1 debut album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial was released on December 6. Debuting as DTF (In Your Face) in 2015, the lifelong friends mirrored PNL’s tried-and-tested formula of trillwave melancholy with their debut album La Hass avant le Bonheur the same year. AKA's referential style of writing and producing, on display in his new EP Bhovamania, speaks to his hip-hop roots and varied musical taste, while the wrestling references on the project mirror his persona and the different stages of his career. As one of Parliament Funkadelic’s most visible members, it makes sense that Bootsy Collins has found himself in the neo-funk scene nearly 40 years after his initial reign. —Sabo Kpade. "Totori" is a head-nodder that's sure to get stuck in your head. The specific origin of the name is uncertain but the dance itself, says the artist, is one he noticed while visiting The Shrine in Lagos. "Como Un Bebé" is an exciting example of the many musical conversations between West Africa and South America that we could be seeing in 2020. We’re currently living in a time where those raised on the music of Aaliyah and SWV are injecting their own artistry into the sounds they grew up on, which is not much of a difference from last year. 2020 is proving to be a great and diverse year for music. “What You Did” landed on both the Hot R&B and Adult R&B Billboard charts. Following PALA$$’ solitary EP in 2016, the young rapper from Paris’ eastern suburbs released four EPs in 2017, followed by an additional three projects in 2018. Having spent formative years in Tunisia and Ivory Coast, Toulouse-born Laylow found solace in US hip-hop after returning to France at 13. If 2019 were a hip-hop album, it'd be about time to usher in the bonus tracks. We may earn commission on some of the items you choose to buy. Meanwhile, Yemi Alade exuded female strength with her latest record, Woman of Steel. 6/27/2019. He has been in the news non- stop from the release of his highly successful African Giant album to being nominated for the 2020 Grammys. The Sensational Joeboy is currently one of the most sought after artists in Africa who burst into the scene less than a year ago and making waves due to the creativity and dramatic animated videos. Burna Boy. Here are HipHopDX’s picks for the best R&B songs of 2019. By Billboard Staff. It’s even complete with a spoken-word outro from New York legend Va$htie. He professes his love and deep affection for a fine girl, hoping to locate her low waist. So, there's no better time than to look back on the last 51 weeks and reflect on the best music produced for and by the culture. Their latest album, On ira où? With a sound rooted in American influences such as Tyler, The Creator and Smino, Nelick injects a Gen Z sensitivity into his fusion of rap and R&B. Marley is known to court controversies, and the style of dance to it says it all. Other rising artists like Polo G, YBN Cordae, Saweetie, Roddy Ricch, Melii, Lil Tecca and Lil Tjay also made their marks in 2019. In hip-hop, you project a persona, sometimes get stuck in character and become a bit larger than life with all the drama and over-the-top-ness. A founding member of one of the most successful French rap groups in history, Sexion d’Assaut, Lefa was at the forefront of France’s rap revolution during the early 2010s. I'm shining," belts Tems on "Try Me," a feminist ballad that's equally powerful as a stance against any kind of oppression: physical, mental or existential. Be sure to check out our 2019 awards for the best Hip Hop songs of the year! Nourished on a mid-2000s amalgam of G-Unit, crunk, and nu-metal, Laylow began his career in 2011, first in partnership with Sir ‘Klo and later in collaboration with Wit. At the mid-year point, XXL highlights the best songs to drop in 2019 (so far). Picture: YouTube There are tracks made for dancing, there are tracks that make people want to dance, and there are tracks whose intent floats somewhere in between. Migos 05 Rich The … J. Cole's 'Middle Child' is a 2019 highlight. "What you all laughed at !! The song samples Rose Royce’s 1976 track “I’m Going Down,” which was also used as a sample for Cam’ron’s 2002 hit “Oh Boy” featuring Juelz Santana. That is to say, the year is coming to a close. There was no way you could go through 2019 without hearing Chris Brown and Drake‘s “No Guidance.” The two former nemeses, who once traded flying bottles in a club and fought over Rihanna back in 2012, came together to build out a No. The song is about Naira Marley's experiences in prison and a jibe at the Nigerian authorities that held him a few months ago for internet fraud. 