From the club-rocking “Shake The Room” featuring Quavo to the radio-catchy “Foreigner” featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, There’s something about Drakeo’s soft-spoken tones and lackadaisical sound that makes him such an enjoyable listen. The Atlanta rappers trade bars atop funk, R&B, and soul-inspired instrumentals. Bronson draws from various sounds and motifs which he’s employed throughout his career. Drakeo’s trial begins August 3rd, so stay tuned for updates on the young rapper. On. Her rhythmic control is excellent. The mystique only grew over time as his debut album seemed like it would never drop. We count down the 100 best albums of 2020, according to data from Best Ever Albums. In a year beset by … He headed for stardom, and he got there, but only after his own death. , the ATLien and New York felon do not disappoint, raging against societal inequalities, judicial injustices and calling out American traditionalism like the slave masters posted on our dollars. Over a decade ago, Jay Electronica not only amazed fans with his lyrical ability but also through his mysterious nature. and. Finally, rap gets its very own version of Parker Posey at the beginning of Dazed & Confused, spraying ketchup all over the freshman girls and telling you to wipe that face off your head. They turn it into a party, inviting grown-ass rebels from across the musical landscape — 2 Chainz and Josh Homme and Pharrell and Zack De La Rocha and Gangsta Boo and DJ Premier and Mavis Staples and not one single person under the age of 40. delivers more of the Motor City MC’s stark observations on the culture and everything in between. Honorable mentions may have received a lower score. Aesop styled Spirit World Field Guide as an astral-plane atlas, but the album's concept is simply the man's way of probing his own anxieties and insecurities from a fresh perspective. Maybe Lil Baby is just the man for his moment. Highlights of the album include “Riviera Beach” and “Cutlass Cathedrals.”. Atlanta-based rapper Mulatto continues her phenomenal year with, her widely anticipated follow-up to 2018’s. The success of Alfredo, Grammy nomination and all, stands as confirmation of what some of us have known for a long time: This motherfucker Freddie Gibbs can flat-out rap. reminds us that underground Atlanta rap won’t be underground for much longer. Salaam Remi – Black On Purpose; The Allergies – Say The Word; B. Squid – Movie Night; Damu the Fudgemunk, Archie Shepp & Raw Poetic – Ocean Bridges; Mourning [A] BLKstar – The Cycle; Esh & The Isolations – Idiot Fingerz; TOBi – STILL; The Weeknd – After Hours; Childish Gambino – 3.15.20; Mac Miller – Circles Are you ready for it?” Nas proves he’s been a well-armored godbody for over 25 years on his 10th studio album King’s Disease. The youngest nominee was 35, the oldest 47. Huh.". While he certainly hasn’t abandoned what’s worked so far. Here are the best new Hip Hop albums of 2020. Additional contributions come from KXNG Crooked, G Perico, Vince Staples and DJ Premier, among others. His clever wordplay and sincere vocal tone bring you closer to the speaker with each listen, unpacking another layer or detail. 21 Savage. The Atlanta rappers trade bars atop funk, R&B, and soul-inspired instrumentals. For both albums, the veteran producer went long with long-tenured, Midwestern-born underground-rap fundamentalists with criminal histories and bone-hard baritones. Review: The Avalanches’s We Will Always Love You Is a Cosmic Sonic Collage. Alongside beefing up his bars, Conway is pushing himself outside of his comfort zone on FKTAG with an array of beats from Erick Sermon, Havoc and DJ Premier. A teaser for his Shady Records debut God Don’t Make Mistakes, FKTAG puts Conway in his prime alongside features from Griselda members Westside Gunn, Benny The Butcher and Armani Caesar as well as legends in New York rap such as Lloyd Banks and Method Man. Hopefully, this project will lead to a proper solo LP to prove the New Orleans-bred MC’s more than capable of greatness on his own. DX is narrowing down the endless amount of music released during the course of the year to the essentials, providing readers with a list of the must-listen projects. Ever! Album highlights include “Black Savage,” “Young World,” “On The Block” and “The Perspective” — Eminem’s spoken word interlude on racism and Hip Hop. The 10 Best Rap Albums Of 2020 2020 In Review December 7, 2020 12:32 PM By Tom Breihan You know the drill: The big line is coming up, so the DJ turns down the volume, and the whole crowd yells it. Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them. The Best Hip Hop Albums of 2020. Make sure you typed in your email correctly. I objected, and yet I understand. A crumbling economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the increasing high unemployment rate and the civil unrest over police brutality have made an album that rails against the powers that be a necessity. Instead, Lil Baby is an insular figure, a melancholic melodic mutterer whose singsong croak carries bluesy weight even when he's at his most triumphant. As a rapper, Pop Smoke loved the off-kilter bass-blobs of UK drill, a strange and unforgiving sound that not too many American rappers can possibly handle. CeeLo Green, Khujo, T-Mo and Big Gipp made a triumphant return last month with Survival Kit, the Southern Hip Hop legends’ first album since 2013’s Age Against The Machine. boasts features from Black Thought, Planet Asia and Skyzoo, proving she can spit with the best of them — but she certainly doesn’t need anyone to do the heavy lifting. A decade ago, Long Island rapper/producer Roc Marciano figured out a winning formula: Meditative ambient post-boom-bap psychedelia, cut with detached and elegantly worded shit-talk. Image by andreas160578 from Pixabay. With sharp observations on the COVID-19 pandemic, Goodie Mob has crafted a perfect time capsule for 2020 in the most banging way possible. Listen to the Freddie Gibbs-assisted “One Way Flight” and the title track “Burden of Proof” to fully understand Benny’s vision. Honing in on the alternative/indie hip-hop sound that is becoming more and more popular, Redveil not only had incredible production to offer but incredibly lyrical verses which made this one of the best albums of the year. Serving as the longtime duo’s third studio album and first since 2012’s Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them, the delightful 11-track project firmly adheres to their underground rap ethos as Blu’s refined rhyming style takes centerstage. Underground Hip Hop is often characterized by socially conscious, positive, or anti-commercial lyrics.] Not to mention, featured artists such as Young Thug, Gap Band legend Charlie Wilson and Summer Walker bring their A-game, making for a stellar album all the way through. Some have been released as early as February this year. Don’t Feed The Monster – Homeboy Sandman & Quelle Chris, Anime, Trauma and Divorce – Open Mike Eagle, Even As A Raiders Fan, Too $hort Has The Perfect Opinion Of Colin Kaepernick's Protests, Lecrae On Ferguson Riots: "We've Forgotten The Government Works For Us", Meet The Young L.A. Producer Whose Beats Brought Out The Old Kanye, Slimkid3 Explains How Brian Austin Green & Korn Aided The Pharcyde’s Rift, Could Bay Area Slaps & UK Rap Hybrids Be The Future? (Find our 100 Best Songs of 2020 list here.) People have been calling Ka "monastic" so long that it's only fitting for him to finally record a full concept album charged with Biblical imagery. , his fourth project in the last two years trades Madlib production for that of Alchemist and Gibbs continues to be lightyears ahead of his contemporaries. Detroit hardass Boldy James had one of the greatest rap years in recent memory: Four albums, each recorded with a single producer, each great. Our best rappers are the ones who understand their strengths and know how to play to them. On GTL, Drakeo seems to meander his way into a verse. Alchemist surrounds James' wizened husk of a voice with minor-key pianos and ominous clouds of bass — a fitting soundtrack for American tragedy. He’s established a dedicated following as the founder of Griselda Records and introduced the world to multiple talents such as Conway The Machine and Benny The Butcher. King Von’s life was tragically cut short in Atlanta on November 6, immediately before his career path reached its narrative arc. Best Albums of 2020 Isolation was unavoidable this year: Some albums embraced it, some raged against it, some tried to imagine a world without it. After over a decade in the game, Sa-Roc’s new studio album The Sharecropper’s Daughter feels like a true breakout. Twelve days after releasing his second mixtape, a casually excellent document of his rise, Pop was shot dead in Los Angeles. This includes his dramatic singles about betrayals