The months of July and August had some of the best music of 2021. July started off right with Snoh Aalegra dropping one of the best R&B albums of the year titled TEMPORARY HIGHS IN THE VIOLET SKIES and hip-hop artists IDK, Vince Staples, and G Herbo set the tone for a good month with their albums. The singles at the start of July didn’t disappoint either, Bia’s ”WHOLE LOTTA MONEY” remix featuring Nicki Minaj, Brent Faiyaz featuring Drake ”Wasting Time”, Bas and J. Cole featuring Lil Tjay ”The Jackie”, and Big Red Machine’s ”Renegade” featuring Taylor Swift were all on repeat. To end the month Isaiah Rashad dropped one of the hottest hip-hop albums of the year, The House is Burning, Billie Eilish’s highly anticipated Happier Than Ever was released, and Yebba previewed her upcoming album with ”Louie Bag” featuring Smino. August was no exception. The month of August started with Nas giving us King’s Disease II, Tinashe dropping her album 333, and LION BABE releasing an LP. Cleo Sol’s beautiful Mother and Kanye West’s long awaited Donda ended the month with a bang.
Other standout music came from Trippie Redd, Leon Bridges, WILLOW, Amindi, Childish Major, Normani, John Mayer, Joy Crookes, Lorde, and Nija.