TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2019

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YERRR! Special delivery. I present to you my top 50 albums of 2019. Year in and year out I see/hear the fussing and fighting over the years best projects. I scroll in rage on twitter through discussion threads about another year of their being not many “good albums” that were released. The truth is that folks just need to expand and explore musically because there is SO MUCH phenomenal content being made out there.

As we close out this decade and go into the next, today’s superstars and rising stars have proved to us that the current state of music is in good hands. This Top 50 list is a compilation of albums ranging from January 1 thru December 15th. I did consider some later releases, but none seemed to measure up to anything on this list. This list may be one of the hardest ones of done to date. Your favorite artist and their album may have not made the cut due to one, their album really wasn’t that good or two, it was good but they just don’t compare to the projects selected. SO, I decided to present you all with a collage of some of the albums that deserved an honorable mention for some of this year’s better projects.

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I would like to shed light and attention to two albums that i felt were really special and they were a close call to make this list.

mardyny

Mardyny – Mardyny

Mardyny’s self-titled debut was that breathe of fresh air I felt that we all needed this year. The DMV’s best kept secret is determined to become a HOUSEHOLD name in Hip hop. Mardyny’s versatility and impeccable delivery is what makes this current LA resident so special. He has the aura of some the game’s current juggernauts and it’s only a matter of time till the world knows his name. This project’s production was absolutely phenomenal and one of its many bright spots was the production by up and coming producer NNANNA on “Blessings.” These two are quite the tandem. I’ve been pretty spot on identifying up and coming talent over the years and Mardyny is someone YOU SHOULD be watching for in 2020.

Favorite Tracks: Revelations, Blessings, Rock N’ Roll & Love Me or Not/ the Commonwealth

Col3trane - Heroine EP

Col3trane – Heroine EP

This EP is FLAWLESS. If you know me then you know that I rave about the talent Col3trane is. I have too much to say about the UK Singer. Do yourself a favor and press play and give this 18 min sampler EP a listen. You’ll absolutely go back to check out his whole discography. (I play this EP daily)
Favorite Track: N/A

ANYWAYS!!!! Are you all fired up? Yeah that’s Taylor Swift, Mustard, Earthgang and Kanye’s albums receiving an honorable mention! I told you all this year was STACKED with amazing albums. Now that I have your attention let’s get started.

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 50

 

Lizzo

 

50. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You

Favorite Tracks: Juice, Tempo & Truth Hurts


Jack Harlow – Confetti

49. Jack Harlow – Confetti

Favorite Tracks: GHOST, ROTTEN, HEAVY HITTER & RIVER ROAD


AJ Tracey – AJ Tracey

48. AJ Tracey – AJ Tracey

Favorite Tracks: Plan B, Rina, Ladbroke Grove, Nothing But Net, Cat Pack, & Floss


 

Maggie Rogers Heard It in a Past Life

47.Maggie Rogers – Heard It in a Past Life

Favorite Tracks: Light On, Alaska & Retrograde


 

Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding

46. Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding

Favorite Tracks: Enemies, Die For Me, Sunflower & Circles


Endorphins- Octavian

45. Endorphins- Octavian

Favorite Tracks: King Essie, Molly Go Down, Bet, Feel It, Risking Our Lives & Lit


Kojey Radical – Cashmere Tears

44. Kojey Radical – Cashmere Tears

 

Favorite Tracks: Where Do I Begin, 2020, Cashmere Tears & Eleven


 

GoldLink – Diaspora

 

43. GoldLink – Diaspora

Favorite Tracks: Joke Ting, Days Like This, Zulu Screams, Cokewhite & U Say


Jidenna – 85 To Africa

42. Jidenna – 85 to Africa

Favorite Tracks: Worth the Weight, 85 to Africa, Babouche, Zodi & Sufi Woman


 Juice WRLD – Death Race For Love

41. Juice WRLD – Death Race For Love

Favoriye Tracks: Empty, Maze, Hemotions, Demonz, Big, Robbery & Flaws And Sins


 

James Blake – Assume Form

 

40. James Blake – Assume Form

Favorite Tracks: Assume Form, Mile High, Barefoot In The Park & Where’s The Catch?


Kaytranada – BUBBA

39. Kaytranada – BUBBA

Favorite Tracks: 10%, Gray Area, Taste, Vex Oh & The Worst In Me

Toro y Moi Outer Peace

38. Toro y Moi Outer Peace

Favorite Tracks: Ordinary Pleasure, Baby Drive It Down, Who I Am & Monte Carlo


Bon Iver, i,i

37. Bon Iver, i,i

Favorite Tracks: iMi, Hey Ma & U (Man Like)

 


 

