Sorted alphabetically, the list includes rap songs found on Pitchfork’s main year-end tally as well as an additional 16 tracks that did not make that list but are still very much worth your time.
Below we’re bringing some of the songs from the magazine’s list, to read it full click HERE.
Dave: Screwface Capital
On “Screwface Capital,” the UK rapper Dave recounts his experience growing up with a single mother, and his transition from boy to man of the house.
Denzel Curry: RICKY
Denzel Curry blazed a trail for SoundCloud rap—that gritty, bass-boosted sound that reverberated around South Florida and elevated its young practitioners into rock stars.
Gunna: Who You Foolin
Wheezy, the beatmaker best known for his warped work with Young Thug, ventured even further into left-field for Gunna’s “Who You Foolin,” which samples the Chinese folk-pop of singer Tong Li.
Lil Keed: It’s Up Freestyle
Lil Keed is from the same Cleveland Avenue apartments in Atlanta as Young Thug. He has an eccentric and versatile ear for melody similar to Thug, and has even remixed his songs.
Mavi: Daylight Savings
For much of his recent tape Let the Sun Talk, Mavi sounds like he’s caught inside an internal monologue. Then there’s “Daylight Savings,” which feels a bit like cracking a window to let fresh air rush into a dank attic.