1) Beastie Boys
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Claiming the #1 spot for God-knows-how-many-weeks and counting is the new Beastie Boys' album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two which continues to rope in old fans and new fans alike with its lo-fi old school aesthetic and prominent guest features. About as popular as new rap records get, and pretty dang good to boot!
2) Vakill Armor of God (Molemen Inc.)
Resurfacing after a 6 year absence from the game is one of Chicago’s finest MCs Vakill, who ropes in Jake One and his long-time affiliates the Molemen for his grand return. Vakill is known for penning vicious punchlines so intricate that it takes the average listener more than three rewinds to figure them out, but Armor of God finds Vakill mellowing out on the battle raps a bit and focusing more on stories of the street and hardships in the Chicago rap scene. It’s the sound of a veteran who knows the streets of Chicago like the palm of his hand sitting back and examining the beauty and the tragedy of it all. Strong album.