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The last year of the 2010s saw a lack of high profile releases, relative to what we had seen with earlier blockbuster years. That’s not to say it wasn’t an incredibly dope year for hip hop.

Firstly, we got to see Young Thug become a bonafide superstar with his first number one album So Much Fun. Ever Thugga entered the rap consciousness in 2013, he’s consistently been the most exciting and innovative artist in the game. But he still wasn’t on the same commercial level as his immense talent deserved to be on. That all changed with So Much Fun.

Meanwhile, Kanye fans felt let down (yet again) with his latest release – the rushed and incoherent Jesus Is King. But his protege Tyler, the Creator was there to provide the artistic and creative evolution we were so used to getting from Ye. Igor ended up becoming Tyler’s most acclaimed album to date, and cemented him as one of hip hop’s most talented and well-rounded artists.

We also saw the continued rise of Griselda, who by now, had broken fully into the mainstream with co-signs from Eminem and Jay-Z. Future was doing his thing, pumping out quality releases at an obscene rate – The Wizrd and Save Me rank very highly in the Atlanta rapper’s catalogue.

From Denzel Curry’s Zuu to Rapsody’s Eve and Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Bandana, here are the top 25 best hip hop albums of 2019.

25. Young Thug – So Much Fun

Released: August 16, 2019

Label: YSL, 300, Atlantic

Singles: “The London”, “Hot”

Features: Future, Machine Gun Kelly, Gunna, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Duke, 21 Savage, Doe Boy, Lil Keed, Quavo, Juice Wrld, Nav, J. Cole, and Travis Scott

24. Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial

Released: December 6, 2019

Label: Atlantic, Bird Vision

Singles: “Big Stepper”, “Start wit Me”, “Tip Toe”, “The Box”, “High Fashion”

Features: Gunna, Lil Durk, Meek Mill, Mustard, Ty Dolla Sign, and A Boogie wit da Hoodie

23. DaBaby – Baby on Baby

Released: March 1, 2019

Label: Interscope, South Coast

Singles: “Suge”, “Baby Sitter”

Features: Offset, Rich Homie Quan, Rich the Kid and Stunna 4 Vegas

22. Jim Jones – El Capo

Released: May 31, 2019

Label: Vamp Life, Roc Nation, EMPIRE

Singles: N/A

Features: Marc Scibilia, Cam’ron, Trav, Ball Greezy, Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine, Curren$y, Dave East, Drama, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Fred the Godson, Guordan Banks, Jadakiss, Juelz Santana, Maino, Philthy Rich, Rain910 and Rick Ross

21. 2 Chainz – Rap or Go to the League

Released: March 1, 2019

Label: Gamebread, T.R.U, Def Jam

Singles: “Girl’s Best Friend”, “Rule the World”

Features: Young Thug, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Wayne, Kodak Black

20. Westside Boogie – Everythings for Sale

Released: January 25, 2019

Label: Shady, Interscope

Singles: “Self Destruction”, “Silent Ride”

Features: 6lack, Christian Scott, Eminem, JID, and Snoh Aalegra

19. Stormzy – Heavy Is the Head

Released: December 13, 2019

Label: Merky, Atlantic Records UK

Singles: “Vossi Bop”, “Crown”, “Wiley Flow”, “Own It”, “Audacity”

Features: Aitch, Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran, Headie One, H.E.R., and Yebba

18. Little Brother – May the Lord Watch

Released: August 20, 2019

Label: Imagine Nation, For Members Only, Empire

Singles: N/A

Features: N/A

17. Gang Starr – One of the Best Yet

Released: November 1, 2019

Label: To the Top, Gang Starr Enterprises, INgrooves

Singles: “Family & Loyalty”, “Bad Name”

Features: J. Cole, Royce da 5’9″, Talib Kweli, M.O.P., and Q-Tip

16. Skyzoo & Pete Rock – Retropolitan

Released: September 20, 2019

Label: Mello Music Group

Singles: “It’s All Good”

Features: Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, Benny the Butcher, Styles P, Elzhi, Raheem DeVaughn and Pete Rock

