18th December 2019
My personal favourite albums of 2019 within the realm of Hip-Hop.
This list is structured via release date in 2019
Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y – 2009
Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y hit us with their highly anticipated joint album this year in 2019.
Named 2009 in reference to their initial collaboration How Fly (2009).
2009 holds the essence of Wiz and Curren$y’s initial mellow hazy sound. Yet fuses heavy drums to keep up with the contemporary sound.
Curren$y stood out with his variety of flows on this project, tracks; Forever Ball and Bottle Poppers stood out for me on this project.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana
Madlib and Freddie Gibbs also used 2019 to provide us some nostalgia. Both artists collaborated on Pinata (2014) and joined forces again to present us with the timeless Bandana.
Bandana uses a multitude of jazz stanzas, mixed with samples and drums to present an interesting sound, of both elegance and grit.
Crime Pays and Massage Seats are the stand out tracks on this project.
Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers 3
Dreamville released their highly anticipated group compilation album and it’s the album that deserves the grammy in its nomination in my opinion.
Revenge of the dreamers is extremely versatile and not my first time writing on it through this site.
Using a variety of producers and artists, Cole, JID, Cozz, Ari Lennox, Bas, Buddy, Earthgang, REASON, Smino… JUST SO MANY STYLES, there’s everything you want on this; Westcoast vibes, Turn up vibes, Chill smoke vibes, New York vibes, just bars and a whole lotta fun vibes, these are all sonically communicated on this album.
Down Bad and LamboTruck stood out for me on this project.
Maxo Kream – Bradon Banks
Maxo Kream took to 2019 to drop Brandon Banks.
Maxo Kream continues to present catchy bridges and boppy flows over US southern instrumentals and it never gets old.
The Nigerian from Houston Texas combines explicit lyricism with jumpy flows and memorable bridges and hooks on his songs. Also catchy Ad-libs that can’t be ignored.
Being my nigerian counterpart, I enjoy his yoruba skits featuring his dad too.
The Relays (feat. Travi$ Scott) and Drizzy Draco stand out for me on this project.
Young Thug – So Much Fun
If you’ve read my insights before, you’d know I’m a fan of Young Thug. So Much Fun is Thug’s album, released this year.
So Much Fun is all in the title. An album that’s sonically groovy and jumpy, fun in every way.
The 808s were utilised to present something more dreamy in sound on this project, sounding a lot more “fun” than Thug’s previous releases.
I’m Scared (feat. 21 Savage & Doe Boy) and Mannequin Challenge (feat. JuiceWRLD) were my stand out tracks on this album.
Kojey Radical – Cashmere Tears
Kojey Radical’s Cashmere Tears is a beautiful listen through. A perfect balance of lovely jazz mellowness and dark gritty London feels.
Kojey Radical is able to boast his versatility in flows through what sounds like a set from a live band accompanying his vocals with many acoustic instruments.
This album does well to stand out within Hip-Hop and sound like its being produced on more than just a laptop or desktop. You can hear the essence of music and acoustics in this album.
Can’t Go Back and Feel About It are my stand out tracks.
Westside Gunn – Hitler Wears Hermes 7
Westside Gunn hit us with another Hitler Wears Hermes and quite possibly the best one yet, since the Griselda gang have garnished much approval from the Hip-Hop community, their access to beats from top producers just helps their progression as their flows and lyrics progress.
Hard drums with many different jazz samples and full destructive lyrics creates a blend of just beautiful unorthodox music and Hitler Wears Hermes 7 is a testament to this.
Gondek and Lucha Bros (feat. Curren$y & Benny the Butcher) are my stand out tracks.
Jacquees – King of R&B
Jacquees used 2019 to drop his extremely bold statement King of R&B.
Initially the title of this project made many of us feel unease, Jacquees, this kid I used to listen to when I was like 12 has a slew of remixes and covers but not really a substantial body of work.
…Until he dropped King of R&B and now I’m a believer of this notion going forward to 2020 and the next decade.
This album restored that Atlanta R&B feeling for me. Music that speaks to both the women and the fly life.
Jacquees’ beautiful vocals mixed with slow trap drums, presenting a kind of Trapsoul sound, yet executed so lovely, Jacquees vocals are just incredible and sonically pleasing all over this album.
EEeee (feat. TK Kravitz) and Verify (feat. Young Thug & Gunna) are my standout tracks on this project.
Action Bronson & Alchemist – Lamb over Rice
Action Bronson and Alchemist collaborated yet again to bring us Lamb Over Rice.
This EP is what we’ve come to expect from both artist and producer.
It’s well known that Alchemist is one of my favourite producers, the production on this uses samples that sound like they’re from The Simpsons and 80s sitcom television.
Fused with jazz instruments to create an acoustic sound of a previous error.
Merged with Action Bronson’s timeless flow and lyricism on food, weed and a bunch of random topics makes for an easy and pleasurable listen, especially to smoke to.
Just the Way It Is and Arnold & Danny (Alchemist even got busy flexing his rap prowess on this track) are my stand out tracks on this project.
Game – Born 2 Rap
The Game yet again dropped a classic album at the cusp of the decade. As proclaimed by the man himself, Born 2 Rap is the revelation of Game’s albums, his final lap, and if that’s the case, he’s ended it beautifully.
This is an ode to Game’s debut and sophomore album and even the artwork alludes to this.
Tracks such as Welcome Home send shivers down your spine after the tragic passing of Nipsey Hussle and how his lyrics speak to this unfortunate fate, or Gangstas Make The Girls Go Wild makes you want to crip walk to blood music.
Ask for Me and Gangstas Make the Girls Go Wild (feat. Chris Brown) are my stand out tracks on this project.