It’s hard to keep up with everything dropping over the course over the year, so HipHopDX is here to help.

With tons of new albums flooding streaming services every week, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. That’s why DX is narrowing it down the essentials, providing readers with a list of the must-listen projects from each month. This month’s list includes new bodies of work from Royce Da 5’9, Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats and more.

Whether you’re looking back on the year to see when your favorite albums dropped, or comparing which month had the best crop of albums, this article has you covered. Check out the Top Rap, R&B and Hip Hop Albums of February 2020.

The Best Hip Hop Albums of February 2020

“Unlocked” – Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats

Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats Best Album February 2020Denzel Curry keeps finding ways to switch things up and stay fresh. With the help of producer Kenny Beats, Zeltron concocted one of his most clever projects in the surprise release Unlocked. Although the album lasts less than 20 minutes, the eight-song LP manages to effectively deliver on its concept. Based on the premise of an album leak, the brief cuts and abrupt endings capture the feeling of listening to something from the vaults that fans weren’t meant to hear. Even the song titles play along with the idea of being stolen from an artist’s computer with names like “Take_it_Back_v2” and “Cosmic.m4a.” Accentuated by a visual component that bolsters the concept, Curry and Kenny’s Unlocked makes for one of Hip Hop’s most imaginative creations in 2020.

“The Allegory” – Royce Da 5’9

Royce Da 5'9" Best Album February 2020When Nickle Nine puts pen to paper, he consistently digs deep and pulls out some undeniably intense, always well crafted bars. Much like the Book Of Ryan, The Allegory delivers more of the Motor City MC’s stark observations on the culture and everything in between. Album highlights include “Black Savage,” “Young World,” “On The Block” and “The Perspective” — Eminem’s spoken word interlude on racism and Hip Hop. Additional contributions come from KXNG Crooked, G Perico, Vince Staples and DJ Premier, among others.

“Meet The Woo 2” – Pop Smoke

Pop Smoke Best Album February 2020Before his untimely death, Pop Smoke’s Meet The Woo was the concrete audio soundtrack leveling New York rap back to its bullying dominance. Following his February 19 murder, the sentiment on his music still remains, obviously with a bit more reverence. From the club-rocking “Shake The Room” featuring Quavo to the radio-catchy “Foreigner” featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Meet The Woo 2 is loaded with examples of star potential. Brooklyn is hurting. 

  • Key Glock – The Yellow Tape
  • Russ – Shake The Snow Globe
  • A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – Artist 2.0
  • YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Still Flexin, Still Stepping
  • Kamaiyah – Got It Made
  • Che Noir – Juno