Sound: Erratic stream-of-consciousness rap from master of the form
If you like: J. Cole, Freddie Gibbs, Vince Staples
Why you should listen: For his long-awaited return, enigmatic rap legend Kendrick Lamar needed to craft an album that defied expectations. With Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers, he delivers. It’s sprawling, complex and laced with contradiction and political commentary — already as controversial as it is popular.
Best track: We Cry Together