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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.

 

Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2013 List

2013 was one of the best years for music in recent memory.  Here is a list of my personal favorite top 10 albums in no particular order.

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Tyler, the Creator – WOLF

Odd Future leader Tyler displays growth with a more sophisticated effort and an eclectic range of scintillating production. [My Review]

Quadron – Avalance

Coco O’s voice is absolute perfection over the beautifully arranged sultry R&B tracks produced by Robin Hannibal.

Pusha T – My Name Is My Name 

Solid lyrics over dense beats prove the dope boy from The Clipse can stand alone as a respected lyricist.  [My Review ]

M.I.A. – Matangi 

Always one to push the envelope, M.I.A. raps edgy lyrics over fun and upbeat tracks infused with international sounds.

Kanye West – Yeezus

Straying away from anything nearly resembling the current Hip Hop landscape, Kanye’s fearless experimentation shocks and delights at the same time. [My Review]

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

The meticulously engineered project from the space-age Paris duo is a universally loved mix of dance music.

Thundercat – Apocalypse 

Flying Lotus’ colleague dazzles with Funk-y, yet futuristic basslines and melodic, heartfelt hooks that resonate in the listener’s head.

Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

19-year-old Earl’s long-awaited debut boasts brash and lyrically advanced content over eerily dark beats. [My Review]

Toro y Moi – Anything in Return

Chaz Bundick’s adventurous, yet mellow blend of genres and colorful instrumentation provide feel-good tracks with excellent replay value.

7 Days of Funk (Dam-Funk and Snoopzilla ) – 7 Days of Funk

This well-executed collaboration pays homage to the likes of George Clinton and Bootsy Collins with its retro snyth-heavy grooves.