Rap and hip-hop fans have had quite a bit to be happy about this year. That is because over the course of the now fading year, a lot of notable entries have made their way to audiences within the genre. They have come from independent and well-known acts alike, too. From the familiar socio-politically charged content featured in Public Enemy’s new album What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down, to the lighter yet still engaging content featured in Aesop Rock’s new album Spirit World Field Guide, to the unique hybrid jazz/hip-hop instrumental offering from Analog Players Society, Soundtrack For A Nonexistent Film, and more, this year’s field of new rap and hip-hop records has proven quite diverse and entertaining. Even Eminem released his own new album (albeit by surprise) in the form of Music to be Murdered By early this year. Between that record and so many others, this year’s field of new albums was full of interesting, impressive new albums, both mainstream and independent. Phil’s Picks has kept track of them once again this year and produced a list of the year’s best new product.
As with past years and each list, this collection features the Top 10 new titles in the category, as well as five honorable mentions, for a total of 15 titles. Here for your consideration is the Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 new Rap & Hip-Hop Albums.
PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW RAP & HIP-HOP ALBUMS
- Public Enemy – What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?
- Run The Jewels – RTJ4
- RJD2 – The Fun Ones
- Common – A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1
- Jamo Gang – Walking With Lions
- Aesop Rock – Spirit World Field Guide
- Eminem – Music to be Murdered By
- Analog Players Society – Soundtrack for a Nonexistent Film
- Atmosphere – The Day Before Halloween
- GNL Zamba – The Spear
- Denzel Curry – Unlocked
- Prof – Powderhorn Suites
- Busta Rhymes – Extinction Level Event 2
- Aesop Rock – Music From The Game Freedom Finger
- Black Eyed Peas – Translation
Next up from Phil’s Picks is a listing of the year’s top new jazz and blues albums. Stay tuned for that.
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