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Look Back at the Best Hip-Hop of 2021 (So Far) on Our New Podcast

From J. Cole to Noname to Megan Thee Stallion, Rolling Stone Music Now looks at the year so far in hip-hop

Megan Thee Stallion performs at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Megan Thee Stallion performs at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

The new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now focuses on the best hip-hop of 2021 so far, with Mankaprr Conteh and Jeff Ihaza joining host Brian Hiatt to talk about their picks. The episode draws from Conteh’s personal list of the year’s best songs (which ranges from Morray’s “Quicksand” to Megan Thee Stallion’s Thot Shit” to Drake’s “What’s Next” to Noname’s “Rainforest.”) as well as Rolling Stone’s overall rankings of 2021’s top albums. Our panel also debates the merits of J. Cole’s The Off-Season, vouches for the greatness of Topaz Jones’ Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Mama, and much more.

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