At only 20-years-old, Pop Smoke, born Bashar Jackson, became a viral sensation following the release of his hit single “Welcome To The Party.” Following the release of his mixtapes Meet the Woo 1 and 2, the latter of which was released mere days before the tragic home invasion that led to his death, Pop’s electric posthumous debut Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon seeks to provide closure for his city while also showing the heartbreaking reality of what could’ve been. But even amidst all of the chaos that persists in the world, nationwide protests, a global pandemic, an upcoming presidential election and no sign of live concerts happening any time soon, there has been no shortage of great albums this year. Spilligion reminds us that underground Atlanta rap won’t be underground for much longer. There couldn’t have been a more appropriate time for Killer Mike and El-P to emerge from their short hiatus and gift the world with new music. —Lia Pikus, The morning after news of Pop Smoke’s death broke was a loud one in New York. While we certainly wish we could get to know this album somewhere that isn’t our living rooms, there’s no doubt that we are still enjoying it. And when DeJ Loaf comes in singing, the song is brought to a whole other level. Action Bronson - Only For DolphinsA$AP Ferg - Floor Seats IIKamaiyah & Capolow - Oakland NightsProblem - Coffee & Kush, Vol. signed to Dreamville and continued to take off, as did Mereba who signed to Interscope. In the second half of this year, we especially look forward to expected releases by Black Star and Ab-Soul and rumored projects by Q-Tip, LL Cool J, KRS-One, De La Soul, and Kendrick Lamar. Music Reviews: Ignatius by Jadakiss released in 2020 via Def Jam Roc Nation. Mulatto doesn’t need a cosign, but with salacious verses from City Girls, Gucci Mane and 21 Savage, she seemingly has the entirety of Atlanta in her corner. "The first person to ever take a chance on me musically. Album highlights include “Miles Davis,” “True & Livin'” and “Requiem For Blue” featuring Fashawn. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie), "Like That" (feat. Spillage Village - SpilligionDreamville/Interscope. Flo Milli has been steadily buzzing over the past year off the strength of “Beef FloMix” and other songs that demonstrate a brimming bravado that’s delivered with a precocious, almost childlike vocal presence. A crumbling economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the increasing high unemployment rate and the civil unrest over police brutality have made an album that rails against the powers that be a necessity. So much rap music comes out all the time, and especially with frequent surprise releases, it can be hard to keep track of it all. It will be updated regularly until we reach the end of the year – where it will result in our list with 2020’s best Hip Hop releases. But with the release of Flygod Is An Awesome God 2, his second project in several months, one of two things is happening: he’s trying to leave out with a bang or, like most rappers who threaten retirement, he’s realized he’s just too damn good at his craft to let go. Alongside beefing up his bars, Conway is pushing himself outside of his comfort zone on FKTAG with an array of beats from Erick Sermon, Havoc and DJ Premier. Spillage Village is the soulful Atlanta hip hop/R&B collective featuring EarthGang, J.I.D., 6LACK, Mereba, Jurdan Bryant, Hollywood JB and Benji, who debuted in the mid 2010s with a couple increasingly good EPs and the even better 2016 full-length Bears Like This Too Much.