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Top 50 Albums 2020

1) Aesop Rock – Spirit World Field Guide

Favorite Songs: The Gates, Dog at the Door, Pizza Alley, Crystal Word, Boot Soup, Coveralls, Salt, Sleeper Car, Attaboy, Fixed and Dilated, Side Quest


2) Run The Jewels – RTJ4

Favorite Songs: yankee and the brave, ooh la la, JU$T, a few words for the firing squad, walking in the snow, the ground below

Features: Greg Nice, DJ Premier, 2 Chainz, Pharrell Williams, Zack de la Rocha, Joshua Homme, Mavis Staples


3) Moor Mother & Billy Woods – Brass

Favorite Songs: Maroons, Arkeology, Gang for a Day, Mom’s Gold, Rock Cried, Tiberius, Giraffe Hunts, Portrait

Features: Elucid, Mach Hommy, Navy Blue, Imani Robinson, Amirtha Kidambi, Fielded, Franklin James Fisher, John Forte


4) clipping. – Visions of Bodies Being Burned

Favorite Songs: Say the Name, 96’ Never Campbell, Something Underneath, She Bad, Check the Lock, Eaten Alive, Body for the Pile, Enlacing

Features: Cam & China, Ho9909


5)KA – Descendants of Cain

Favorite Songs: Sins of the Father, Pray, Solitude of Enoch, My Brother’s Keeper, The Eye of a Needle

Features: Roc Marci


6) Armand Hammer – Shrines

Favorite Songs: Leopards, War Stories, Dead Cars, Ramesses II, The Eucharist

Features: Quelle Chris, Earl Sweatshirt, R.A.P. Ferreira, Pink Siifu, Curly Castro, Akai Solo, Nosaj, KeiyaA, Fielded, Moor Mother


7) Conway the Machine – From King To A God

Favorite Songs: From King, Fear Of God, Lemon, Dough & Damani, Anza, Seen Everything But Jesus, Spurs 3, Jesus Khrysis, Nothin Less

Features: Method Man, Freddie Gibbs, Benny the Butcher, Westside Gunn, El Camino, Armani Caesar, Havoc, Lloyd Banks, DeJ Loaf, Flee Lord


8) Black Thought – Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane and Abel

Favorite Songs: State Prisoner, Good Morning, Magnificent, We Could Be Good, Steak Um, Thought vs. Everybody

Features: Pusha T, Killer Mike, ScHoolBoy Q, Swizz Beats, Portugal. The Man, The Last Artful, Dodgr


9) Sa-Roc – The Sharecropper’s Daughter

Favorite Songs: EmergencE, Rocwell’s America, Deliverance, Lay It Down, The Black Renaissance, Dark Horse

Features: Black Thought, Styles P, Chronixx, Saul Williams, Ledisi


10) L’Orange & Solemn Brigham – Marlowe 2

Favorite Songs: Future Power Sources, Same Team, Spring Kick, Eddy Appetite Gets Repoed

Features: Afro


11) Quelle Chris & Chris Keys – Innocent Country 2

Favorite Songs: Living Happy, Sacred Safe, Bottle Black Power Buy the Business, Mirage, Sudden Death

Features: Marcella Arguela, Joseph Chilliams, Cavalier, Merrill Garbus, Homeboy Sandman, Josh Gondelman, Pink Siifu, Billy Woods, Mosel, Nelson Bandela, Dr. Tennille, Starr Busby, Melanie St. Charles, Earl Sweatshirt, Denmark Vessey, Big Sen, Nappy Nina, Fresh Daily, 5ILL


12) R.A. The Rugged Man – All My Heroes Are Dead

Favorite Songs: All My Heroes Are Dead, Dragon Fire, Hate Speech, Legendary Loser

Features: Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, Kool G Rap, XX3eme, A.F.R.O, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Immortal Technique, Novel, Inspectah Deck, Timbo King, M.O.P, Vinnie Paz, Chris Rivers, Onyx, Chino XL, Brand Nubian, Ice-T, Chuck D, Shaun P, Sarah Smith, Kelly Waters

13) Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist – Alfredo

Favorite Songs: Baby $hit, Frank Lucas, Look At Me, Skinny Suge

Features: Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine, Tyler, the Creator, Rick Ross


14) Boldy James – The Price of Tea In China

Favorite Songs: Giant Slide, Surf & Turf, Run-Ins, Scrape the Bowl, S.N.O.R.T.

