Words by LargeUp Crew—
For the rest of this week and into the next one, we’ll be bringing you Toppa Top 10 best-of lists covering a variety of categories. After kicking things off with the year’s best Caribbean mixtapes, today we’re running down the best proper albums to come from the region this year.
In contrast to last year’s diverse offerings, the best releases this year came largely from the world of Jamaican reggae, specifically from some of its most familiar names. Most notably, a pair of contemporary dancehall’s biggest stars went back to the island’s roots with top-notch throwback reggae efforts, while two of reggae’s elder statesmen returned to top form this year with their best albums in decades. Scroll through for the full rundown.