Best 122 Albums of 2019

Top 122 Projects of 2019 (all genres)

[scroll down for the Hip-Hop only list]

MadGibbs pic top5rapwebsite.com
Do you understand how difficult it is to top what fans consider your cult classic? Freddie Gibbs and Madlib did just that and MORE with BANDANA, the follow-up to their 2014 LP “Pinata“.
  1. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – BANDANA (ESGN/Madlib Invasion/RCA)👑
  2. Anderson .Paak – Ventura (12 Tone/Aftermath)
  3. SiR – Chasing Summer (TDE/RCA)
  4. Little Simz – GREY Area (Age 101)
  5. Ari Lennox – Shea Butter Baby (Dreamville/Interscope)
  6. Little Brother – May The Lord Watch (Imagine Nation/For Members Only/EMPIRE)
  7. Roc Marciano – Marcielago (Marci Enterprises)
  8. Crimeapple & DJ Skizz – Wet Dirt (Different Worlds Music Group)
  9. Curren$y & LNDN DRGS – Umbrella Symphony (GDF Records/Jet Life/EMPIRE)
  10. Tuamie & Fly Anakin – Emergency Raps Vol. 4 (Mutant Academy)
  11. Billy Woods & Kenny Segal – Hiding Places (Backwoodz Studioz)
  12. NBA YoungBoy – AI YoungBoy 2 (NEVER BROKE AGAIN, LLC/Atlantic)
  13. Dave – Psychodrama (Neighbourhood)
  14. MAVI – Let the Sun Talk (MAVI)
  15. Loyle Carner – Not Waving, but Drowning (AMF/Virgin EMI)
  16. Rapsody – EVE (Jamla/Roc Nation)
  17. Jim Jones – El Capo (Vamplife/EMPIRE)
  18. DJ Muggs & Mach-Hommy – Tuez-les Tous (Soul Assassins Music)
  19. Malibu Ken – Malibu Ken (Rhymesayers)
  20. Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Iz Here (Multi Alumni/BMG)
  21. Wiz Khalifa – Fly Times Vol.1: The Good Fly Young (Taylor Gang/Rostrum)
  22. Curren$y & Statik Selektah – Gran Turismo (Jet Life/Show Off/EMPIRE)
  23. Kari Faux – Cry 4 Help (Change Minds)
  24. Your Old Droog – It Wasn’t Even Close (Gogul Mogul)
  25. Rigz – Roach Gutta Slums (Da Cloth)
  26. Daniel Caesar – CASE STUDY 101 (Golden Child)
  27. Nas – The Lost Tapes 2 (Mass Appeal/Def Jam)
  28. Quelle Chris – Guns (Mello Music Group/Sony)
  29. Doja Cat – Hot Pink (Kemosabe/RCA)
  30. KAYTRANADA – Bubba (Kaytranada Ent/RCA)
  31. Benny the Butcher – The Plugs I Met (Griselda/Black Soprano Family)
  32. Snoh Aalegra – ugh, those feels again (ARTium/AWAL)
  33. Mozzy – Internal Affairs (Mozzy Records/EMPIRE)
  34. Suga Free – The Resurrection (Buss Clinic LLC)
  35. Choosey & Exile – Black Beans (Fat Beats Records)
  36. 38 Spesh – 38 Strategies of Raw (T.C.F. Music Group)
  37. Maxo – Lil Big Man (Def Jam)
  38. T-Pain – 1UP  (Nappy Boy/Cinematic)
  39. DJ Muggs & Tha God Fahim – Dump Assassins (Soul Assassins Music)
  40. Blu & Oh No – A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night (Nature Sounds)
  41. Westside Gunn – Fly God is an Awesome God (Griselda/Shady)
  42. Denzel Curry – ZUU (PH/Loma Vista)
  43. Stack Skrilla & Tha God Fahim – Dump Gawd: The Divine Brotherhood (Skrilla Vision)
  44. Action Bronson & The Alchemist – Lamb Over Rice (ALC)
  45. GoldLink – Diaspora (RCA)
  46. Kehlani – While We Wait (Atlantic/TSNMI)
  47. PJ Morton – PAUL (Morton Records/EMPIRE)
  48. Tyler, the Creator – IGOR (Columbia/A Boy Is A Gun)
  49. Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa – 2009 (Jet Life Records/Atlantic)
  50. Flee Lord – Gets Greater Later (Loyalty or Death)
  51. Berner & Curren$y – Pheno Grigio (Bern One Ent/Jet Life Recordings)
  52. Rod Wave – Ghetto Gospel (Alamo Records)
  53. Mach-Hommy – Wap Konn Jòj (Mach-Hommy)
  54. Berner & Mozzy – Silmey Individualz (Bern One Ent/Mozzy Records/EMPIRE)
  55. Czarface & Ghostface Killah – Czarface Meets Ghostface (Silver Age)
  56. James Blake – Assume Form (Polydor)
  57. Future – Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD (Freebandz/Epic)
