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The Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2024

The Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2024

The Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2024: This is a work in progress. The only way to compile an authoritative list is to keep track of new releases week-by-week, day-by-day even. This list will be updated regularly until the end of the year when it will result in our best-of-the-year list.

Discover the standout releases of the year in the Hip Hop realm with our compilation of “The Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2024.” As is our tradition, this list focuses solely on full-length albums, excluding instrumental albums, compilations, and EPs. While some artists label brief 30-minute projects as albums, we distinguish projects that clock in under 30 minutes as EPs, not ranked on our album list. However, we will not overlook dope EPs – find them in a dedicated section along with the best instrumental and Hip Hop adjacent projects of 2024. Let’s dive in and explore what we believe are the best Hip Hop albums of 2024, as always best first.

Updated: February 24 

Latest entries: # 1 Revival Season – Golden Age Of Self Snitching; #5 Ol’ Burger Beats – 74: Out Of Time; #6 Heems & Lapgan – LAFANDER; #7 Erick The Architect – I’ve Never Been Here Before; #20 Passport Rav, Bloo Azul & Spanish Ran – 83, Too; #21 DJ Symphony – It’s Bigger Than Music; #23 Sadistik & Maulskull – Oblivion Theater; #26 O The Great & Machacha – SxUND GvRDEN; #28 LEX & Buck – Real Estate; #31 Ghetts – On Purpose, With Purpose; #35 DJ Moves – Pam Grier’s Step Kids; #42 Chevy Woods – 1998; #44 Jon Connor – III; #47 Kanye West & Ty Dolla $ign – VULTURES 1

Also check: Greatest Hip Hop Albums 1980 – 2023 & Top 150 Hip Hop Albums Of The 2020s

Revival Season - Golden Age Of Self Snitching

Atlanta’s music scene throws another curveball with the arrival of Revival Season, a duo defying categorization with their collaborative debut album, The Golden Age of Self-Snitching. Brandon “Bez” Evans and Jonah Swilley blend rap, rock, and more to craft a unique and captivating sound that is both innovative and infectious.

Drawing inspiration from genre-bending innovators like the Beastie Boys and Run the Jewels, Revival Season injects unbridled energy into each of the album’s 14 tracks. From the opening salvo of “Look Out Below,” the duo grabs hold of your senses and throws you into a world where genre boundaries dissolve and creativity reigns supreme.

One of The Golden Age of Self-Snitching greatest strengths lies in its seamless fusion of disparate elements. Bez’s dynamic flow effortlessly glides over Swilley’s eclectic production, a dope blend of bass-heavy synths, live drums, and pulsating computer beats. Tracks like “The Path” and “Chop” showcase Bez’s lyrical prowess, offering insightful social commentary woven into catchy hooks and irresistible grooves.

Swilley’s production serves as the perfect canvas for Bez’s lyrical fire, with Swilley crafting beats around Bez’s vocals, instead of the other way around. This synergy elevates The Golden Age of Self-Snitching beyond a mere collection of songs, resulting in a cohesive and immersive listening experience.

In an era where so much Hip Hop is formulaic and derivative, Revival Season delivers a breath of fresh air with this album, standing out for its bold originality. The Golden Age of Self-Snitching really brings something new and exciting to the table, destined to leave a lasting impression, unlike the fleeting hype many releases experience in today’s music landscape. The Golden Age of Self-Snitching is a vibrant and fun album you won’t want to miss out on.

Release date: February 23, 2024. 

Masta Ace & Marco Polo - Richmond Hill

Masta Ace is a stalwart figure in the rap industry, with a career that spans across generations. Hailing from Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York, he rose to prominence in the late 1980s as part of Marley Marl’s Juice Crew, where he showcased his rap talent alongside legends like Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, and Kool G. Rap, debuting on Marley Marl’s classic posse cut “The Symphony” in 1988. His 1990 debut album, Take a Look Around, marked the beginning of what would become an underappreciated but exceptional discography. After his debut LP, Ace explored the impact of gangster rap with SlaughtaHouse in 1993 and blended East Coast sensibilities with West and South Coast car culture on the groundbreaking Sittin’ On Chrome in 1995.

The concept-driven brilliance of Disposable Arts (2001) and its successor A Long Hot Summer (2004) cemented his status as an artist who proved he was able to evolve with the times, as did collaborative projects with eMC and Ed O.G., and albums like MA_DOOM: Son of Yvonne (2012), and The Falling Season (2016).

In 2018, Masta Ace teamed up with Toronto producer Marco Polo for A Breukelen Story, and their collaboration continues in 2024 with a sequel, this one based on Polo’s upbringing in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Titled Richmond Hill, the album presents a mature and well-rounded collection of tracks featuring strong lyricism paired with stylish boom-bap beats. Artists like Inspectah Deck, Stricklin, Blu, Che Noir, Wordsworth, and Coast Contra make guest appearances, adding depth to the narratives and addressing contemporary issues with clarity. This album showcases Masta Ace’s decades of rapping experience and his ability to cut through Polo’s soulful samples and crisp drums with effortless skill, proving his lyrical finesse is timeless.

Release date: January 26, 2024.

