It was a great year for throwback hip hop, sex-positive R&B, ice-cold dance music, ambitious metal, and downright weird pop.
The industry’s omission of an album created deliberately for Black women means it hasn’t overcome its inherent biases.
Summer was hot and so was R&B with artists like Bryson Tiller, Jorja Smith, and H.E.R. leading the way.
From drone metal to sugary R&B, there's a little something for everyone out this week.