Denzel Curry – ZUU

36. Denzel Curry – ZUU

Favorite Tracks: RICKY, BIRDZ, CAROLMART & SHAKE88


Solange – When I Get Home

35. Solange – When I Get Home

Favorite Tracks: Stay Flo, Almeda & Binz


Anderson .Paak – Ventura

34. Anderson .Paak – Ventura

Favorite Tracks: Come Home, Make It Better, King James & Jet Black


Little Simz - GREY Area

33. Little Simz – GREY Area

Favorite Tracks: Offence, Selfish, 101 FM, Pressure & Flowers


Billie Eilish-When We All Fall Asleep,Where Do We Go

32. Billie Eilish-When We All Fall Asleep,Where Do We Go?

Favorite Tracks: bad guy, when the party’s over & bury a friend


Benny the Butcher, ‘The Plugs I Met’

31. Benny the Butcher, ‘The Plugs I Met’

Favorite Tracks: Crowns, Sunday School, 5 to 50 & 18 Wheeler


Stormzy

30. Stormzy – Heavy is The Head

Favorite Tracks: Audacity, Crown, Rachel’s Little Brother, Pop Boy, Own It, Wiley Flow, Superheroes & Vossi Bop


 

Mereba - The Jungle Is The Only Way Out

29. Mereba – The Jungle Is The Only Way Out

Favorite Tracks: Black Truck, Stay Tru, Sandstorm


 

Da Baby – Baby On Baby

28. Da Baby – Baby On Baby

Favorite Tracks: Suge, Goin Baby, Baby Sitter & Joggers


 

Rapsody- Eve

27. Rapsody- Eve

Favorite Tracks: Sojourner, Oprah, Ibitihaj, Nina & Serena


 

IDK - Is He Real

26. IDK – Is He Real

Favorite Tracks: Alone, Porno, 24, Digital & December


 

DaBaby – Kirk

25. DaBaby – Kirk

Favorite Tracks: INTRO, OFF RIP, BOP, VIBEZ, iPHONE, TOES & REALLY


 

Ariana Grande – thank u, next

24. Ariana Grande – thank u, next

Favorite Tracks: imagine, NASA, ghostin, 7 rings &  thank u, next


 

Summer Walker – Over It

23. Summer Walker – Over It

 

Favorite Tracks: Body, Playing Games, Come Thru, Potential, Tonight, Like It, Just Might & I’ll Kill You


 

Wale – Wow… That’s Crazy

22. Wale – Wow… That’s Crazy

Favorite Tracks: Sue Me, Love & Loyalty, Cliche, Expectations, BGM, On Chill & 50 In Da Safe


 

Baby Keem – Die For My Bitch

21. Baby Keem – Die For My Bitch

Favorite Tracks: STATS, HONEST, INVENTED IT, FRANCE FREESTYLE, MY EX & ORANGE SODA


 

Ari Lennox – Shea Butter Baby

20. Ari Lennox – Shea Butter Baby

Favorite Tracks: Chicago Boy, BMO, Broke & Shea Butter Baby


 

Lana Del Rey Norman Fucking Rockwell

19. Lana Del Rey Norman Fucking Rockwell

 

Favorite Tracks: Doin’ Time, Fuck it I love you, Norman fucking Rockwell & Cinnamon Girl


 

 

Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial

18. Roddy Rich – Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial

Favorite Tracks: The Box, Start Wit Me, Big Stepper, Bacc Seat & Peta


 

EL CAPO

17. Jim Jones – El Capo

Favorite Tracks: Cristal Occasions, Love of The Hustle Good Die Young, Pity in the Summer Nothing Lasts, Sports Cars & State of the Union

 


 

Rick Ross – Port Of Miami 2

16. Rick Ross – Port Of Miami 2


 

ScHoolboy Q – CrasH Talk

15. ScHoolboy Q – CrasH Talk

Favorite Tracks: CHopstix, Numb Numb Juice, Drunk, Tales, 5200 & CrasH


 

2 Chainz – Rap Or Go To The League

14. 2 Chainz – Rap Or Go To The League

 

Favorite Tracks: Forgiven, Threat 2 Society, Money In The Way, Statue Of Limitations, Rule The World, Girl’s Best Friend & Sam


Loyle Carner – Not Waving But Drowning

13. Loyle Carner – Not Waving But Drowning

Favorite Tracks: Angel, Ice Water, Ottolengh, You Don’t Know, Still, Desoleil, Loose Ends, Sail Away Freestyle & Dear Ben


YBN Cordae – The Lost Boy

12. YBN Cordae – The Lost Boy

Favorite Tracks: Bad Idea, RNP, Broke As Fuck, Thousand Words, Way Back Home & Family Matters


 

Boogie – Everything’s For Sale

11. Boogie – Everything’s For Sale

Favorite Tracks: Tired/Reflections, Silent Ride, Soho, Skydive II & Time


 

SiR – Chasing Summer

10. SiR – Chasing Summer

Favorite Tracks: Hair Down, John Redcorn, La Lisa, Lucy’s Love, That’s Why I Love You, Mood & The Recipe


Skepta - Ignorance Is Bliss

9. Skepta – Ignorance Is Bliss

Favorite Tracks: Bullet From A Gun, Greaze Mode, What Do You Mean?, Going Through It, Love Me Not &  Glow In The Dark


