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10. The Peace and Truce of… by Future of the Left (Album-Punk)

Punk ain’t dead, it’s kicking all kinds of ass on this record by the smartest and wittiest punkers since The Stooges.

9. Lil’ Big Pac by Kodak Black (Mixtape-Hip hop)

8.  Malibu by Anderson Paak/Yes Lawd by NxWorries (Artist-soul/R&B)

He’s been around a while, but this is the year Paak broke through. He released not just one but two great albums (one as half of the duo NxWorries), and made about a half-dozen other songs better by appearing as a guest, including appearing on Tribe Called Quest’s comeback record. And Malibu is a straight up masterpiece.

7. We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest (Album-Hip hop)

The comeback we waited 18 years for is extraordinary. Rather than try to duplicate their well-established jazzy fusion sound, ATCQ turns a hard left and makes the most rock-and-roll rap album I’ve heard since Ice-T dropped his classic double album “O.G.”

6. Strangeclaw by Kate Vargas (Album-Americana)

The best part of owning a blog is getting to listen to all kinds of music and knowing that there’s a chance that if I pick some esoteric artist that few people have heard of, maybe, just maybe, a few of you will check it out. Putting Kate Vargas in my top 10 is just such a privelege.

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