It has been a surprisingly strong start to the year in terms of great hip-hop releases – both underground and relatively mainstream. Typically the year begins a bit slow as artists wait for warmer, more social seasons or don’t want to be forgotten by the end of the year, but Covid seems to have everybody itching to drop. Here we will discuss our top 5 albums of January through March 2022.
#5: Earl Sweatshirt – Sick!
Earl Sweatshirt finally finds a balance of all his styles and drops some truly thought provoking lyrics with energy. Check out our full review here!
#4: Lucky Daye – Candydrip
Technically R&B, New Orleans singer Lucky Daye puts on a clinic on constructing a silky smooth, frankly horny album. With some rap features such as Lil Durk to keep it grounded, it simultaneously never panders to a pop audience and stays loyal to influences of the 90’s and 00’s. Running a whole hour long, you’re somehow still left wanting more due to the expert songwriting and his serenades. Candydrip doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s simply some of the best pure R&B of recent years.
#3: AJ Suede & Televangel – Metatron’s Cube
Seattle MC AJ Suede links with Blue Sky Black Death producer for a dark backpack project full of reflective lyrics and clever references. Check out our full review here!
#2: Sadistik & Kno – Bring Me Back When the World is Cured
On the long awaited follow up to their 2015 collaboration Phantom Limbs, the menacing, emotional technician Sadistik sounds hungrier than ever, while Kno maintains his status as one of hip-hop’s greatest producers. Check out our full review here!
#1: Conway the Machine – God Don’t Make Mistakes
The album Conway was destined to make; Potentially an instant classic and one of the greatest to come out of the East Coast Revival. Check out our full review here!