As I write this last article of 2019, I’m constantly reminiscing on all the great music we received this year. From Tyler The Creator to Billie Eillish, we received some great albums from artist like the two mentioned and everything in between. To wrap up 2019, I decided to share with you my top 5 albums of 2019 and my favorite line on the album. Even though this list wasn’t easy to do, I feel very happy with it.
So here we go:
5. Revenge Of The Dreamers 3 by Dreamville. Released: July 5, 2019
For me ROTD3 was a pretty decent album. Honestly, the sequence of the tracks on this album was almost perfect. From starting the album with “Under The Sun” to ending the compilation with “Sacrifices” the album was structured almost perfectly. Some songs on the project I did not vibe with like the hook on Oh, Wow or the entire Wells Fargo track. Overall the album slaps and J. Cole has some of his best verses on it. All it was missing was a Kendrick Lamar feature.
My Favorite Line:
I been on the same shit, getting brain, I’m such a wise guy
Niggas took shots, plenty, South Park, Kenny, I don’t die die
I’m not just gonna slide on you, my nigga, we gon’ slide slide
4. Port Of Miami 2 by Rick Ross Released: August 9, 2019
It was great to hear the bawse Ricky Rozay snapping on J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League type beats and talking that wealth talk. I can’t deny that Rick Ross is one of my favorite artist in the game, and honestly, he did not disappoint on this album. No, it wasn’t anything unique, different or groundbreaking as far as a musical standpoint goes, but it did have the Miami inspired bars, luxurious instrumentation and the star studded features we are all accustomed to hearing on a Ross album. My favorite track on the album has to be “Rich Nigga Lifestyle” featuring Nipsey Hussle. To hear Nipsey deliver a well thought out verse on a Ross track was special and I’m glad Rozay decided to give people that song rather than keeping it tucked away in a file somewhere, never to be heard.
My Favorite Line:
3. Please Excuse Me For Being Anti-Social by Roddy Richh Released: October 11, 2019
Roddy Rich really surprised me with this album. Now, it wasn’t the best album all the way through, but you can tell Roddy really put some thought into the songs that made the album. Nonetheless, some tracks on the project I felt were not a good fit. Tracks like “Boom Boom Room” and “Roll Dice” I felt could’ve been left off the album. With those two tracks on the album, the album lacks diversity and uniqueness. Without those tracks, this album could easily be contender for album of the year debate.
2. Death Race For Love by Juice WRLD Released August 23, 2019
To be honest, I didn’t listen to this album when it dropped in August, but after Juice WRLD’s passing in December of this year, I decided to give the guy a listen. I was not disappointed. The album was filled with exploding 808’s and Juice does not shy away from bringing a crazy lyrical presence to the album as well. My favorite tracks on the project is “Feeling” and “Out My Way”, Juice WRLD really flexed his talent on both the tracks and they were overall a bop to bump in the whip.
in the kitchen whippin’ up the bricks, servin’ kilos
If I gotta get in your door I pick the key-hole
Full of shit, bitches, boy these hoes like A-holes
Every day I wake up, thinkin’ ‘bout the Pesos
Gettin’ bankrolls, sayin’ RIP to Bankroll, keep the dank rolled
- Jesus Is King by Kanye West Released October, 25 2019
If you read my review on this album, then you know how much I really appreciated what this album did for the culture and the world. Kanye West is a pure genius for being able to make God-friendly music or Christian rap while keeping the overall substance and inner core of his distinct sound. The album was poorly mixed and mastered, but yet STILL was a musical masterpiece. With songs like “Follow God” and “On God”, how can you not bump this in the whip? If anybody can bring christian rap to the forefront of hip hop, it would be Kanye West. Jay-Z probably could give a good attempt at doing a Christian album too.
But we know that’s not happening
Nothing worse than a hypocrite
Change, he ain’t really different
He ain’t even try to get permission
Ask for advice and they dissed him
Said I’m finna do a gospel album
What have you been hearin’ from the Christians?
Until Next Time,