The 50 Best Albums/ EPs of 2021

By Andrew Buckner

 *The recordings featured in this list are included based on an official 2021 release date.*

50. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks

49. Yellow River Blue by Yu Su

48. Bizarre of D-12 Presents Starvin’ Artists (Mixtape) by Various Artists

47. S.O.S (EP) by Rittz

46. Turquoise Tornado by Yelawolf, Riff Raff

45. Bushido by Mello Music Group

44. Imaginary Everything by L’Orange, Namir Blade

43. If It Bleeds It Can Be Killed by Conway the Machine, Big Ghost Ltd

42. Wasteland: What Ails Our People is Clear by Lice

41. Slumafia (EP) by Yelawolf, DJ Paul

40. Squirrel Tape Instrumentals, Vol. 1 by Evidence

39. Mouse on Mars by AA1

38. Mile Zero by Yelawolf, DJ Muggs

37. Shane by Madchild

36. Gary Bartz JID006 by Gary Bartz, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad

35. Maquishta by Patricia Brennan

34. The American Negro by Adrian Younge

33. Milestones (EP) by Skyzoo

32. The Plugs I Met 2 (EP) by Benny the Butcher, Harry Fraud

31. Haram by Armand Hammer, The Alchemist

30. Throw Aways 96 by Goblin

29. Sound Ancestors by Madlib

28. Season of the Se7en by Bronze Nazareth, Recognize Ali          

27. La Maquina by Conway the Machine

26. Word? by Atmosphere

25. An Evening with Silk Sonic by Silk Sonic

24. Shane 2 by Madchild

23. The Blue of Distance by Elori Saxl

22. Lovesick by Apollo Brown, Raheem DeVaughn

21. Onyx 4 Life by Onyx

20. Ghostbusters: Afterlife: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Rob Simonsen

19. Dumpster Juice by Bizarre

18. Exodus by DMX

17. All the Brilliant Things by Skyzoo

16. Autograph by Joell Ortiz

15. The Lost Themes III: Alive After Death by John Carpenter

14. The Last Ride by HRSMN

13. The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy by Rob Zombie

12. Doe or Die II by AZ

11. Long Story Longer by Swifty McVay, Ras Kass, Yukmouth, MRK SX

10. Mudmouth by Yelawolf

9. Unlearning Vol. 1 by Evidence

8. Gotham by Talib Kweli, Diamond D

7. Super What? by Czarface, MF DOOM

6. Asin9ne by Tech N9ne

5. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator

4. Summer End Café by Killah Priest

3. A Beautiful Revolution, Pt. 2 by Common

2. King’s Disease II by Nas

1. Remedy Meets Wu-Tang by Remedy, Wu-Tang Clan

The 20 Best Short Films of 2021

By Andrew Buckner

*Please note that the short films included in this list are based on an official 2021 U.S. release date.

20. “Bloom”

Director: Richard M. Anthony.

19. “Us Again”

Director: Zach Parrish.

18. “Culpa”

Director: Miguel Angel Ferrer.

17. “La Deuda”

Director: Jeff Prahl.

16. “Twice as Good”

Director: Kristian King.

15. 10:59 P.M.

Director: Kris Salvi.

14. “The Nurturing”

Director: Alex DiVincenzo.

13. “Live Health”

Directors: Jamie Cox, Timothy Cox.

12. “The Flamboyant Rites of Gay Dracula”

Director: Richard Griffin.

11. “Stay Inside, Michael”

Director: Jeremy Arruda.

10. “Heart Wreck”

Director: Gabrielle Rosson.

9. “The Death of David Cronenberg”

Directors: Caitlain Cronenberg, David Cronenberg.

8. “The Present”

Director: Farah Nabulsi.

7. “Trigger Warning: The Life and Art of Chrystal”

Director: Chrystal Shofroth.

6. “The Dreamer”

Director: Jeremy Arruda.

5. “Come Rain or Come Shine”

Director: Mark Maille.

4. “Paul Laurence Dunbar: An American Poet”

Director: Kane Stratton.

3. “The Serpent Writhes in a Glass Coffin”

Director: Richard Griffin.

2. “Undertaker”

Director: Chris Esper.

1. “The Last Cruise”

Director: Hannah Olson.

The 21 Best Books of 2021

By Andrew Buckner

*The books included in this list are based on the criteria of an original publication date in 2021.*

21. The Final Girl Support Group

By Grady Hendrix

20. The Scorpion’s Tail

By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

19. The Plot

By Jean Hanff Korelitz

18. Getaway

By Zoje Stage

17. Rovers

By Richard Lange

16. Survive the Night

By Riley Sager

15. Sooley: A Novel

By John Grisham

14. The Other Emily

By Dean Koontz

13. Bloodless

By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

12. Jesus: A New Vision

By Whitley Strieber

11. Distance from Avalon: When the Dying and the Young Unite

By Mike Messier

10. Because He’s Jeff Goldblum: The Movies, Memes and Meaning of Hollywood’s Most Enigmatic Actor

By Travis M. Andrews

9. Later

By Stephen King

8. The Judge’s List

By John Grisham

7. These Fists Break Bricks: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World

By Chris Poggiali, Grady Hendrix.

6. Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood

By Leonard Maltin

5. Chasing the Boogeyman

By Richard Chizmar

4. Billy Summers

By Stephen King

3. A Bright Ray of Darkness

By Ethan Hawke

2. Project Hail Mary

By Andy Weir

1. Vibrate Higher: A Rap Story

By Talib Kweli