Jay-Z, Beyonce, Nas, Kanye, Kid Cudi, Black Thought (with Drake technically sneaking in on the month too). Any other time, the names on this list would only be compiled for a best of the year post. A massive, historical eclipse came last summer, but maybe this June represented the hip-hop version. So many of hip-hop’s biggest, most respected names released projects in a 30-day span, setting the summer off with a standard that probably won’t be reached in July or August — or maybe ever again.
From The Carters’ long-awaited collaborative album to the GOOD extravaganza, to the first ever Black Thought solo, there were several long-awaited albums that could’ve held a whole month of discussion down on their own. Those big-ticket albums were bolstered by veterans artists with cult fanbases like Freeway, Jay Rock, and Freddie Gibbs, as well as impressive newcomers like 03 Greedo and Tierra Whack. Here’s the best of the busy month of June.