SpitFireHipHop’s Top 20 Albums 2019

2019 saw a number of real Hip-Hop albums that deserve attention. The list that we have compiled is that of the albums that we featured on our site. This was very difficult for us to select only 20 albums but we think this is a very solid list. Let’s have a discussion about the list below.

20. Sophisticated Savage – Sophisticated Savage Peasant Podium Music is proud to present Sophisticated Savage, the self-titled debut from the Hip-Hop trio consisting of Emcee’s Rhinoceros FunkMC WhiteOwland Yahzeed.

Sophisticated Savage - Sophisticated Savage (LP)

19. Spoda – Full Court Press
The professional basketball season recently end with a huge surprise. Spoda takes this time before the draft on Thursday to put that ‘Full Court Press‘. The album was produced exclusively by Wavy Da Ghawd.

Spoda - Full Court Press

18. Big Turks – Big Turks BIG TURKS is a concept album, as well as a group that consists of emcees Rome StreetzJamal Gasol and Lord Juco, with Ro Data on the beats, Jordan Commandeur executive producing and Jonny Botsch handling art and design.

Big Turks - Big Turks

17. Jae Hussle – Reflections (A Story Of My Lifetime) Rochester, NY emcee Jae Hussle has dropped his full-length project Reflections (A Story Of My Lifetime) Vol 1. The entire eleven tracks were produced by Kidd Called Quest (Big Shug, Trife

Jae Hussle - Reflections A Story Of My Lifetime (prod. by Kidd Called Quest)

16. Ketch P – Gift Certificate After a 6 year hiatus, Detroit veteran emcee/Middle Finger Music representative Ketch P is back with a new record titled, “The Gift Certificate.” This project is a clear reminder for everyone why Ketch P stays in conversation when Detroit’s elite emcees are in discussion.

Ketch P - Gift Certificate

15. G.Fisher & Kidd Called Quest – BXROC BXROC is the highly anticipated new album from Bronx, NY G.Fisher and Kidd Called Quest. For nearly 4 years the Rap game has been anticipating its release. With G.Fisher becoming legendary in the underground and boom bap circles and Kidd Called Quest making his name as a go to producer for real MC’s, they decided to come together and recreate the energy captured by great producer/MC combos.

G.Fisher & Kidd Called Quest - BXROC

14. Price Stylez – Black Mass​:​Reloaded Price Stylez released ‘Black Mass’ back in 2017. The EP was fully produced by South Africa’s Jakk Wonders. Today he returns with the follow-up album. Boston emcee and ferocious lyricist Price Stylez is back after serving you with bangers like “I’m Around” and “Furious Stylez”, his long awaited ‘Black Mass:Reloaded‘ is finally here

Price Stylez - Black Mass​:​Reloaded

13. Westside Gunn – Hitler Wears Hermes 7 Griselda’s (Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine & Benny The Butcher) ascension, both collectively and individually is palpable.  From their inauspicious Buffalo roots, to signing with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Eminem and Shady Records, the Griselda juggernaut has created a real and sustaining moment.  That movement is unified, authentic, raw, unfiltered, vivid and raw.  And there is no disputing that a real street ethos exists; one that has taken the music industry by storm.

Westside Gunn - Announces New Masterpiece ‘Hitler Wears Hermes 7’

12. Lyric Jones & Nameless – Ga$ Money Emcee, Singer – Songwriter Lyric Jones teams up with Producer Nameless to bring the world a solid well rounded project titled, ‘Ga$ Money‘. The duo found common ground as they both were creating this project long distance. She while driving for both Lyft and Uber and he as a truck driver. The title came about while joking about “gas money” being the bare minimum required for their presence or services in the music business.

Lyric Jones & Nameless - Ga$ Money

11. O The Great – This Art Is Real O The Great shares his new album titled ‘This Art Is Real‘. There are many artists in Hip-Hop who truly take serious their craft. It does not take look for you to get understanding that O The Great is serious about what he does.

O The Great - This Art Is Real

10. Free Mind – The Soul Section Los Angeles producer Free Mind has produced many songs for the likes of,
WestSide Gunn, Vic Spencer, Supreme Cerebral, Recognize Ali, Killy Shoot, O the Great, Jamil Honesty and more. Free Mind has put together a new album called ‘The Soul Section‘. The singles that have been released from this album are definitely soul tracks.

