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Discovolante's Best of 2019

I actually wasn't gonna do one this year since...well, I haven't been really impressed by too many albums this year lol. But since Barbee Boys released a new album, I decided to make a best-of list for the year since the album is fuckin' awesome, and since BB are fuckin' awesome. ... Hopefully enough time has passed that I can put an ICP album up without attracting any ignoramuses lol. As always, from oldest to newest.
1Insane Clown Posse
Fearless Fred Fury


Yeah, yeah, ICP is in this, like I said in the description. And no, it's not my number 1 AoTY, rather it just came out before the others on the list. Anywho... yeah, this was a total shocker to me, especially since they haven't released an album that was really good since "Bang! Pow! Boom!"... which came out 10 years ago. But they somehow managed to get it together and put out their best work in quite a long time, and probably the best they're going to sound in this day and age. And from the warm reception it's gotten even from the audience that are, to put it lightly, not too wild about ICP, it seems that I'm not alone in that way of thinking.
2Mathematik
ReAL​/​iS​-​HiM


One of the best rappers from the Great North, bar none (which I'll be doing a list on verrry shortly as well), Mathematik is someone that did it all for the sake of the integrity of rap, which you can tell with his latest album "ReAL​/​iS​-​HiM", which is his first album release in 14 years. It combines numerous elements from the golden era of rap, and is so goddamn good all around, it probably is the finest rap album of the year, in my opinion.
3Bis
Slight Disconnects


Yup. Another Bis album, another feature on a Discovolante AoTY list. What can I say? They just haven't dropped the ball yet!
4Hyde
Anti


Now this one is one that grew on me immensely. Originally, I'll be honest, I didn't think too much of "Anti", especially since my favorite Hyde material has always been with the L'arc boys. Seriously. I never really dug Hyde's solo stuff that much, to be honest. But the energy and ambition that drives "Anti" really started to sway my opinion the more I listened to it, and the final nail in the coffin for my decision was being blessed enough to see Hyde perform the tracks live last October. Buying the album and listening to it on the way back home was a trip in of itself. Oh, and I also ran into him on a freak occasion. Truly, truly blessed! lol.
5Tom Green
The Tom Green Show


Once again, this is a release that completely came out of left field for me. Ever since I was in middle school, I've always been a Tom Green fan. Seeing somebody act like a complete, utter retard in public has always made me laugh lol. But as far as his solo albums went, I never really dug them. They were always too in the middle of being a serious rap album and being comedy for me to make heads-or-tails out of them, besides the sole release as his alter-ego MC Face in 1998 with "Not the Tom Green Show", which is a total middle school classic lol. But his latest release, "The Tom Green Show", harks back to the show of the same name with its grander emphasis on his humor, rather than just pure rap. Oh, and including "Lonely Swedish" is a total plus too.
6Chanmina
Never Grow Up


I've been paying attention to Chanmina since she was still in high school, tearing people's asses out as a freestyle MC. She was INCREDIBLE. But as I kind of imagined would be the case, the more success she got, the more poppier she got, with greatly lessened attention on her pure rap skills, which can be quite sharp. But with "Never Grow Up", Chanmina refocuses a good deal on her emcee kicks, which is fantastic to see as they were largely out of the main center of the album since her 2017 debut. And while it's still got a good deal of pop to it, there's still that whimsical flow and signature skill as well that Chanmina used to bludgeon her competition with in a battle.
7Danny Brown
uknowhatimsayin¿


As the ones who pay attention to my lists may know, I've been a fan of Danny Brown's for some years now. So of course I'm gonna put "uknowhatimsayin¿" in my list. What I really liked about it is it felt like a back-to-basics approach, which was great with me since my favorite album of his has always been (and probably always will be) "XXX". Great stuff all around, but it's Danny, so of course it is. ... Well, except "Old" ... yeah, I didn't care for that one too much lol.
8Barbee Boys
PlanBee


Aaaand the sole reason why I made this list. Okay, so, since I'm sure 99.7% of you out in Sputnik don't know who Barbee Boys are, they're, in my opinion, the best 80's band of all time. Period. There are dual-vocals that are male (Konta) and female (Kyoko), that are tied together just perfectly, with splendid band musicianship. Not releasing any original material since 1990, I won't lie, I was pretty skeptical. But they kept their sound the exact same. Literally THE EXACT SAME. The hauntingly stellar melodies, the intertwined vocals, the signature sound is totally the same as it was in 1990, and I fuckin' LOVE IT. Seriously. If you're a fan of 80's music at all, then you've gotta check out Barbee Boys and their comeback album after 29 years, "PlanBee". It's kickass in all the best ways. God, I hope they make some more stuff!! lol.
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