Label: Epic/Sony Records
Released: October 31

If 21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin decide to start a rap supergroup in the future, let the record show Without Warning was the foundation for these ATL representatives to stand on. Both rappers had already turned in impressive performances prior—21 with Issa Album and Offset through Migos’ Culture—what they cooked up for Without Warning is an extension of the boastful street lyricism that catapulted them into the mainstream. And you can’t overstate the balance. Offset glides over the bass bounce of “Ric Flair Drip” and provides flows on top of flows on “Mad Stalkers”; 21’s cold demeanor (“shoot you like Ginobili”) shines on “Run Up the Racks.” And Metro is the architect, bringing their vivid, at times sinister raps to life. Just more proof of why he is a producer of the year contender, Grammy consideration or not. —Edwin Ortiz