No particular order...
Westside Gunn- Pray for Paris
Conway the Machine- Lulu
Freddie Gibbs/The Alchemist- Alfredo
Eminem- Music to be Murdered By
Benny the Butcher- Burden of Proof
Conway the Machine- From a King to a God. Deluxe Edition
Jim Jones- El Capo Deluxe
1) Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist - Alfredo
Hands down album of the year!!!! From the production, to the lyrics, the features etc, this album is a complete masterpiece!!! Every track rides. No skip album at all!! This album should easily win a Grammy for album of the year.
No particular order...
Boldly James & Alchemist - The Price Of Tea In China
Royce Da 5’ 9” - The Allegory
Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist - Alfredo
Run The Jewels - RTJ4
Apollo Brown & Che’ Noir - As God Intended
Logic - No Pressure
Nas - Kings Disease
Benny The Butcha - Burden Of Proof
Black Thought - Streams Of Thought Vol. 3
T.I. - Libra
Busta Rhymes - ELE 2
2 Chainz - So Help Me God
Conway the Machine- From a King to a God
6. Busta Rhymes- ELE 2
5. Smoke DZA- Homegrown
I didn't hear much buzz about this tape, but it was one of the best to drop this year. Give DZA his flowers.
4. Playboi Carti- A Whole Lotta Red
Only Pu has seen the effect Whole Lotta Red has on me. The what and the why. There is no way for me to explain this. *Blankman voice ... You wouldn't understaaaand.
3. Larry June- Adjust to the Game
June worked OT this year with the projects, but Adjust to the Game takes the cake. Countless gems and quotables. 'Watering My Plants' is priceless. The thug tear I shed for the One Way sample on 'A Million Not Enough' is inevitable. Good job Larry.
2. Jay Electronica- A Written Testimony
I feel the same exact way as the first time, when I listen to this album. The Overwhelming Event followed by the Ghost of Soulja Slim, for example, is just that. Overwhelming to me, but in a good way. Lyrically and production wise. My soul starts doing a rendition of Joaquin Phoenix' Joker step scene. A lot of people think Hov outshined Elec, but I think he equally got his man on here. Both did what they were supposed to do. A Written Testimony in full feels powerful. It is powerful.
1. Freddie Gibbs/The Alchemist- Alfredo
Alfredo deserves this number one spot. No matter the mood, time of day or season, I can play this album all the way through. This body of work exceeds every expectation, having every box checked. Literally, there are no flaws on Alfredo. Magnum Opus.
Bia- For Certain
Sault- Untitled (Black Is) and (Rise)
Key Glock- Yellow Tape
These are the good things of the dreadful 2020. We made it ya'll. Til next time...
2021 here we go!!!