in romance and friendship (“Mad At You” featuring Dreezy, “Why He Told”), poignant stories of dealing with incarceration (“The Code” featuring Polo G, “Wayne’s Story”) and ironically avoiding death daily and cherishing loved ones (“I Am What I Am” featuring Fivio Foreign, “You Can’t Relate”). The 20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2020. Review: With Evermore, Taylor Swift Further Refines Her Expanding Narrative Voice. Joe Blow Thinks So, DAX Reveals Why He Wants To Sign With A Major Label In 2019, How Fredo Bang Used His Jail Stint To Get His Bars Up, Brittney Taylor Talks Female Unity In Hip Hop & Making 2019 Her Year, DJ Self On "Love & Hip Hop," Being An Entrepreneur & Modern DJ Culture, Killer Mike Talks Capitalism, New Netflix Series & His "Billionaire Mindset". Sitting at a hearty 22 songs (26 on the deluxe version), the project packs some incredible collaborators (both on the bars and beats). The album is also backed by star-studded production from Mustard, Mike Will Made-It, Murda Beatz, Nick Mira and that’s just the m’s. 23 Dec 2020. The 16-track project reunited several members of the celebrated Dungeon Family, including Outkast’s André 3000 and Big Boi, production crew Organized Noise and, of course, Goodie Mob. Her official imprint debut. Juicy has songs with newcomers such as NLE Choppa and Megan Thee Stallion, middle generation rappers such as Logic and A$AP Rocky and veterans such as his brother Juicy J and 2 Chainz. Getty Images. Here are some other albums that we still have in rotation from each month of 2020. In an industry full of twerk anthems and often hallow raps, Buffalo-bred MC Che Noir is a breath of fresh air. Over two decades after Busta Rhymes released his platinum-selling 1oth LP, E.L.E. Spillage Village, the supergroup from Atlanta which consists of JID, EarthGang, Hollywood JB, Jurdan Bryant, Mereba, 6lack and Benji, came together last month to release Spilligion, the dream team’s first release since 2016’s cult-classic Bears Like This Too Much. An old master goes on journeys, both internal and external, and documents bleary-eyed observations in meticulously fractured language. With Harry Fraud on the production, is cohesive and polished without sacrificing the underground sound that makes Curren$y so captivating. 5. Not to mention, featured artists such as Young Thug, Gap Band legend Charlie Wilson and Summer Walker bring their A-game, making for a stellar album all the way through. Alfredo, his fourth project in the last two years trades Madlib production for that of Alchemist and Gibbs continues to be lightyears ahead of his contemporaries. 5 Best Rap Albums - December 2020 Results are Based on. But in telling his stories about trips to Thailand and Cambodia and Peru and the center of his own mind, Aesop is a garrulous, charismatic, often-funny host: "I look like a dick in my picture ID, but also the pic isn't me. The end result is an offering on the altar of afro-futurist maximalism, a woozy psychedelic pile-up of soul and jazz and electro-funk that makes good on all its considerable ambitions. But after years of uncertainty, Jay Elec proved his doubters wrong by dropping his debut album A Written Testimony. He’ll start slow with a sparse rhyme scheme, gaining speed as the track progresses before he lays down bars that hit harder than a freight train. While many thought Hov outshined his Roc Nation signee on the project, there is no denying Jay Elec’s elite lyricism. This month, the label returned with a director’s cut of the project featuring 12 new bonus tracks with the usual players delivering nothing but heat. Mulatto doesn’t need a cosign, but with salacious verses from City Girls, Gucci Mane and 21 Savage, she seemingly has the entirety of Atlanta in her corner. Even the song titles play along with the idea of being stolen from an artist’s computer with names like “Take_it_Back_v2” and “Cosmic.m4a.” Accentuated by a visual component that bolsters the concept, Curry and Kenny’s. My Turn, his new album, is 2020's biggest LP in any genre, and Baby's voice was a constant presence through the year, the slippery thud of "We Paid" seeming to come from every third car window over the summer. Anyone who listened to Boldy James knows his talent, but the Detroit-bred MC reminded Hip Hop heads of his true potential with, . The LP is not only one of the best Hip Hop releases of 2020 but also Elzhi’s finest work since The