This list, then, culls some of the mainstays and favorites (think: Mick Jenkins, basically any and all of Griselda), as well as the genre’s most explosive artists of the year (think: Lil Nas X), and of course, some of our newest breakout faves (think: Baby Keem, Pooh Shiesty), and finally, some long-heralded OGs and soon-to-be-OGs-if-not-already (think: Nas, J. Cole, Drake). It’s safe to say the breadth of hip-hop releases allowed a “something for everyone” policy to truly thrive. Nonetheless, we’re sure you have an opinion on our list below, so do your duty as a loyal HNHH reader and comment away.

30. Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

LISTEN: Little Simz “Woman” feat. Cleo Sol

29. Mick Jenkins – Elephant in the Room

LISTEN: Mick Jenkins’ “Scottie Pippen” feat. serpentwithfeet

28. Lil Nas X – MONTERO

LISTEN: Lil Nas X “That’s What I Want”

27. Dave – We’re All Alone in This Together

LISTEN: Dave “Clash” feat. Stormzy

26. Migos – Culture III

LISTEN: Migos “Avalanche” 

25. Tee Grizzley – Built for Whatever

LISTEN: Tee Grizzley “Life Insurance” feat. Lil Tjay

24. Boldy James & The Alchemist – Bo Jackson 

LISTEN: Boldy James & The Alchemist “Fake Flowers” feat. Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs

23. Yung Nudy – Rich Shooter

LISTEN: Young Nudy “Know How I Rock” feat. PeeWee Longway

22. Pooh Shiesty – Shiesty Season

LISTEN: Pooh Shiesty “Back in Blood” feat. Lil Durk

21. Lil Tjay – Destined 2 Win

LISTEN: Lil Tjay “Run It Up” feat. Offset & Moneybagg Yo

20. Vince Staples – Vince Staples

LISTEN: Vince Staples “Are You With That?”

19. GRIP – I Died for This?! 

LISTEN: GRIP “Gutter!” feat. Wara

18. Key Glock & Young Dolph – Dum & Dummer 2

LISTEN: Key Glock and Young Dolph “Case Closed”

17. Young Thug – PUNK  

LISTEN: Young Thug “Stressed” feat. J. Cole & T-Shyne

16. Benny the Butcher & Harry Fraud – The Plugs I Met 2 

LISTEN: Benny the Butcher & Harry Fraud “When Tony Met Sosa”

15. Westside Gunn – Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B

LISTEN: Westside Gunn “Free Kutter” feat. Jay Electronica

14. NBA Youngboy – Sincerely Kentrell

LISTEN: NBA Youngboy “No Where”

13. Maxo Kream – Weight of the World

LISTEN: Maxo Kream “Big Persona” feat. Tyler, The Creator

12. Moneybagg Yo – A Gangsta’s Pain

LISTEN: Moneybagg Yo “Time Today”

11. YSL – Slime Language 2 

LISTEN: YSL “Solid” feat. Young Thug, Drake & Gunna

10. Conway the Machine – La Maquina 

LISTEN: Conway “200 Pies” feat. 2 Chainz

09. Nas – King’s Disease II 

LISTEN: Nas “Death Row East”

08. Lloyd Banks – The Course of the Inevitable 

LISTEN: Lloyd Banks “Propane”

07. Isaiah Rashad – The House is Burning

LISTEN: Isaiah Rashad “RIP Young”

06. Kanye West – DONDA 

LISTEN: Kanye West “Hurricane” feat. The Weeknd & Lil Baby

05. Doja Cat – Planet Her

LISTEN: Doja Cat “Woman”

04. J. Cole – The Off-Season

LISTEN: J. Cole “Applying Pressure”

03. Drake – Certified Lover Boy

LISTEN: Drake “No Friends in the Industry”

02. Baby Keem – The Melodic Blue

LISTEN: Baby Keem “Lost Souls” feat. Brent Faiyaz

01. Tyler, The Creator – Call Me If You Get Lost 

LISTEN: Tyler, the Creator “LEMONHEAD” feat. 42 Dugg