50. Christian Alexander — Summer ’17
Christian Alexander crafts a lo-fi wonderland that will make and break your heart.
49. Yelawolf — Ghetto Cowboy
Breaking free of Shady Records, Yelawolf proves he’s more than capable at making a late career resurgence.
48. Banks — III
Finally bridging the gap between pop and her dark electronic aesthetic, III is the best album of Banks’ career.
47. Rapsody — Eve
With thoughtful wordplay and impeccable production, Eve is leagues above most rap releases this decade.
46. Future — Future Hndrxx presents: THE WIZRD
Despite a relatively quiet 2019, Future’s early year release is an aging artist playing to his greatest strengths.
45. SAINt JHN — Ghetto Lenny’s Love Songs
One of the best auto-crooners working today, SAINt JHN erases the line between pop and hip-hop.
44. Kim Petras — TURN OFF THE LIGHT
In a just world, TURN OFF THE LIGHT would be the standard for how all future Halloween pop albums should sound like.
43. YBN Cordae — The Lost Boy
Every now and then, an upcoming rapper will come along and perfectly fuse the worlds of new and old school rap. YBN Cordae is that artist in 2019.
42. Maxo Kream — Brandon Banks
Maxo Kream is already an incredible trap rapper, but Brandon Banks also proves that he’s a one-of-a-kind storyteller too.
41. Dave — Psychodrama
Hailing from the UK, Dave is a gifted storyteller and also the best rapper from the country that isn’t named Stormzy.
40. EARTHGANG — Mirrorland
Eccentric doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of this record. With its three-dimensional flows and undefinable production, EARTHGANG is only just getting started.
39. Baby Keem — DIE FOR MY BITCH
Though uneven, DIE FOR MY BITCH is a perfect indicator and appetizer for the potential that melodic rap will be bring with it into the new decade.
38. Lewis Capaldi — Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
Every year there’s a British crooner that’s able to blow everyone away if their powerhouse voice. Lewis Capaldi is that artist in 2019.
37. Emotional Oranges — The Juice: Vol. 1
If you’re itching for a groovy time, look no further than Emotional Oranges for their brand of funk-R&B, just remember to steel yourself for a feels trip as well.
36. Denzel Curry — ZUU
Not as conceptually dense as TA13OO was, ZUU is a album solely filled with bangers that sets out what it intended to do. To give listeners a raging good time.
35. Aries — Welcome Home
Hip-hop-centric crooning is a staple in 2019. Welcome Home doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but what it does do, is excel at making the catchiest and effective version of the genre yet.
34. Boogie — Everything’s For Sale
Melancholic and abrasive, Boogie is a bright newcomer that will leave his mark in hip-hop. Read the review here.
33. Blarf — Cease & Desist
TV personality Eric Andre’s alter-ego, Blarf is an intriguing foray at insane sample-based production that shouldn’t be as good as it should be.
32. Flume — Hi This is Flume (Mixtape)
Fusing electronic, house, rap and pop into an amalgamation of a record, Flume crafts an album that a whirlwind of inspirations that works like a well-oiled machine.
31. Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats — Anger Management
If Nasty was pure aggression, Anger Management is a project that explores a wider range of emotions by rapper Rico Nasty, backed with impeccable production from rap’s hottest producer right now, Kenny Beats.