Preface. Yet WSG took his biggest step toward a wider audience with Pray For Paris, releasing the most accessible album of his career — even more than the Griselda crew’s Shady Records debut WWCD. The Number Ones: Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”, The Number Ones: Peter Cetera’s “Glory Of Love”, Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments, Nickelback Embrace Their Dank Memes In Google Photos Commercial. The list includes albums from Lil baby, The Weeknd, Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke and more. Through most of 13-track playlist, Nas gracefully wades the waters with Hit-Boy, bringing lessons and elite artists from the past and present while pivoting towards rap’s future. This is not Lil Baby. Are you ready for it?” Nas proves he’s been a well-armored godbody for over 25 years on his 10th studio album. My Turn arrived just before COVID, and its sad and sleepy pleasures worked as comfort and consolation. In recent months Action Bronson has been putting a lot of work into improving himself. Bronson draws from various sounds and motifs which he’s employed throughout his career. Released a few days early (for free on their website), the fourth full-length studio album for the rap duo features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, Zack de la Rocha, DJ Premier, Josh Homme, Greg Nice, Mavis Staples, and Pharrell Williams. That’s not what happened in 2020. , Drakeo seems to meander his way into a verse. Hit-Boy’s instrumentals provides an ornate foundation for Benny to rap over, and the result is wondrous. Atlanta-based rapper Mulatto continues her phenomenal year with Queen of Da Souf, her widely anticipated follow-up to 2018’s Mulatto. Ka, the wise and quiet Brooklyn fire chief and DIY shadow-rap auteur, uses the Old Testament as philosophical architecture, a frame to help illustrate the inhumanity of American structural racism and the violence that comes out of it. Before his untimely death, Pop Smoke’s Meet The Woo was the concrete audio soundtrack leveling New York rap back to its bullying dominance. . From hip-hop to folk, Stacker recaps the frenetic year in music. He and Alchemist both sound like they're cruising, but cruising is what they do best. You don't need to believe in any particular religion to hear something mystical in these teachings. Ferreira, City Girls, and the two Boldy James albums that aren’t on this list, as well as plenty of others. Many of this year’s biggest and best rap songs didn’t come from albums, or they came from expanded-edition addenda that merely served to challenge the notion of the album. Blu and Exile’s undeniable chemistry is once again evident on their latest album Miles. Ka's mutter has never been heavier, and his words have never cut deeper. Megan Thee Stallion (photo courtesy of the artist) SHARE; TWEET; So … Sterling Toles, the first producer ever to record James' voice, took verses that he recorded between 2007 and 2010, and he spent years tinkering and layering. This year, the Grammys nominated five different middle-aged rappers for the Best Rap Album award. Note that the word in the title is Cain, not Caine. Aesop's voice is the only one we hear, and the psychedelic production — heavy on synth-drones and doom-metal basslines — is all him. Marci isn’t a cohesive statement of an album, and it won't tell you anything about the world. From the club-rocking “Shake The Room” featuring Quavo to the radio-catchy “Foreigner” featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Meet The Woo 2 is loaded with examples of star potential. Mt. the delightful 11-track project firmly adheres to their underground rap ethos as Blu’s refined rhyming style takes centerstage. In doing so, he crafted his finest work to date.. With Alchemist as the conductor, Boldy surpasses the standard of his past full-length projects and conveys one of the most vivid depictions of Motor City street life in recent memory. Dripping with sexuality and feminine power, the twenty-one-year-old rapper makes a solid case for the throne. ALC truly brings the best out of Boldy, helping him reach new creative heights with their sophomore LP as a duo. She picks crispy, kinetic beats. Slim Shady’s Music To Be Murdered By — much like all of his recent albums — is another polarizing effort as his hyperawareness of the criticism has turned into a regular trope. 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