5.) Telefone (even tho it's a mixtape it's very good)
4.) ATCQ - TY4YSWGIFH
3.) Westside Gunn - Flygod
Very enjoyable album, WSG comes through with bars and the production is absolutely dope. Not one bad song on here. Features from Your Old Droog, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Roc Marciano, and producing from Daringer and Alchemist. This is higher than ATCQ based on the sole fact that I listened to it a shit ton this year.
2.) NxWorries - Yes Lawd!
Love the singing, the production is sooo nice, there are so many quotables ("Is it real love or is it phooonayyy?", "Jodi's a friend of miiiineeee"). I've listened to this so many times, at first I was lukewarm on it, but it eventually clicked and I listen to it weekly.
1.) Ka - Honor Killed the Samurai
Not one bad song on here either. Ka has his own style and is able to tell stories without sacrificing wordplay, flow, or rhyme scheme. This is the type of music you listen to when you're walking around the city at night. So many dope bars ("Can battle hard against catalogs with one leafy journal", "They writin' deadlines, I ain't pressed for time") One of my all time favorite projects.
Special mentions: Chester Watson - Past Cloaks, WSG - HWH4, Fly Anakin - Elsewhere Ave., Koncept Jack$on - Cuts from Andromeda