Awon & Parental - Sublime

Hailing from Brooklyn, NYC, and currently based in Newport News, Virginia, rapper Awon established Don’t Sleep Records in 2014 alongside his frequent collaborator Phoniks. Since then, Don’t Sleep Records has been holding it down as one of our go-to labels, boasting a lineup and catalog that’s straight fire. The initial three collaborations between Awon and Phoniks remain among our top picks for best Hip Hop albums of the 2010s.

Fast forward to 2024, and Awon’s still on top of his game. His teaming up with the French beat wizard Parental, renowned for his jazzy touch, resulted in Sublime, a certified gem. With its smooth lyricism and beats, this album epitomizes jazz-hop at its finest. Released under the German record label HVV, it’s tailor-made for all the Jazzmatazz aficionados out there.

Release date: February 9, 2024.

Arrested Development - Bullets In The Chamber

Our love for Arrested Development dates back to their 1992 debut, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of..., and it’s a flame that still burns. Speech and crew have maintained their artistic potency, evident in recent gems like Don’t Fight Your Demons (2020) and For The FKN Love (2021), both standout releases, and both part of the best Hip Hop albums released in the 2020s so far.

Bullets In The Chamber proudly continues this legacy, delivering over an hour of great music laden with positive vibes and self-reflection. Featuring an impressive lineup including Chuck D, Canibus, Sa-Roc, Ras Kass, Skyzoo, and Grandmaster Caz, the album underscores that, even in their fourth decade, Arrested Development remains as fresh and relevant as ever. The beats, predominantly crafted by British producer Configa, are consistently top-notch, providing a dope backdrop for the inspiring lyrical content and performances. The lead single “Hip Hop Saves Lives” (featuring Chuck D and Grandmaster Caz) served as a prelude to yet another memorable chapter in the Arrested Development saga.

Release date: January 12, 2024.

Ol' Burger Beats - 74: Out Of Time

Hailing from Norway, Ol’ Burger Beats is a producer renowned for his signature jazzy sample-based beats. His 74: Out of Time is a vibe that pays homage to the year 1974 and serves as a showcase of chill abstract jazz rap. Set at a steady 74 beats per minute, the album not only captures the essence of ’74 but also taps into its music, activism, and aesthetics. Ol’ Burger Beats uses this tempo as a foundation to construct sublime, jazzy instrumentals that provide the perfect canvas for some of underground and abstract Hip Hop’s finest vocalists.

Across 17 tracks, Ol’ Burger Beats crafts a seamless trip through his sonic world. With a lineup that includes Fly Anakin, Awon, Quelle Chris, Pink Siifu, billy woods, lojii, YUNGMORPHEUS, Tha God Fahim, Vic Spencer, and more, the roster is stacked with talent, each bringing their A-game to the table.

While 74: Out of Time may not push boundaries or surprise listeners with wild experiments, its consistent vibe is its strength. So if you’re a fan of laid-back, abstract jazz rap, don’t overlook this gem—it’s a great offering from start to finish.

Release date: February 16, 2024. 

Heems & Lapgan - LAFANDER

Heems, known as one half of the now-defunct Das Racist, makes a triumphant return to the spotlight with his first solo album in nearly a decade, LAFANDAR. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Heems infuses his Indian-American heritage into his music, a theme that has remained central throughout his career. For LAFANDAR, he teams up with producer Lapgan, signed to his own label and lifestyle brand, Veena Sounds, to deliver a 12-track platter featuring collaborations with notable artists such as Kool Keith, Blu, Open Mike Eagle, Quelle Chris, Your Old Droog, and more.

Heems’ niche status within the industry stretches far beyond the confines of underground rap, thanks to his unique blend of Asian flavors and tongue-in-cheek lyricism. Utilizing his “otherness” to his advantage, Heems has always approached his craft with an educated and playful flair. With LAFANDAR, he and Lapgan craft his most refined offering yet, a record that stands out amidst the sea of underground releases. Clocking in at just a couple of minutes over half an hour, this 12-track LP wastes no time. Whether you’re an underground rap enthusiast or a fan of left-field Hip Hop, LAFANDAR is sure to satisfy your musical cravings with its blend of musical and lyrical quirks.

Release date: February 16, 2024. 

Erick The Architect - I've Never Been Here Before

Brooklyn’s own Erick the Architect, best known as one-third of the legendary Flatbush Zombies crew, steps out with his long-awaited solo debut, I’ve Never Been Here Before. Erick’s solo endeavor is an engaging sonic journey through his deepest thoughts and emotions. From the gritty streets of Brooklyn to the inner workings of his mind, each track on I’ve Never Been Here Before paints a vivid picture of his experiences and struggles.

With a versatile blend of jazz, soul, R&B, dancehall, psychedelia, synth, trap, and classic boom-bap vibes, Erick crafts a sound that’s uniquely his own. Tracks like “2-3 Zone” and “Colette” showcase his lyrical prowess and smooth flow, while collaborations with James Blake and Joey Bada$$ add layers of depth and complexity to the project.

Thematically, Erick delves into themes of self-reflection, love, and resilience, offering listeners a glimpse into his inner world. From the haunting introspection of “Breaking Point” to the infectious energy of “Mandevillain,” each song leaves a lasting impression, drawing listeners deeper into Erick’s narrative. As the final member of Flatbush Zombies to go solo, Erick proves he’s more than capable of holding his own.

Release date: February 23, 2024.

