Music Tracking 2021

These are 2021 releases that I've taken note of, listed alphabetically by artist, with VA comps at the bottom. My grades, where available, are in brackets at the end of the line (stars in B+ range). Lines in blue indicate that I have a physical copy (albeit sometimes just a promo CDR); in green are records that I graded based on a Rhapsody stream or other such source. Most records have release dates and a brief generic note.

Unheard records are prioritized 0-3 (graded records are 4-5). The priotization is based subjectively on personal interests, reviews I've noticed, reviewers I particularly respect, what I know about the artists, etc. Roughly speaking: 0 is something I have no reason to consider (default page omits 0); 1 has been noted as having some cred somewhere; 2 is something I have some specific reason to search out; 3 is something I'll listen to ASAP.

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New Releases

  • 22Gz: The Blixky Tape 2 (Atlantic) [03-18] - hip-hop
  • 42 Dugg: Free Dem Boyz (4PF/CMG) [05-21] - hip-hop
  • 454: 4 Real () [03-16] - hip-hop
  • Aesop Rock X Blockhead: Garbology (Rhymesayers Entertainment) [11-12] - hip-hop [**]
  • Tony Allen: There Is No End (Blue Note) [05-07] - jazz/rap [**]
  • Alpha Wann: Don Dada Mixtape Vol 1 (Don Dada -20) [2020-12-18] - trap rap
  • Mikal Amin, Sir Tumes, Lond Division, & Professor Brian Oblivion: Moses Herman Jacobs () - hip-hop
  • Apathy: Where the River Meets the Sea () - hip-hop
  • Armand Hammer & the Alchemist: Haram (Backwoodz Studioz) [03-26] - hip-hop [**]
  • Atmosphere: Word? (Rhymesayers Entertainment) [10-08] - hip-hop [*]
  • Awon & Phoniks: Nothing Less () - hip-hop
  • Iggy Azalea: The End of an Era (Bad Dreams/Empire) [08-13] - hip-hop [A-]
  • Backxwash: I Lie Here Buried With My Rings and My Dress (Ugly Hag) [06-20] - hip-hop [*]
  • Lloyd Banks: The Course of the Inevitable () [06-04] - hip-hop
  • Beneficence & Confidence: Stellar Mind () - hip-hop
  • Benny the Butcher: The Plugs I Met 2 (Black Soprano Family -EP) [03-19] - hip-hop [**]
  • Benny the Butcher: Pyrex Picasso (Rare Scrilla/BSF -EP) [08-13] - hip-hop [*]
  • Berwyn: Demotape/Vega (Heritage) [09-18] - UK hip-hop
  • BFB Da Packman: Fat Niggas Need Love Too (The Lunch Crew) [06-24] - hip-hop [**]
  • Big O & P-Rawb: The Complexity () - hip-hop
  • Big Sticks & Nite Tyme: The Vibe Out () - hip-hop
  • Bktherula: Love Black (Warner) [10-22] - hip-hop [***]
  • Namir Blade: Namir Blade Presents Aphelion's Traveling Circus (Mello Music Group -20) [2020-09-18] - hip-hop [*]
  • Blak Madeen: Let the Good Get Even () - hip-hop
  • Ray BLK: Access Denied (Island) [10-01] - pop rap
  • Blu: The Color Blu(e) (Nature Sounds) [09-24] - hip-hop [*]
  • Eric Bobo & Stu Bangas: Empires () - hip-hop
  • Breeze Brewin & Juggaknots: Hindsight () - hip-hop
  • Brockhampton: Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine (Question Everything/RCA) [04-09] - hip-hop [**]
  • Bronze Nazareth & Recognize Ali: Season of the Seven () - hip-hop
