It's years' like this that makes the tradition more enjoyable. A LOT of good music came out in 2021. Probably one of the more difficult ones to rank. The fam and I compiled our lists again of our top albums that dropped this year. Side note: I just want to give a shout that they are the real MVPs for sending in the artwork with their list this time 'round:D Check out our favorite projects after the jump!
Per Goldie, these are ALL his top albums this year and in no particular order...
6. Hitler Wears Hermes 8 Side B- Westside Gunn
Simply put... a juxtaposition of boom-bap sound and art that came to life. Standouts: Free Kutter, Hell on Earth Pt. 2, Survivor Series 95.
5. Call Me If You Get Lost- Tyler, the Creator
3. Super Tecmo Bo- Boldy James
This originally started off as a tie with Bo Jackson. The first song off Bo Jack alone caused the tango of decision. Have you heard "Double Hockey Sticks?" My Gawd. However, after careful consideration and listening back to back.. Super Tecmo Bowl reigned supreme in my book. Alchemist showed his ass this year and Boldy knew EXACTLY what to do with both packs. Standouts: No Laughing Matter, Hot Water Tank, Great Adventures
2. Folarin II- Wale
I didn't venture to his last few projects and actually ended up giving this one a shot because I liked the artwork. Surprise surprise. FoIarin II was very well put together. The beat selection, melodies, track order. Even those caliber of samples were done right, which is rare in this day and age. The sound? *Hustleman voice... Check the clarity on that. In hindsight, the artwork is symbolic. Flowers are in order. Standouts: Light Years, Down South, Jump In
1. Donda/Donda Deluxe- Kanye West
I know God breeeeved on this. What a way to honor your mother. Keeping God at your center, trying not to refrain from using profanity, but also being yourself and vulnerable completely. "Can I talk my sh-t again!?". Donda ranks number one because it's more than an album. Outside of the visual listening parties, this body of work is a musical EXPERIENCE. The features ALL served their purpose with the purpose, if you dig me. I resonate with many elements of this album and proud that this is what Ye' chose to present to continue carrying his mother's name. Price went up... angel investor. Standouts: Off the Grid, Believe What I Say, Heaven and Hell. Deluxe Standouts: Life of the Party (*insert tear drop emoji), Remote Control Pt. 2, Ok Ok.
Pilot Talk 4- Curren$y
Super sweet addition to the Pilot Talk series, however, if I could have replaced a couple of these with tracks from Still Stoned on Ocean and Land Air Sea, this would've ranked high. Standouts: There It Is, Memory Lane, and AD6. Andretti back over the stove...
The Melodic Blue- Baby Keem
I hate to bring this up, but it's factual. With Kendrick being his cousin, Baby Keem had some HUGE shoes to fill. I think he showed he can hold his own with this debut. Def some fire on here. Standouts: Trademark USA, Cocoa, Family Ties.
Vince Staples- Vince Staples
Bigger Than Life or Death- Est Gee
Top R & B Albums:
I had to make this list separate because it was hard enough sticking with the order of the 6 above. While I don't listen to R & B much, new R & B anyway, I had to put a spotlight on these two projects. They did their thing.
2. Table for Two- Lucky Daye
1. Mother - Cleo Sol
"you're..... soooo..... hard to loveeee". If you close your eyes, these songs can be applicable to any relationship and not just that of a tainted one with your mother. Cleo's voice is PERFECT on every song. The lyrics throughout Mother are A1. *Kirk franklin voice, Preach preacher! From summer to present, countless moments in the shower belting. "Because you... nearly broke.. me.. down." Standouts: Build Me Up, 23, Music.
This was fun. Let's see what 2022 has for us!
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