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Best 25 Hip Hop Albums For Grown-Ups Of 2021

25 Best Hip Hop Albums For Grown-Ups

Too often people complain that Hip Hop isn’t what it used to be. True enough: if you only consider most of what the mass media is serving up, you would be forgiven to think that Hip Hop is nothing but a shadow of its former self. In the late eighties and early nineties all kinds of Hip Hop made it into the mainstream spotlights – sonically more diverse than nowadays and lyrics-wise lightweight and more substantial side by side. In the last two decades the same few brands of monotonous and empty-headed materialistic drivel have dominated the mainstream, the big media companies promoting the same dumb sh** over and over and the kiddies eating whatever is served to them.

Even if today’s sad reality is that not talent and quality but marketing and promotion determine what is commercially successful, these days you don’t need to rely on the mainstream media anymore – all the dope music released over the last decades can be found online, if only you know where to look. For this article, in no particular order, we have selected 25 of the best mature Hip Hop albums released in 2021. These albums are all projects with substance, creatively and artistically of the highest level –  Hip Hop for grown-ups.

Magna Carda - To The Good People

25 Best Hip Hop Albums For Grown-Ups

Magna Carda is a duo from Austin Texas, consisting of vocalist Megz Kelli and producer Dougie Do. They are responsible for a number of strong projects in the past decade, and with To The Good People, they continue their streak of quality – this arguably is their best album yet. This album is a tasteful and stylish affair – a near-flawless combination of pure musicianship from Dougie Do and strong vocal performances from Megz Kelli. Her understated conversational-style flow and her thoughtful lyrics are a joy to listen to, and the soulful instrumentals crafted by Dougie Do are perfect for her voice. Guest spots from Cara Bishop, Ava Raiin, Demetruest, IAN, and Juju Bae add extra flavor to help round out what is one of the best albums you will hear this year.

Krum – Dart

25 Best Hip Hop Albums For Grown-Ups

Dallas-based producer/emcee Harry Krum is in a lane of his own, his sound cannot be pigeonholed – some of his music can be labeled urban gospel, some of his other projects are closer to straight-up Hip Hop. His short-but-sweet Black Lung album is one of the best Hip Hop projects released last April, with some of the best production you’ll hear this year – lots of psychedelic vibes and dusty but crisp boom-bap beats laced with some exquisite sampling – reminiscent even of the best work from icons like Madlib and MF DOOM. At barely over half an hour Black Lung is too short to consider a ‘proper’ full-length, something that can’t be said about DART.

At 50 minutes, DART is a fully realized album – and one of the most idiosyncratic albums of the year. DART will certainly not be for everybody, Krum’s genre-boundaries stretching instrumentals have too much of an experimental edge, and his rapping is mixed with singing on this album. As it follows a narrative, this is an album you need to allow yourself to be immersed in to be able to fully appreciate it (there’s a book tie-in – “The Dirty Angels Ride Tonight” tells the story, each song on the DART album is the first-hand thoughts and emotions of the characters living the story). Not an easy listen, but DART is one of our favorite albums released in October nonetheless.

Curse Ov Dialect - Dark Days Bright Nights

“Formed in 1994, Australian surrealist multicultural rap group Curse Ov dialect has been an anomaly in the music scene. Curse Ov Dialect has revolutionized the language of Hip Hop throughout decades of music-making. Across eight album releases and 25 years of performances, they have defined and pioneered a new golden age of rap — playful, poetic, enlightened, and essential.

Curse Ov Dialect is internationally renowned for their intense live performances involving elaborate symbolic costumes, audience participation, and Dadaist stage theatrics. Cultures are bridged, traditions are taught, stereotypes and rules are broken. The heaviest beats are matched with unexpected samples from every era of music and every corner of the globe. Each emcee brings a powerful voice against ignorance.

Dark Days Bright Nights is their stunning new album. Bursting with revolutionary energy, sociopolitical fervor, and a laser focus on the hypocrisies of Australian culture, this watershed double album powers past the medio-core masses to enshrine Curse Ov Dialect at the forefront of intelligent, original, musically astute Hip Hop worldwide.”

Dark Days Bright Nights is a unique album, laden with eclectic instrumentals, idiosyncratic flows, and thought-provoking content. This is not a casual or straightforward listen, but musically adventurous Hip Hop fans up for a challenge will be amply rewarded.

