Common’s Latest LP Gets Lots Of “Love” In Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New Rap & Hip-Hop Albums List

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This year was a banner year for the worlds of rap and hip-hop.  New albums from the likes of Common, Denzel Curry and Atmosphere helped make this year stand out along with new releases from the likes of DJ Shadow, Malibu Ken and Robert Glasper added even more punch to this year’s field of new rap and hip-hop albums, giving audiences plenty from which to choose.

Considering all the new albums with those noted genres, there was so much to do and hardly enough time to cove them all.  That aside, even this realm was not ignored by Phil’s Picks.  Here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New Rap & Hip-Hop albums.  As with every other list produced this year, it features the Top 10 albums and five honorable mentions for a total of 15 titles. Without further ado, here is Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New Rap & Hip-Hop albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2019 TOP 10 NEW RAP & HIP-HOP ALBUMS

  1. Common — Let Love
  2. DJ Shadow — Our Pathetic Age
  3. Atmosphere — Whenever
  4. Robert Glasper — F*** Your Feelings
  5. Haviah Mighty — 13th Floor
  6. Denzel Curry — ZUU
  7. Flying Lotus — Flamagra
  8. Gabriel Teodros — A Southend Healing Ritual
  9. Malibu Ken — Malibu Ken
  10. Brother Ali — Secrets & Escapes
  11. Boca 45 — Forty Five
  12. Bobby Feno — A Late February
  13. Louis Futon — Way Back When
  14. Danny Brown — uknowhatimsaying?
  15. Mally — The Journey to a Smile

 

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Evidence “Beats” Out Everyone In Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 New Rap & Hip-Hop Albums List

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The old year is almost over, and the new year is nearly here, but before the clock turns midnight, turning 219 to 2019, there’s still some work for Phil’s Picks to do.  That work is some more year-ender list.  The year’s top EPs have been noted already.  Now, today it is on to the year’s top new Rap and Hip-Hop albums.

This has been an interesting year for the worlds of rap and hip-hop, with strong new offerings from the likes of Ice Cube, Evidence, Atmosphere and others.  There have also been some positive surprises from the likes of Mourning (A) BLKstar, Black Eyed Peas (yes, Black Eyed Peas — the group, now a trio again thank goodness, returned to its old school roots on its new album) and Dr. Octagon.

From one to the next, the albums that have been offered rap and hip-hop fans this year has largely been strong.  Keeping that in mind, forming this list was just as difficult as any before or after.

Topping this year’s list is Dilated Peoples emcee Evidence and his new album Weather or Not.  The album, from start to finish is everything that hip-hop and rap purists will appreciate, but musically and lyrically.  It is an old school presentation that is confident in both elements’ presentation.

Next up is fellow veteran emcee Eminem and his new album Kamikaze.  This record is, in this critic’s view, some of his best work to date, hands down.  The fire from his past albums is there, along with a certain maturity, too.  that balance makes for a solid work from start to finish.

Third place belongs, on this list, to Black Eyed Peas’ new album Masters of the Sun: Vol. 1.  As noted previously, this record takes the group, now a trio again, back to the sound that made it a hit during its underground days.  At the same time, the pop sensibility that made the group a hit in the mainstream is there, too.  Lyrically, the songs are their own stylistic rebirth for the group, too.

With 1st – 3rd noted, the rest of the list is fleshed out below.  As always, 15 titles are listed, with the Top 10 being the best while the next five are honorable mentions.  That is not to say that there is anything wrong with those albums.  They are just worth noting.  Now enough rambling.  without any further ado, here is Phil’s PIcks 2018 Top 10 New Rap & Hip-Hop albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW RAP & HIP-HOP ALBUMS

  1. Evidence — Weather or Not
  2. Eminem — Kamikaze
  3. Black Eyed Peas: Masters of the SunVol. 1
  4. Ice Cube — Everythang’s Corrupt
  5. Atmosphere — Mi Vida Local
  6. Mourning [A] BLKstar — The Garner Poems
  7. Dr. Octagon — Moosebumps
  8. Denzel Curry– TA1300
  9. Del & Amp Live — Gate 13
  10. Camp Hope — Micheal
  11. Everlast — Whitey Ford’s House of Pain
  12. dem Atlas — Bad Actress
  13. Four Fists — 6666
  14. Brownout — Fear of a Brown Planet
  15. Cypress Hill — Elephants on Acid

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Nine Inch Nails “Adds” Itself To The Top Of Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Best New EPs List

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Time is officially ticking away to the end of the year, so as the countdown moves closer to the year’s final moments, those annual year-ender lists are starting to show up.  Keeping that in mind, Phil’s Picks has its own year-enders.  As is the case in year’s past, this year’s series of lists starts with the smallest releases, the year’s top new EPs.  Topping this year’s list of new EPs is none other than Nine Inch Nails’ new EP, Add Violence.  This five-song record takes all the best elements of Trent Reznor’s work from With Teeth all the way up to his most recent Nine Inch Nails record, Hesitation Marks both musically and lyrically.

Also included in this year’s list of the year’s top new EPs are independent releases from Paul Johnson & The About Last Nights, Chapel, Light The Way and others.  The list, as in years past, includes the year’s Top 10 new EPs as well as five additional honorable mention titles, for a total of 15 records.  With all of that having been noted, the following is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New EPs.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW EPs

  1. Nine Inch Nails — Add Violence
  2. Paul Johnson & The About Last Nights — Give Up The Ghost
  3. Chapel — Sunday Brunch
  4. The Offering — The Offering
  5. Light The Way — Grace
  6. Sleep Signals — At The End Of The World
  7. Lane Change — Rise
  8. Red Reign — Red Reign
  9. Willamena — Strong Enough To Last
  10. The Major Minor — Different Light
  11. Constructs — Shapes
  12. Denzel Curry — 13
  13. New Kingston — Kingston Fiyah
  14. Vault 1 — Kid
  15. Pig — Prey & Obey

Next up on the calendar for Phil’s Picks is the year’s top new independent albums.  That list will be posted some time tomorrow afternoon, so stay tuned.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.