African Giant clinches 18th spot on DJbooth’s best music list

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DJBooth has released a list of the 75 best hip-hop and R&B albums of 2019 and Nigeria’s Burna Boy made the cut at number 18 with his Grammy-nominated album, “African Giant”.

Speaking of “African Giant”, Ronnia Cherry, a creator and writer based in Kingston, Jamaica wrote:

“With African Giant, international Nigerian superstar Burna Boy created more than a masterpiece. He created a social statement and global experience.

“Burna paints a spiritual picture, one that is uniquely his own, yet still feels like it belongs to all of us. African Giant is undeniably Naija, dipped in history and Yoruba dialect, leaping over language and cultural barriers.

“Burna’s lyrics are poignant, coasting over production charged with Afrofusion anthems, dancehall riddims, and hymns. The 19-track album is not just a vibe; it’s a victory.”

Little Simz who closes the top 5 is a UK-based Nigerian named Simbiatu Abisola Ajikawo. Tyler the Creator who takes No 1 spot has a Nigerian father but never met him.

The eligibility period for this list is December 24, 2018, through December 9, 2019 while projects labelled as EPs were disqualified.

DJBooth made it clear the list belongs to its team as it does not expect everyone to agree with the picks which had Tyler the Creator’s “IGOR” top at number one.

DJBooth writes that it selected “IGOR” as the album of the year because:

“It was the most ambitious and wrenching record of 2019. IGOR is an album you hold tight and play deep into the night and then play again when the sun comes up, and your eyes are crusted.

“It’s the album you remember during your last fight, and the album you play when you’ve achieved apathy in the face of pain. It’s the album for when you care too much, and for when you sincerely hope they’re happy. IGOR is as spectacular as the heartbreak itself.”

The full list

  1. Radamiz — Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes
  2. Wale — Wow… That’s Crazy
  3. Lil Peep — Everybody’s Everything
  4. MIKE — Tears of Joy
  5. Deem Spencer — Pretty face
  6. Yung Baby Tate — GIRLS
  7. Baby Keem — DFMB
  8. Medhane — Own Pace
  9. YG — 4REAL 4REAL
  10. Kaina — Next to the Sun
  11. 03 Greedo & Kenny Beats — Netflix & Deal
  12. Big K.R.I.T. — K.R.I.T. Iz Here
  13. Roddy Ricch — Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial
  14. Dreamville — Revenge of The Dreamers III
  15. Wiki — OOFIE
  16. Malibu Ken — Malibu Ken
  17. Summer Walker — Over It
  18. Jack Harlow — Confetti
  19. Jhay Cortez — Famouz
  20. Young Dolph & Key Glock — Dum and Dummer
  21. Grip — Snubnose
  22. Roc Marciano — Marcielago
  23. Young Nudy & Pi’erre Bourne — Sli’merre
  24. SiR — Chasing Summer
  25. Kano — Hoodies All Summer
  26. YBN Cordae — The Lost Boy
  27. Flying Lotus — Flamagra
  28. Injury Reserve — Injury Reserve
  29. Kevin Abstract — Arizona Baby
  30. SAINt JHN — Ghetto Lenny’s Love Songs
  31. Griselda — WWCD
  32. Maxo Kream — Brandon Banks
  33. Kemba — Gilda
  34. Mereba — The Jungle Is The Only Way Out
  35. Baby Rose — To Myself
  36. Lucky Daye — Painted
  37. KOTA The Friend — FOTO
  38. Future — Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD
  39. Quelle Chris — Guns
  40. Toro y Moi — Outer Peace
  41. James Blake — Assume Form
  42. Bad Bunny — X 100PRE
  43. Kyle Dion — SUGA
  44. Kehlani — While We Wait
  45. 2 Chainz — Rap or Go to the League
  46. slowthai — Nothing Great About Britain
  47. Maxo — LIL BIG MAN
  48. Lizzo — Cuz I Love You
  49. Anderson .Paak — Ventura
  50. GoldLink — Diaspora
  51. Solange — When I Get Home
  52. Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats — Anger Management
  53. billy woods — Terror Management
  54. Ari Lennox — Shea Butter Baby
  55. Polo G — Die A Legend
  56. Snoh Aalegra — -ugh, those feels again
  57. DaBaby — Baby On Baby
  58. Burna Boy — African Giant
  59. Boogie — Everythings For Sale
  60. Little Brother — May The Lord Watch
  61. EarthGang — Mirrorland
  62. Rapsody — Eve
  63. Beyoncé — HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM
  64. Danny Brown — uknowhatimsayin¿
  65. Megan Thee Stallion — Fever
  66. Young Thug — So Much Fun
  67. FKA twigs — MAGDALENE
  68. MAVI — Let the Sun Talk
  69. billy woods & Kenny Segal — Hiding Places
  70. Denzel Curry — ZUU
  71. Little Simz — GREY Area
  72. Dave — Psychodrama
  73. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib — Bandana
  74. Jamila Woods — Legacy! Legacy!
  75. Tyler, the Creator — IGOR