The National Hip Hop Top 20 of 2019

The National Hip Hop Top 20 of 2019

Top 200 | Electronic | Folk/Roots/Blues | Hip Hop | International | Jazz | Loud
1 Haviah Mighty Haviah Mighty Can Con
13th Floor - (Self-Released)
http://www.haviahmighty.com/ Band Website @haviahmighty |

Haviah Mighty had an eventful 2019. The Brampton rapper and producer released her first full-length album, 13th Floor, in May, and won the Polaris Music Prize four months later in September; the first hip hop artist to do so.

Mighty has been singing since she was a small child, and has released her music independently on mixtapes and EPs since 2009. She was a member of the celebrated Toronto hip hop supergroup The Sorority from its formation in March 2016 until it broke up in November 2019.

13th Floor reflects on Mighty’s experiences of racism in Canada as well as the inspiration and support that her close-knit family has provided her. 

The album was co-produced with Tribe Called Red’s 2oolman, and features collaborations with Clairmont The Second, Sean Leon, and family members Mighty Prynce (little brother) and Omega Mighty (her older sister, who also choreographs Haviah’s show and does her makeup). 


By Catherine Fisher

2  Dead Obies Dead Obies Can Con
Dead - (Bonsound)
http://www.deadobies.com/#home-section Band Website @Deadobies
3  Sampa The Great Sampa The Great
The Return - (Ninja Tune)
https://www.sampathegreat.com/ Band Website @Sampa_The_Great
4  Snotty Nose Rez Kids Snotty Nose Rez Kids Can Con
Trapline - (Minay Music)
https://snottynoserezkids.com/ Band Website @TheRezKids
5  Eekwol & T-Rhyme Eekwol & T-Rhyme Can Con
For Women By Women - (Self-Released)
@Eekwol & @trhymetharuler
6  Shad Shad Can Con
A Short Story About A War - (Secret City)
https://www.shadk.com/ Band Website @shadkmusic

Weeks at no.1: Jan 15, 2019 | Jan 8, 2019 | Dec 18, 2018 | Nov 27, 2018 |

7 Danny Brown Danny Brown
U Know What I'm Sayin? - (Warp)
http://xdannyxbrownx.com/ Band Website @xdannyxbrownx
8 Georgia Anne Muldrow Georgia Anne Muldrow
Overload - (Brainfeeder)
https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaAnneMuldrow Band Website @JAHJAHMULDROW
9  Mathematik Mathematik Can Con
ReAL/iS-HiM - (Urbnet)
https://mathematik.bandcamp.com/ Band Website
10  Little Simz Little Simz
Grey Area - (AGE 101)
https://www.littlesimz.co/ Band Website @LittleSimz
11  A.Y.E. A.Y.E. Can Con
Soul Food: The Audiobiography Of... - (Makebelieve)
http://www.iama-y-e.com Band Website @iamAYE
12  Tongue Helmet Tongue Helmet Can Con
Psychotropic Ape - (Urbnet)
https://tonguehelmet.bandcamp.com/ Band Website @tonguehelmet
13  Swamp Thing Swamp Thing Can Con
Horse Power - (Urbnet)
http://swampthing.bandcamp.com/ Band Website @SwampThingRaps
14  Sum-01 Sum-01 Can Con
The Comeback Queen - (Break North)
https://sum-01.bandcamp.com/ Band Website @forestcityqueen
15  Elaquent Elaquent Can Con
After Midnight - (Urbnet)
http://www.soundcloud.com/elaquent Band Website @Elaquent
16 Denzel Curry Denzel Curry
Zuu - (Loma Vista)
http://www.ultimatedenzelcurry.com/ Band Website @denzelcurry
17  Malibu Ken Malibu Ken
Malibu Ken - (Rhymesayers)

18  Masta Ace and Marco Polo Masta Ace and Marco Polo
A Breukelen Story - (Fat Beats)
https://fatbeatsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-breukelen-story Band Website @mastaace & @marcopolobeats
19  Touch & The Dirty Sample Touch & The Dirty Sample Can Con
Jawz - (Hand'Solo)
@touch182
20 Hua Li Hua Li Can Con
Dynasty - (Next Door)
http://peggyhoganmusic.com/ Band Website @peggyhoganmusic