Benny The Butcher - Everybody Can't Go

Everybody Can’t Go is Benny the Butcher’s fourth studio album and his inaugural release on Def Jam Recordings. The project features collaborations with Armani Caesar, Babyface Ray, Conway the Machine, Jadakiss, Kyle Banks, Lil Wayne, Peezy, Rick Hyde, Snoop Dogg, Stove God Cooks, and Westside Gunn. The album’s production, primarily handled by The Alchemist and Hit-Boy, takes a bold approach, with their contrasting styles alternating throughout the tracks. Despite the risk of potential inconsistency due to the distinct production styles, the album manages to maintain a cohesive flow, for the most part.

While we typically favor The Alchemist’s gritty minimalistic sounds and do not have a lot of love for Hit-Boy’s overly polished beats, the differences do not grate as much as might be expected. On the whole, we do prefer the instrumentals on the Alchemist-produced tracks, but the Hit-Boy-produced ones do not all bring the album down. “Pillow Talk & Slander” is a typical Hit-Boy instrumental that doesn’t do it for us, just like the trap of “Big Tymers” which is the weakest song on the album, but the beats on the first half of the album especially are all pretty dope, regardless of who crafted them – “BRON” is a great single, and “Jermanie’s Graduation” is a very nice album opener. The pinnacle of Everybody Can’t Go is “TMVTL,” featuring outstanding Alchemist beats and compelling, well-crafted storytelling.

While the album starts strong and finishes with a weaker back end, it is a solid addition to Benny’s discography, outshining Burden of Proof (2020) but falling just short of Tana Talk 4 (2022) and especially Tana Talk 3 (2018), which remains Benny’s best LP.

Release date: January 26, 2024.

Boldy James & Nicholas Craven - Penalty Of Leadership

Boldy James started 2024 on a strong note, collaborating with Nicholas Craven for a second time on a full album. The relative silence from Boldy in 2023, attributable to a serious accident he was in, amplified the anticipation for this release. Craven’s sample selection elevates the beats, creating a dope sonic experience. Boldy’s performances over Craven’s beats are solid, maintaining his established tone and approach that smoothly align with the production.

While Penalty of Leadership is not his absolute best work, it is a robust addition to Boldy James’ discography, signaling a promising start to 2024 for him and Hip Hop in general. The collaboration showcases a strong pen game from Boldy, with the soulful samples by Craven adding depth. The beats shine, and Boldy, discussing his accident candidly amidst the typical braggadocio in his deadpan style, sounds great.

Release date: January 12, 2024.

Mista Sinista - ReBorn

Mista Sinista, the New York-based turntablist, discovered his love for DJing in his family’s basement, influenced by his father’s breaks. Starting at six on his dad’s turntables, he got a pair of his own at fourteen, launching his career at parties. Throughout the ’90s, he honed his skills with friends and DJs like Dr. Butcher and Rob Swift. Joining the renowned DJ crew, the X-Men, in 1997 (later the X-ecutioners), Sinista contributed to their singles and album, X-Pressions. In 2000, he released a solo single and participated in the X-ecutioners’ major-label debut, departing just before Built From Scratch‘s release in 2002 to explore new projects.

Reborn showcases a powerful mix of instrumental tracks, highlighting Mista Sinista’s turntablism, alongside vocal bangers featuring Vinnie Paz, Ill Bill, UG, El Da Sensei, Jean Grae, and others. Iconic DJs like Rob Swift, DJ Q-Bert, and DJ Eclipse join in on this pure, ’90s-centric Hip Hop album that gloriously celebrates the art of turntablism.

Release date: January 12, 2024.

WateRR & Wavy Da Ghawd - Washed Ashore

Chicago’s Waterr has been on a roll with a string of strong releases in recent times. Both last year’s ALMIGHTY and Compendium Of Arcanum earned spots on our 2023 honorable mentions list, and his latest project, Washed Ashore, continues this streak of quality projects. A collaboration with Brooklyn-based producer Wavy Da Ghawd, the album showcases Waterr’s versatility and his knack for syncing with his beatmakers.

Wavy Da Ghawd’s boom-bap beats set a dark and brooding tone, perfectly complementing Waterr’s bars. Clocking in at close to 50 minutes, the album offers a refreshing departure from the trend of shorter projects so prevalent in today’s Hip Hop landscape. Washed Ashore delivers the kind of underground Hip Hop we appreciate and enjoy.

Release date: February 1, 2024. 

Recognize Ali - As You Sow So Shall You Reap

As You Sow So Shall You Reap is the first offering in 2024 from prolific underground lyricist Recognize Ali. Clocking in at a concise 32 minutes, it may be short, but it’s packed with the heart and grit we’ve come to anticipate from Recognize Ali. Expect nothing less than hard beats and hard bars – this is Hip Hop at its purest.

Release date: February 9, 2024. 

LuGhz - ThE LuGhz ExPeRiEnCe

The LuGhz Experience is a dope underground project from Queens-based British/Nigerian/American emcee LuGhz. The album features a lineup of talented producers and emcees from the independent Hip Hop scene. LuGhz’s dedication to his craft is evident, making The LuGhz Experience a strong addition to his discography.

Release date: January 6, 2024.

