Capital XTRA's rundown of the 20 greatest albums to drop this year featuring Drake, Beyonce, Skepta, Rihanna and more.
Capital XTRA has compiled its first ever albums of the year list, ranking the 20 greatest projects to be released over the past 12 months.
Check out the full list below:
20. Alicia Keys - 'HERE'
19. Craig David - 'Following My Intuition'
18. Kendrick Lamar - 'Untitled, Unmastered'
17. Mac Miller - 'The Devine Feminine'
16. PARTYNEXTDOOR - 'P3'
After writing one of the biggest songs of the year (Rihanna - ‘Work’), PND proved that he’s capable of standing on his own with a solid album. The OVO singer also served up an infectious banger (‘Not Nice’) and complemented it with some strong R&B.
15. Tory Lanez - 'I Told You'
Tory Lanez broke onto the scene in 2016 with a strong autobiographical debut album. ‘I Told You’ had its hit singles (‘LUV’) and (‘Say It’) and further proved that Canada is a hotbed for new talent.
14. Travis Scott - 'Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight'
Travis Scott brought himself into the upper tier of Hip Hop with his impressive second album ‘BITTSM’. The rapper/producer firmly stepped out the shadow of his mentor Kanye West with a project featuring introspective songs and club bangers.
13. Solange - 'A Seat At The Table'
12. The Weeknd - 'Starboy'
The Weeknd bravely changed his sound (and his look), for his inventive new album ‘Starboy’. The Canadian once again proved his star quality over strong and experimental production by Daft Punk, Max Martin, Diplo and more.
11. Frank Ocean - 'Blonde'
10. Anderson .Paak - 'Malibu'
9. Kaytranda - '99.9%'
8. DJ Khaled - 'Major Key'
Boosted by unbelievable Snapchat success, DJ Khaled turned the focus back to his music with a very strong album. The music mogul brought together all the biggest names in Hip Hop for one of the best-produced albums of the year.
7. Skepta - 'Konnichiwa'
Skepta capped off an unprecedented 18 months with a career-defining album. ‘Konnichiwa’ is a unique snapshot of UK urban culture that delivered modern classics (‘Shutdown’) and (‘That’s Not Me’) and deservedly won the Mercury Prize.
6. Beyonce - 'Lemonade'
Although not her strongest album, Beyonce still displayed her musical excellence on the emotionally-charged LP. It spawned one of the most thought-provoking songs of the year (‘Formation’) and was brought to life with some amazing visuals.
5. Kano - 'Made In The Manor'
Kano firmly placed himself as a key figure in Grime’s recent resurgence with one of the best albums the genre has ever seen. Sprinkled with bangers and filled with nostalgia, ‘Made In The Manor’ is a refreshing listen from beginning to end.
4. Rihanna - 'ANTI'
Rihanna bravely strayed away from her tried and tested commercial blueprint to create a bold album. ‘ANTI’ delivered her longest charting hit (‘Needed Me’) and also left a mark on the music industry with her Drake collaboration ‘Work’.
3. Kanye West - 'The Life Of Pablo'
Despite a turbulent year for the rapper, Kanye West added to his impressive musical legacy with another great album. Yeezy returned to his signature sampling, to create a body of work that will stand the test of time.
2. Chance The Rapper - 'Coloring Book'
After years of hard work, Chance The Rapper finally made his mark on Hip Hop with his refreshingly creative project ‘Coloring Book’. The Chicago rapper stayed true to his originality and delivered a truly unique blend of Hip Hop.
1. Drake - 'Views'
Drake’s record-breaking fourth studio album lived up to the hype. The epic 20-track project delivered the biggest song of the year (‘One Dance’) and was largely responsible for the influx of tropical sounds currently being used in Hip Hop and Pop.