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Favorite Albums of 2016 List

Back at it again with my favorite Hip Hop & R&B albums list.  Here are 15 projects that dropped in 2016 and remain in my current rotation.

Kendrick Lamar – untitled, unmastered

Unpolished and unapologetic, Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly scraps are auditory gems that continue to bring much-needed awareness to social injustice.

NxWorries – Yes Lawd

Anderson Paak and Knxwledge team up as NxWorries to deliver a highly enjoybale fusion of playboy persona with throwback Soul teeming with violins, horns and bass.

Kanye West The Life of Pablo

Hate him or love him, Kanye proves unpredictable yet again by taking elements of Gospel, House and Soul to create a first-rate album that integrates elements of the old Ye.

A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from here….Thank You 4 Your Service

Hip Hop legends reunite with vocals from the late Phife Dawg to create a modernized 90s masterpiece that now boasts the largest gap between No. 1 albums in Hip Hop history.

YG – Still Brazy

YG continues to represent his West Coast roots to the fullest with another project that showcases his vivid autobiographical storytelling skills along with G-Funk-inspired beats.

Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!

An ode to acts like Funkadelic and Bootsy Collins, Childish ditches rap for a titillating 1970s psychedelic experience dripping with Soul and nostalgia.

Frank Ocean – Blond
After a four year hiatus, Frank returns with heartfelt lyrics that meld perfectly with otherworldly instrumentation comprised of guitars, organs and piano.

Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine 

Jazzy and enlightened, Mac Miller displays evident maturation celebrating love over sensual R&B instrumentation that sounds light years ahead of his previous work.

Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book

Filled with glory and praise, Chance‘s Coloring Book is dedicated to uplifting listeners in the style of church and Gospel that Kanye touched on with TLOP.

Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ 

Kid Cudi revisits his early intergalactic style rapping his innermost feelings during a tumultuous year and reminds peers who originated much of Hip Hop’s current melodic sound.

Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition

The dynamic and unmistakable Danny Brown fearlessly compiles a vast range of out of the box beats and unabashedly raps over them with animated ease.

Solange – A Seat at the Table

Solange steps out with a beautifully empowering and transparent outlook on femininity and black pride expressed through airy ballads and minimalist production.

Travis Scott – Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight

Travis returns with another nighttime soundtrack filled with trance-like chants that will be easily be embedded in the listener’s consciousness upon first listening.

Rihanna – Anti

With countless hits under her belt, Rihanna details love, causal relationships and break ups to makeups in a cool and sexy way only she knows how.

ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face  LP 

Ominous and honest, Q delves into his past life as a Hoover Crip with OG cameos like E-40 and The Dogg Pound while simultaneously continuing TDE‘s current reign.

 

Album Stream: Rapsody – Crown

Known best for killing freestyles and her appearance on Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly, Rapsody is back with her Crown EP.  Now signed to Roc Nation, the MC catapults back into the game with her first project since 2014.   Features include Ab-Soul,  Raphael Saadiq, and Anderson Paak with production by 9th Wonder, Nottz, Khrysis.  Listen below on AudioMack.

Album Stream: A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service​

Today, legendary Hip Hop group A Tribe Called Quest has finally delivered their final album, We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service.  After recording their first project since 1998’s The Love Movement, fans of the eccentric group can revel in vibrant production that pays homage to old school in a uniquely modernized way.

Late member Phife, who passed away earlier this year due to diabetes, recorded his last verses and frequently traveled for the project that Q-Tip believes may have ultimately cost him his health.  Recorded together at Tip’s house after the two ironed out their notoriously tumultuous relationship, the group reunited after rediscovering their chemistry during their Jimmy Fallon performance last year.  Recruiting current favorites Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, Anderson Paak and OGs Busta Rhymes and Elton John, Q-Tip observed he “hadn’t seen Phife that happy since (they) were kids” during its making.

Listen to the long-awaited masterpiece below via Spotify.

 

 

Album Stream: NxWxrries (Knxwledge & Anderson Paak) – Yes Lawd!

After being co-signed by Dr. Dre and making a splash with Malibu, Anderson Paak teams up with esteemed producer Knxwledge (Kendrick Lamar‘s “Momma“).  The duo known as NxWxrries  is a match made in Hip Hop heaven forming their own highly enjoyable experience called Yes Lawd!.  Listen to the project here.

