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The 20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2019

Following Stormzy's run up the charts, 2019 proved to be a banner year for British hip-hop with a trio of masterpieces. America's myriad hip-hop scenes delivered the goods, and African rap gave us many stellar releases.

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Freddie Gibbs and Madlib: Piñata

Madlib and Freddie Gibbs drop one of the best hip-hop albums in recent memory.

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Georgia Anne Muldrow: Seeds

There is indeed a touch of the Betty Davis about Georgia Anne Muldrow, but labelling her as a straight retro revivalist would be a falsehood.

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The Darkmonk: True Underlord

The Darkmonk's mask might look as cool as his label boss DOOM's, but his perpetually flat affect puts a damper on the music.

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Lazerbeak: Lava Bangers

Jam packed 20-track instrumental album from Doomtree member Lazerbeak.

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Shigeto: Lineage

The instrumental hip-hop beat-maker follows his emotive debut with a mini-LP that's both a step forward and a step back.

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Blu: NoYork!

We're 98% positive you've never heard a hip-hop LP quite like NoYork! before.

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Guilty Simpson: OJ Simpson

The next Guilty Simpson album will hopefully feature a little more Guilty.

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Hip-Hop Hooray: Tributes in Rhyme

Forget the beef, let's talk about honoring our hip-hop icons. Perhaps the best way to pay homage to hip-hoppers is to let them speak in their own words.

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Madlib: The Beat Konducta: Vol. 5-6: A Tribute To...

Madlib composes his tribute to J Dilla in a way so similar to Dilla's style and album structure that it feels like he never left.

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Jackson Conti: Sujinho

Madlib loves Brazilian music. Will you love his renditions as much as he does?

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Madlib: The Other Side:  Los Angeles

Time to get off the Sunset Strip and take a trip through Madlib’s record collection.

Dave Hoffman

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