4. Angela Hunte, R.A.W.
Angela Hunte has many accolades under her belt as a singer and songwriter, but R.A.W., her debut album, represents her biggest step yet. The Trini-American icon, known to legions of Caribbean people for her soca hits, didn’t just dabble in reggae on R.A.W., she let loose on an entire reggae album, and every song is just so good! From the lollipop-infused lead single “Runaway Love” to the touching notes of “In The Morning” and the sound system bang of “Rub Dub” (featuring Taranchyla) there is something for anyone that has ever been touched by the Jamaican music bug on this relatable musical package. —Tishanna Williams