I decided that it was hard for me to leave out so many great albums in my "favourite albums of the year" list. This is what these guides are for, stating specific genre favourites. After that I will release my list of favourite albums with more in-depth descriptors. So what's the difference between that and these sections? Well, growing up I was always drawn towards album covers. It usually would lead me checking out some weird music, and certain genres have art styles that represent a certain sound. What I'm attempting to do is just post a certain number of albums each post with just their album artwork (and short description of sound). This presents itself as if you're in a record store, fishing through the bins and not knowing much about the albums you see. Is this pretentious? You're call on that and I hope seeing these albums on the list gives you more incentive to seek out what they actually sound like.
Now hip-hop has had a wonderful year, if you only listen to the music. Some noteworthy dramas, most surrounding Kanye (whose Wyoming series does not make the list at all). Trap has taken over the mainstream radio, and the underground is starting to flirt with lots of experimentation. We also see the Chicago scene flourishing outside of Chance the Rapper (in the new wave). I'm almost positive I couldn't listen to or list every album, and for that this list isn't exhaustive. As always, support the art and seek out more than you already know.
Saba - CARE FOR ME
Chicago jazz rap with the story telling of good kid/maad city.
If a New Zealand native took To Pimp a Butterfly's instrumentals over this own rhymes.
Part Three 6 Mafia, part modern trap, and part A$AP Rocky atmosphere.
Imagine Earl more depressed, but backed with tape loops for days.
An album about the struggles of being an artist presented in a way of an AA meeting.
EVERYTHING IS NOT FINE.
Busdriver heard about Kanye's 20min albums, and said fuck it - throws together an 1hr 23min jazz rap masterpiece.
This is one of those albums that was made for the gym. Not to mention the adlib work is just art itself.
JPEGMAFIA is angry and he's not afraid to flaunt it.
Highly anticipated comeback, Noname shows her lyrical chops on an almost slam poetry level jazz rap album.
Further albums to checkout:
Rejjie Snow - Dear Annie
Pink Siifu - ensley
Cities Aviv - Raised for a Better View
MIKE - Renaissance Man
lojii - lofeye
Milo - budding ornithologists are weary of tired analogies
Armand Hammer - Paraffin
Hermit and the Recluse - Orpheus vs the Sirens
Nostrum Grocers - S/T
Rico Nasty - Nasty
Junglepussy - JP3
Joey Purp - Quarterthing
Death Grips - Year of the Snitch
Sheck Wes - MUDBOY
Young Thug - On the Rvn
Vince Staples - FM!
XXX - Language
Rich Brian - Amen