1, in May and on it is a song titled “Personal,” which details the perspective of love according to the other. The best Hip-Hop songs of 2019. Mourning the loss of their childhood home (“I’ve probably lost things that the future doesn’t give back,”) the track, produced by Trent 700 and Amine Farsi, is accompanied by a remarkable QLF video, that sees the threesome transpose their building to the peaceful surroundings of Southeast Asia. Zlatan ordained himself the originator of the zanku craze in January with the release of "Zanku (Leg Work)," which phased out shaku as 2019's new dance craze. Asa returned in a formidable form with Lucid, while buzzing artists like Tay Iwar, Santi, and Lady Donli all shared notable releases. Meanwhile, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib dropped one of the year's most cohesive and consistently dope albums, Bandana. Mahalia’s unassuming voice fits nicely next to Ella’s thick vocals as they both sing of never going back to a man who wronged them. related editorial —OKA, Producer Id Cabasa scored a massive hit with the help of Nigerian stars Wizkid and Olamide, who once again prove themselves a potent combination following "Kana" and other collaborative hits. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. Burna Boy has become one of the most sought after artists in the world in 2019. “Special,” in collaboration with Dosseh, is one of Fame’s numerous highlights; a lyrical remonstration from two emcees who believe their abilities merit wider public acclaim (“It’s true we’re not where we once were, yet not where we should be.”) Basking in bars over Alchimeek and MLK’s cultivated percussion, Fall and Doss take turns in vaunting their lyrical accomplishments in a performance that underscores their position as two of France’s most underemphasized wordsmiths. —SK, "There's no actual box I belong to" said Rema in a recent interview with OkayAfrica, " I create different types of sounds. The month’s best release, however, came from rising Cloud rap duo F430, who unveiled their first-rate EP Street Quality to close out the year in hibernal fashion. Confessing the dream of many young people, the dream of becoming a billionaire is paramount. The song is filled with honesty. "Power Rangers" was produced by JasSynths, the man behind her previous smash hit "Case." 2019 was another huge year for Nigerian music. Bump it any Saturday night when you’re especially feeling yourself. J. Cole's 'Middle Child' is a 2019 highlight. This year, catchy melodies and ’90s samples were all the rage in 2019 R&B music. During a summer that somehow pinned hot girls against hot boys, “She Live” is a shining light of solidarity from two of this year’s biggest breakout stars. The Best R&B Songs of 2020 ...so far "I was inspired by the Will Smith 'Summertime' video." And J. Cole dropped the biggest single of his career ("Middle Child") while also blessing a few feature slots. Rather than present a simple throwback, Lady Donli brilliantly retools highlife in her debut album, Enjoy Your Life, which is packed with similar mercurial turns. Debuting straight out of high school as part of the duo PALA$$, alongside Lord Esperanza, Nelick has amassed a prolific body of work in the space of a few short years. Tragically, Népal passed away at 24 in November. 10 Sep 2019 - 12:16. What R&B in 2019 did very well though is become more refined and more stable. She confirms her position as one of the top superstars from the continent this year. The Parisian’s excellent fourth album Fame, released in October, was accompanied by some of the most innovative music videos to be found anywhere in hip-hop. If 2019 were a hip-hop album, it'd be about time to usher in the bonus tracks. This list is based on sound first, prominence of each record second and lastly (if at all), numbers and accolades. 1 hit song that could very well be considered timeless. © 2020 The DJ Booth LLC. Simi's Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. In Isi m Ebube (which translates to On my Head Glory), Danielle and her creative team send a message to Nigerian girls & women suggesting a new take on braiding styles. As hip-hop and the genre continued to birth chart-climbing singles, R&B songs of the early aughts made a resurgence through sample-laden tracks from artists of the new school.