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Random Hip Hop Facts Part 47

470. The art on Chance the Rapper‘s Coloring Book is a photo of him looking down at his daughter.  He wanted the cover to depict “the future being bigger than himself.” (via)

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469. Growing up, Anderson Paak used to recite Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg lyrics for show & tell & would often get in trouble for beatboxing in class. (via)

468. R.Kelly planned to collaborate with Tupac on an album before doing Best of Both Worlds  with Jay Z(via)

467. J. Cole snuck into LA Reid‘s son’s My Super Sweet Sixteen party hoping to get exposure as an artist & made an appearance in the episode. (via)

466. Pusha T held the the first-ever live music event at Calipatria State Prison. (via)

465. YG didn’t rap on “Thank God” due to being arrested on the prior song “1 AM.”  The 1st verse by Big TC (Ty Dolla $ign’s brother) was recorded in actual prison. (via)

464. Pharrell‘s “Can I Have It Like That” was originally for Puff Daddy & “there was a couple of guys kinda fightin’ over it,” according to P. (via)

463. Rick Rubin has known Dr. Dre since he met N.W.A. while they were recording Straight Outta Compton, and Eminem‘s “Rap God” marked the first time they worked together.  (via)

462.  While she was in prison, Oprah sent Lil’ Kim three of her  favorite books “for inspiration and motivation.” (via)

461. Some of Frank Ocean‘s favorite movies include A Clockwork Orange, Taxi DriverDjango, Alien, Spartacus, Psycho, ATL & Eraser Head(via)

Album Stream: Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine

Mac Miller does R&B greater than many current artists with his ode to love on his most surprisingly sophisticated project to date, The Divine Feminine.  With vocals from CeeLo Green, Anderson .Paak, Bilal, Ty Dolla $ign, Kendrick Lamar and girlfriend/muse, Ariana Grande, the album’s silky vibe is perfectly executed with its sensual, but playful lyrics and production.  Listen below via Spotify.

Domo Genesis feat. Anderson .Paak – “Dapper”

Former Odd Future member Domo Genesis displays a new soulful and upbeat sound complete with a catchy hook provided by Anderson Paak.  Complete with soft keys and a guitar solo,  “Dapper” is a breath of fresh air that will appear on his debut, Genesis.  The album will also feature Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Juicy J and Tyler, The Creator.  Listen below.

Album Stream: Anderson Paak – Malibu

Dr. Dre is known for breaking praised artists like Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar.  Now Anderson Paak -heard last year on Compton – is finally shining in his own spotlight.  The well-executed, Funk-filled second studio album, Malibu, by the R&B singer features ScHoolboy Q, The Game, BJ the Chicago Kid, Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek, 9th Wonder, and DJ Khalil.  Listen below.

Album Stream: Game – The Documentary 2 & 2.5

Game‘s new album and sequel to his classic debut, The Documentary 2, is available for streaming.  The hype for his new project has been tremendous receiving praise from his peers including Dr. Dre and Busta Rhymes.  Listen to the album below via Spotify and check out the completely star-studded track list.  Get ready for the second half of the double album, Documentary 2.5, out 10/16.

Update: Documentary 2.5 is now also available for streaming below.

The Documentary 2 – Track List:
1) Intro
2) On Me ft. Kendrick Lamar
3) Step Up ft. Dej Loaf & Sha Sha
4) Don’t Trip ft. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre & will.i.am
5) Standing On Ferraris ft. Diddy
6) Dollar And A Dream ft. Ab-Soul
7) Made In America ft. Mvrcus Blvck
8) Hashtag ft. Jelly Roll
9) Circles ft. Q-Tip, Eric Bellinger & Sha Sha
10) Uncle Skit
11) Dedicated ft. Future & Sonyae
12) Bitch You Ain’t Shit
13) Summertime ft. Jelly Roll
14) Mula ft. Kanye West
15) The Documentary 2
16) New York, New York
17) 100 ft. Drake
18) Just Another Day
19) LA ft. Snoop Dogg, will.i.am & Fergie

The Documentary 2.5 – Track List:
1) New York Skit
2) Magnus Carlsen ft. Anderson .Paak
3) Crenshaw/80s and Cocaine ft. Anderson .Paak & Sonyae
4) Gang Bang Anyway ft. Jay Rock & Schoolboy Q
5) The Ghetto ft.  Nas & will.i.am
6) From Adam ft. Lil’ Wayne
7) Gang Related ft. Asia
8) Last Time You Seen ft. Scarface & Stacy Barthe
9) Intoxicated ft. Deion
10) Quiks Groove (The One) ft. DJ Quik, Sevyn Streeter & Micah
11) Outside ft. E-40, Mvrcus Blvck & Lil’ E
12) Up On The Wall ft. Problem, Ty Dolla $ign & YG
13) Sex Skit
14) My Flag/Da Homies ft. Ty Dolla $ign, Jay 305, AD, Mitch E-Slick, Joe Moses, RJ & Scheme
15) Moment Of Violence ft. King Mez, JT & Jon Connor
16) Like Father Like Son 2 ft. Busta Rhymes
17) Life
18) *BONUS: “El Chappo” ft. Skrillex