IN-Oxnard, CA alliance resumes with more ingeniously coarse rhymes and heady productions.

Future

FUTURE HNDRXX PRESENTS: THE WIZRD

Revisiting his Hndrxx persona, the Atlanta rapper delivers a familiar trap set with a handful of highlights.

G&D

Black Love & War

The third, funkiest, and most galvanizing duo LP from the prolific Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins.

Gucci Mane

Woptober II

The Atlanta trap godfather caps a tumultuous decade with one of his best efforts.

Higher Brothers

Five Stars

Triumphant, multilingual sophomore effort from the Chinese rap crew that bridges the U.S.-China cultural gap.

Homeboy Sandman

Dusty

The Queens native reunites with producer Mono en Stereo (formerly RTNC) for a set of pointed observations set to ambling jazz and funk grooves.

JPEGMAFIA

All My Heroes Are Cornballs

Third album from this boundary-pushing rapper couches amplified lyrical intensity in subdued, vaporwave-leaning instrumentals.

Kano

Hoodies All Summer

Filled with invigorated, socially relevant lyrics and inventive production, British emcee Kano's sixth album is arguably his best work.

Kate Tempest

The Book of Traps and Lessons

The London poet and rapper holds up a mirror to reveal our most vulnerable reflections on her powerful third LP.

Kevin Gates

I'm Him

Second studio album from multi-faceted Louisiana rapper ranks with some of his best work.

Little Brother

May the Lord Watch

Nine years after their previous, thought-to-be-last album, Phonte and Big Pooh return closer than ever with their fifth LP together.

Little Simz

Grey Area

An honest and impassioned record that brings Simz's wealth of talent into sharp focus.

Lucki

Days B4 III

Synthy, atmospheric instrumentals score this Chicago rapper's lyrical recountings of misadventure and regrets.

Maxo Kream

Brandon Banks

The Houston-born rapper adds a paternal lens to his trappings on his major-label debut.

Megan Thee Stallion

Fever

Debut studio album from the unfiltered Houston rapper finds her at near-peerless levels of bold lyricism and personality.

Mike

tears of joy

A moving meditation on grief and loss set to fragmented, watery lo-fi rap instrumentals.

Polo G

Die a Legend

Emotionally vulnerable lyrics and strong melodic hooks make for a masterful debut from this Chicago rapper.

Quelle Chris

Guns

On his most powerful work to date, the Brooklyn-based MC/producer addresses gun violence in today's society.

Rapsody

Eve

The North Carolinian rapper follows her Grammy-nominated second album with a riveting set paying tribute to black womanhood.

Sampa the Great

The Return

The Australian Music Prize winner's proper debut album is both soul-searching and triumphant.

Shy Glizzy

Covered N Blood

Second studio album from this D.C. rapper feels stark and melancholy, reflecting on loss and pain more often than not.

slowthai

Nothing Great About Britain

Outstanding debut from the British MC, far surpassing the promise of his early singles.

Tech N9ne

N9NA [Explicit Version]

Triumphant 13th effort from the independent rap workhorse celebrates his 20 years in the game.

Tyler, The Creator

IGOR

The vital, heartsick follow-up to the rapper and producer's Grammy-nominated Flower Boy.

YBN Cordae

The Lost Boy

The first album from the lyrically exceptional rapper aims for a wide variety of ambitious styles and moods.

Young Thug

So Much Fun

The debut studio album from this unconventional rap icon highlights both his versatility and weird charm.

Zonal

Wrecked

Justin Broadrick and Kevin Martin pick up where their Techno Animal project left off, this time featuring fiery verses by Moor Mother.

Danny Brown