Label: Atlantic Records
Released: September 11

What makes YoungBoy Never Broke Again such a force in rap is his ability to touch the streets no matter how big he gets. Top, YoungBoy’s second release of the year, is a gritty project that finds the Baton Rouge rapper delivering melodic, high energy flows over throbbing beats. His temperamental nature shines through as he teeters between flashing his luxurious lifestyle and his violent tendencies on songs like “Dead Trollz.” While YoungBoy’s paranoia and mistrust of outsiders is present all throughout the album, Top also shows inklings that the 21-year-old rapper wants to change his circumstances. In a year in which he released four solo projects, Top is his best. —Jessica McKinney