Abstract Mindstate - Dreams Still Inspire

25 Best Hip Hop Albums For Grown-Ups

Daphne ‘E.P Da Hellcat’ Mitchell and Greg ‘Olskool Ice-Gre’ Lewis founded Abstract Mindstate in Mississippi in the late ’90s, before eventually returning to their native Chicago. Dreams Still Inspire is the return of the cult Hip Hop duo, their first release since the mid-2000s. The duo is best remembered for working with Kanye West just as his career was taking off, Abstract Mindstate was a major influence for Kanye in developing his sound and artistic vision.

For Dreams Still Inspire the duo benefits from Kanye West’s production chops – this project has some of the best Kanye instrumentals of the past decade. Dreams Still Inspire is a great little throwback project, grown-people Hip Hop at its finest. Songs like “Social Media”, “Expository Mode”, “My Reality”, and especially “Elevation” are among the best songs you will hear anywhere this year. The biggest knock against the project is its brevity – at barely over 30 minutes and with an intro and 3 interludes/skits Dreams Still Inspire just isn’t substantial enough. Here’s to hoping Abstract Mindstate and Kanye West will follow up on Dreams Still Inspire with a proper full-length soon.

Big O & P-Rawb - The Complexity

25 Best Hip Hop Albums For Grown-Ups

Four years in the making, The Complexity is a collaborative album from New Jersey/Philadelphia-based artist P-Rawb and London-based (but American) producer Big O. The Complexity is an album for connoisseurs, tasteful and classy – with beautifully crafted laid-back instrumentals and compelling lyricism from start to finish. Go check out The Complexity now, and come back to thank us later for pointing you in the right direction.

Breeze Brewin & Juggaknots - Hindsight

25 Best Hip Hop Albums For Grown-Ups

The Juggaknots is a trio from The Bronx, New York, consisting of siblings Breeze Brewin, Queen Herawin, and Buddy Slim. They have been at it for a while – real heads will know of their debut studio album, Clear Blue Skies (1996), an indie release (re-issued as Re:Release with 11 bonus tracks in 2003) that is now considered an underground classic.

Hindsight is billed as the debut solo album from Breeze Brewin, with production from the likes of Marco Polo, Black Milk, De La Soul’s DJ Maseo, DJ Spinna, Sebb Bash, and others. With Hindsight Breeze Brewin gives us 13 dope songs, with socio-political insights  (“Devil’s Advocate”, which has Breeze criticizing former President Donald Trump), his view on the music industry (“The Application”), and some deeply personal bars about friendships (“The Uninvited”) and about being a teacher as a person of color (“Taking Notes”). Hindsight is a slice of grown man Hip Hop at its finest.

Amari Mar - Grand Rising

25 Best Hip Hop Albums For Grown-Ups

Amari Mar is an independent Hip Hop artist from Brooklyn, NY. He has previously released two projects – Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth Mixtape hosted by Kool G Rap (2012) and Da God Must B Krazy (2013). Now, eight years later, Amari Mar reemerged with Grand Rising.

Grand Rising is a great album. Amari Mar took 8 years to work on and perfect this album, and it shows. Grand Rising is one of the biggest surprises of the year so far. Songs like “Grand Rising”, “Nothing To Prove”, “Above The Rim”, “Live Your Life”, “Black Business”, “Beyond The Surface”, ‘The Gift” “A Beautiful Soul”, “The Chosen One”, and “Rise N Shine” all are gems, not taking away anything from the other songs on the album by the way – for a 17-track project, Grand Rising is super consistent.

Production duties are taken care of by a bunch of different producers, which surprisingly does not hurt the cohesiveness of the album at all. The instrumentals on Grand Rising are tight, but it’s Amari Mar’s content that makes this album shine – his flow is dope and his bars are intelligent and meaningful. For an indie release, Grand Rising sounds exceptionally polished and well-rounded – Amari Mar is an artist who deserves a bigger stage, support the artist and go cop this album, you will not regret it.

Gowe - Jazznight

25 Best Hip Hop Albums For Grown-Ups

Gordon Tsai, better known by his stage name Gowe, is a Korean-American Hip Hop artist from Seattle, Washington. To date, he has released two full-length albums and two EPs as a solo musician. Jazznight is his third full-length album, and his best yet. An a-typical Hip Hop release owing to its jazz-flavored musicality, Jazznight is an authentic and stylish piece of music with smooth instrumentals crafted by Sam Ock, and thoughtful vocals from Gowe, and guests like NAK, Jennifer Chung, ESAE, Uzuhan, postmoderndisco, and Mickey Cho.

