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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.

 

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: Frank Ocean – Blonde

The recent subject of countless Internet jokes and memes has finally delivered his sophomore studio album, Blonde.  Originally thought to be named Boys Don’t Cry,  Frank Ocean spontaneously dropped Blonde Saturday afternoon via Apple Music and at pop-up shops in major cities.

The ethereal project filled with guitars, strings and moving lyrics is a strong follow-up to 2012’s Channel Orange and displays sheer creativity and growth.  Features include Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce and Andre 3000.  Enjoy the masterpiece below.

If you don’t have access to Apple Music, listen here.

 

Hip Hop News 5/27

Young Thug says he’s not signed to Birdman‘s Rich Gang and plans to drop Carter V mixtape. (Read More)

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Boosie BadAzz vomited and rushed off stage after one song at his NYC show. (Read More)

A petition has been started to take away Iggy Azalea’s “Top Rap Song” award. (Read More)

Frank Ocean posted an empty playlist on Soundcloud titled “states(Read More) 

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50 Cent‘s boxing promotions company,  SMS Promotions, has filed for bankruptcy. (Read More)

Meek Mill stated that he is not engaged to Nicki Minaj. (Read More)

Azealia Banks and Common are set to star in a RZA-directed film (Read More)

Chris Brown on the Tyson Beckford beef over Karrueche Tran: “I was wrong for even pressing an issue.” (Read More)

Hip Hop News 4/24

Spotify is now almost worth more than the RIAA. (Read More)

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are set to sue YouTube co-founder. (Read More)

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Dame Dash is suing his ex wife Rachel Roy​ for $2.5 million. (Read More)

Eminem‘s Shady Records signs Saginaw rapper Astray. (Read More)

Frank Ocean recently legally changed his name from Christopher Breaux to Frank Ocean.  (Read More)

DJ Premier will be scoring a VH1 movie called The Breaks(Read More)

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Twista is uniting with Chicago artists for Stop The Violence movement. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 4/7

Frank Ocean‘s next album is coming in July, but does not have a title yet. (Read More)

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Kanye West will executive produce the soundtrack for a show about the Underground Railroad. (Read More)

Karen Civil says Lil’ Wayne hasn’t dropped his lawsuit against Birdman, but only moved it to New Orleans. (Read More)

The producer of Empire (and 8 Mile) plans to beg Eminem to be on an episode next season. (Read More)

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Kendrick Lamar apparently has a verse on a remix of Kanye West‘s ‘All Day.’ (Read More)

A “Help Bail Out Suge Knight Fund” has launched. (Read More)

 

Hip Hop News 3/10

Frank Ocean is currently in the process of recording new tracks for his album. (Read More)

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Nicki Minaj & Safaree Samuels tweet/delete anniversary messages to each other. (Read More)

Snoop Dogg will be the first rapper to give a SXSW Music keynote address. (Read More)

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50 Cent‘s son landed a $700K modeling contract with an audio company. (Read More)

Curren$y revealed that he wants to sign Joey Fatts to Jet Life Recordings. (Read More)

R& B singer Angie Stone was arrested for knocking out  her daughter’s front teeth. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 1/30

Suge Knight turned himself in to police, is charged with murder and has bail set at $2 million. (Read More)

Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravtiz will perform with Katy Perry at the Superbowl. (Read More)

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Jay Z is buying Spotify‘s rival music streaming company, Tidal, for $56 million. (Read More)

Bobby Schumrda and GS9 got 32 more offenses added to their long list of charges.  (Read More)

Kanye West Group is set to open office in Seoul and is looking for South Korean talent. (Read More)

J. Cole, Frank Ocean and Andre 3000 will be on Chance the Rapper‘s new album.  (Read More)

T.I. told TMZ Iggy Azalea needs to tweet less and start focusing more on her music.

Dr. Dre sold his Los Angeles house for $32.5 million. (Read More)