R.A.P. Ferreira & Fumitake Tamura - The First Fist To Make Contact When We Dap

R.A.P. Ferreira, also known as Milo, is one of the game’s most inventive wordsmiths. On the short but sweet The First Fist To Make Contact When We Dap he serves up a heady mix of abstract and philosophical content, offering listeners plenty to dissect. Linking up with Japanese producer Fumitake Tamura, known for his prowess in ambient and glitch sounds, proves to be a triumph, the two blending the vibes of jazz rap with glitch elements in a compelling way. If you’re part of the left-field crowd, this joint is a mandatory spin – a testament to Ferreira’s innovation and Tamura’s sonic finesse.

Release date: January 26, 2024.

Analog Suspects - The Ripple Effect

Hailing from Virginia, Analog Suspects is a duo comprising emcee Noah-O and producer DJ Mentos. Their second album, The Ripple Effect, unfolds as a complete musical experience, boasting 18 tracks and a 55-minute runtime. Noteworthy features from the likes of Pro Dillinger, Lord Goat (Goretex), Born Unique, and Napoleon Da Legend (among many others) inject weight into this straightforward yet undeniably dope Hip Hop album.

Release date: January 27, 2024. 

Reef The Lost Cauze - The Triumphant

Philadelphia rapper Reef the Lost Cauze may be best known for his membership in Juju Mob and Army Of The Pharaohs. Still, he has also established a solid solo catalog, starting with his debut LP Feast Or Famine in 2005. The Triumphant serves as the follow-up to 2018’s The Majestic, and it’s another strong addition to his repertoire. Reef once again presents himself as a skilled emcee with a commanding voice and sharp pen game. Producer Caliph-NOW crafts beats that alternate between hard-hitting boom-bap and more melodic tones, all with an underlying grit that keeps the sound firmly underground. The Triumphant is a dope listen with plenty of standout moments.

Release date: February 2, 2024.

UnLearn The World - The God That Sins

UnLearn The World, a New York/Bay Area-based emcee/producer, has joined forces with a star-studded lineup for his 6th album, The God That Sins. The album is predominantly produced by Philadelphia-based producer Track Pros, along with contributions from Jake One, Swisher Beats, Buckroll, Temper Beats, Asethic Beats, and UnLearn the World himself. It also features guest vocals from Ghostface Killah, Royce Da 5’9″, Benny the Butcher, Isaiah Mostafa, Steff Reed, Alexandra the Author, Rizzo Travaille, and Adisa Banjoko, as well as a posthumous verse from Sean Price on the track “God’s Favorite”.

With 17 tracks and an hour of runtime, The God That Sins is a well-rounded and fully realized piece of music, with thought-provoking lyrical content and appealing instrumentals. Available on Bandcamp, a portion of each sale supports the Hip Hop For Change non-profit which educates youth in the Bay Area, LA, and across the country about the history and elements of Hip Hop.

Release date: January 5, 2024.

Hus Kingpin & 9th Wonder - The Supergoat

Strong performances by New York underground veteran Hus Kingpin and guests Roscoe P Coldchain, The Musalini, SmooVth, Sweata, and Fredro Starr, over stylish instrumentals crafted by iconic producer 9th Wonder. Too short at a mere 31 minutes, but a must-listen anyway. Up there with Cocaine Beach (2017), End Of A Decade (2020), and PORTISHUS (2021) as one of Hus Kingpin’s best projects to date.

Release date: January 15, 2024.

Passport Rav, Bloo Azul & Spanish Ran - 83, Too

83, Too sees Passport Rav, Bloo Azul, and Too teaming up once again for a solid follow-up to their 2023 project, 83. Produced by Spanish Ran, this sequel delivers atmospheric underground vibes layered over dope beats and bars. This is a strong listen from start to finish.

Release date: February 15, 2024.

DJ Symphony - It's Bigger Than Music

Knowing this album contains songs like “Anti Mumble Rap,” “Real Hip-Hop” (released as singles in 2019 and 2020, respectively), and “Bring Back Hip Hop,” you can already anticipate the vibe of this album. DJ Symphony, renowned as the tour DJ for the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, steps into the limelight with It’s Bigger Than Music, marking his debut producer’s album following a series of mixtapes. For this endeavor, he’s brought on board esteemed lyricists such as Sadat X, Beanie Sigel, Jeru the Damaja, Psycho Les, Ghostface Killah, Capone, Chino XL, Ras Kass, Killah Priest, and others, to lace his boom-bap beats and sharp cuts & scratches with dope bars. Though it is somewhat on the generic side, It’s Bigger Than Music is a solid homage to the ’90s era of Hip Hop, making it essential listening for all Hip Hop traditionalists out there.

Release date: February 14, 2024.

Bumpy Knuckles & OG Jazzo - Level Up

Bumpy Knuckles & OG Jazzo - Level Up

Active in the game since the mid-80s, Freddie Foxxx, also known as Bumpy Knuckles, is a Hip Hop icon. His tale in Hip Hop goes back to 1986 when Foxxx was set to meet with Eric B., who was on the lookout for a rapper to team up with. Foxxx missed the meeting, leading Eric B. to join forces with an emcee named Rakim, forming the iconic duo Eric B. and Rakim. Despite not succeeding in building a discography that fully reflects his status, Freddie Foxxx’s unwavering skill and authenticity have earned him lasting respect in the industry.

