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MC Till's Top 30 from 2020

I've said it a few times and I'll say it yet again. We are living in a new Hip-hop golden age. It is different from the past. Back then (be it 88-92 or 93-36 or 88-97 or whatever) the music was not as accessible. One had to hear a song on the radio or catch a video on Yo MTV Raps or the Basement. An article in the Source might have been compelling enough to buy a new tape or CD. But, you pretty much had to go to a record store and buy the physical album. Back then we had barriers to getting music. Today those barriers are gone. Spotify or youtube or tidal or bandcamp or any number of services provide us with music instantly. Furthermore, just about anyone can be a recording artist. You don't need thousands of dollars to record an album. Some are recording entire projects on their phones. A golden age of the past was marked with classic, groundbreaking albums. But not hundreds of them. Today's golden age is marked by a barrage of content. Maybe we don't have as many genre bending albums or albums that will change the course of the genre. But, what we do have is easily over 100 albums every year that are dope and enjoyable to listen to. More artists are giving us more music. We must sift through all that content to find the gems and that's what we here at Everybody's Hip-hop Label are committed to doing. If you enjoy boom bap Hip-hop, then we think you will appreciate the music we find dope. Let us know! Below is my top 30 Hip-hop albums from (mostly*) 2020. Enjoy the list and if you would like to see the full list of over 100 albums and read about several of them and more Hip-hop ish, then head over to 'the book' tab and check out our book, The Boom Bap Review. Peace, MC Till

  1. Miles by Blu & Exile

  2. As God Intended by Che Noir

  3. Streams of Thought, Vol 3: Cane & Able by Black Thought

  4. Ocean Bridges by Damu the Fudgmunk, Archie Shepp, & Raw Poetic

  5. Milestones / The Bluest Note by Skyzoo

  6. Rudebwoy by CJ Fly & Statik Selektah

  7. Innocent Country 2 by Quelle Chris & Chris Keys

  8. Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up by Elzhi

  9. The Baltimore Housing Project by Jay Royale

  10. Antithesis by Awon & BluntOne

  11. Jazzy Vibes by Kid Abstrakt & Emapea

  12. Snakes & Birds by Deca

  13. The Sharecropper’s Daughter by Sa-Roc

  14. Don’t Feed the Monster by Homeboy Sandman x Quelle Chris

  15. A Beautiful Revolution Vol 1 by Common

  16. lo&behold by lojii

  17. WWCD by Griselda

  18. Marlowe 2

  19. Alfredo by Freddie Gibbs x Alchemist

  20. Eileen by 14 Trapdoors X Camoflauge Monk

  21. Pray for Paris by Westside Gunn

  22. ELE 2 by Busta Rhymes

  23. Forward Future by Jahi X Configa

  24. Little Dominiques Nosebleed by The Koreatown Oddity

  25. The Price of Tea in China by Boldy James & Alchemist

  26. King’s Disease by Nas

  27. Coby by Illah Dayz

  28. Moment of Change by Raw Poetic & Damu the Fudgemunk

  29. Jim Crow the Musical by Add-2

  30. Jewelry by Your Old Droog

*I say mostly because we review albums for our annual book a little differently from the calendar year. We look at albums from the second Friday of November through the second Friday of November the following year.

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