The 2019 Hip-Hop scene has been nothing but surprises. Lot of newcomers have come through and brought fresh air to the industry while the veterans further enlist there placement in the game.
As 2019 has come to the halfway point here is our top Hip-Hop & Rap Albums of 2019 so far.
10. KOTA The Friend — FOTO
“Brooklyn’s Best Kept Secret” might have to forfeit the title as his debut “FOTO” puts him into the forefront. Building on his laid-back style of delivery that flows freely like a river KOTA bare’s face into this personal tale of insight. Maintaining a easy on the ears mood throughout the album that has a evolving narrative as each interlude act’s as a new chapter and theme into the 19-track effort. FOTO is a celebration of progress while enjoying the journey before him as he’s “Brooklyn’s newest voice”.
9. Beast Coast – Escape from New York
The title holds true in this group effort composed of three prominent rap groups out of NY. Joey Bada$$, Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, and The Underachievers make up the group and rather than make it a so NY sound we find them expanding their boundaries. Beast Coast attempt to move beyond the boundaries lead them to finding a deeper inspiration in brotherhood. The chemistry is so welcoming among st each artist of their respective groups I’m sure most would warrant another album by the group.
8. Megan Thee Stallion – Fever
“Real Hot Girl Shit” is the Houston native’s debut to set the ladies up nicely for a hot girl summer. Megan’s rise is to relevancy is truly a blessing to see as her Houston made charismatic persona is one you can’t simply ignore. Explosive with sex, pimpin, and girl power Fever has all the ingredients to have all the hot girls at your local strip club, brunch, and night club twerking till they collapse. Always refreshing to see the female rap wave gain traction and claim there spot in the music industry and Megan makes sure she takes advantage while being true to herself.
7.Boogie – Everythings For Sale
Boogie’s vulnerability on his Shady Records debut sustain a disarming sense of intimacy with the listener throughout. Boogie does a great job of making a personal album that is self-aware but at the same-time mature enough to avoid falling into cliche traps. More Melodic we find Boogie trying to sing/hum his way out of darkness that taints his heart. Dope production throughout with alteration of heavy flows and melody Boogie’s lyricism is brought to life on this standout effort.
6. Jim Jones, ‘El Capo’
Don’t call it a comeback because Jim has been releasing music for over the past few years but none has the impact of El Capo. Lining up with The Diplomats faithful producer Heatmakerz Jim Jones latest effort might served as the best production for a album of 2019. The Uptown heads were served bacon, egg, and cheese for the soul as Jim’s lyrical dexterity and musical variety over the laced Heatmakerz production show’s he still got fight in him.
5. Dababy – Baby on Baby
Front runner for breakthrough artist of the year Dababy came into the rap scene with something to prove as he claims to be “the best rapper alive”. The Charlotte native has everything you want to see in a trap rapper “charismatic personality, meme-able catchphrases, entertaining music videos, headline-grabbing controversies, and catchy songs”. Baby on Baby or for better words The Trap Sermon of the year is fun-filled. Compared to other trap-rappers Dababy sounds more developed in his skill and leaves the mumbles out and is straight forward with his approach and makes sure to be comical about it.
4. Denzel Curry – ZUU
Denzel Curry made sure you put more respect on his hometown of Carol City, Florida. He’s living proof you can always go home and recharge your battery in the city that showed you the ropes and was the foundation for your upcoming. ZUU is hardcore dirty south compared to the conceptual theme that TA1300 brought and to make this album more great he freestyles the whole album which isn’t done all to well in this gen of rappers but Denzel executes it well. Sail through South Florida with the top down as you take a ride with Denzel in 98 degree weather.
3. Schoolboy Q – CrasH Talk
We find the Hoover St. rapper in a comfortable position in his latest effort and growing up now 32. Known for the rap banger’s we find Q getting more introspective throughout the album still leaving room for classic bangers as well. Schoolboy Q is slowly turning into a OG Uncle like Snoop that all the kids love and Crash Talk is a great example of that. Credit his likable persona that you just want to spend time with his stories as if it was a new season to your favorite TV show series.
2. Goldlink – Diaspora
GoldLink’s musical ear expands beyond the traditional sounds of rap and his hometown DMV. If there is one way to explain this album it’s sounds are universal of Africa and black music overall. Carefully constructed Diaspora conceived by Pitchfork perfectly “is ambitious, expansive yet intimate, dutty wine-worthy, and slick.”
Juice WRLD – A Death Race For Love
2 Chainz – Rap Or Go To The League
Future — Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD
YG — 4REAL 4REAL
Rich The Kid – The World Is Yours 2
Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y – 2009
Gunna – Drip or Drown 2
Dave — Psychodrama
Little Simz — GREY Area
Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats — Anger Management
Young Nudy & Pi’erre Bourne — Sli’merre
Kevin Abstract — Arizona Baby
1. Tyler, The Creator – IGOR
IGOR is nothing short of a masterpiece to shaping out Tyler’s radical ideas. And to make this album another great feat Tyler, proudly produced, wrote, and arranged the album. Although you catch him singing more than rap his mystery features on the album make up for the lack of it. This album we’re truly watching Tyler grow before our eye’s and speaks to his longevity in the industry for years to come. Out of all the projects that came out this year Tyler has the most complete creative driven album reasons why most music media websites have it at such a high pedestal at the halfway point in 2019.