His collaboration with Jazzo in 2024 underscores that Bumpy Knuckles is still a relevant force. The straightforward boom-bap beats, rooted in the ’90s, provide a perfect backdrop for Bumpy Knuckles’ gritty flows and bars. Level Up is a dope little project, the main drawback being its brevity at just over 30 minutes.

Release date: January 7, 2024.


UK rapper/producer Tesla’s Ghost dives into the abyss with AUTOMATIC WRITING, an album whose sound mirrors its stark cover art. Expect some of the year’s darkest and eeriest beats, coupled with Tesla’s signature flow. This isn’t everybody, but fans of the underground’s darker corners will find much to savor.

Release date: February 9, 2024.

Sadistik & Maulskull - Oblivion Theater

Bandcamp blurb: Oblivion Theater, the collaborative masterpiece of Sadistik and producer Maulskull, is a hauntingly captivating journey. This album is an artful fusion of introspective lyricism and innovative beats, defying conventional boundaries. The album conjures a dark, immersive realm where storytelling and soundscapes intertwine, creating a mesmerizing sonic experience.

Sadistik, a luminary in the underground rap scene hailing from the Pacific Northwest, captivates with razor-sharp lyricism. His verses cut through with precision, painting vivid, thought-provoking narratives. With a penchant for striking metaphors and poetic imagery, Sadistik’s rhymes resonate like haunting poetry set to a beat. His discography showcases an unflinching gaze into the human experience. In a genre often known for bravado, Sadistik stands as a beacon of authenticity, leaving an indelible mark on the world of alternative Hip Hop.”

Before the release of Bring Me Back When The World Is Cured in 2022, Sadistik’s ’emo raps’ never quite clicked with us. However, on that album, a collaboration with CunninLynguists producer Kno, Sadistik’s lyrical prowess truly stood out. His ability to craft dark and evocative imagery with his rhymes was undeniable, and the emotional depth of his content was heightened by Kno’s stellar production. Oblivion Theater follows suit. While Maulskull’s production is darker, less melodic, and more experimental than Kno’s, it similarly provides a perfect backdrop for Sadistik’s bars and flows. The result is a powerful and immersive album, a strong follow-up to Bring Me Back When The World Is Cured. 

Release date: February 23, 2024. 

Bruiser Wolf - My Story Got Stories

Bruiser Wolf - My Story Got Stories

Much like his Bruiser Brigade counterpart Danny Brown, Detroit rapper Bruiser Wolf flexes a vocal style that may be an acquired taste. His distinct flow and delivery, reminiscent of E-40’s style turned up to ten, require some acclimatization, and the enjoyment of this album hinges on whether you can vibe with it. We appreciate My Story Got Stories much like we did with Bruiser Wolf’s debut album, Dope Game Stupid, released in 2021. For us, Dope Game Stupid edges ahead slightly, boasting better humor and punchlines. While his flows remain unique and entertaining, the lyrics on this project feel slightly less eccentric than on the last album, resulting in a slightly less enjoyable listening experience. Still a commendable effort though.

Release date: January 12, 2024. 

Forever Pavot & XP The Marxman - Forever XP

Forever Pavot, a multi-genre producer hailing from Paris, France, joins forces with Los Angeles rapper, producer, and street activist XP The Marxman for Forever XP, and their collaboration proves to be a potent one. Forever Pavot’s beats, fused with live instrumentation, complement XP’s raspy voice and smooth flows seamlessly. With plenty of replay value, this is a project worth diving into.

Release date: February 2, 2024.

O The Great & Machacha - SxUND GvRDEN

Any project bearing the name of Danish producer Machacha is an automatic must-listen for us. He consistently delivers polished yet dark beats that bring out the best in the emcees fortunate enough to collaborate with him. In this instance, O The Great takes center stage, delivering entertaining bars over kick-ass instrumentals. While this project follows a typical format for the early 2020s—clocking in at a too-short 34 minutes and sharing similarities with much of today’s underground rap— this is a must-listen nonetheless, if only because of Machacha’s involvement.

Release date: February 19, 2024. 

IAMGAWD & Clypto - Bloodstained Suede II

IAMGAWD, the gritty wordsmith from the Chicago underground, reunites with California producer Clypto for the sequel, Bloodstained Suede II, and it’s a welcomed return. Clypto’s production brings lush, opulent loops, perfect canvasses for IAMGAWD’s menacing yet fluid flow. The project is packed with razor-sharp lyricism, delivered with IAMGAWD’s undeniable flair.

Release date: January 26, 2024.

LEX & Buck - Real Estate

Beats by Buck, bars from LEX, with vocal contributions from Shabaam Sahdeeq, Eff Yoo, Blue Legacy, Aye Wun, Apokalips the Archangel, and Kesper, plus cuts from Debonair P, DJ M-1, and Tone Spliff. Real Estate offers nothing you haven’t heard before but with its solid rhyming and easy-listening boom-bap beats this is an enjoyable front-to-back listen.

Release date: February 26, 2024. 

The Bad Seed - Everything Means Nothing Vol​.​1

Production from renowned beatsmiths like Nottz, Reckonize Real,  Snowgoons, and JR Swiftz (among others), and guest bars from a host of underground spitters help make for another strong outing from NYC underground emcee The Bad Seed.