N​.​R​.​F​.​S. - N.R.F.S.

N.R.F.S. is a collaborative album performed by Neak, Rashid Hadee, F.A.B.L.E., and Since9ine6ix as N.R.F.S. – one of the finest Hip Hop albums to come out of Chicago this year. The beats on N.R.F.S. are tasteful and banging at the same time, and the rhymes are on point too. This is one of the many great Hip Hop albums that will fly under most people’s radars this year – but anyone up for some classy and mature Hip Hop would do well not to sleep on N.R.F.S.

Sankofa - BLKTCHP

25 Best Hip Hop Albums For Grown-Ups

“Boom-bap with wicked lyrics making the tunes slap.” From storytelling to tributes to the forefathers who laid it down, to straight-up bangers, to life measured, Sankofa got you covered.

Sankofa is an emcee from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and BLKCHP is his second dope release of the year, following The Most Delicious Gold, which dropped in March. Sankofa is nothing if not consistent – BLKCHP is another presentation of soulful boom-bap, with great sampling choices and mature, relatable lyrics – this time around a bit darker than on his previous releases. Go check out BLKCHP – you will not regret it.

Gift Of Gab - Finding Inspiration Somehow

25 Best Hip Hop Albums For Grown-Ups

Gift of Gab’s Finding Inspiration Somehow is a great posthumous album, following his untimely passing at age 50 due to long-standing kidney failure in June of this year. As one half of trailblazing Sacramento duo Blackalicious, Gift Of Gab debuted in 1999 with the low-key classic Nia – one of the best Hip Hop albums released in 1999 and one of our favorite Hip Hop albums of all time. Since then, with his Blackalicious work, his solo projects, and his guest appearances on other people’s songs, Gift Of Gab positioned himself as one of the finest lyricists to ever do it – thanks to his intricate use of vocabulary, and his top-tier rhymes skills with complex internal rhyme schemes, rapid-fire raps, and tongue-twisting verses.

Like more of Hip Hop best lyricists Gift Of Gab never really got the wider recognition he deserved, probably because his content and his style were too complex and too advanced for the bubblegum-rap consuming masses to comprehend. 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up (2004) remains Gift Of Gab’s best solo album, but with Finding Inspiration Somehow Gift Of Gab goes out on a high note. The album sounds fully realized and not cobbled together like so many other posthumous releases. The album contains plenty of stand-outs with songs such as and “Going Farther”, “The Gentrification Song”, “You Gon’ Make It In The End”, “Vice Grip”, and “The Idea of America”. The hooks are kind of weak here and there and the instrumentals sometimes are not on par with Gift Of Gab’s rhyming – but overall Finding Inspiration Somehow is a dope release, a bittersweet swansong for one of the most underrated emcees Hip Hop has ever known.

Fresh Daily - The Quiet Life 2

25 Best Hip Hop Albums For Grown-Ups

Brooklyn-based rapper Fresh Daily’s The Quiet Life 2 is a presentation of smooth and crisp soulful Hip Hop, with appearances by Quelle Chris, Blu, Chris Keys, and Von Pea – among others. The Quiet Life 2 lacks the punch needed to make it to our best of 2021 list, but this is a solid project that deserves attention nevertheless.

Ka - A Martyr's Reward

A Martyr’s Reward is Brownsville, NYC emcee/producer Ka’s 8th studio album (the 6th as Ka), following on the heels of 2020’s Descendants Of CainDescendants Of Cain is a top-5 album of 2020, and his other masterpieces The Night’s Gambit (2013) and Honor Killed The Samurai (2016) are among the best Hip Hop albums released in the 2010s.

Ka’s pen game is among the most refined in the game, he always comes with beautifully crafted poetic lyrics, aesthetic metaphors, brooding imagery, and incredible rhyme schemes. A Martyr’s Reward is no different: this is another amazing Ka project, built on his signature minimalistic instrumentals that serve to give room to his hushed hoarse flow and his intricate wordplay. The narrative this time is centered around his own life, making this one his most personal album to date. Just like on his previous efforts, on A Martyr’s Reward there’s a strong focus on ambiance and sound, and it may take many listens to really pick up on all Ka’s lyrical subtleties and hidden meanings – as always there’s a lot to unpack in his content. Ka’s music is an acquired taste, those with an ear for atmospheric instrumentals and true lyricism will know to cop this one though.

