From Mach-Hommy’s Pray for Haiti to Allison Russell’s Outside Child to BabyTron’s Bin Reaper 2 to King Woman’s Celestial Blues, a lot of 2021’s best music wasn’t made by superstars. The new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now is your guide to the best albums of the year, with a focus on relatively under-the-radar releases.
Jeff Ihaza joins host Brian Hiatt to dive into Rolling Stone‘s list of the best hip-hop albums of 2021, while Joseph Hudak explores our country/Americana list, and Kory Grow goes through the best metal of the year.
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