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LIL UZI VERT – ETERNAL
Lil Uzi Vert’s “Eternal Atake” actually lived up to the hype.
I gave other albums a better grade than Eternal Atake in 2020; however, I do not think that an album was more impactful than Eternal Atake in 2020. Lil Uzi Vert’s fearlessness as a musician permeates through his hooks, his lyrical content, his melodies, his flows, and even his song titles on the album. I also feel like Uzi did a great job of unapologetically connecting with the most important generations today on the album. All in all, Eternal Atake feels like the ultimate passing of the guard from old hip-hop to new hip-hop.
DABABY & RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR
“Rockstar” isn’t a rock song, nor is it a song that is made by rockstars. Whatever the case may be, the song is a major hit!
Here are the following reasons I think that “Rockstar” is a hit: The song is catchy, the song features rebellious vibes, the song features two of the biggest rappers in the game, and the song features a bunch of singing from two non-singers. Personally, I feel like the song blew up at the right time (During the pandemic in which we needed to hear something with revolutionary vibes).
QD’S PERSONAL FAVORITE SONG
blackbear – me & your ghost
I played “Me & Ur Ghost” more than any other song in my music library.
I feel like blackbear got his full respect in 2020. Not only did his “hot girl bummer” track do very well on the Billboard charts, but these last couple of months, he has featured on a bunch of musicians’ songs. With that being said, one of my favorite songs by blackbear is “me & your ghost,” a breakup song that is hella catchy, lowkey electrifying, and effortlessly depressing.
QD’S PERSONAL FAVORITE ALBUM
TY DOLLA $IGN
“Featuring Ty Dolla $ign” is my go-to album when I no longer feel like hearing trap rap.
Ty Dolla $ign is way too talented for his own good. On Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, I feel like he literally gives us everything that we would want from him: Slow jams, club bangers, wise bangers, trill bangers, strip club bangers, and more. Matter of fact, every single time I listen to the album, I find a new favorite song!
SONG WE’RE AFRAID TO ADMIT WE LIKE
AUGUST ALSINA – ENTANGLEMENTS
‘Entanglements’ might be the word of the year.
For obvious reasons, you shouldn’t tell people that you like “Entanglements.” At the end of the day, songs that feature catchy hooks and juicy lyrics are irresistible, right?
I do not condone August Alsina and Jada Pinkett’s entanglement. Matter of fact, I don’t even have the word in my vocabulary.
BEST INDIE ALBUM
JOZIAH – DARKskinEFFECT
Joziah’s “DarkskinEffect” is jam-packed with high-quality music.
First and foremost, I want to say this: I truly appreciate every single song/album/spam email that comes my way. With that being said, DarkskinEffect is my favorite indie project from this year. I like how Joziah tackles some pretty deep topics and seamlessly blends genres together on the album. I also like how he does everything in his power to hook us up with hooks that are highly infectious and hella catchy. All in all, I recommend DarkSkinEffect!
BEST INDIE SONG
ROSEBLUD – MISS SUNSHINE
Don’t let Roseblud’s bloody picture fool you, “Miss Sunshine” is a very beautiful song!
“Miss Sunshine” is one of the smoothest, most romantic, most poetic, most soulful tracks to release this year. If you are someone that needs a break from all of the toxic-ass music that dominates airwaves these days, this song is something you should play (I play it all of the time).
Roseblud also dropped an album called Mood Ring just a week ago. Check that s**t out!
BEST INTERNATIONAL SONG
BTS – DYNAMITE
I love me some “Dynamite!”
K-pop music is a locomotive that you need to either hop on or get out of the way of. The biggest group in K-pop right now is BTS. While they have a bunch of hits on their resume, “Dynamite,” a song that has been number 1 in the US Billboard charts, a song that I’ve heard on several US television commercials, and a song that is conveniently named after something that explodes, might be their biggest.
Damn, I didn’t know that “Dynamite” was recorded in Korea, New Jersey, and Virginia (Maybe we have to get this award to someone else)…
TYGA, SWAE LEE & LIL MOSEY – KRABBY STEP
SpongeBob got a few of his industry homies to make the most bizarre song of the year.
“Krabby Step” isn’t a bad song; it’s a cheesy song. Since it was created for SpongeBob’s upcoming movie, it features kiddy vibes, wholesome lyrics, and a verse by Lil Mosey that will make toddlers lose their s**t (Both literally and figuratively).
ACTION BRONSON – LATIN GRAMMYS
Expand your horizons and pay homage to “Latin Grammys!”
If you follow Action Bronson, you know that he spits bars over some pretty peculiar beats. One that caught my attention this year is “Latin Grammys.”
“Latins Grammys” is jampacked with boisterous horns and action movie feels. Though Bronson doesn’t do anything extravagant rapping-wise in the song, he does hit us with lyrics that will make you believe that he is one of the biggest superheroes in the game.
BEYONCÉ – SAVAGE (REMIX)
What’s an end-of-the-year list without Beyoncé?
Beyoncé really didn’t drop much music this year. With that being said, one of the few songs she was on, “Savage (Remix),” ended up getting nominated for a Grammy (Why doesn’t amazing s**t like that ever happen to me?).
What Beyonce adds to “Savage” are well-needed vocals and legendary vibes. Matter of fact, if you take swag out of the picture, I’m not sure the song would even get a BET Awards nomination…
THE WEEKND – BLINDING LIGHTS
I LOVE IT WHEN THE WEEKND GOES SAILOR MOON ON US!
Do you know what I love about The Weeknd’s music? A lot of times, it sounds magical. One of the most magical songs that he is released to date is “Blinding Lights.”