Eternia & Rel McCoy - FREE

25 Best Hip Hop Albums For Grown-Ups

“Eternia & Rel McCoy’s debut collaborative album, ‘FREE’ is a liberating ‘beauty from ashes’ sonic journey from two of Canada’s Hip Hop greats. The album represents a grand comeback for Eternia, who in 2010 released the Juno Award-nominated At Last with producer MoSS on Fat Beats Records. Transformative events changed her life since that release, including personal triumphs (starting a family) coinciding with personal struggles (mental/physical health) and artistic struggles (this project was rebooted), all while navigating a global pandemic and the isolation that ensues. FREE is born of these experiences as she partners with Rel McCoy, a Juno Award-winning producer she compliments heavily for providing the incredible soundscapes on the record, as well as contributing a few vocal appearances.”

FREE is a strong album with smooth boom-bap beats complemented by meaningful content, great flows, and tasteful hooks from Eternia and guests like Mr. Lif (her husband), Shad, and Wordsworth (among others).

Rita J - The High Priestess

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The High Priestess album hones in on the core of Chicago-based emcee/songwriter Rita J.’s humanity as she freely speaks on her personal trials and tribulations, offers her candid disposition on societal norms, highlights her newfound spiritual unfolding, and much more. Partnering with Chicago-based emcee/producer Neak, Rita J. develops a superbly soulful jazz-influenced record that exemplifies her modern growth and evolution as an artist. With Chicago-based emcee/producer Rashid Hadee serving as executive producer of The High Priestess, the overall musical landscape is sonically perfected to bring forth the progressive lyrical prowess of Rita J. and the polished retro/live Hip Hop production of Neak.

The High Priestess is a superb record. Rita J. has a great voice and an enjoyable flow, her introspective content is empowering, and Neak’s instrumentals are hard-hitting and super smooth at the same time. “Mad As Hell” and “Bussin’” are two bangers to start things off nicely, and with the exception of an unnecessary album-flow breaking 2-minute interlude in the middle of the tracklist, there are no skippable tracks – with stand-outs including “My King Is…”, “Reality”, “Ai Shadows”, and “Real Men Cry Too”.

Tanya Morgan - Don & Von

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Tanya Morgan is a duo consisting of William Donald “Donwill” Freeman and Devon “Von Pea” Callender. Donwill is from Cincinnati, Ohio, while Von Pea is from Brooklyn, New York. Don & Von is their fifth full-length album. The 12-track album tackles a wide range of topics including their tenure in the game, police brutality, and being Black in America. Don & Von features guest vocals by Jack Davey, Kooley High, MoRuf, Nappy Nina & Rob Cave and boasts production by Von Pea and Donwill themselves (among others).

Moonlighting (2006), Brooklynati (2009), Rubber Souls (2013), and YGWY$4 (2017) all are strong albums, and with Don & Von the duo continues their streak of excellence. They each have been responsible for a string of dope EP’s and solo releases too – it really is a shame so many Hip Hop listeners are still sleeping on Tanya Morgan. Soulful and intelligent – this is quality Hip Hop.

MexStep - Vivir

Vivir is grown-man Hip Hop at its finest. MexStep ((Mexican StepGrandfather; real name Marco Cervantes) is a Ph.D. who teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and who’s responsible for creating some fine Hip Hop too. As one-third of Third Root, he had a top 25 Hip Hop album of 2020 with Passion Of The Poets, and this solo project is a keeper as well – a great follow-up to his last solo album Resistir (2018). Vivir is produced by Adrian Quesada, and his inviting soulful boom-bap instrumentals are a joy to listen to, as are MexStep’s thoughtful bars.

Evidence - Unlearning, Vol. 1

Evidence is an emcee/producer from Los Angeles, known for being a member of the group Dilated Peoples and from being one-half of Step Brothers with The Alchemist. He has also built a strong solo catalog, with The Weatherman LP (2007), Cats & Dogs (2011), and Weather or Not (2018) – all three albums rank high on our best-of-lists for the years they were released in.

Unlearning, Vol. 1 is Evidence’s fourth solo album, like his last two albums released on the renowned Minneapolis powerhouse Rhymesayers Entertainment. The album features excellent production from Evidence himself and from The Alchemist, Nottz, Sebb Bash, Animoss, Mr. Green, V Don, Khrysis, Daringer, and EARDRUM (QThree). It also features guest vocals from Boldy James, Murkage Dave, Conway the Machine, Navy Blue, and Fly Anakin.

