Immediately after listening to Astroworld in full, I knew this album was my favorite of the year. Named after Six Flags Astroworld (located in Houston, Texas), which closed in 2005, Scott created his own world of psychedelic production and seamless transitions. Not only is it the best concept album of the year but it’s also Scott’s best work to date. The album is full of Scott’s signature beat switch ups, euphoric autotune, and witty bars.
Kanye and Cudi teamed up under the name Kids See Ghosts to release their debut collab album. The album is only 7 tracks long but is so full of power and grace it’s clear that the G.O.A.T.s of hip-hop dropped one of the best albums of the year. I was lucky enough to see the duo at Camp Flog Gnaw Festival in November and their performance gave me goosebumps for hours after. This is a concept album that encompasses the theme of both of their struggles with mental health.
Die Lit is Playboi Carti’s second studio album. The Atlanta rapper came onto the scene through SoundCloud and has joined the likes of Lil Uzi Vert and Young Thug. His catchy yet monotonous tracks have put him at the top of rage rap. Die Lit consists of 19 songs that deliver clean production with slick bars and incredible features. The album is sporadic, twitchy, and clever.
Forever & Ever is minimalist pop duo SALES’s second album. It is by far my favorite indie/lo-fi album of the year. The duo mixes warm beats with laid back pop vocals. On Forever & Ever, the duo hones in their craft of merging the two with sticky tracks throughout the album. “White Jeans” is a track that pins distinct vibe down to a cozy haze of mellow beats and sleepy vocals. The album is clean and digs deep grooves into the preexisting lo-fi genre.
Iridescence is boyband Brockhampton’s fourth studio album and only release of this year. I call myself a very hardcore Brockhampton stan, considering I’ve seen them 6 times this year, so maybe I’m a bit biased for having it in my top 5. We all knew that following up Saturation would be demanding, for the guys, as well as fans itching to hear what the group would be without Ameer. This album solidifies their ability to adapt and stand their ground as one of the most unique groups in the business.
6. Kali Uchis – Isolation
7. Jpegmafia – Veteran
8. Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs
9. Jaden Smith – The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story
10. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food
11. Mitski – Be The Cowboy
12. Tierra Whack – Whack World
13. MGMT – Little Dark Age
14. The Internet – Hive Mind
15. Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
16. Noname – Room 25
17. A$AP Rocky – TESTING
18. Rico Nasty – Nasty
19. Blood Orange – Negro Swang
20. The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
Best EP: Beach Bunny – Prom Queen
Most Anticipated: RAT BOY – Internationally Unknown
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