Features: Vince Staples, Freddie Gibbs, Benny the Butcher, Evidence


15) R.A.P. Ferreira – Purple Moonlight Pages

Favorite Songs: Greens, U.D.I.G, Laundry, No Starving Artists, Mythical

Features: Open Mike Eagle, Mike Ladd


16) Pink Siifu – Negro

Favorite Songs: Fk, Run Pig Run, Chris Dorner, Dirt, blackest LOVE, like paint on tha wall

Features: Ted Kamal, Moor Mother, Na-Kel Smith, The OGM


17) Sankofa – Glyde Drexler

Favorite Songs: It’s About Time, Convertible Hearse, Two Hundred and Forty Dollars, Chainsaw Manicure

Features: DJ Konfewshus, Kovax, John?doe


18) Statik Selektah – The Balancing Act

Favorite Songs: Play Around, The Healing, Hard Living, America is Cancelled, Time, No Substitute, Ralph Laurens, Balance Beam

Features: Nas, Benny the Butcher, Killer Mike, Method Man, 2 Chainz, Black Thought, Conway the Machine, Joey Bada$$, Jadakiss, Jack Harlow, Styles P, Termanology, CJ Fly, Dave East, Sean Price, Kota the Friend, Blu, BunB, Havoc, Smoke DZA, Fly Anakin, Haile Supreme, Rome Streetz, Evidence, Marlon Craft, Allan Kingdom, Bobby Sessions, Harley Harl, Gary Clark Jr., Nick Grant, JFK, Thirstin’ How the Third, Lil Fame, Rim Da Villain, Brady Watt


19) Public Enemy – What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?

Favorite Songs: when The Grid Goes Down…, GRID, State Of The Union, Merica Mirror, Public Enemy Number Won, Toxic, Crossroads Burning, Fight The Power, Go At It, Rest In Beats

Features: Cypress Hill, George Clinton, DJ Premier, Pop Diesel, Mile D, Ad Rock, Run- DMC, Daddy-O, Nas, Rapsody, Black Thought, Jahi, YG Quest Love, Ice-T, PMD, Mark Jenkins, The Impossebulls, Ms. Ariel


20) Eleven & Jason D – Strike Back

Favorite Songs: Here They Come, I’m so & So, The Omen, Strike Back

Features: Clev Speech, P Dirt


21) Vic Spencer – Psychological Cheat Sheet

Favorite Songs: Favorite Songs: Unmedicated Behavior, 198.1 Wmiz Fm, I Hate Swalling Pills, Jello Bowl Full of Stupidty


22) The Koreatown Oddity – Little Dominiques Nosebleed

Favorite Songs: Koreatown Oddity, Chase the Spirit, Ginkabiloba, A Bitch Once Told Me, Attention Challenge, Kimchi

Features: C.S. Armstrong, Baby Rose, Sdan Archives, Jimetta Rose, Taz Arnold, Ahwlee, TrentTruce, Edule, Emmanuel Coto, Swift, Skylar Duff, Fatlip, Giovanni Marks, Nita Darling, Corinne Atkinson, Anna Wise, Qur’an Shaheed, Kintaro


23) Armani Caesar – THE LIZ

Favorite Songs: Countdown, Mac 10s for Everybody, THE LIZ, Gucci Casket, Drill a RaMA, Yum Yum

Features: Westside Gunn, Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine, 808 Mafia


24) Busta Rhymes – Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God

Favorite Songs: The Purge, Outta My Mind, Slow Flow, Don’t Go, True Indeed, YUUUU, Best I Can, Look Over Your Shoulder, You Will Never Find Another Me

Features: Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Rick Ross, Rapsody, Q-Tip, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Pete Rock, Rakim, Chris Rock, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Bel Biv DeVor, Nilkie Grier, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Vybz Kartel


25) Preservation – Eastern Medicine, Western Illness

Favorite Songs: Rose Royce, Money In the Wild, Lemon Rinds, A Cure For the Common

Features: YoungQueenz, Quelle Chris, GrandeMarshall, Tree, Mach-Hommy, Nickelus F, Navy Blue, Billy Woods, Roc Marciano, Your Old Droog, KA