  • Bruiser Brigade Records: TV62 (Bruiser Brigade) [05-14] - hip-hop
  • Bruiser Wolf: Dope Game Stupid () - hip-hop
  • Caleborate: Light Hit My Skin (Caleborate) [03-26] - hip-hop
  • Playboi Carti: Whole Lotta Red (AWGE/Interscope -20) [2020-12-25] - hip-hop [**]
  • Ca$ablanca & Cap Chino: Korea-Town () - hip-hop
  • Cautious Clay: Deadpan Love (The Orchard) [06-25] - alt r&b
  • Cee Knowledge: The Calidelphian () - hip-hop
  • Codenine: LVNDR () - hip-hop
  • J Cole: The Off-Season (Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope) [05-14] - hip-hop [*]
  • Common: A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 2) (Loma Vista) [09-10] - hip-hop
  • Conway the Machine: La Maquina (Griselda/Drumwork/Empire) [04-16] - hip-hop
  • Conway the Machine & Big Ghost Ltd: If It Bleeds It Can Be Killed () - hip-hop
  • Marlon Craft: How We Intended () - hip-hop
  • Crimeapple: YDFWC? () - hip-hop
  • Czarface/MF Doom: Super What? (Silver Age -EP) [05-07] - hip-hop [A-]
  • Damu the Fudgemunk: Conversation Peace (Def Presse/Get On Down) [09-03] - hip-hop
  • Dark Time Sunshine: Lore () - hip-hop
  • Dave: We're All Alone in This Together (Neighbourhood) [07-23] - UK hip-hop [A-]
  • Devin the Dude: Soulful Distance () - hip-hop
  • McKinley Dixon: For My Mama and Anyone Who Look Like Her (Spacebomb) [05-07] - hip-hop [***]
  • DJ Khaled: Khaled Khaled (We the Best/Roc Nation/Epic) [04-30] - hip-hop
  • DJ Muggs & Rome Streetz: Death & the Magician () - hip-hop
  • DMX: Exodus (Def Jam) [05-28] - hip-hop
  • Doja Cat: Planet Her (Kemosabe/RCA) [06-25] - hip-pop [*]
  • Drakeo the Ruler: The Truth Hurts () - hip-hop
  • Asun Eastwood & Finn: The SOUL () - hip-hop
  • Eminem: Music to Be Murdered By: Side B (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope -20) [2020-12-18] - pop rap [***]
  • RAP Ferreira: Bob's Son: RAP Ferreira in the Garden Level Cafe of the Scallops Hotel (Ruby Yacht) [01-01] - hip-hop [***]
  • Fredo: Independence Day () [08-06] - UK hip-hop
  • Polo G: Hall of Fame (Columbia/Only Dreamers Achieve) [06-11] - hip-hop [*]
  • Ghetts: Conflict of Interest (Warner) [02-19] - grime [*]
  • Gift of Gab: Finding Inspiration Somehow (Nature Sounds) [09-10] - hip-hop [A]
  • John Glacier: Shiloh: Lost for Words (PLZ Make It Ruins) [07-30] - UK hip-hop
  • The Good People: The Greater Good () - hip-hop
  • Gotham [Talib Kweli & Diamond D]: Gotham () - hip-hop
  • Gowe: Jazznight () - hip-hop
  • Grip: I Died for This!? () [08-27] - hip-hop
  • Tee Grizzley: Built for Whatever (300 Entertainment/Atlantic) [05-07] - hip-hop [***]
  • Jack Harlow: That's What They All Say () - hip-hop
  • Homeboy Sandman: Anjelitu (Mello Music Group -EP) [08-06] - hip-hop [A-]
  • HRSMN [Canibus/Kurupt/Killah Priest/Ras Kass]: The Last Ride () - hip-hop
  • Hus Kingpin: Portishus () - hip-hop
  • Injury Reserve: By the Time I Get to Phoenix (self-released) [09-15] - experimental hip-hop [*]
  • Boldy James & the Alchemist: Bo Jackson (ALC) [08-13] - gangsta rap
  • Jazz Spastiks: Camera of Sound () - hip-hop
  • Park Hye Jin: Before I Die (Ninja Tune) [09-10] - cloud rap [**]
