The 35 Best Albums/EPs of 2022 (So Far)

By Andrew Buckner

*All albums and EPs included in this list are incorporated herein based on an original release date in 2022.

35. Sad Girl Blues (EP) by Lauren Brabson

34. Back in Black by Cypress hill

33. Dawn FM by The Weeknd

32. Ramona Park Broke My Heart by Vince Staples

31. Driplomatic Immunity by 183rd, Nym Lo, Smoke DZA

30. Get Well Soon by King ISO

29. It’s Almost Dry: Pharrell vs. Ye by Pusha T

28. The Brave by Tom MacDonald, Adam Calhoun

27. The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni by Javon Jackson

26. Mood Swings (EP) by Real Bad Man, Smoke DZA

25. The Three Fantastic Supermen EPics (EP) by Killah Priest

24. SICK! by Earl Sweatshirt

23. Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar

22. Onyx versus Everybody by Onyx

21. Peter by Bizarre

20. Firestarter (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by John Carpenter, Daniel Davies, Cody Carpenter

19. Super Beast by Madchild

18. Skylar Grey by Skylar Grey

17. Continuance by Curren$y, The Alchemist 

16. Sometimes Y by Yelawolf, Shooter Jennings

15. Tana Talk 4 by Benny the Butcher

14. God Don’t Make Mistakes by Conway the Machine

13. Saturday Afternoon Kung-Fu Theater (EP) by Rza, DJ Scratch

12. No Fear of Time by Black Star

11. Medicine at Midnight by Foo Fighters

10. Zhigeist by Elzhi, Georgia Anne Muldrow

9. Detroit Life 2 by Swifty McVay

8. Renaissance Kings by The Snowgoons

7. Forever by Phife Dawg

6. 1993 by Onyx

5. Czarmageddon! by Czarface

4. Aethiopes by Billy Woods

3. Sentimental Ballad by Teagan Johnston

2. Horrah Scope by Killah Priest

1. I M A M C R U 1 2 by Krs-One

The 22 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.*

22. My Heart is a Chainsaw

By Stephen Graham Jones

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