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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: Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition

After 2 years of writing, Danny Brown is back with his latest effort, Atrocity Exhibition (named after Joy Division‘s album by the same name).  The project’s early trademark is its out of the box production concocted by Alchemist, Petit Noir and Black Milk.  Sonically inspired by bands like System of a Down and Talking Heads it also boasts appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Ab-SoulEarl Sweatshirt, and B-Real.  Listen below via Spotify. 

Video: Danny Brown feat. ScHoolboy Q – “Pneumonia”

Update: Check out the trippy video to the track below.

 

Preparing for the release of his new album Atrocity Exhibition on September 30, Danny Brown drops his latest single “Pneumonia” featuring ScHoolboy Q.  The  energetic track is a definite crowd pleaser filled with raw bars over clanging production.  TDE cronies Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul will also make an appearance on the final album.  Listen below.

Danny Brown – “Worth It” (Produced by Clams Casino)

Listen to the new Danny Brown track produced by beatmaker Clams Casino who is known for his work with A$AP Rocky, Lil’ B and Mac Miller.  The Adult Swim single “Worth It” is a surreal mix of percussion and eerie electronic notes.  Listen via Soundcloud.

Album Stream: The Alchemist & Oh No – Welcome To Los Santos

Listen to the collaborative album between producers The Alchemist & Oh No called Welcome To Los Santos inspired by Grand Theft Auto V on NPR.   The eclectic album features Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Freddie Gibbs, Killer Mike and more.

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Eminem feat. Royce Da 5’9,” Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf, & Trick Trick – “Detroit Vs. Everybody”

Listen to the new Eminem song “Detroit Vs. Everybody” featuring Royce Da 5’9,” Big Sean, Danny Brown, Trick Trick and newcomer Dej Loaf. The Statik Selektah produced track is from his new Shady XV album.

 

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 26

 Did you know?

260. Nas listed his daughter, Destiny, as the executive producer on Stillmatic so that she’ll always receive royalty checks from the album. 1

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259. YG had a song with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony on My Krazy Life, but it didn’t make the final cut. 2

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258. Cam’ron wrote Lil’ Kim’s “Crush on You.” 3

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257. Ty Dolla $ign knows how to play all instruments except for brass.  His favorite is bass. 4

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256. Danny Brown never learned how to drive a car. 5

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255. Memphis Bleek didn’t like Jay Z’s shout out on the “Diamonds” (Remix).  “I don’t like that line ’cause that line put a stamp on my career, like I look at people looking at me like [Jay] is just taking care of me and I’m just chilling and I’m not working,” says Bleek.  6

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254. Iggy Azalea liked The Nanny’s style so much that her grandmother would make her leopard skin dresses similar to Fran Drescher’s character on her sewing machine.  7

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253.  Mariah Carey made her TV debut on The Arsenio Hall Show.

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252. Swizz Beatz is a painter and creates, shows, and sells work. 8

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251. Heavy D’s “Nuttin’ But Love” was the first rap video to feature models in it. 9

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References:

1. [http://www.complex.com/music/2012/11/50-things-you-didnt-know-about-nas/executive-producer-stillmatic]
2. [http://theboombox.com/yg-my-krazy-life-interview/]
3. [http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2011/04/cam%E2%80%99ron-wrote-lil-ceases-%E2%80%9Ccrush-on-you%E2%80%9D/]
4. [http://noisey.vice.com/blog/ty-dolla-just-wants-to-be-a-man]
5. [http://www.npr.org/blogs/MicrophoneCheck/2014/01/29/265730068/putting-the-pill-in-the-pudding-an-interview-with-danny-brown]
6. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/02/memphis-bleek-didnt-like-jay-zs-shout-kanye-west-diamonds-sierra-leone-remix/]
7. [http://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/iggy-azalea-goes-for-glory/]
8. [http://www.complex.com/art-design/2012/09/10-photos-of-pharrell-with-creatives-you-should-know/swizz-beat]
9. [http://www.vibe.com/article/recap-vh1-tanning-america-documentary-part-3-what-learned]