  • Jim Jones & Harry Fraud: The Fraud Department (Fraud Department/Empire) [02-19] - hip-hop
  • JPEGMafia: LP! (Republic) [10-22] - hip-hop [***]
  • Ka: A Martyr's Reward (Iron Works) [08-13] - hip-hop [***]
  • KAAN: Kaizen () - hip-hop
  • Khrysis: The Hour of Khrysis (Jamla) [04-20] - hip-hop [**]
  • Kid Cudi: Man on the Moon III: The Chosen (Republic -20) [2020-12-11] - pop rap [**]
  • Killah Priest: Lord Sun Heavy Mental 1.1 () - hip-hop
  • Kojaque: Town's Dead (PIAS) [06-25] - abstract hip-hop
  • Kool Keith: Keith's Salon (Logistic/Telegraph) [06-04] - hip-hop
  • Krum: Black Lung () - hip-hop
  • Lil Baby/Lil Durk: The Voice of the Heroes (Quality Control) [06-04] - hip-hop
  • Lil Nas X: Montero (Columbia) [09-17] - hip-hop [*]
  • Lil Tjay: Destined 2 Win (Columbia) [04-02] - hip-hop
  • Lil Yachty: Michigan Boy Boat (Quality Control/Capitol) [04-23] - hip-hop
  • Little Simz: Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (Age 101) [09-03] - hip-hop [***]
  • L'Orange & Namir Blade: Imaginary Everything (Mello Music Group) [05-07] - hip-hop [A-]
  • Lukah: When the Black Hand Touches You (Raw Materials) [01-15] - hip-hop [**]
  • Mach-Hommy: Pray for Haiti (Griselda) [05-21] - hip-hop [***]
  • Madlib: Sound Ancestors (Madlib Invazion) [01-29] - hip-hop [*]
  • Magna Carda: To the Good People () - hip-hop
  • Amari Mar: Grand Rising () - hip-hop
  • MAV & Hobgoblin: Angelz & Demonz 3 () - hip-hop
  • Maxo Kream: Weight of the World (RCA) [10-18] - trap
  • Megan Thee Stallion: Something for Thee Hotties: From Thee Archives (300 Entertainment) [10-29] - hip-hop [A-]
  • Vic Mensa: I Tape (Roc Nation -EP) [03-26] - hip-hop [**]
  • Migos: Culture III (Capitol/Motown/Quality Control) [06-11] - hip-hop
  • Mike: Disco! (10k) [06-21] - hip-hop [**]
  • Moneybagg Yo: A Gangsta's Pain (CMG/N-Less/Interscope) [04-23] - hip-hop
  • Moor Mother: Black Encyclopedia of the Air (Anti-) [09-17] - hip-hop [*]
  • Georgia Anne Muldrow: VWETO III (Foreseen Entertainment/Epistrophik Peach Sound) [05-21] - instrumental hip-hop
  • The Musalini & O Finess: No Squares in My Circle () - hip-hop
  • Mustafa: When Smoke Rises (Regent Park Songs) [05-28] - neo-soul
  • Myka 9 & Profound: Nine Clouds () - hip-hop
  • Nas: King's Disease II (Mass Appeal) [08-06] - hip-hop [*]
  • Rico Nasty: Nightmare Vacation (Sugar Trap/Atlantic -20) [2020-12-04] - trap rap [A-]
  • Navy Blue: Song of Sage: Post Panic! (Freedom Sounds -20) [2020-12-22] - hip-hop [A-]
  • Nelly: Heartland (Columbia -EP) [08-27] - hip-hop [*]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Willie Nelson: The Willie Nelson Family
  • Noyz82: Blade Runner Basquiat () - hip-hop
  • Observe Since 98: Le Dernier Royaume () - hip-hop
  • Genesis Owusu: Smiling With No Teeth (Ourness/House Anxiety) [03-05] - hip-hop [***]
  • Paris Texas: Boy Anonymous () [05-14] - experimental hip-hop
  • Passalacqua: Passalacqua LP () - hip-hop
  • Vinnie Paz: Burn Everything That Bares Your Name () - hip-hop
  • Pink Siifu: Gumbo'! (Field-Left) [08-03] - hip-hop [**]
