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  • Micheal La Shon III

ML3's Top 23 Albums of 2023

No matter how much I write in a year, I'll never miss the opportunity to give you all my top albums of the year. As a music enthusiast, I enjoy the singles and short projects, but there's something different about a full length album rollout & release that shows how dedicated an artist is to their brand and/or craft. An album shows an artists' interpretation of a genre or just what they're feeling or going through in their personal life, it's a very important piece of them. With that being said, it's always interesting to see how the entire process goes & listening to the final results. These are my personal top 23 albums of 2023, along with two honorable mentions to make the standard 25. I hope you enjoy!


HONORABLE MENTIONS


NoName - Sundial (Released August 11th)


No Name Sundial album

Lil Tecca - TEC (Released September 22nd)


Lil Tecca TEC album



23. Offset - SET IT OFF (Released October 13th)


Offset Set It Off album

22. Metro Boomin - Metro Boomin Presents Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Released June 2nd)


Metro Boomin Across The Spiderverse album

21. Rodwave - Nostalgia (Released September 15th)


Rodwave Nostalgia album

20. Rick Ross & Meek Mill - Too Good To be True (Released November 10th)


Rick Ross Meek Mill Too Good To Be True album

19. Olivia Rodrigo - GUTS (Released September 8th)


Olivia Rodrigo Guts album

18. Sexyy Red - Hood Hottest Princess (Released June 9th)


Sexyy Red Hood Hottest Princess album

17. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne - Welcome 2 Collegrove (Released November 17th)


Lil Wayne 2 Chainz Welcome 2 Collegrove album

16. Lil Yachty - Let's Start Here (Released January 27th)


Lil Yachty Let's Start Here album

15. Lil Uzi Vert - The Pink Tape (Released June 30th)


Lil Uzi Vert The Pink Tape album

14. Larry June & Alchemist - The Great Escape (Released March 31st)


Larry June The Alchemist The Great Escape album

13. Mariah The Scientist - To Be Eaten Alive (Released October 27th)


Mariah The Scientist To Be Eaten Alive album

12. Killer Mike - Michael (Released June 16th)


Killer Mike Michael album

11. Tory Lanez - Alone At Prom (Deluxe) (Released November 17th)


Tory Lanez Alone At Prom Deluxe album

10. Gunna - A Gift And A Curse (Released June 15th)


Best Record: fukumean


Gunna A Gift And A Curse album

9. Ice Spice - Like..? EP (Released January 20th)


Best Record: Actin A Smoochie


Ice Spice Like..? EP

8. Kali Uchis - Red Moon In Venus (Released March 3rd)


Best Record: I Wish you Roses


Kali Uchis Red Moon In Venus album

7. Brent Faiyaz - Larger Than Life (Released October 27th)


Best Record: Outside All Night (feat. A$AP Rocky & N3WYRKLA)


Brent Faiyaz Larger Than Life album

6. Doja Cat - Scarlet (Released September 22nd)

Best Record: Shutcho


Doja Cat Scarlet album

5. Larry June & Cardo - The Night Shift (Released November 10th)


Best Record: Chops on the Blade


Larry June Cardo The Night Shift album

4. Chris Brown - 11:11 (Released November 10th)


Best Record: Sensational (feat. Davido & Lojay)


Chris Brown 11:11 album

3. Drake - For All The Dogs (Scary Hours Edition) (Released November 17th)


Best Record: Evil Ways (feat. J. Cole)


Drake For All The Dogs Scary Hours Edition album

2. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday 2 (Released December 8th)


Best Record: Everybody (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)


Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 2 album

1. Travis Scott - Utopia (Released July 28th)


Best Record: I KNOW ?

Travis Scott Utopia album

While any of my top 4 albums could've been in a different order, with Nicki, Drake & Chris all delivering phenomenal projects, I believe that this order with Travis at #1 is the best. I was very skeptical on whether he would be able to follow up his magnum opus, Astroworld, especially given everything that has occurred since it's release. However, Travis proved me wrong in a big way, as the Kanye-esque production and abundance of high profile features put this album over the top. Utopia is a very precise project, and you won't catch everything on a first listen, but after sitting with the album since July, I can definitively say that Travis Scott delivered us the album of the year.

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