Best Hip-Hop and R&B Songs of 2019 (So Far)

The best hip-hop and R&B songs of 2019, as curated by DJBooth.
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KingJet, Boogie, Summer Walker, Dreezy, Sada Baby

Updated: January 28, 2019

Every December, we look back and try to remember the best music the year had to offer. Nevertheless, some of the best songs inevitably slip through the cracks. 

As such, we've decided to begin the heavy lifting in January by starting an ongoing feature and playlist (see below) of the best hip-hop and R&B songs of 2019. This page will be updated weekly to help you manage your rotation and ensure you hear everything worthwhile dropping week over week.

We do the digging so you don't have to. Enjoy.

James Blake — "Where's the Catch?" ft. André 3000

One of the strongest, most deranged songs off James Blakes' latest album, Assume Form.

Toro y Moi — "Freelance"

Toro y Moi teaches us an important lesson on peace on his new album Outer Peace, and "Freelance" is no different.

YNW Melly — "No Holidays"

We know Melly for "Murder On My Mind," but "No Holidays" is a worthy and affecting successor from the Florida rapper's new project We All Shine.

Future — "Faceshot"

The church of Future will always say amen so long as Future stays as consistent as he does on "Faceshot," a standout from his recently released Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD.

Little Simz — "Selfish" ft. Cleo Sol

Little Simz season is upon us, and the abstract wordsmith does not disappoint on "Selfish."

Boogie — "Soho" ft. J.I.D

Boogie only speaks the truth on his Shady Records debut, Everythings For Sale, and the jitter of "Soho" is no different.

KingJet — "Ghost"

Where ghosting can be heartbreaking, LA's KingJet captures the anxiety of falling for someone in an earnest and catchy package.

Dreezy — "Chicken Noodle Soup"

The opener of Big Dreez lives up the album title, barred up and promising that Chicago's Dreezy means big business, always.

Sada Baby — "Dumbass"

No one raps like Sada Baby, and Bartier Bounty standout "Dumbass" is proof his inflections and cadence belong to him alone.

Summer Walker — "Riot"

In under two minutes, Summer Walker accomplishes a bluesy, guitar-led, emotive feat on "Riot."