Free Mind - The Soul Section EP (Front)

9. HUBBS – Tony Peña Just in time for the World Series, HUBBS blesses the world with his new album. The new album is titled ‘Tony Peña‘. If you grew up in Pittsburgh in the 80s you know ‘Tony Peña’ and his unique catching style. Drafted by the Pirates from the Dominican Republic, he brought that passion for the game to the Major Leagues.

HUBBS - Tony Peña

8. Eto & Superior – Long Story Short From Hell’s Roof to the Rhine Valley, Rochester, NY emcee Eto and German-Spanish producer Superior have joined forces! The resulting full-length collaboration, “Long Story Short” is available now via Below System Records (Digital & CD) and vinyl coming courtesy of Tuff Kong Records.

Eto & Superior - Long Story Short

7. J. Sands – The Black Revolution J. Sands is an artist that paints pictures that are easy to enjoy. He is an artist that provides hope to this thing we call hip-hop. Sands is not one of those artists that is chasing the fads in hip-hop but one that stays true to the culture. The entire community of Hip-Hop should be proud of the education that they have received from him, in his years as a hip-hop artist.

J. Sands - The Black Revolution Album Review

6. Ras Kass – Soul On Ice 2 It’s been nearly a quarter-century since Soul On Ice and they still can’t handle the truth. In fact, the intervening decades since Ras Kass dropped his classic debut have only validated the poisonous and panoramic vision of the waterproof MC, who was immediately hailed as the West Coast’s answer to Nas. And with the nature of the threat growing more real by the minute, there couldn’t be a more necessary time for Soul On Ice 2

Styles P & Lil Fame

5. Gang Starr – One Of The Best Yet Gang Starr is undoubtedly one of the most revered, beloved and influential groups in Hip-Hop.  Over the course of their distinguished career, they became a cultural institution and a brand you could ultimately trust.  The group’s “Chain and the Star” logo symbolized power and excellence and it permeated into the cutting-edge music they created. 

Gang Starr Announces Historic New Album 'One Of The Best Yet' & Releases New Single "Bad Name"

4. Joell Ortiz – Monday Joell Ortiz isn’t interested in seeming like a superhero. His new album for Mello Music Group, ‘Monday,’ is an album about keeping your head down and getting back to work; there’s nothing to do other than to persevere. With his new record, Ortiz pays tribute to the qualities that have allowed him to not only survive, but thrive in an unforgiving industry and era.

Joel Ortiz - Monday

3. Little Brother – May The Lord Watch Today, North Carolina’s pioneering hip-hop group Little Brother surprises fans with the release of their fifth studio album ‘May The Lord Watch‘. Arriving nine years after the formal announcement of the group’s breakup, May The Lord Watch features production by Black Milk, Khrysis, Nottz, and Focus…; guest appearances by Questlove, and New York radio personality Peter Rosenberg; and vocals by Blakk Soul, Carlitta Durand, Darien Brockington, and more.


2. Smif N Wessun – The All Brooklyn-bred hip-hop duo Smif N Wessun â€“ consisting of partners in rhyme, Steele and Tek, are OG and staple members of the Duck Down Records and Boot Camp Clik family recently (1-10) celebrated the 23rd anniversary of their classic debut effort Dah Shinin.’ Tek and Steele’s undeniable Gemini chemistry, clearly the byproduct of a 20-plus year friendship, is once again on full display on their new LP, The All, which is now available.

Smif N Wessun ft. Rapsody & Musiq Soulchild - Ocean Drive

1.Apollo Brown – Sincerely, Detroit Detroit has an indelible legacy in hip-hop. From artists like J Dilla to Black Milk, from Denaun Porter to Apollo Brown, Detroit’s music has a sound unlike any other. When Apollo Brown set out to create the tribute to his home, he knew he needed to do the city justice. Featuring over fifty Detroit artists, Apollo Brown’s new double album, Sincerely, Detroit, is a love letter to the culture. From different eras and different walks of life, veterans and newcomers alike lend their styles and deliveries to the twenty-one track album. Featuring artists like Royce Da 5’9”, Crown Nation (Quelle Chris & Denmark Vessey), Black Milk, Trick Trick, Elzhi, Slum Village, Illa J, Phat Kat, Clear Soul Forces and many, many more, Sincerely, Detroit is a nearly comprehensive look at the styles and flavors of Detroit.

Apollo Brown – Sincerely, Detroit
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