Jake Uitti is a Seattle-based writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Interview Magazine, and The Seattle Times. The son of Ivy League professors, Jake grew up amidst books of French literature, but soulful meals, compelling conversation and thoughtful music are his true loves.
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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