 

Dreamville – Revenge Of The Dreamers III

8. Dreamville – Revenge Of The Dreamers III

Favorite Tracks: Under The Sun, Down Bad, LamboTruck, Don’t Hit Me Right Now, Wells Fargo, Self Love, 1993 & Sacrifices


 

Burna Boy – African Giant

7. Burna Boy – African Giant

Favorite Tracks: African Giant, Anybody Gum Body, Killin Dem, Dangote, Gbona, Show & Tell & This Side


 

 

SAINt JHN – Ghetto Lenny’s Love Songs

6. SAINt JHN – Ghetto Lenny’s Love Songs

Favorite Tracks:  Wedding Day, Anything Can Happen, Trap, 5  Thousand Singles, Who Do You Blame, Monica Lewinsky, I Can Fucking Tell & All I Want IS A Yacht


 

Young Thug – So Much Fun

5. Young Thug – So Much Fun

Favorite Tracks: Diamonds, Hop Off A Jet, Hot, Hot Remix, Sup Mate, Ecstasy, Light It Up, Surf, Lil Baby, What’s The Move, The London, The Mannequin Challenge & Boy Back


 

Tyler, The Creator – IGOR

4. Tyler, The Creator – IGOR

Favorite Track: IGOR’S THEME, EARFQUAKE, RUNNING OUT OF TIME, A BOY IS A GUN* & GONE,GONE/THANK YOU


Alright so let’s take a quick intermission here. I’m aware that a break here as we approach the Top 3 is horrible but let’s look at this pause as the deep breath some of you may need to take after seeing where albums stacked up from 50 – 4. Yeah there are a few controversial rankings but all in all I think by any album being in the Top 50 means that it was an amazing body of work nonetheless. This list was so hard to do this year… Maybe the most difficult to date. Outside of me getting this to you all 7 days late due to a document recovery issue, I initially had a short summary about each album and an explanation provided for their positioning on this list but there was an issue with good old WordPress, and I lost it all. It’s now the 8th day in 2020 and I just want to get this out to you all. But I know some of you all may be upset with some rankings of specific projects and some may feel like I nailed it. There will also be a small group who thinks my list is trash and that’s okay! It is MY list, right? 😊 Alright time to see who had the three-best albums of 2019!!!


 

TOP 3!!!!

 

 

 

Maxo Kream – Brandon Banks

3. Maxo Kream – Brandon Banks

Favorite Tracks: Meet Again, Bissonnet, 8 Figures, Drizzy Draco, 3 AM, Murda Blocc, Brenda, Dairy Ashford Bastard & Still


Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Bandana

2. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Bandana

Favorite Tracks: Freestyle S**t, Half Manne Half Cocaine, Crime Pays, Palmolive, Fake Names, Giannis & Education


Snoh Aalegra-Ugh, those feels again

1. Snoh Aalegra-Ugh, those feels again

Favorite Tracks: I Want You Around, Sitiuationship,Whoa, Find Someone Like You, Love Like That, Be Careful Peace & Nothing to Me


So that’s a wrap! Those were the 50 best projects of 2019! I was very big Maxo Kream, Snoh Aalegra and Freddie Gibbs & Madlibs albums. I personally felt like they were the three most impressive bodies of work all year. Albums such as Young Thug’s “So Much Fun,” Tyler’s “IGOR” YBN Cordae’s “Lost Boy” were all phenomenal projects that I know many of my peers enjoyed and felt that were the best albums to drop this year. Clearly my three was different than theirs. The biggest take away from this Top 50 list is probably the diversity that music’s best projects provided us. I mentioned acts like Mardyny and Col3trane earlier who delivered great projects that deserved honorable mention honors. These two are names I will continue to bring up their names and work all 2020 as they continue their conquest to becoming household names.  This Top 50 list contained names of major and upcoming artist from USA to the UK and of course Nigeria’s current crown holder Burna Boy. With some of the newer artist such as IDK, Lizzo, Jack Harlow, Octavian, Kojey Radical, Billie Ellish, Summer Walker, Baby Keem, Saint Jhn and Roddy Rich gracing us with amazing body’s of work this year for these emerging acts I truly believe the best is yet to come.  I do want to recognize the major acts such as Post Malone, 2 Chainz, Boogie, Ariana Grande, Rick Ross, Bon Iver, and School Boy Q. I feel like they constantly appear on top 50 lists everywhere for a reason. So, to those artists, thank you for being consistent. Finally, I’d like to shout out Jim Jones for RESTORING THAT FEELING AGAIN.  Speaking of restoring that feeling. I’m feeling a bit more inspired these to look for some consistency from me moving forward. Thank you all so much for your patience with me. You all know I treat release dates like Kanye and it’s a bad habit I’m trying to dead.

Below is poll let me know how did with this Top 50 or just attack me on twitter…  God Bless and thank you all for the never-ending support. If you weren’t familiar with an album on here I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU CHECK IT OUT! LOVE Y’ALL ❤️

 

 


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