  58. Dizzy Wright – Nobody Cares, Work Harder (StillMovin)
  59. People Under the Stairs – Sincerely, The P (PL70)
  60. MED & Guilty Simpson – Child of the Jungle (Bang Ya Head)
  61. Sean Price & Small Professor – 86 Witness (Ruckdown/Coalmine/Duck Down)
  62. Tha God Fahim – Soul Dust (Tha God Fahim)
  63. Eric Bellinger – Cuffing Season 3 (YFS/EMPIRE)
  64. Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats – Anger Management (Sugar Trap)
  65. ScHoolboy Q – CrasH Talk (TDE/Interscope)
  66. Berner – El Chivo (Bern One Ent)
  67. Solange – When I Get Home (Columbia)
  68. Max B – House Money EP (Max B)
  69. Tha God Fahim – Star Truth (Effiscienz)
  70. Curren$y – Hot August Nights (Jet Life Recordings)
  71. Pivot Gang – You Can’t Sit With Us (Pivot Gang)
  72. Big K.R.I.T. – TDT  (Multi Alumni)
  73. Boogie – Everything’s For Sale (Shady/Interscope)
  74. Griselda – WWCD (Griselda/Shady/Interscope/Universal)
  75. Blu & Exile – True & Livin’ (Fat Beats)
  76. Mereba – The Jungle is the Only Way Out (Interscope)
  77. Injury Reserve – Injury Reserve (Loma Vista)
  78. Megan Thee Stallion – FEVER (300/1501 Certified Ent)
  79. 38 Spesh – The Trust Tape 3 (T.C.F. Music Group)
  80. DJ Muggs & Crimeapple – Medallo (Soul Assassins Music)
  81. Mozzy & Gunplay – Chop Stixx & Banana Clips (Real Talk Entertainment)
  82. Conway the Machine – Everybody is F.O.O.D 3 (Griselda)
  83. Kanye West – Jesus is King (G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam)
  84. Jamila Woods – LEGACY! LEGACY! (Jagjaguwar)
  85. Queen Key – Eat My Pussy Again (Machine Entertainment Group)
  86. Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III (Dreamville/Interscope)
  87. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You (Nice Life/Atlantic)
  88. Baby Keem – Die for My Bitch (Baby Keem LLC)
  89. Flying Lotus – Flamagra (Warp)
  90. Yhung T.O. – On My Momma 2 (SOBxRBE/Rule #1/Interscope)
  91. 2 Chainz – Rap or Go to the League (Def Jam)
  92. Steve Lacy – Apollo XXI (3qtr)
  93. Phonte – Pacific Time (Foreign Exchange Music)
  94. Big Kahuna OG & Fly Anakin – Big Fly 420 (Mutant Academy)
  95. Dreezy – Big Dreez (Interscope)
  96. YG – 4REAL 4REAL (4Hunnid/Def Jam)
  97. Erick Sermon – Vernia (Def Squad)
  98. Styles P – S.P. the GOAT: Ghost of All-Time (The Phantom Entertainment/EMPIRE)
  99. The Opioid Era – The Opioid Era (De Rap Winkel)
  100. Young Thug – So Much Fun (300/Atlantic)
  101. Curren$y – Back at Burnie’s (Jet Life Recordings)
  102. Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me For Being Anti-Social (Atlantic)
  103. Clear Soul Forces – Still (Fat Beats)
  104. Tink – Voicemails (Winter’s Diary/WD/EMPIRE)
  105. Khalid – Free Spirit (RCA)
  106. Larry June – The Port of San Francisco (The Freeminded)
  107. Ciara – Beauty Marks (Beauty Marks)
  108. Stunna 4 Vegas – BIG 4X (Interscope)
  109. wifisfuneral & Robb Bank$ – CONN3CT3D (Conn3ct3d/Alamo Records/EMPIRE)
  110. Fabolous – Summertime Shootout: Coldest Summer Ever (Street Family/Def Jam/Roc Nation)
  111. Melii – Phases (Rule #1/Interscope)
  112. Chris Crack – Crackheads Live Longer Than Vegans (New Deal Collectives)
  113. Murs & 9th Wonder – The Iliad Is Dead and the Odyssey Is Over (Murs 316/Jamla/EMPIRE)
  114. Earl Sweatshirt – FEET OF CLAY (Tan Cressida/Warner)
  115. DaBaby – KIRK (Interscope)
  116. Future – Save Me (Freebandz/Epic)
  117. Azjah – Princess Diaries (Rocc Solid Ent/EMPIRE)
  118. Offset – Father of 4 (Quality Control/Motown)
  119. DaBaby – Baby on Baby (Interschope)
  120. Saweetie – ICY (Warner)
  121. RetcH – Richer Than the Opps (FASTMONEY)
  122. Gunna – Drip or Drown 2 (YSL)

