Adé Hakim – HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WIDE WEB
New York-based Slums member Adé Hakim released what I can only describe as the most upbeat and positive hip-hop album of 2019. HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WIDE WEB features some incredibly colourful production that brilliantly captures a soulful, beautiful aura that is infectious and captivating. With more listens it may become one of my favourite hip-hop albums of the year. REVIEW / STREAM
Rago Foot – WE NEED TO TALK.
Rago Foot has been making a name for himself for the last few years with his piercing, hard-hitting and experimental hip-hop production. WE NEED TO TALK. is another excellent album with raw and honest lyricism and a diverse production throughout that makes for an engaging, fascinating listen. REVIEW / STREAM
Earl Sweatshirt – FEET OF CLAY
FEET OF CLAY feels like a warmer, denser and more textured project for Earl. While Some Rap Songs felt skeletal and incredibly depressing, there is an air of optimism to this release that makes it such a hypnotic and fascinating listen. He’s partly gone even more experimental than before, and his trajectory is one of the most exciting things happening in hip-hop today. REVIEW / STREAM
billy woods – Terror Management
billy woods is one of the best rappers of this generation, and albums like Terror Management prove why. His dense and complex lyricism makes for a fascinating deep dive into his observations, painting vivid pictures and bringing incredible music as a result of this. It includes some of my favourite tracks of the year, and I love unpacking everything about this release. REVIEW / STREAM
G&D (Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime) – Black Love & War
LA cosmic legends Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime came through with year with what can be described as a funky, cosmic and groovy soundscape titled Black Love & War. Politically charged and with incredible production throughout, this album was on repeat when it came out, and for really good reason. An excellent album indeed! REVIEW / STREAM
So there you have it. 15 honourable mentions that deserve your time and energy because they were albums I love and have cherished this year. Make sure you show these artists massive love and support! Also, I wanted to take the time out to thank everyone else who has released music in 2019. If I’ve listened to and reviewed your music this year, it’s because I like it and want to support. To more positivity and good art in 2020!