Highsnobiety's Best Albums of 2019 (So Far)

Highsnobiety's Best Albums of 2019 (So Far)

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2 Chainz - Rap or Go to the League

2 Chainz - Rap or Go to the League
March 1, 2019
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

Rap or Go to the League isn’t about following rules or guidelines and its formula is skewed. 2 Chainz’s latest is bold, yet comfortable. Its thrilling journey is something that entertains, drains, and revitalizes with fresh energy.

21 Savage - i am > i was

21 Savage - i am > i was
December 21, 2018
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

The overly violent shtick has been largely cut, replaced with a frequent tendency to journey inward and record the results. Because of this, I Am > I Was is a near masterpiece.

Dave - Psychodrama

Dave - Psychodrama
March 8, 2019
Critic Score
88
10 reviews

PSYCHODRAMA is a consistently engaging record that echoes the complexities of being black in a broken Britain. It feels like a giant step forward for UK rap.

Denzel Curry - ZUU

Denzel Curry - ZUU
May 31, 2019
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

If TA1300 was a deep inward dive, ZUU is a mighty outward gesture, a salute to the masses.

Flying Lotus - Flamagra

Flying Lotus - Flamagra
May 24, 2019
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

A delicately balanced mix of every genre and theme that has defined his work to date, all bound together in the flames.

Injury Reserve - Injury Reserve

Injury Reserve - Injury Reserve
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
81
8 reviews

Sure, this record’s energy dips at times, and it’s clear the group is still learning, but on the whole it’s an arresting debut that suggests a very bright future.

Kevin Abstract - ARIZONA BABY

Kevin Abstract - ARIZONA BABY
April 25, 2019
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

It is a razor-sharp reminder that Abstract is indeed a generational talent, a point we have been vaguely aware of during BROCKHAMPTON’s fiery ascent to the peak of pop culture, but one we can now see with renewed clarity as he takes center stage.

Little Simz - GREY Area

Little Simz - GREY Area
March 1, 2019
Critic Score
86
16 reviews

Despite the range of styles and topics explored throughout, GREY Area is still remarkably cohesive, and that’s largely down to Simz herself, who expertly veers between touching intimacy and searing bravado without ever losing sight of the album’s overall tone.

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
April 19, 2019
Critic Score
81
24 reviews

Although she already found her voice a few years back, it’s never sounded better than it does here, and even more importantly than that, it’s thrilling to see that the world is finally ready to hear it.

Malibu Ken - Malibu Ken

Malibu Ken - Malibu Ken
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
79
9 reviews
The mix of styles blend as smoothly as peanut butter and chocolate, and tastes equally as good.

Megan Thee Stallion - Fever

Megan Thee Stallion - Fever
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

Fever isn’t much of a departure sonically and lyrically from Megan’s previous mixtape Tina Snow ... But this time her flow and delivery are sharper. She sounds more expensive.

slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain

slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
83
16 reviews
This album feels and sounds like an instant classic, and there’s a sense slowthai will soon be the name on everybody’s lips.

Solange - When I Get Home

Solange - When I Get Home
March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
21 reviews

A Seat at the Table was an invitation into the woes that weighed heavy on Solange’s heart; When I Get Home is her gesture of consent to enter the warmest depths of her mind.

Toro y Moi - Outer Peace

Toro y Moi - Outer Peace
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
70
20 reviews

Outer Peace, depending on the setting, could be categorized as an album of tasteful chill music, playlist filler, or music to soundtrack a sun-drenched rooftop party.

Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

Tyler, the Creator - IGOR
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
84
20 reviews

Within the framing of Tyler, the Creator, IGOR does feel like a triumph, the best of both worlds, a balance between the crazy kid he was and the precariously stable adult he’s still trying to become.

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