Hip-Hop only list:

Little Simz grey area 20190 top5rapwebsite.com
UK Rapper “Little Simz” delivers a stunning, retrospective LP in “GREY area“. Capturing the #2 AOTY, second to only BANDANA by super-group MadGibbs.
  1. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – BANDANA (ESGN/Madlib Invasion/RCA)👑
  2. Little Simz – GREY Area (Age 101)
  3. Little Brother – May The Lord Watch (Imagine Nation/For Members Only/EMPIRE)
  4. Roc Marciano – Marcielago (Marci Enterprises)
  5. Crimeapple & DJ Skizz – Wet Dirt (Different Worlds Music Group)
  6. Curren$y & LNDN DRGS – Umbrella Symphony (GDF Records/Jet Life/EMPIRE)
  7. Tuamie & Fly Anakin – Emergency Raps Vol. 4 (Mutant Academy)
  8. Billy Woods & Kenny Segal – Hiding Places (Backwoodz Studioz)
  9. NBA YoungBoy – AI YoungBoy 2 (NEVER BROKE AGAIN, LLC/Atlantic)
  10. Dave – Psychodrama (Neighbourhood)
  11. MAVI – Let the Sun Talk (MAVI)
  12. Loyle Carner – Not Waving, but Drowning (AMF/Virgin EMI)
  13. Rapsody – EVE (Jamla/Roc Nation)
  14. Jim Jones – El Capo (Vamplife/EMPIRE)
  15. DJ Muggs & Mach-Hommy – Tuez-les Tous (Soul Assassins Music)
  16. Malibu Ken – Malibu Ken (Rhymesayers)
  17. Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Iz Here (Multi Alumni/BMG)
  18. Wiz Khalifa – Fly Times Vol.1: The Good Fly Young (Taylor Gang/Rostrum)
  19. Curren$y & Statik Selektah – Gran Turismo (Jet Life/Show Off/EMPIRE)
  20. Your Old Droog – It Wasn’t Even Close (Gogul Mogul)
  21. Rigz – Roach Gutta Slums (Da Cloth)
  22. Nas – The Lost Tapes 2 (Mass Appeal/Def Jam)
  23. Quelle Chris – Guns (Mello Music Group/Sony)
  24. Doja Cat – Hot Pink (Kemosabe/RCA)
  25. Benny the Butcher – The Plugs I Met (Griselda/Black Soprano Family)
  26. Mozzy – Internal Affairs (Mozzy Records/EMPIRE)
  27. Suga Free – The Resurrection (Buss Clinic LLC)
  28. Choosey & Exile – Black Beans (Fat Beats Records)
  29. 38 Spesh – 38 Strategies of Raw (T.C.F. Music Group)
  30. Maxo – Lil Big Man (Def Jam)
  31. DJ Muggs & Tha God Fahim – Dump Assassins (Soul Assassins Music)
  32. Blu & Oh No – A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night (Nature Sounds)
  33. Westside Gunn – Fly God is an Awesome God (Griselda/Shady)
  34. Denzel Curry – ZUU (PH/Loma Vista)
  35. Stack Skrilla & Tha God Fahim – Dump Gawd: The Divine Brotherhood (Skrilla Vision)
  36. Action Bronson & The Alchemist – Lamb Over Rice (ALC)
  37. GoldLink – Diaspora (RCA)
  38. Tyler, the Creator – IGOR (Columbia/A Boy Is A Gun)
  39. Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa – 2009 (Jet Life Records/Atlantic)
  40. Flee Lord – Gets Greater Later (Loyalty or Death)
  41. Berner & Curren$y – Pheno Grigio (Bern One Ent/Jet Life Recordings)
  42. Mach-Hommy – Wap Konn Jòj (Mach-Hommy)
  43. Berner & Mozzy – Silmey Individualz (Bern One Ent/Mozzy Records/EMPIRE)
  44. Czarface & Ghostface Killah – Czarface Meets Ghostface (Silver Age)
  45. Future – Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD (Freebandz/Epic)
  46. Dizzy Wright – Nobody Cares, Work Harder (StillMovin)
  47. People Under the Stairs – Sincerely, The P (PL70)
  48. MED & Guilty Simpson – Child of the Jungle (Bang Ya Head)
  49. Sean Price & Small Professor – 86 Witness (Ruckdown/Coalmine/Duck Down)
  50. Tha God Fahim – Soul Dust (Tha God Fahim)
  51. Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats – Anger Management (Sugar Trap)
  52. ScHoolboy Q – CrasH Talk (TDE/Interscope)
  53. Berner – El Chivo (Bern One Ent)
