2021 has been a good year for hip hop so far. Artists such as DMX, J. Cole, and Czarface have already dropped new albums; and we’re going to narrow down the highest charting albums.
Exodus – DMX
After a career that spanned almost 3 decades, Dark Man X died this year from complications involving a drug overdose. But the last project released from DMX, Exodus, left his fans with an eclectic collection of records some of which stemmed from the so-called hood blues era, and other more introspective songs with contributions from the likes of Benny The Butcher, Alicia Keys, and Conway The Machine.
The Offseason – J. Cole
J. Cole’s sixth album is built around a nexus of basketball and love, and perhaps for the first time since his debut album in 2013, The Off-Season is expected to hit platinum and features an array of guest stars including 21 Savage, Lil Baby, 6lack, and Cam’Ron. In the album J. Cole explores topics such as fatherhood, family, friendship, and the need to reestablish oneself in the game.
Kommunity Service – YG & Mozzy
The way this project fits nicely together is how these two rappers bounce off each other, challenging each other and amplifying both their styles to create an interesting assortment of songs. YG certainly doesn’t want to be outdone his own project so he goes all out; reminding fans why he topped charts in 2014. Mozzy on his part uses this project as an avenue to branch out and showcase his personality and skills to a broader audience.
Slime Language 2 – YSL & Young Thug
The long-awaited Slime Language follow-up finally came out, offering a glamorous ride through the life of ‘Thugger’, with lavish parties and girls, and a guest list that includes Drake, Travis Scott, Meek Mill, and Kid Cudi. The album is also meant to give a platform to some of the newer label mates.