Notable Hip-Hop Albums of 2020

When I initially planned this list, the goal was to compile 50 titles. Unfortunately, the ongoing pandemic has affected my ability to keep up with the most-talked about releases. Meanwhile, the sudden, tragic death of MF DOOM on December 31 distracted me from posting my list at the end of the year.

This go-round, I will be trying something different. Below, you’ll find 40 titles that I enjoyed. Time permitting, I will update this list with additional releases over the next few weeks.

Here’s to a productive and hopefully less fraught 2021.

  • Aesop Rock, Spirit World Field Guide
  • Akai Solo, Eleventh Wind
  • Amani + King Vision Ultra, An Unknown Infinite
  • Aminé, Limbo
  • Apollo Brown & Che Noir, As God Intended
  • Armand Hammer, Shrines
  • Benny the Butcher, Burden of Proof
  • Blu & Exile, Miles
  • Boldy James, The Price of Tea in China
  • Chris Keys & Quelle Chris, Innocent Country 2
  • Damu the Fudgemunk, Archie Sheep & Raw Poetic, Ocean Bridges
  • Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist, Alfredo
  • Homeboy Sandman, Don’t Feed the Monster
  • Jay Electronica, A Written Testimony
  • Jay Electronica, Act II: Patents of Nobility
  • KA, Descendants of Cain
  • Kenny Segal & Serengeti, AJAI
  • Knxwledge, 1988
  • The Koreatown Oddity, Little Dominiques Nosebleed
  • Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake
  • Lil Wayne, Funeral
  • Lojii, Lo&Behold
  • Madlib, Bandana Beats
  • Medhane, Full Circle
  • Medhane, Cold Water
  • Megan Thee Stallion, Suga
  • MIKE, Weight of the World
  • Moor Mother & Billy Woods, Brass
  • Nappy Nina, 30 Bag
  • Navy Blue, Song of Sage: Post Panic!
  • Open Mike Eagle, Anime, Trauma and Divorce
  • Pink Siifu, Negro
  • Playboi Carti, Whole Lotta Red
  • Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon
  • Princess Nokia, Everything Is Beautiful
  • R.A.P. Ferreira, Purple Moonlight Pages
  • Run the Jewels, RTJ4
  • Shabazz Palaces, The Don of Diamond Dreams
  • Small Bills, Don’t Play It Straight
  • Vic Spencer, Psychological Cheat Sheet
  • Westside Gunn, Pray 4 Paris

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