5 Months into 2020: Top 5 Hip-Hop Albums

Although it has felt like an eternity, the last day of May marked the end of five months in the infamous year of 2020. We have witnessed a sequence of tragic events; the Australian wildfires, the death of Kobe Bryant, a global pandemic, and most recently, yet another death of an African-American man at the hands of police brutality.

Although the coronavirus has suspended professional sports for almost three full months, the music industry hasn’t missed a beat. More specifically, 2020 hip-hop has featured studio albums, mixtapes, and collaborative projects from some of the industry’s emerging and influential stars.

Our experts weighed in on the top five hip-hop albums of 2020 thus far.

Before we break down each album, we cannot simply ignore the fact that all five artists are African-American. This is no coincidence. We do not need to limit African-American accomplishments and Black excellence to the month of February. Roots of African-American music can be traced back to the Black experience since slavery, and has since evolved into the foundations of several genres including the blues, jazz, R&B, soul, funk, house, and hip-hop music.

My Turn – Lil Baby

šŸ—“ February 28 āÆ 20 Tracks

My Turn is Lil Baby’s second studio album, coming two years after his 2018 project Harden Than Ever. Lil Baby’s viral single “Woah” inspired a new dance move by the same name, and the accompanying music video for the song is approaching 100 million views. Lil Baby revealed the album’s artwork on January 1 via Twitter, and the official release date in a tweet 29 days later.

Billboard Peak: #1
Standout Song Selection: “Sum 2 Prove”


High Off Life – Future

šŸ—“ May 15 āÆ 21 Tracks

Future dropped his eighth studio album High Off Life after releasing five successful singles that appeared as the last five tracks on the album. Most notably, Future teamed up with Drake on “Life Is Good” and the accompanying music video currently has over 500 million views. In addition to the five pre-released songs at the end of the album, the first 16 tracks demonstrate Future’s versatility and feature Travi$ Scott, YoungBoy NBA, Young Thug, and Lil Uzi Vert.

Billboard Peak: #1
Standout Song Selection: “Accepting My Flaws”


Artist 2.0 – A. Boogie wit da Hoodie

šŸ—“ February 14 āÆ 20 Tracks

A Boogie released his third studio album, Artist 2.0, on Valentine’s Day this year. This album stands as a sequel to Artist, his debut mixtape from 2016, and “is basically a remake of Artist with the whole piano theme and the whole girl tryna control me theme,” according to the Bronx artist. A Boogie collaborated with Young Thug, Gunna, Roddy Rich, DaBaby, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert and more as he attempts to crown himself the king of New York.

Billboard Peak: #2
Standout Song Selection: “Me and My Guitar”


Eternal Atake – Lil Uzi Vert

šŸ—“ March 6 āÆ 18 Tracks

Eternal Atake is Uzi’s second studio album, dropping almost two full years after introducing the album title via Twitter in July of 2018. The original artwork alluded to logo of Heaven’s Gate, an infamous cult that committed a mass suicide in 1997, and after legal threats, Uzi asked fans to vote on a new cover on Twitter. After several more delays, Uzi released a short film for this album on his Twitter, and eventually surprised fans by releasing the album one week before the expected release date.

Billboard Peak: #1
Standout Song Selection: “Bigger Than Life”


THE GOAT – Polo G

šŸ—“ May 15 āÆ 16 Tracks

Polo G released his sophomore studio album THE GOAT on May 15th, including features from Mustard, Juice WRLD, Lil Baby, and BJ the Chicago Kid. Polo G announced the cover art and release date via Instagram on May 5, and sold 99,000 album-equivalent units in the first week. THE GOAT peaked at #1 on the Apple Music chart.

Billboard Peak: #2
Standout Song Selection: “Flex (ft. Juice WRLD)”


Honorable Mentions

Good Intentions – Nav

WUNNA – Gunna

Dark Lane Demo Tapes – Drake

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