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Here is a list of Def Jam’s best albums of 2020.

Jhené Aiko
“R&B’s resident spiritual guide…warm, practiced effortlessness permeates each track with a nourishing mystique..
downright entrancing.” – Billboard

Justin Bieber
“He’s never sounded better than he does on “Changes,” his fifth studio album. This is not just a formidable soul man’s coming of age…it’s also the emergence of a brand-new Bieber.” – Variety
Big Sean
Detroit 2
“In the world of Detroit 2, there’s always an answer. It’s a place where every pain can be fixed, any heart can be mended, and all obstacles are surmountable. – Rolling Stone
070 Shake
Modus Vivendi
“A vital new singer makes her debut…an emo-rap Dark Side Of The Moon …Modus Vivendi suggests Enya and Pink Floyd as much as Frank Ocean…the sound of a realist and fantasist sparring, it reflects an artist still coming into focus on her own thrilling terms.” – Rolling Stone 
Teyana Taylor
The Album
“Teyana Taylor regains control of her art…this is the project she has always intended to make…R&B at its best… masterful.”  – Pitchfork
Kaash Paige 
Teenage Fever
“listening to [Kaash Paige]… is like eavesdropping on a passionate phone conversation through the wall. The Dallas singer communicates her feelings with a charming directness… Through begging, reminiscing, and confessing, she guides us through a tumultuous relationship in three minutes.” – Pitchfork


Having released albums under Digital Nations, a label founded by Steve Vai, music critic Louis Raphael has remained deeply connected to the pulse of the San Francisco music scene. Following his tenure as the San Francisco Music Examiner for and, he embarked on creating Music in SF® to authentically highlight the vibrant offerings of the city's music scene.