30 Best Hip-Hop and R&B Albums of 2019 (So Far), Ranked


Take another deep breath.

Ah, yes, another quarter of the year gone, another list to argue over. 

In April, we brought you the 20 best hip-hop and R&B albums of the year. This time, we’ve upped the total number of albums to 30, so we have even more records to fight over. We look forward to your (positive and negative) comments.

[Editor’s Note: Because 21 Savage’s i am > i was came out so late in 2018, we considered the album for this 2019 list.]

30. slowthai — Nothing Great About Britain


Release Date: May 17, 2019
Record Label: Method Records

An agile storyteller, Northampton’s slowthai expertly mixes elements of UK grime and drill while unpacking the micro and macro of his British upbringing. Carrying no pretensions and seamlessly style-shifting across genres with his frenetic cadence, the singular rapper makes you move and listen simultaneously. In a year that has seen British rap dominate—from DAVE and Little Simz to Skepta and Octavian—slowthai’s versatility and poignant messaging set him apart. He’s funny while commanding attention, hilariously painting stark portraits of British classism, racism, and abuse in an ultimately gripping and focused fashion. —Zach Miller

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