This is as perfect a list as you'll ever see.
Misch’s Dilla and early boom bap influences are on full display.
'Invasion of Privacy' is fun, funny, and fulfilling.
‘Care For Me’ addresses the harrowing reality that nothing is promised and proves Saba as an artist meant to endure.
The Weeknd sheds his pop-star brightness for a return to the late night.
"'Edgewood' proves that finding your voice is not a direct route but a journey of trial and error."
"'PRhyme 2' is yet another dazzling bit of jump roping between title matches, sometimes flashy but always familiar."
‘In the Comfort Of’ is enveloped in prayer, hardship, overcoming, and gorgeous swaths of sound.
The Def Jam MC continues his never-ending identity search on 'Bobby Tarantino II'
Phonte only speaks when he has something to say.
The Chicago rapper has the talent, and now the label backing, to develop into a truly remarkable artist.
'Royalty' is a fitting end to the Dreamville duo's impressive EP trilogy.
This is an album focused on the heat of a movement—both sonic and sociopolitical.
'Everything Is Recorded' is an album about being lonely to your bones when your bones are failing you.
The Dreamville signee has a co-sign from J. Cole, but can he open eardrums?
The Brooklyn MC's latest album is lovingly crafted social commentary delivered by way of jubilant boom bap.
Some legends move in silence, others move with the rain.
SiR's latest is a trip through the happy and sad pit stops of love, and an impressive next step in his TDE tenure.
Maxo Kream is the real deal, and 'Punken' is the autobiography that will bring you a bit closer to Houston's most promising prospect.
"Despite being a noteworthy moment, this isn't music that will truly stick to your ribs."
…most important sentence of 2017.
What happened to all of Big Sean's style, before he leaned so hard on double time flows and lackluster double entendres?
With some great moments and some bad moments, 'Oblivion' is a fitting re-introduction.
'Radio Silence' is the most human record Talib Kweli has released in a long time.
'No Dope On Sundays' is a mostly cohesive trip through the streets in CyHi’s head—a trip seven years in the making.
Wiz, at this point in his career, is like watching a movie with Samuel L. Jackson.
My search for the hip-hop equivalent to Harlem Heat continues.
‘Beach House 3’ is similar to Drake’s ‘More Life,’ a project full of infectious, yet scattered vibes for the playlist generation.
I’ll save the classic label for years to come, but on this day, the first word that comes to mind is masterpiece.
A record to live and grow with, one that will continue to surprise you and connect with you from week one to week 52.
Future and Thug’s 'SUPER SLIMEY' isn’t very super, but it is an event.
Baby-making, lover-worshipping, quiet storm-musing—'Morning After' has a song for every matter of the heart.
Sonder Son is the final notice: 2017 was the year that Brent Faiyaz proved the future was his for the taking.
IDK may have dropped “Jay” from his name, but his new album is a formal introduction to the artist and man born Jason Mills.
Dreamville's newest signee delivered a working class rapper mixtape with a happy ending.
The Roc Nation emcee's new album, 'Laila’s Wisdom' is the black soul sister that hip-hop has been missing.
True to the album's title, Macklemore's newest full-length album sans Ryan Lewis heads down divergent paths.
The goal of the debut album: to distill your musical identity. In that sense, 'Paradise' might be perfect.
"Daniel Caesar may not inspire a newfound faith in God, but 'Freudian' will make you believe in love."