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7 Hip-Hop Albums We’re Grateful For As Thanksgiving Approaches

BY Dora Dzaka November 8, 2023 12:31 PM EDT
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Drake, Offset, Gucci Mane, Sexxy Red, Black Thought, Young Nudy, Talib Kweli, and Madlib are just a few of the artistes who have released fantastic albums this year.

Halloween is over, which means the end of the year is drawing near. So let’s start November and the Thanksgiving season this year by highlighting a few exceptional hip-hop albums from 2023 that will liven up our celebration.

These songs have been played frequently throughout the year because they have a lot of potential and have a lasting impact on hip-hop culture.

In music, the fourth quarter honors and wraps up the year. Hip-hop albums released this year have been diverse, featuring both established artistes and up-and-coming talents.

These are seven hip-hop albums of 2023 presented in no specific order that have given us a feel of matchless talent.

Travis Scott – Utopia

Utopia was a much-awaited album prior to its release delivered on its promise, making it possibly Travis Scott’s best release since Rodeo. The record has a blockbuster movie-like soundtrack thanks to its cinematic production and stellar guest list. Travis’s tracklist for Utopia is erratic and daring as he experiments with his sound’s future.

Nas – Magic 2 and 3

Hit-Boy and Nas are a dynamic duo this year, and their Magic album series reflects just that. The sequel to Magic was still centered around the sound design they had created together, despite the production being noticeably more contemporary than the original. Even though Magic 2 may not be Nas and Hit-Boy’s best album, they set a very high standard for themselves and created one of the best rap records of 2023. Nas and Hit-Boy made a comeback with Magic 3 at the end of 2023.

Together with extending their dominance, Nas preserved his storytelling abilities with the two-part “Based on True Events”. Magic 3 marked the conclusion of Nas and Hit-Boy’s historic series.

J Hus – A Beautiful and Brutal Yard

J Hus’s eagerly awaited third studio album, Beautiful and Brutal Yard, was released this year. The afro-swing pioneer did not disappoint at all, even though his most recent album lacked any production from his regular partner, Jae5. With his most recent album, J Hus explored a wide range of sounds found in the UK scene while expanding on the genre he helped pioneer.

Killer Mike – Michael

One rapper in particular, Killer Mike, has had a very impressive year. After the release of R.A.P. Music in 2012 and his collaboration with El-P as Run The Jewels, he released his first solo album in eleven years this year. Killer Mike’s most intimate work to date, fittingly titled Michael, explores the innermost workings of his mind and upbringing.

Gucci Mane – Breath of Fresh Air

Gucci Mane also dropped his most recent solo album on October 17. The 1017 leader has been putting a lot of effort into letting his signees shine on the label’s collaborative So Icy mixtapes over the last few years. Guwop however took the spotlight once more. Gucci’s first solo album since Evil Genius (2018), which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, is Breath of Fresh Air.

Offset – Set it off

On October 13, Offset returned with Set It Off, his second solo album. Following the release of his first solo album Father of 4 in 2019, the ex-Migos member has experienced several life events, the most significant of which being the death of his bandmate, Takeoff, who was shot and killed in a Houston bowling alley in 2022. Offset and his wife, Cardi B, recently shared the singles “5 4 3 2 1,” “Code,” and “Jealousy.”

Avelino – God Saves the Streets

With a long history of making waves in the UK hip-hop scene, Avelino has enjoyed the respect of British icons such as Stormzy, Dave, and Wretch 32, who served as his mentors.  One of 2023’s greatest hip-hop albums is without a doubt, God Save the Streets, Avelino’s career-defining debut album that is chock-full of poignant moments of appreciation and introspection interspersed with sobering tales of the “Vicious Cycle” of poverty and violence.