Release date: February 6, 2024. 

iLL Sugi x Pruven - Black Pyramid

Bronx-by-way-of-Connecticut emcee Pruven delivers thought-provoking lyrics over a selection of fire beats crafted by producer iLL Sug. Pruven has been grinding as an independent artist for some time, with a collection of dope projects under his belt. Be sure to explore other full-lengths like 1st Words: Earn Everything (2010), Designed Growth Destiny (2013), Reach Surroundings (2017), and our personal favorite, Clandestine Rituals (2020), if you enjoy this one.

Pruven’s lyrical style blends elements of Killah Priest and billy woods, making him a must-listen for fans of either artist. While Black Pyramid may not be his best work, it’s still well worth your time and attention.

Release date: January 7, 2024.

Magno Garcia - La Gloria Sea

Boston-based rapper Magno Garcia’s La Gloria Sea offers a dark, underground boom-bap listen across 18 solid tracks. Throughout the album, Garcia explores profound, God-related themes, viewing his craft as a divine gift and a means to share deep insights. With guest rhymes from Lord Juco, Sleep Sinatra, General Backpain, Chuck Chan, Deuce Henessy, Killy Shoot, and Stoop Rebel Murda, La Gloria Sea serves as a guide through life’s complexities, encouraging self-reflection, while providing an enjoyable head-nodding Hip Hop vibe.

Release date: January 5, 2024.

Ghetts - On Purpose, With Purpose

Ghetts has consistently delivered strong music throughout his career, and with On Purpose, With Purpose, he solidifies his reputation as one of the UK’s premier artists. With a discography boasting three full-length albums and a collection of mixtapes, Ghetts returns with his most vulnerable and introspective effort to date. While his trademark bombastic flows and high-energy beats shine through, especially on standout tracks like “Mount Rushmore” (featuring Kano and Wretch 32), Ghetts also showcases a newfound explorative streak. R&B, gospel, soul, Afrobeats, and amapiano all find their place in the mix, adding depth and dimension to his sound.

In On Purpose, With Purpose, Ghetts’ storytelling reaches new levels of rawness, offering listeners an intimate glimpse into his life and experiences. The album, clocking in at a substantial 64 minutes, maintains a mainstream-friendly appeal, but even for listeners like us who do not care much for mainstream rap, the positives will far outweigh any negatives. The production is tight, seamlessly blending various musical influences, while Ghetts’ vivid lyricism and flawless flow demonstrate his prowess as an artist at the top of his game.

Release date: February 23, 2024.

Rhymefest - James & Nikki: A Conversation

Chicago rapper Rhymefest burst onto the scene with his debut album Blue Collar in 2006. Notably, he co-wrote Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks,” which earned him a Grammy for Best Rap Song at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. While Blue Collar showed promise, Rhymefest struggled to build upon its success.

His latest project, James & Nikki: A Conversation, continues this trend. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with the album, it also lacks the standout moments that would make it memorable. Rhymefest pays tribute to iconic Black writers James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni, transforming an iconic conversation between the two into a full-length musical composition. The concept is intriguing, offering a poignant commentary on contemporary society.

However, the execution falls short in some aspects. Clocking in at just over 30 minutes, the project lacks substance, and the instrumentals, though easy listening, border on blandness. That said, Rhymefest’s skill as a wordsmith and lyricist shines through, and the guest features hold their own. Yet, despite these strengths, the album leaves a lingering sense that something is missing, preventing it from reaching its full potential.

Release date: February 9, 2024.

Vic Spencer x Original Super Legend - Be Double Clip Tight

Prolific Chicago-based emcee Vic Spencer rarely disappoints, and Be Double Clip Tight is another solid addition to his ever-expanding catalog. We prefer his Spencer For Higher and Psychological Cheat Sheet series, but this project is worth a listen as well.

Release date: January 19, 2024.

DJ Moves - Pam Grier's Step Kids

With Pam Grier’s Step Kids, DJ Moves builds upon and enhances his 2022 project, Pam Grier’s Kids. While the legendary actress Pam Grier may not have children of her own, if you grew up watching her films, you were undoubtedly raised on Pam. Similarly, Canadian DJ Moves has been a stalwart in the rap game for over 30 years, influencing numerous artists with his beats and cuts. The platinum-selling DJ and producer has assembled a lineup of emcees, including LXVNDR, Blaq Poet, Tachichi, Ghettosocks, and more, to craft a 12-track boom-bap fest that’s worth a listen.

Release date: February 16, 2024.

Leaf Dog - Photosynthesis

For those acquainted with the UK Hip Hop scene, the name Leaf Dog will carry weight. Affiliated with Brother Of Stone and The Four Owls, he also boasts a collection of robust solo albums, with Live From The Balrog Chamber (2020) standing out as our favorite.

Enter Photosynthesis, another jewel in Leaf Dog’s musical crown. His ’90s-centric boom-bap beats possess a unique flavor, setting them apart from the run-of-the-mill throwback projects. Leaf Dog proves his mettle on the mic as well. While the album includes posthumous verses from Sean Price and Big Pun, Leaf Dog takes the reins on the rest of the 20-track album, demonstrating his ability to carry an album with finesse.

Release date: January 2, 2024.

