Andy’s Top Ten Most Anticipated Albums of 2019

Ordinarily I would kick off the year writing about my top ten most anticipated hip-hop albums. However, as I’ve mentioned before, I was left quite underwhelmed by hip-hop in 2019 and I’m struggling to come up with ten hip-hop albums I’m really looking forward to this year. As a result, I’m expanding my list to include artists from some other genres I listen to (namely, R&B, soul and artists from out the U.K.). 10. Chance the Rapper 2018 came and went without Chance dropping a project. Instead, he dropped off a series of mediocre singles, all in the same happy-go-lucky, positive, gospel-influenced style that we’ve heard before (and are getting slightly bored of now). To be fair to the man, he’s been busy proposing to his long-term girlfriend and doing endless socil activism for the people in his city of Chicago. But enough is enough; time to get back in the studio! He must think he can live off Coloring Book and his ‘3’ hats forever. 2016 was a long time ago now and Chance is no longer hip-hop’s golden child. It’s time for Chance to deliver with a follow-up project and prove he has the potential to challenge for the hip-hop throne. 9. Rihanna Bad gal riri is on this list because I’m tired of seeing Fenty Beauty this and Fenty x Savage that, whilst hearing no new music. Her last musical offering came in 2016 with her album, Anti . There have since been rumours that she’s been hard at work preparing a ‘reggae’ album, which I would be very interested to hear and represents a return to her Bajan roots. However, I’m not actually hopeful of us receiving any new music this year if I’m perfectly honest. With Fenty Beauty, Rihanna has secured the bag. I don’t see her distracting herself from the make-up millions to indulge us with another album any time soon. 8. Daniel Caesar Ever since hearing his unique blend of sultry R&B and neo-soul on his breakout debut album, Freudian , in 2017, I’ve been a massive Daniel Caesar fan. He was relatively quiet in 2018 but still managed to drop one of my favourite tracks of the year with his T-Pain assisted single, ‘Who Hurt You?’. He has since found himself a sweet one and cut the dreads. Everyone knows what that means. We’re going to receive the R&B we deserve in 2019. 7. Isaiah Rashad My TDE bias may be showing here again but it’s time that we got the follow-up to Isaiah Rashad’s stellar 2016 project, The Sun’s Tirade . Following TDE’s dominance in 2017 with Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. and SZA’s CTRL albums, I fully expected TDE’s bench to perform in 2018. Although we received albums from label mates Jay Rock, SiR and (new signee) Reason, the rest of the bench has simply been lazy. Kendrick and SZA will not carry the label forever; it’s time to get in the studio! 6. ScHoolboy Q ScHoolboy Q is another lazy […]