Unlearning, Vol. 1 is just as good as his other solo releases, but different too – basically a reinvention of himself after Weather or Not ended his Weatherman trilogy. Unlearning, Vol. 1 is more subtle musically, with buttery toned-down boom-bap beats to give more room for Ev’s authentic and relatable rhymes. “Better You”, “Pardon Me”, “Moving On Up”, and “Taylor Made Suit” are stand-outs, but there are no weaknesses – overall this is another thoroughly consistent project from Mr. Slow Flow.

Uptown XO - Culture Over Corporate Vol III

25 Best Hip Hop Albums For Grown-Ups

One of DC’s most innovative and enduring artists, Uptown XO has established himself locally and nationally with inspirational songs that touch on hard issues from family and culture to race and gentrification. 

Uptown XO is best known for being one-third of Diamond District, the underrated Washington DC trio he is part of together with Oddisee & yU. Of course, Oddisee is DD’s highest-profile member with a couple of sleeper classics on his name (The Good Fight (2015) and Tangible Dream (2017) are just two of the gems Oddisee dropped in the 2010s). Diamond District has two albums – In The Ruff (2009) and March On Washington (2014) that need to be in your collection if you appreciate quality Hip Hop. As a solo artist, Uptown XO released a number of dope projects over the years, his official solo debut Colour De Grey (2013) arguably the most noteworthy.

Culture Over Corporate Vol III – produced in its entirety by Oddisee – is the best of this three-part series. The album runs for 32 minutes and holds 9 tracks – on such a short project there’s no room for error. Fortunately, all 9 tracks are pretty good. Dope soulful beats, fine emceeing, and thought-provoking lyrics throughout – the biggest complaint is the album’s brevity, it could have done with a couple more tracks. That said, Culture Over Corporate Vol III offers a tight package of grown-man Hip Hop that deserves your attention.

Mikal Amin, Sir Tumes, Long Division, & Professor Brian Oblivion - Moses Herman Jacobs

Seasoned New York City emcees Sir Tumes, Mikal Amin, and Long Division, led by the production of San Francisco-based DJ and producer Professor Brian Oblivion, navigate the listener through an existential journey on Moses Herman Jacobs, which is named after some of the central figures who helped shape NYC and San Francisco into what the cities are today. Professor Brian Oblivion’s beats are dope as f, and the rhymes and flows on Moses Herman Jacobs are great too – this is one of the best albums released in April.

Napoleon Da Legend & Amerigo Gazaway - The World Changed

The World Changed is Napoleon Da Legend’s best project of the year. Amerigo Gazaway crafted an hour’s worth of melodic boom-bap beats and dope scratch hooks that gel well with Napoleon Da Legend’s conscious rhymes. Awon (on three songs), La Bruja, and Skyzoo show up for some well-placed features – all in all, The World Changed is a mature and well-rounded album that can be counted among the best in Napoleon Da Legend’s extensive catalog.

Awon & Phoniks - Nothing Less

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Phoniks (from Portland, Maine) and Brooklyn-born Virginia-based rapper Awon have given us a series of superb Hip Hop projects in the 2010s, individually and collaboratively – their collaborative debut album Return To The Golden Era (2013) is a masterpiece, Knowledge Of Self (2015) and The Actual Proof (2018) are not far behind. With Nothing Less, Awon and Phoniks continue their streak of excellence.

The album is laced with Phoniks signature jazz-infused, boom-bap production style and Awon’s raw, honest lyricism. Produced on vintage samplers like the gritty Emu SP-1200 and Akai MPC 2000xl the music evokes memories of classic east coast “golden era” Hip Hop. Features include Don’t Sleep Records label mates Dephlow, Anti-Lilly, and Tiff The Gift, as well as Masta Ace, Blu, Ill Conscious, Kid Abstrakt, and more.

For HHGA, it doesn’t get much better than this. At 33 minutes, Nothing Less is not long enough for our tastes but its short duration is the biggest knock against the album. “Everlasting Game” (with Masta Ace and DJ Ill Digitz) is a highlight, along with tracks such as “Sunshine” (with Blu), “The Cool Out” (with Kid Abstrakt), and “Fatherhood” – a song that will especially resonate with parents of (pre)teens.

Don’t sleep on Awon and Phoniks and go cop Nothing Less, and also check their earlier music if you missed out on it up to now for some reason.