The Musalini & 9th Wonder - Uptown Bandits 2

Uptown Bandits 2 marks yet another strong addition to The Musalini’s discography, but it also treads familiar territory. Since his debut in 2019, The Musalini has been on a prolific streak, consistently releasing projects that showcase his flair for pimped-out rhymes and beats to match. In this latest installment, the production duties once again fall into the capable hands of Jamla’s boss 9th Wonder. While it may follow The Musalini’s tried-and-tested formula, the familiarity of his style doesn’t take away from the overall solid experience that Uptown Bandits 2 brings to the table.

Release date: January 4, 2024.

Vino La Mano - No Quarter

Ending a brief hiatus, Vino La Mano, a Black Soprano Family artist from Corpus Christi, Texas, makes a comeback with No Quarter, produced by The Soul Monsters. While the polished beats and streetwise raps offering a slice of life may lean towards the generic, No Quarter holds enough appeal to merit a spin or two.

Release date: January 12, 2024. 

Bozack Morris - The Toronto Tape

Toronto producer Bozack Morris has crafted a collection of banging boom-bap beats for The Toronto Tape, setting the stage for a lineup of skilled emcees including Daniel Son, Raz Fresco, Asun Eastwood, and Lord Juco to shine. While there may be nothing groundbreaking here, the project delivers solid, raw underground Hip Hop from start to finish.

Release date: February 2, 2024. 

June Marx - Flamekeeper

June Marx, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and an independent artist hailing from Brooklyn, New York, presents Flame Keeper, a self-released and self-produced album. This release adds another strong chapter to Marx’s extensive catalog. With 23 full-length tracks, Flame Keeper takes listeners on an entertaining sonic adventure characterized by Marx’s clever wordplay over his own atmospheric instrumentals.

Release date: January 15, 2024.

Clever 1 & Lord Beatjitzu - Master Sip, Legendary Teacher of Bruce Lo, Da First Drunken

“Introducing Master Sip, Legendary Teacher Of Bruce Lo, Da First Drunken. It is illuminating one of the many chambers of their Drunken Fly Chi style, the martial arts mind states of Clever 1 and Lord Beatjitzu combining as the “Fly Chi School Of Da Drunken Artz”. The duo pops the listener in the face with vicious, bloody Nunchuck Lyrics over high-velocity, swift kick-in-the-chest production. With these seasoned masters of their perspective arts, they form a powerful, unstoppable combo and truly take no prisoners in this Action-Packed sophomore foray. It’s a pure Saturday morning Kung Fu sound theater where Wing Chun enters the world of Drunken Fist on Wax. Beware as you enter the Dojo and watch your step!”

The combination of bars by Clever 1 and beats by Lord Beatjitzu results in an interesting little underground project. At mere seconds over 30 minutes, it merits inclusion here, but it can hardly be called a proper full-length album, of course. Still, worth the time of anybody who can’t get enough of that raw underground Hip Hop sound.

Release date: January 12, 2024. 

Chevy Woods - 1998

Chevy Woods, once a hypeman for fellow Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa, steps into his own with 1998, a project that builds upon and surpasses his previous mixtapes, which are of mixed quality at best. 1998 features smooth beats that are easy on the ears, paired with Woods’ bars and flows that are equally enjoyable. The album may not break new ground, but it’s undeniably solid and it hits the mark.

Release date: February 23, 2024.

OLDBOY & Sekwence - Good Guys Don't Wear White

Greensboro native and producer OLDBOY joins forces with Alabama rapper Sekwence for their collaborative LP, Good Guys Don’t Wear White. Sekwence’s distinctive hoarse voice, marked by an extreme rasp, might not be the easiest to listen to. Fortunately, the project’s appeal is largely carried by OLDBOY’s dope instrumentals. Additionally, guest appearances from rappers like Blu and Sleep Sinatra inject much-needed variation. Despite its shortcomings, Good Guys Don’t Wear White is well worth a listen.

Release date: January 12, 2024. 

Jon Connor - III

Flint, Michigan’s Jon Connor comes through post-Aftermath with III, his most potent studio offering yet. Yeah, it’s overlong with a weaker back-end, the skits can feel unnecessary and, let’s face it, sometimes annoying, and Connor’s preaching moments might not vibe with everyone. But overall, III delivers as a solid rap album. It might be catered towards mainstream tastes, but Hip Hop purists out there will likely find something to enjoy too.

Release date: February 16, 2024.

1999 WRITE THE FUTURE - hella (˃̣̣̥╭╮˂̣̣̥) ✧ ♡ ‧º·˚

The anticipated debut album hella (˃̣̣̥╭╮˂̣̣̥) ✧ ♡ ‧º·˚ from the 88rising collective 1999 WRITE THE FUTURE is stacked with an all-star lineup. Featuring heavy hitters like Pos of De La Soul, Souls of Mischief, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Ghostface Killah, BADBADNOTGOOD, and more, this 24-track project is set to make waves. Drawing from the nostalgia of 88rising leader Sean Miyashiro’s Northern California roots, the album’s playful stylization in both its title and song names captures the essence of the region. With a diverse blend of Hip Hop, jazz, R&B, and funk, hella is a genre-defying concoction that’s sure to resonate with music listeners across the board.

Release date: February 9, 2024.

