2022 has been a vibe so far.
We have received albums from Beyonce, Shenseea, May J. Blige, and more.
But a few albums by Black women have stood out this year.
They have the groove, dominate the charts, and are catchy.
Take a look!
Beyoncé – Renaissance
Dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community, Beyoncé’s uncle Johnny, and hubby Jay-Z, “Renaissance” is her first album since “The Lion King: The Gift.”
Spanning 16 tracks long, it’s an upbeat album that contrasts the ballads and mellowness of “Lemonade.”
It has elements of pop, afrobeat, house, and more.
To make the album, the singer teamed up with Tems, Grace Jones, 070 Shake, Drake, The Neptunes, and more.
This is an album to dance to.
Megan Thee Stallion – Traumazine
The hottest new rapper has just dropped a new album, and it’s glorious.
“Traumazine” has catchy songs like “Plan B,” “Pressurelicious” with Future, and “Sweetest Pie” with Dua Lipa.
She has also collaborated with other artists like Rico Nasty, Lil’ Keke, Jhene Aiko, and Big Pokey.
And the album is already a critical darling, scoring high on websites like Rolling Stone.
Kehlani – blue water road
The Oakland singer’s third album is a sweet, sultry album with elements of hip hop, folk, and progressive soul.
Kehlani sings about love, emotions, sexuality, and spirituality; by the time you finish the album, you will feel refreshed and touched.
The album is a hit, debuting on the Billboard 200 at number 13 and garnering positive reviews from critics.
Ravyn Lenae – HYPNOS
Ravyn Lenae took 4 years to make her debut album, and the time and effort show.
The album has touches of dance, afrobeat, soul, R&B, and house.
It’s a delicate blend that gives you a different feel with each song but works as a whole.
And critics love it.
Shenseea – Alpha
Shenseea has never been one to water down her blunt lyrics, and she doesn’t start that here.
Alpha is an explicit, energetic album that’s probably the best thing right now in Jamaican dancehall.
She collaborates with old and new stars like Beenie Man and Megan Thee Stallion to make catchy songs (that you probably won’t sing aloud in public).
Alpha is among the albums by Black women this year, and it has to be a contender for Debut Album of the Year just for its thundering energy.
Mary J. Blige – Good Morning Gorgeous
The Queen of R&B is back with her latest masterpiece.
“Good Morning Gorgeous” seamlessly blends uplifting lyrics with soul, rap, and R&B.
This time, she teams up with Anderson .Paak, Fivio Foreign, and DJ Khaled.
Together, they make “Good Morning Gorgeous” the soul food of music this year and one of the smoothest albums by Black women this year.
This is an album you cannot miss.
It’s A Great Year for Albums by Black Women
Though they might differ in tone, genre, and intensity, these are the best albums by Black women.
Beyoncé’s latest effort is a natural Album of the Year contender, but Shenseea’s debut album was a lovely surprise.
And the year is not even close to ending.