26) Your Old Droog – Dump YOD- Krutoy Edition

Favorite Songs: Ukraine, New Religion, Matryoshka, Odessa, Malichishka Krutoy, Kyrgyzstan

Features: Billy Woods, EL-P, Black Thought, Mach-Hommy, Phonte, The God Fahim, Tvoy


27) CLBRKS & Morriarchi – Microwave Cooking 2000

Favorite Songs: Camel Blue, Cooking, Defrost, Idmno, Seafood

Features: Conrad Mundy, Bisk, Capriisun, Obiijuan, Lee Scott


28) Mac Miller – Circles

Favorite Songs: Circles, Complicated, Blue World, Hand Me Downs, Hands

Features: NONE


29) The Leonard Simson Duo – LSD

Favorite Songs: My Inspiration, Breaking Bread, Guilty, Friends, EVOL

Features: Wildchild


30) Pink Siifu & Fly Anakin – FlySiifu’s

Favorite Songs: Kin’tro, Richard Pryor, Open up Shop, Mind Right, Shloww, Rick James, Spades’, Clean, Waiting to Get Shot, Time Up, Razberry, Dollar Dr. Dream

Features: $ilkMoney, B. Cool Aid, Liv.e, Foushee


31) Royce da 5’9″ – The Allegory

Favorite Songs: Dope Man, Pendulum, Fubu, Generation Is Broken

Features: Emanny, Cedric the Entertainer, Ashley Sorrell, Grafh, Oswin Benjamin, DJ Premier, Westside Gunn, Kid Vishis, Conway the Machine, KXNG Crooked, Sy Ari da Kid, White Gold, Cyhi The Prynce, T.I., Vince Staples, G Perico


32) Kenny Segal & Serengeti – Ajai

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Favorite Songs: Ajai, Intermission, Check Kenny, Don’t Wear That Suit Ajai

Features: NONE


33) Benny the Butcher – Burden of Proof

Favorite Songs: Burden Of Proof, Where Would I Go, Sly Green, One Way Flight, Famous, Over The Limit, Thank God I Made It

Features: Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Conway the Machine, Westside Gunn, Rick Ross, Freddie Gibbs, DOM KENNEDY, Queen Naija


34) lojii – Lo&Behold

Favorite Songs: Patience, lo&behold, trippin’, uhoh, brite kid

Features: Swarvy, Pink Siifu, Akeema-Zane, 92 Colby, Jacob Rochester, Alexander Spit, Nikko Gray


35) Jay Electronica – A Written Testimony

Favorites: The Blinding, Shiny Suit Theory, Universal Soldier

Features: JAY-Z, Travis Scott, The-Dream


36) Princess Nokia – Everything Is Beautiful

Favorite Songs: Green Eggs & Ham, Gemini, Sugar Honey Ice Tea, Blessings

Features: Terrace Martin, Onyx Collective, Oshun


37) Killah Priest – Rocket to Nebula

Favorite Songs: Rocket to Nebula, Starring Directly into the Sun, One Hundred Mummies, Andrea Davis, Grandmother’s Land

Features: Deja, Shylia Yvonne, Rasul Allah


38) Medhane – Cold Water

Favorite Songs: No Cap, Live!, Bun Down Babylon, I’m Deadass, TRS

Features: keiyaA, Navy Blue, Jadasea, Maxo


39) Blu & Exile – Miles

Favorite Songs: When the Gods Meet, Bright As Stars, Blue As I Can Be, All the Blues, Spread Sunshine

Features: Ishe, Jacinto Rhines, Choosey, Jimetta Rose, Aceyalone, Iman Omari, C.S. Armstrong, Gappy Ranks, Aloe Blacc, Fashawn, Miguel, The Last Artful, Dodgr, Dag Savage, Cashus King, ADAD


40) Awol-One – Tony the Walrus

Favorite Songs: So Poor All I Have is Money, I Can Do That, Underground Rapper, Pizza Bones

Features: Open Mike Eagle, Gel Roc, The Cloaks, Megabusive, Circus


41) Westside Gunn – Pray for Paris

Favorite Songs: No Vacancy, George Bondo, Euro Step, LE Djoliba

Features: Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine, Freddie Gibbs, Boldy James, Joey Bada$$, Tyler, The Creator, Wale, Joyce Wrice, Roc Marciano, Keisha Plum, Cartier William