21 Savage - american dream

Although not typically inclined towards trap and pop-rap, 21 Savage’s i am > i was (2018) and Savage Mode II (2020) deserved our appreciation when they dropped. His latest venture, american dream, offers a decent listen with lively melodies, solid production, and even some listen-worthy bars. Tracks like “letter to my brudda” and “dark days” add depth, while harder-hitting tunes like “redrum” stand out. The middle section falters here and there with dumb lyrics and weaker tracks like “pop ur sh*t”. Metro Boomin’s production is on the ‘safe’ side, but the beats consistently hit, and 21 Savage maintains his status as one of the better-skilled rappers in this trap generation. While not surpassing i am > i was and Savage Mode IIamerican dream is a decent addition to 21 Savage’s catalog and the trap genre.

Release date: January 12, 2024. 

Kanye West & Ty Dolla $ign - VULTURES 1

In the wacky world of Kanye West, where expectations ride high on every release, Vultures 1 falls flat, failing to leave a lasting impression. Teaming up with Ty Dolla $ign, the project strives for coherence but ultimately delivers little to remember. Kanye’s signature traits—megalomania, heartbreak, and self-obsession—have fueled his past works, but here they struggle to find expression. Instead, the album feels loud and shiny, yet strangely vacant, squandering potential gems amid degrading lyrics and messy mixes.

While Ty Dolla $ign and guests like Freddie Gibbs and Playboy Carti inject occasional brightness, Kanye’s verses sink into emptiness and depression, leaving listeners yearning for substance. Apart from some catchy moments, the music itself often feels like a failed attempt to recapture former glory, lacking the innovation and excitement of The College Dropout (2004), Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007), My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010), and Yeezus (2013).

Vultures 1 borrows elements from relatively recent albums like The Life Of Pablo (2016) and Donda (2021) but fails to elevate them, resulting in a lackluster and unnecessary addition to Kanye’s catalog. Comparisons to these previous releases highlight the album’s shortcomings. TLOP and especially Donda had their flaws, but they still showcased flashes of brilliance and genuine creativity, managing to convey a sense of personal and artistic vulnerability that Vultures 1 sorely lacks.

Ultimately, Vultures 1 feels like a missed opportunity—an album that fails to justify its existence. With cringe lyrics, uninspired production, and a forgettable overall vibe, it’s a disappointing entry in Kanye’s discography.

Release date: February 10, 2024.

Kid Cudi - INSANO

Kid Cudi serves up a passable pop-rap experience with INSANO. Although it doesn’t come close to reaching the heights of his standout MOTM series, especially the first two, it manages to hold its own. The album, however, stretches itself thin with excess length, lacking the depth expected and featuring some noticeable filler and throwaway tracks. Cudi’s potential as a compelling and unique artist occasionally surfaces, but on INSANO, he seems overly focused on connecting with the mainstream trap audience instead of showcasing his expressive and artistic best. Despite its drawbacks, Kid Cudi’s distinctive touch still shines through in moments on this project.

Release date: January 12, 2024.

Best Hip Hop EPs Of 2024

  • EARTHGANG – Robophobia
  • OT the Real – Prepare for War
  • Durty Rob – Brain Food
  • Moka Only & Baptiste Hayden – The Deli
  • Ar-Ab – Road to Glory
  • Nowaah the Flood & Giallo Point – Right Over Left 2: Square Business
  • Reks & Short Buss13 – M.A.G.A. (Make Art Great Again)
  • Reks & Shortfyuz – F.E.L.A. (For Everyone Love Always)
  • Reks & Melks – Y.O.D.A. (Young Ones Defy Age)
  • Ferris Blusa & Machacha – Glory to Gawd
  • Emskee & MiLKCRATE – The Dumb Bummer
  • AJ Suede – Opta Mystic
  • Ruste Juxx & Oh Jay – Break It Down
  • Quincy Hinch – Behind the Boards
  • Little Simz – Drop 7
  • Blu & Roy Royal – Royal Blu
  • 2nd Generation Wu & Dom Archey – This May Sting!
  • John Jigg$ – S.O.U.L. (Something Our Underground Lost)
  • Declaime & Kiina – The Bottom Line
  • The Musalini & 38 Spesh – In God We Trust
  • Dr Lekta – Flowers for the Illest
  • Dr Lekta – The Manuscript
  • A-F-R-O – New Colonel In Town
  • Rasheed Chappell & 38 Spesh – Checks & Balances
  • Kool Keith, Lynx196.9 & Arturo Banbini – Bandoleros
  • Che Noir – The Color Chocolate Vol. 1
  • Crimeapple & Preservation – El Leon
  • Kota the Friend – Lyrics To Go Vol. 5
  • Mickey Diamond – Gone In 60 Seconds
  • Al.Divino – Firewater
  • Rasco & Guilty Simpson – Swan&Simpson
  • UFO Fev & M. Stacks – Crash Landing
  • 1Jack & Illinformed – Happy After Hell
  • AWOL One & Kool Keith – Aponia
  • Raz Fresco & Dibia$e – Knockout
  • Pacewon, Ill & C-Lance – The Songs We Have
  • Reks & Samir – Rather Unique
  • Truth & Da Beatminerz – Nostalgia ThEraPy
  • Reek Osama & Machacha – Reek Havoc

The Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2023

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4 responses to “The Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2024”

  1. Raj says:

    I guess you update this list every week.
    Can you please include a note which shows all the new albums you added to this list every week?

  2. Carson says:

    no Erick The Architect?

  3. David Bright says:

    Wheres Godfather don new album is fire

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