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Complex’s 50 Best Albums of 2019 (including Kanye West)

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Complex have published their list of the 50 best albums of 2019, and as usual, it’s heaviest on hip hop and hip hop-adjacent albums, and it also squeezes in a few popular indie/alt-pop artists like Vampire Weekend, Lana Del Rey, Billie Eilish, and Maggie Rogers. It’s also the first list we’ve seen to include the divisive Kanye West album (which just makes the list at #50). As usual, it’s got a wide range of styles represented, from the biggest artists around like Post Malone to underrated greats like Rapsody. And there’s two DaBaby albums in the top 11.

See the full list below and read commentary on each pick here. What do you think of the list?

Complex’s 50 Best Albums of 2019
50. Kanye West – JESUS IS KING
49. Doja Cat – Hot Pink
48. Maxo Kream – Brandon Banks
47. Anderson .Paak – Ventura
46. Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding
45. Tinashe – Songs For You
44. Rapsody – Eve
43. Summer Walker – Over It
42. GoldLink – Diaspora
41. YNW Melly – We All Shine
40. YBN Cordae – The Lost Boy
39. FKA twigs – Magdalene
38. J Balvin & Bad Bunny – Oasis
37. Rex Orange County – Pony
36. Flying Lotus – Flamagra
35. Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats – Anger Management
34. Youngboy Never Broke Again – AI Youngboy 2
33. Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
32. Snoh Aalegra – – ugh, those feels again
31. 03 Greedo & Kenny Beats – Netflix & Deal
30. Future – Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD
29. Jim Jones – El Capo
28. Westside Gunn – Hitler Wears Hermes 7
27. James Blake – Assume Form
26. Ari Lennox – Shea Butter Baby
25. Maggie Rogers – Heard It In A Past Life
24. Megan Thee Stallion – Fever
23. Rick Ross – Port of Miami 2
22. Griselda – WWCD
21. Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III
20. Little Simz – GREY Area
19. Denzel Curry – ZUU
18. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!
17. Toro y Moi – Outer Peace
16. Benny The Butcher – The Plugs I Met
15. Solange – When I Get Home
14. Baby Keem – DIE FOR MY BITCH
13. Burna Boy – African Giant
12. 2 Chainz – Rap or Go to the League
11. DaBaby – Baby On Baby
10. Schoolboy Q – CrasH Talk
9. Danny Brown – uknowhatimsayin¿
8. Mustard – Perfect Ten
7. Young Nudy & Pi’erre Bourne – Sli’merre
5. DaBaby – Kirk
4. Young Thug – So Much Fun
3. Ariana Grande – thank u, next
2. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana
1. Tyler, the Creator – IGOR

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