While the verses on “Blinding Lights” are fantastic, I feel like the hook to the song is nothing short of exhilarating, enchanting, heroic, and catchy. Every time I listen to it, I close my eyes and let it take me to another stratosphere.
WESTSIDE GUNN – BOOM BOOM BOOOOOOOM!
The first person that I heard say “BOOM BOOM BOOOOOM” was Casanova. While he still says it in his music today, he definitely doesn’t say it as much, as obnoxiously, as randomly, and as boisterously as Westside Gunn.
TORY LANEZ – MONEY OVER FALLOUTS
Tory Lanez pleads his case very effectively on “Money Over Fallouts.”
While I won’t share exactly how I feel about the gunshot incident between Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez, I will say this: The two artists have dropped some impressive music since s**t went down. One of the songs that really caught my attention is “Money Over Fallouts” by Tory Lanez.
Tory Lanez defends himself, he lets us know about his plans to return to his old self, he calls out people that called him out, and he brags his ass off in “Money Over Fallouts.” What I think makes the verse that he puts down on the song amazing is that he flows superhumanly and sounds so gassed up that you can’t help but feel him on it.
Y’all said that y’all like drama and villains, right? Well, “Money Over Fallouts” features both!
LIL TJAY – MOOD SWINGS
Lil Tjay’s verse on “Mood Swings” is more cringe-worthy than bad.
I think that Lil Tjay has a bright future. With that being said, I hated his verse on “Mood Swings.” In it, he talks about giving his girl a plan b pill, about loving his girl so much that he wants to plant seeds in her, and for the millionth time, about smashing a virgin.
Not only does Tjay’s lyrics on “Mood Swings” disturb me, but he also recycles lines and sings like the simpiest dude on this planet on the song.
I love you, Tjay, but your verse on “Mood Swings” ain’t it…
MOST SLEPT ON ALBUM
“THE GOAT” should’ve been nominated for a Grammy.
Polo G pours his heart out on THE GOAT. Throughout the album, he finds riveting ways to talk about his dangerous-ass hood, his rough come-up, and his bright but uncertain future.
While Polo G’s rap mechanics may not blow you away, you can’t ignore the passion that he shows in his music.
“Spooky Sounds” is scary bad.
These days, I can’t tell the difference between a mixtape, an album, an EP, a playlist, or a demo tape. Therefore, I pretty much call everything albums. With that being said, Spooky Sounds by Trippie Redd is the worst album I’ve ever heard.
Spooky Sounds doesn’t even feature music. Throughout the album, you get nothing but mysterious sounds from Trippie Redd. To make matters worse, the sounds he makes aren’t even scary!
How could a music executive let a musician waste folks’ time like this?
TEKASHI 6IX9INE & AKON – LOCKED UP 2
“Locked Up, Pt. 2” is an abomination.
“Locked Up, Pt. 2” is such a bad song, Akon lost some of his fans after it released.
“Locked Up, Pt. 2” is so bad, it makes me hate “Locked Up.”
“Locked Up, Pt. 2” is so bad, my ears became blind listening to it (Yes, I am aware that ears don’t go blind).
I never want to listen to “Locked Up, Pt. 2” ever again!
fad – F**K EVERYBODY
fad gets straight to the point with his reviews.
Shoutout to all of the people that leave comments on our site (Especially David, fad, Cosmic, and Andrew)! Some make me laugh, some make me mad, and some make me embarrassed as s**t. While David and Andrew both do good jobs of quickly breaking down each album I review, the way fad breaks them down is pretty funny. Below is what he said about Blac Youngsta’s “F**k Everybody” album:
Album rating: A disgrace to society/10
Favorite tracks: Solo, Pure
Least favorite track: Literally everything else
Never change, fad…
MOST OVERRATED ALBUM
I tried to give G-Eazy the benefit of the doubt…
On Everything’s Strange Here, G-Eazy sings like a dude that is in a committed relationship with bath salts. While I initially applauded him for being a fearless musician for stepping way outside of his box on the album, at the end of the day, the music on the album is way too sloppy, way too druggy, and way too sappy to take seriously.
Everything’s Strange Here is so bad, I gave it a C a few months ago, and I still think that is too high of a grade now.
MOST UNDERRATED ALBUM
“F*CK LOVE” was definitely f**king good!
We definitely underrated “FUCK LOVE” by The Kid LAROI. If we could go back in time, we would give the album a B/B+! (The album is way too dynamic, way too real, and way too next-level to not praise)
MOST OVERRATED SONG
DABABY – TROUBLE
Why y’all no like “Trouble?”
Believe it or not, I thought that “Trouble” off “Blame It On Baby (Deluxe)” was better than “Rockstar,” “BLIND,” and “Nasty.” Matter of fact, it’s the only DaBaby song I gave five stars this year…(Hey, playas f up, too)
MOST UNDERRATED SONG
NBA YOUNGBOY – REAPER’S CHILD
Maybe, just maybe, “Reaper’s Child” is not that bad…
I’m not going to lie, when NBA YoungBoy goes on murderous rampages in his music, I look for the nearest exit. With that being said, “Reaper’s Child” is one of the few songs that NBA YoungBoy talks about violence in a way that is actually enjoyable.
Initially, I wasn’t feeling “Reaper’s Child” all that much (I gave it a 3/5). The more and more I listen to it, the more and more I realize that the beat, the flows, and the lyrics on the song are way too good to pass on.
Kudos to David, Andrew, fad, JC, Quinton, and NBAYoungBash for making me see the murderous light!
Thank you for rocking with us for yet another year! 2021, we will be much bigger, healthier, and honester (I promise)!
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.