  54. Max B – House Money EP (Max B)
  55. Tha God Fahim – Star Truth (Effiscienz)
  56. Curren$y – Hot August Nights (Jet Life Recordings)
  57. Pivot Gang – You Can’t Sit With Us (Pivot Gang)
  58. Big K.R.I.T. – TDT  (Multi Alumni)
  59. Boogie – Everything’s For Sale (Shady/Interscope)
  60. Griselda – WWCD (Griselda/Shady/Interscope/Universal)
  61. Blu & Exile – True & Livin’ (Fat Beats)
  62. Injury Reserve – Injury Reserve (Loma Vista)
  63. Megan Thee Stallion – FEVER (300/1501 Certified Ent)
  64. 38 Spesh – The Trust Tape 3 (T.C.F. Music Group)
  65. DJ Muggs & Crimeapple – Medallo (Soul Assassins Music)
  66. Mozzy & Gunplay – Chop Stixx & Banana Clips (Real Talk Entertainment)
  67. Conway the Machine – Everybody is F.O.O.D 3 (Griselda)
  68. Kanye West – Jesus is King (G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam)
  69. Queen Key – Eat My Pussy Again (Machine Entertainment Group)
  70. Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III (Dreamville/Interscope)
  71. Baby Keem – Die for My Bitch (Baby Keem LLC)
  72. Yhung T.O. – On My Momma 2 (SOBxRBE/Rule #1/Interscope)
  73. 2 Chainz – Rap or Go to the League (Def Jam)
  74. Big Kahuna OG & Fly Anakin – Big Fly 420 (Mutant Academy)
  75. Dreezy – Big Dreez (Interscope)
  76. YG – 4REAL 4REAL (4Hunnid/Def Jam)
  77. Erick Sermon – Vernia (Def Squad)
  78. Styles P – S.P. the GOAT: Ghost of All-Time (The Phantom Entertainment/EMPIRE)
  79. The Opioid Era – The Opioid Era (De Rap Winkel)
  80. Young Thug – So Much Fun (300/Atlantic)
  81. Curren$y – Back at Burnie’s (Jet Life Recordings)
  82. Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me For Being Anti-Social (Atlantic)
  83. Clear Soul Forces – Still (Fat Beats)
  84. Tink – Voicemails (Winter’s Diary/WD/EMPIRE)
  85. Larry June – The Port of San Francisco (The Freeminded)
  86. Stunna 4 Vegas – BIG 4X (Interscope)
  87. wifisfuneral & Robb Bank$ – CONN3CT3D (Conn3ct3d/Alamo Records/EMPIRE)
  88. Fabolous – Summertime Shootout: Coldest Summer Ever (Street Family/Def Jam/Roc Nation)
  89. Melii – Phases (Rule #1/Interscope)
  90. Chris Crack – Crackheads Live Longer Than Vegans (New Deal Collectives)
  91. Murs & 9th Wonder – The Iliad Is Dead and the Odyssey Is Over (Murs 316/Jamla/EMPIRE)
  92. Earl Sweatshirt – FEET OF CLAY (Tan Cressida/Warner)
  93. DaBaby – KIRK (Interscope)
  94. Future – Save Me (Freebandz/Epic)
  95. Azjah – Princess Diaries (Rocc Solid Ent/EMPIRE)
  96. Offset – Father of 4 (Quality Control/Motown)
  97. DaBaby – Baby on Baby (Interschope)
  98. Saweetie – ICY (Warner)
  99. RetcH – Richer Than the Opps (FASTMONEY)
  100. Gunna – Drip or Drown 2 (YSL)

Other:

AOTY 2019 Review: BANDANA (MadGibbs)

Editor’s Note: Happy New Years! – @TOP5RAPWEBSITE

Rating Categories:
★★★★★: Best in show; pinnacle release from an all-time great artist.
★★★★1/2: Stellar example of genre; peak potential.
★★★★: Excellent; recommended to all fans of artist or genre.
★★★1/2: Very good; a few bland songs or minor flaws throughout.
★★★: Good; fans of the artist will find value here.
★★1/2: Average; does little to establish the artist or maintain quality.
★★: Unexceptional; a few highlights but otherwise bland.
★1/2: Weak; unrecommended for anyone but major fans of the style and/or artist.
★: Seriously flawed; very poor work but relatively listenable.
1/2: Terrible; a true embarrassment and akin to audio masochism.

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