42) Homeboy Sandman – Don’t Feed the Monster

Favorite Songs: Trauma, Stress, Hello Dancer, Waiting On My Girl, Monument, Biters, Gestation

Features: Quelle Chris


43) Small Bills, ELUCID & The Lasso – Don’t Play It Straight

Favorite Songs: Safehouse, Sometimes Care Looks Like Leave Me The F**k Alone, Sunchoke, Bannekar’s Almanac, Sly, Falling Up

Features: Billy Woods, Fielded, Kayan.a, Koncept Jackson, Nosaj, Moor Mother


44) Navy Blue – Ada Irin

Favorite Songs: Simultaneously Bleeding, Hari Kari, 22!, Crash!, In Good Hands

Features: KA


45) Jme – Grime MC

Favorite Songs: Pricks, This One, Nang, Ding Ding Ding, You Watch Me

Features: Skepta, Wiley, Big Zuu, Shakka, P Money, Giggs, President T, Merky Ace


46) Akai Solo & BSTFRND – Like Hajime

Favorite Songs: Eye a God, Star Falls, Sword Talk, Red Wolves, Heaven’s Wrath, Halcyon Company, With Chaos in Mind, Top Boy, Windwaker

Features: Doof, Keiyaa


47) Amine – Limbo

Favorite Songs: Burden, Roots, Shimmy, Pressure In My Palms, Fetus, Becky

Features: JID, Charlie Wilson, Young Thug, slowthai, Vice Staples, Injury Reserve, Summer Walker


48) Open Mike Eagle – Anime, Trauma and Divorce

Favorite Songs: Death Parade, Headass, Sweatpants Spiderman, Asa’s Bop, The Black Mirror Episode, Wtf is Self Care

Features: Video Dave, Kari Faux, Little A$e


49) Westside Gunn – WHO MADE THE SUNSHINE

Favorite Songs: Sunshine Intro, Ishkabibble’s, Ocean Prime, Good Night, 98 Sabers

Features: Busta Rhymes, Slick Rick, Black Thought, Boldy James, Jadakiss, Armani Caesar, AA Rashid, Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine, Keisha Plum, Stove God Cooks, Flee Lord, Estee Nack, Elcamino, Smoke DZA



Favorite Songs: RUDEBWOY, BARRELL, GREW UP, LV Ascot, The PROS

Features: Conway the Machine, Joey Bada$$, Kirk Knight, Haile Supreme, OSHUN, Lexipaz, Chuck Strangers, Dessy Hinds, Dirty Sanchez, Rokamouth, Nyck Caution, T’nah


Other Recommended Albums:

Squeegie O – FNTG: From N****s to Godz
Charlie Smarts – We Had A Good Thing Going
Kool Keith & Thetan – Space Gortex
Ankhlejohn – The Face of Jason
Tee Grizzley – The Smartest
Jahn Dough – Obsidian
Moemaw Naedon – Dr. Deadhorse
June Marx – Sophisticated Weaponry
Super Helpful Kwame & Charles Hamilton – Black in NY
Ray Swoope – Thou Shall Not Kill
Ill Bill – La Bella Medusa
The Professionals – The Professionals
Elucid – Shit Don’t Rhyme No More
REASON – New Beginnings
Kid Cudi – Man On the Moon III: The Chosen
Common – A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 1)
Apollo Brown & Che Noir – As God Intended
Monday Night & Henny L.O. – Battle Scar Decorated
Cookin Soul – Whateva, Vol. 3
Dueling Experts – Dueling Experts
Roc Marciano & Stove God Cooks – Reasonable Drought
Leaf Dog – Live From The Balrog Chamber
Observe Since 98 – Royaume Du Sauvage
Gorillaz – Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
Curly Castro & PremRock – Shrapknel
Tha God Fahim – After Every Dark Day Comes Sunshine
Boldy James & Real Bad Man – Real Bad Boldy
Vinnie Paz – As Above so Below
Casual – Big Head Science
Westside Gunn – Fly God Is an Awesome God 2
Bowery Bruisers – Bowery Bruisers
Ialive – I’ll Wait Forever
21 Savage & Metro Boomin – SAVAGE MODE II
Napolean Da Legend & Giallo Point – Street Universe

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