Flying Over 2019, Pt. IV: Rap N****!!!

We conclude our playlist series of 2019 faves here. It should be clear by now that there was a lot of music to take in. Collectively, it was also a good way to get an idea of the major tides last year. Indeed, the songs we liked reflected the continuous shift towards a more (genre) balanced and inclusive landscape. They also, much to our joy, indicated the growing adoption and representation of Afro Pop into global popular music. Consequently, the radio sound is becoming less uniform and more varied — though there’s still a long way to go. Still, we had to take time and give space to our first love: hip-hop. So our extended summary is over. Enjoy the playlist and see you soon for the full breakdown.

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The Tracklist

01. Nipsey Hussle ::: Victory Lap (feat. Stacy Barthe)
02. Cadet ::: Daily Duppy!
03. Juice WRLD ::: Hear Me Calling
04. Joyner Lucas ::: Devil’s Work
05. Wale ::: Routine (feat. Meek Mill & Rick Ross)
06. Royce Da 5’9″ ::: Black Savage (feat. Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, CyHi The Prynce & T.I.)
07. Sampa The Great ::: Final Form
08. Roddy Ricch ::: The Box
09. YBN Cordae ::: Have Mercy
10. Nipsey Hussle ::: Racks in the Middle (feat. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy)
11. Boogie ::: Silent Ride
12. Pusha T ::: Coming Home (feat. Ms. Lauryn Hill)
13. Nasty C ::: SMA (feat. Rowlene)
14. G-Eazy ::: All Facts (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
15. Juice WRLD ::: Robbery
16. Dreamville, J. Cole & Lute ::: Under the Sun (feat. DaBaby)
17. Rapsody ::: Nina
18. Che Noir ::: Fall of Rome
19. Rick Ross ::: Bogus Charms (feat. Meek Mill)
20. Jim Jones ::: NYC (feat. Fat Joe)
21. G-Eazy ::: Demons & Angels (feat. Miguel & The Game)
22. Kevin Gates ::: By My Lonely
23. Big K.R.I.T. ::: Make It Easy
24. SiR ::: Hair Down (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
25. SAINt JHN ::: Trap (feat. Lil Baby)
26. Wale ::: On Chill (feat. Jeremih)
27. Sy Ari Da Kid & Paxquiao ::: Two Sides
28. Roc Marciano ::: Molly Ringwald
29. Conway The Machine ::: Bang (feat. Eminem)
30. BENNY THE BUTCHER ::: 18 Wheeler (feat. Pusha T)
31. Fat Joe & Dre ::: Lord Above (feat. Eminem & Mary J. Blige)
32. JID ::: 151 Rum
33. Dreamville ::: Down Bad (feat. JID, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG & Young Nudy)
34. Joyner Lucas ::: Isis (feat. Logic)
35. Stormzy ::: Wiley Flow
36. Snap Capone ::: Wraith
37. Pop Smoke ::: Welcome to the Party
38. Roc Marciano ::: Richard Gear
39. Griselda ::: City on the Map (feat. 50 Cent)
40. Casanova ::: So Brooklyn (feat. Fabolous)
41. DJ Premier ::: Headlines (feat. Westside Gunn, Conway & Benny)
42. Gang Starr ::: Family and Loyalty (feat. J. Cole)
43. BENNY THE BUTCHER ::: Crowns for Kings (feat. Black Thought)
44. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib ::: Palmolive (feat. Pusha T & Killer Mike)
45. Griselda ::: DR BIRDS
46. Young M.A ::: BIG
47. Cadet ::: Gang Gang
48. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib ::: Education (feat. Yasiin Bey & Black Thought)
49. Little Simz ::: 101 FM
50. JID ::: Off da Zoinkys
51. Buddy ::: Hollyhood (feat. Kent Jamz)
52. Rapsody ::: Oprah (feat. Leikeli47)
53. Sampa The Great ::: Freedom
54. Falz ::: Amen
55. Mustard ::: Ballin’ (feat. Roddy Ricch)
56. The Game ::: The Code (feat. 21 Savage)
57. Jadakiss ::: Me
58. Big K.R.I.T. ::: K.R.I.T. HERE
59. Uncle Murda ::: Rap Up 2019
60. The Game ::: Welcome Home (feat. Nipsey Hussle)


A little note:
This playlist is derived from a master list compiled by Commish Elom, Wraith Yoshi, It’s Just Sen and myself. Commish Elom, Hopiho, It’s Just Sen, Wraith Yoshi and a super fan contributed additional insights.

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I wrote as kid. (I'd die if you'd ever get your hands on those poems.) And I wrote as a teen. (We thought our raps would spearhead revolution.) I write these days to share my joys and perspectives. I am as subjective as they come. I found a bunch of blessed souls that are just as expressive. And Africa is all the better for it. (I think I never really changed.)
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