The Best Albums of 2019 (So Far)

From Tyler, the Creator’s ‘IGOR’ to DaBaby’s ‘Baby on Baby,’ here are Complex’s 50 best albums of 2019 so far.

Complex's Best Albums of 2019 (so far)
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Complex's Best Albums of 2019 (so far)

We’re approaching the midway point of 2019, which means it’s time to pause and reflect on everything that’s happened in the world of music so far this year. Honestly, it’s been a strange one. The year has been dominated by a country rap song from 2018, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” which was propelled to No. 1 by a Billboard chart controversy, viral TikTok videos, and lots of memes. Meanwhile, following a wild run of major hip-hop releases to close out 2018, it’s been a somewhat slow year for high-profile rap albums (although it looks like we might be in for a busy summer). Fortunately, pop and R&B artists like Ariana Grande, Solange, Billie Eilish, and Toro y Moi have picked up the slack and delivered some of the best projects of the past five months. We took a moment to rank the strongest projects that have been released since January. These are Complex’s picks for the best albums of 2019 (so far).

50. Lil Pump, ‘Harverd Dropout’

lil pump harverd dropout

49. SOB X RBE & Hit-Boy, ‘Family Not A Group’

sob rbe family not a group

48. Jim Jones, ‘El Capo’

jim jones el capo

47. Gesaffelstein, ‘Hyperion’

gesaffelstein hyperion

46. Chris Crack, ‘Never Hated I Just Waited’

chris crack never hated i just waited

45. Lizzo, ‘Cuz I Love You’

lizzo cuz i love you

44. Kehlani, ‘While We Wait’

kehlani whilewewait cover

43. Gunna, ‘Drip or Drown 2’

gunna drip or drown 2

42. Y La Bamba, ‘Mujeres’

y la bamba mujeres

41. Tayla Parx, ‘We Need to Talk’

tayla parx we need to talk

40. Carly Rae Jepsen, ‘Dedicated’

carly rae jepsen dedicated artwork

39. Karol G, ‘Ocean’

karol g album

38. Billy Woods & Kenny Segal, ‘Hiding Places’

billy woods kenny segal

37. Emotional Oranges, ‘The Juice Vol. 1’

emotional oranges the juice vol1

36. Juice WRLD, ‘Death Race for Love’

juice wrld death race for love

35. AJ Tracey, ‘AJ Tracey’

aj tracey artwork

34. Injury Reserve, ‘Injury Reserve’

injury reserve album cover

33. Queen Key, ‘Eat My Pussy Again’

queen key album

32. 03 Greedo, ‘Still Summer in the Projects’

03 greedo still summer in the projects

31. YG, ‘4Real 4Real’

yg 4real 4real cover

30. Dave, ‘Psychodrama’

dave psychodrama cover

29. Farruko, ‘Gangalee’

farruko gangalee

28. Boogie, ‘Everything’s for Sale’

boogie everythings for sale

27. Kevin Abstract, ‘Arizona Baby’

kevin abstract arizona baby

26. Skepta, ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’

skepta ignorance is bliss

25. Maxo, ‘LIL BIG MAN’

maxo lil big man

24. Koffee, ‘Rapture’

koffee rapture

23. Flume, ‘Hi This Is Flume’

flume hi this is flume

22. Steve Lacy, ‘Apollo XXI’

Steve Lacy Apollo XXI cover

21. Vampire Weekend, ‘Father of the Bride’

vampire weekend father of the bride

20. Flying Lotus, ‘Flamagra’

flying lotus flamagra

19. Little Simz, ‘Grey Area’

little simz gray area

18. YNW Melly, ‘We All Shine’

ynw melly we all shine

17. Denzel Curry, ‘ZUU’

denzel curry zuu album

16. Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats, ‘Anger Management’

rico nasty anger management

15. Maggie Rogers, ‘Heard It in a Past Life’

maggie rogers heard it in a past life

14. Ari Lennox, ‘Shea Butter Baby’

ari lennox shea butter baby

13. Anderson .Paak, ‘Ventura’

anderson paak ventura cover

12. Schoolboy Q, ‘CrasH Talk’

schoolboy q crash talk album cover art

11. James Blake, ‘Assume Form’

james blake assume form

10. Megan Thee Stallion, ‘Fever’

megan thee stallion fever

9. Young Nudy & Pi’erre Bourne, ‘Sli'merre’

young nudy slimerre cover

8. DaBaby, ‘Baby on Baby’

dababy baby on baby

7. Future, ‘The WIZRD’

future the wizrd

6. 2 Chainz, ‘Rap or Go to the League’

2 chainz rap or go to the league

5. Billie Eilish, ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’

billie eilish album art

4. Toro y Moi, ‘Outer Peace’

toro y moi outer peace

3. Solange, ‘When I Get Home’

solange when i get home cover

2. Ariana Grande, ‘thank u, next’

ariana grande thank u next

1. Tyler, the Creator, ‘IGOR’

tyler the creator igor cover full

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