1. Stove The God Cooks – Reasonable Drought

With scene stealing appearances this year on two of fellow upstate NY emcee Westside Gunn’s  solo projects, the secret is out on one of the game’s brightest talents. Stove is cocky, introspective, and on his dean all in one extended clip of bar(s).

2. Jay Electronica – A Written Testimony

The enigma continues. A first effort collaboration with one of raps God emcees still left fans longing for a true solo effort. 

3. Jadakiss – Ignatious

Mature solo effort from the King of 16 bars. The brilliance of The Lox album overshadowed a good effort from Kiss.

4. 21 Savage/Metro Boomin’ – Savage Mode 2

Shades of 3 6 Tear Da Club Up… And we mean that in the nicest, nastiest way possible. Runnin’ is an instant classic.

5. Dave East – Karma 3

Harlem native Dave East comes through with another solid effort. Get The Money is one of the best songs of the year.

6. Jeezy – The Recession 2

A nice (and surprising) return to form for Snow. The beat selection fits the theme through the subject matter down to the cover. One of his most solid efforts in recent memory.

7. Pop Smoke – Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon

An untimely death kept this project from reaching its full potential. A good project amidst unfortunate circumstances.

8. Conway The Machine/Alchemist – LULU

Hip-Hop’s current rap god teams with regular Griselda collaborator The Alchemist. Shoot Sideways featuring Schoolboy Q is a gem of a grimy rap record.

9. Mickey Factz – Warped Collage

Super super high powered lyricism!

10. Boldy James – The Versace Tape

The first release for Boldy under the Griselda umbrella was a dope effort that has further tightened their stronghold in the game.

11. 2 Chainz – So Help Me God

This album slow start kept it out of the top 20. The latter half of this album is some of the best material of the year and Chainz career.

12. Flee Lord – Pray For Evil 2

Another Griselda affiliate with potential. Flee has been busy dropping three projects this year.

13. Money Man – Epidemic

After releasing countless mixtapes through the A the last few years, NY born, Atlanta bred emcee Money Man came with one of the sleeper projects of the year.

14. Yo Gotti – Untrapped

Call it bad timing. The pandemic killed this album’s buzz. Gotti is fire and grown on this effort.

15. Goodie Mob – Survival Kit

It hurts to say this… Production hurt this album and reunion man fans have long waited for.

16. Juicy J – The Hustle Continues

There will be no surprises but it will be a fun night if Juicy J is the pilot of your turn-up ship enterprise,

17. Elzhi – Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up

To quote Nas; “For My Trapped in the 90’s Niggas). Real Hip-Hop Formula type of stuff here. Strictly Beats, Rhymes, and Life.

18. G-Herbo – PTSD

Legal troubles and a pre-pandemic release hurt the potential of this album.

19. R.A. The Rugged Man – All My Heroes Are Dead

The third release from R.A. is chock full of legacy east coast driven hip-hop. Heads will be thrilled to see a tracklist featuring the likes of Kool G Rap and Ghostface.

20. Deante Hitchcock – Better

The Atlanta native came through with one of the surprises of the year and followed up the momentum with a nicely put together deluxe edition.

Armaud Cooper
Armaud Cooper

East Atlanta raised West Charlotte made Keeper of the FIRE

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.