15. Westside Gunn – Flygod is an Awesome God

Released: July 5, 2019

Label: Griselda Records

Singles: N/A

Features: Benny the Butcher, Conway The Machine, Hologram, Meyhem Lauren, Tiona Deniece, Sauce Walka

14. Skepta – Ignorance Is Bliss

Released: May 31, 2019

Label: Boy Better Know

Singles: “Pure Water”, “Bullet from a Gun”, “Greaze Mode”, “Love Me Not”

Features: Nafe Smallz, Key!, J Hus, Cheb Rabi, B Live, Lancey Foux, Lay-Z, Wizkid and Boy Better Know

13. Earl Sweatshirt – Feet of Clay

Released: November 1, 2019

Label: Tan Cressida, Warner

Singles: “East”, “Whole World”

Features: Mavi, Mach-Hommy, Navy Blue, Maxo

12. JPEGMafia – All My Heroes Are Cornballs

Released: September 13, 2019

Label: EQT Recordings

Singles: “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am a Thot”, “Beta Male Strategies”

Features: Abdu Ali, Helena Deland, Buzzy Lee, Refined Sugar, Vegyn and Young Emoji

11. Little Simz – Grey Area

Released: March 1, 2019

Label: Age 101, AWAL

Singles: “Offence”, “Boss”, “101 FM”, “Selfish”

Features: Cleo Sol, Chronixx, Little Dragon, Michael Kiwanuka

10. Maxo Kream – Brandon Banks

Released: July 19, 2019

Label: Big Persona, 88 Classic, RCA

Singles: “Meet Again”, “Still”, “She Live”

Features: Travis Scott, Megan Thee Stallion, Schoolboy Q, ASAP Ferg and KCG Josh

9. Future – The Wizrd

Released: January 18, 2019

Label: Freebandz, Epic

Singles: “Crushed Up”, “Jumpin on a Jet”, “First Off”

Features: Young Thug, Gunna, and Travis Scott

8. Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III

Released: July 5, 2019

Label: Dreamville, Interscope

Singles: “Middle Child”, “Down Bad / Got Me”, “LamboTruck / Costa Rica”, “Bussit / Still Up”

Features: DaBaby, T.I, Young Nudy, Buddy, Reason, Maxo Kream, Ski Mask the Slump God, Mez, 6lack, Mereba, Vince Staples, Ty Dolla Sign, Dreezy, Smino, Saba, and Guapdad 4000

7. Dave – Psychodrama

Released: March 8, 2019

Label: Neighbourhood

Singles: “Black”, “Streatham”, “Location”, “Disaster”

Features: J Hus, Burna Boy and Ruelle

6. Future – Save Me

Released: June 7, 2019

Label: Freebandz, Epic

Singles: N/A

Features: N/A

5. Danny Brown – U Know What I’m Sayin?

Released: October 4, 2019

Label: Warp

Singles: “Dirty Laundry”, “Best Life”, “3 Tearz”

Features: Run the Jewels, Obongjayar, JPEGMafia and Blood Orange

4. Tyler, the Creator – Igor

Released: May 17, 2019

Label: Columbia

Singles: “Earfquake”

Features: Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Solange, Kanye West, and Jerrod Carmichael

3. Denzel Curry – Zuu

Released: May 31, 2019

Label: PH, Loma Vista

Singles: “Ricky”, “Speedboat”

Features: Kiddo Marv, Rick Ross, Tay Keith, Ice Billion Berg, Sam Sneak, PlayThatBoiZay

2. Rapsody – Eve

Released: August 23, 2019

Label: Jamla, Roc Nation

Singles: N/A

Features: Leikeli47, GZA, D’Angelo, Mere, Elle Varner, Sir, JID, Queen Latifah, J. Cole, PJ Morton

1. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana

Released: June 28, 2019

Label: ESGN, Keep Cool, Madlib Invazion, RCA

Singles: “Flat Tummy Tea”, “Crime Pays”, “Giannis”

Features: Pusha T, Killer Mike, Anderson .Paak, Yasiin Bey, and Black Thought

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