  • Pirata: Pirata () - hip-hop
  • Pooh Shiesty: Shiesty Season (4PF/CMG) [02-05] - hip-hop
  • Propo'88 & Wildelux: Certified Craftsmen () - hip-hop
  • Pseudo Intellectuals: Only Built for Food and Drinks () - hip-hop
  • Isaiah Rashad: The House Is Burning (Top Dawg Entertainment/Warner) [07-30] - hip-hop
  • Riders Against the Storm: Flowers for the Living (Divide and Conjure) [02-21] - hip-hop [***]
  • Rome Streetz & Ankhlejohn: Genesis 1:27 () - hip-hop
  • Rome Streetz & DJ Muggs: Death & the Magician (Soul Assassins) [02-26] - hip-hop
  • Sage Poet: Parable of the Chariot () - hip-hop
  • Dua Saleh: Crossover (Against Giants -EP) [10-22] - hip-hop [A-]
  • Sankofa: BLKTCHP () - hip-hop
  • Sematary: Rainbow Bridge 3 (Haunted Mound) [04-29] - horrorcore
  • Serengeti: KDxMPC (self-released -EP -20) [2020-11-09] - hip-hop [*]
  • Serengeti: Curse of the Polo (self-released) [04-02] - hip-hop [*]
  • Bobby Sessions: Manifest () - hip-hop
  • Sheff G: Proud of Me Now () - hip-hop
  • Silk Sonic [Bruno Mars/Anderson .Paak]: An Evening With Silk Sonic (Aftermath/Atlantic) [11-12] - r&b [B-]
  • Skyzoo: All the Brilliant Things (Mello Music Group) [06-11] - hip-hop [**]
  • Slowthai: Tyron (Method) [02-12] - hip-hop [*]
  • SmooVth & Giallo Point: Amongst Wolves () - hip-hop
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids: Life After (Distorted Muse/Fontana North) [10-22] - hip-hop [**]
  • Vic Spencer: Psychological Cheat Sheet 2 () - hip-hop
  • Vince Staples: Vince Staples (Blacksmith/Motown) [07-09] - trap [**]
  • Jazmine Sullivan: Heaux Tales (RCA) [01-08] - r&b [*]
  • Th1rt3en: A Magnificent Day for an Exorcism () - hip-hop
  • Tiggs Da Author: Blame It on the Youts () [03-12] - UK hip-hop
  • ERR: grade bad priority: Trees Speak: PostHuman
  • Tyler, the Creator: Call Me if You Get Lost (Columbia) [06-25] - hip-hop [***]
  • Rod Wave: SoulFly (Alamo) [03-26] - hip-hop
  • Kanye West: Donda (GOOD Music/Def Jam) [08-29] - hip-hop
  • Westside Gunn: Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely, Adolf (Griselda/Empire) [08-27] - hip-hop [B]
  • Westside Gunn: Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B (Griselda/Empire) [09-24] - hip-hop [B]
  • Wiki: Half God (Wikset Enterprise) [10-01] - hip-hop [**]
  • YG & Mozzy: Kommunity Service (Empire/4Hunnid) [05-21] - hip-hop
  • Young Nudy: Dr Ev4l (PDE/Same Plate/RCA) [05-18] - hip-hop
  • Young Stoner Life/Young Thug/Gunna: Slime Language 2 (YSL/300 Entertainment) [04-16] - hip-hop [***]
  • Your Old Droog: Time () - hip-hop
  • ZelooperZ: Van Gogh's Left Ear () [07-08] - experimental hip-hop

Reissues, Etc.

  • Eyedea: Thirty Nine Lines (Crushkill -20) [2020-12-11] - hip-hop [**]
  • The Roots: Do You Want More?!!!??! [Deluxe Edition] (1995, Geffen/UMe) [03-12] - hip-hop
  • Fire in Little Africa (Motown) [05-26] - hip-hop [***]
  • Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap (Smithsonian -9CD) [08-20] - hip-hop

Priority Counts

  • Priority 1: 93
  • Priority 2: 3
  • Priority 3: 0
  • Priority 4: 65
  • Priority 5: 0

Total: 161