Mick Jenkins - Elephant In The Room

Mick Jenkins’ highly anticipated third full-length album Elephant In The Room is his most mature album to date. It’s a solid effort, even it is not on par with his The Water[s] mixtape (2014) or his Pieces Of A Man debut LP (2018) – which remain his best works. Elephant In The Room is a smooth piece of music composed of tasteful jazzy tunes, but it’s also a bit monotonous and low in energy. The album’s cover art shows exactly what to expect: beautiful, stylistic, and classy music, that’s also kind of grey and beige. Fans of chilled-out jazz-flavored Hip Hop will no doubt love this one though.

McKinley Dixon - For My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like Her

From Richmond, Virginia-based rapper McKinley Dixon‘s Bandcamp page: [For My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like Her, McKinley Dixon’s debut album on Spacebomb, is the culmination of a journey where heartbreak and introspection challenged him to adopt new ways of communicating physically and mentally, as well as across time and space.

The album challenges Black people to revisit more than one timeline and question everything they’ve been taught about processing grief in order to rebuild their present and future selves. There’s no definitive end to the darkness and trauma of the past, but this album is a stepping stone in Dixon’s pursuit of moving forward, and being a voice for Black people still learning how to advocate for themselves.

“The best way to sum up this album is: I was sad, I was mad, and now I’m alive,” Dixon explains. “These things I talk about on the record have had harmful and brilliant effects on my timeline, and have forced me to be cognizant of the fact that living is complex. Rap has allowed me the language to communicate and be someone who can communicate with people from all over. Knowing how far I’ve come, I think people will find trust in the message I’m sending.”]

For My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like Her is the final installment in a trilogy, building on the foundations set by the self-released Who Taught You To Hate Yourself? (2016) and The Importance of Self Belief (2018) – a series of albums that allowed Dixon to process his own and others’ lives as a part of the greater Black experience. For My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like Her is an emotional tour de force – composed of poetic storytelling and poignant insights.

From the impassioned album opener “Chain Sooo Heavy” with its frenetic free-jazz instrumentation to the beautiful pensiveness of the last song “Twist My Hair”: For My Mama and Anyone Who Look Like Her is a stunning album, with great lyrical depth and superb musical virtuosity. Lots of Kendrickisms on this genre-bender, echoes of prime Lupe Fiasco too – but McKinley Dixon doesn’t need to be compared to any other artists, really. With For My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like Her he released a career-defining project – an album that deserves to escape this day and age’s short hype-cycles and that should be talked about for years to come, in the same breath with monumental albums such as Kenrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly (2015) and Rapsody’s Laila’s Wisdom (2017).

Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

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British-Nigerian emcee Little Simz had one of our favorite albums released in 2019 with the punchy GREY AREA – her third LP and international breakthrough project. Now she’s back with her fourth full-length studio album: Sometimes I Might Be Introvert.

Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is an astounding album, absolutely Little Simz’s magnum opus. It’s an album to listen to over and over again, an album that will easily survive today’s short hype circles, an album people will have on rotation for years and years to come. With a runtime of 65 minutes Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is not a second too long – Little Simz effortlessly manages to captivate from start to finish with her superior flow and personable lyricism, dealing with topics such as race, womanhood, self-esteem, and family.

The album’s 19 tracks are sequenced perfectly – picking “Introvert” as the album opener was cleverly done, as it sets the whole thematic and philosophical scene of what Little Simz set out to do with this record. Production on Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is virtually flawless – straddling numerous genres from hard-hitting Hip Hop to R&B-and neo-soul, to Afro-beat and even synth-funk, going from orchestral and bombastic to smooth and laid-back seamlessly. So many different influences crammed into one record resulting in an entirely cohesive package: this is an album unlike any other.

“Introvert”, “Woman”, “Little Q, Pt 2”, “Two Worlds Apart”, “Speed”, “Standing Ovation”, “I See You”, “Rollin Stone”, “Point and Kill”, “How Did You Get Here”, “Miss Understood”, and especially the symphonic “I Love You I Hate You” – nothing but stand-outs on Sometimes I Might Be Introvert. Even the interludes work and add value to the album, which is unusual.

Sometimes I Might Be Introvert echoes Lauryn Hill’s masterpiece The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill (1998) in ambition, scope, musicality, and timelessness – there can be no higher praise. This is a phenomenal album, the kind of album you will want to replay the moment you finish it. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is one of the better Hip Hop albums released in the last five years, a future classic without a doubt.

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