Best Hip-Hop Album

The Long Goodbye by Coolout

Coolout wasn't kidding when he called it The Long Goodbye—it took almost six months after the album dropped for him to pack his bags and go. Recently relocated to Philly, Coolout spent 10 years tending turntables and making beats with a keen ear for old-school idioms and new-school flavor alike. Goodbye is a mature, sophisticated sonic exploration of a man's relationship with his surroundings—for better or worse. Combining boom-bap party hooks with jazzy space soundscapes on songs like "Leaving" and "Love Affair," Goodbye is a high-water mark by which the city's progressive hip-hop community will judge for some time to come. SEAN L. MALONEY
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