Favorite Albums Of The Year Part 1

I haven’t written a year-end review since I put together the best Chicago mixtapes and tracks of 2016. As a change of pace, I’ve decided to compile a collection of my favorite albums of the year. This stretches beyond Chicago and is a personal reflection of what I’ve listened to the most, and what I consider to be the best bodies of work.

Keep in mind that I haven’t listened to everything 2019 has had to offer (how can you these days)? These are not in order, and there will be Spotify streams as well as a link to add to your Apple Music library if that is your preferred streaming service. Below each album, you’ll find a list of my favorite tracks, and the ones I suggest starting out with.

This is part 1 of 2. Part 2 will be dropping soon!

NOTE: If the notable tracks section says IN FULL, this means that I enjoyed the album as an entire body of work.

SAINt JHN – Ghetto Lenny’s Love Songs

Apple Music Link

Notable Tracks: Wedding Day, 5 Thousand Singles, Who Do You Blame, 94 Bentley, I Can Fvcking Tell.

Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats – Anger Management

Apple Music Link

Notable Tracks: Cold, Cheatin Code (featuring Baauer) BauBig T*****s (featuring Baauer and Earthgang)

YBN Cordae – The Lost Boy

Apple Music Link

Notable Tracks: Wintertime, Have Mercy, Bad Idea (featuring Chance The Rapper) RNP (featuring Anderson .Paak), Broke as F***k, Nightmares Are Real (featuring Pusha T) Family Matters (featuring Arin Ray) and Make It (featuring Meek Mill)

Elcamino – Elcamino 2


Apple Music Link

Danny Brown – uknowhatimsayin¿

Notable Tracks: Change Up, Theme Song, Dirty Laundry, 3 Tearz (featuring Run the Jewels), Savage Nomad, Best Life

Apple Music Link

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana

Apple Music Link


Notable Tracks: Dark Roast (featuring Dread Solo), Melancholy Funk (featuring Linkrush), Destiny (feat. Phoniks)

Little Simz – GREY Area

Apple Music Link

Notable Tracks: Boss, Selfish (featuring Cleo Sol), Venom, 101 FM

DJ Muggs & Mach-Hommy – Tuez-Les Tous

Notable Tracks: 2 Second Style (featuring Kungg Fuu), Wet Bally (featuring Mayhem Lauren), Bon Nwit, Mami Wata (featuring Your Old Droog & Tha God Fahim)

Apple Music Link

IDK – Is He Real?

Apple Music Link

Notable Tracks: 24, Porno, Julia. . .


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