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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.

 

Video: A Tribe Called Quest – “We The People”

A Tribe Called Quest releases the visual to their politically charged single “We The People,” which is bound to resonate with post-election America.  The video is a call to protest power, practice tolerance and includes a talking mural of late member of Phife Dawg, who was recently honored with a NY street corned named after him.  Watch the first Tribe video to drop since 1998’s “Find a Way” from their final album We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service below.

Video: Phife Dawg – “Nutshell” (Produced by J Dilla)

After his untimely demise,  Beats 1 radio premiered Phife Dawg‘s posthumous release “Nutshell” produced by J Dilla.  The new video includes testimonials from Mike G of The Jungle BrothersPosdonus and Maseo of De La Soul, Jarobi White and Pete Rock.  Watch the new video below.

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 15

Did you know?…

150. 2 Chainz wears sunglasses because of his light sensitive eyes. 1

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149. Ab-Soul is the only member of Top Dawg Entertainment who took AP/Honors English.

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148. Rick Ross owns a Wingstop in Miami, Memphis and East Memphis.  According to his Twitter, a Jackson, Tennessee location is on the way. 2

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147. Tattoo artist Mr. Cartoon designed the Shady Records logo.

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146. Lil’ Kim once stabbed her father with a pair of scissors during a fight when she was teenager. 3

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145.  Gunplay likes to go to Gamestop and has his own line of video game controllers debuting this year, called Prestige. “They’re gonna be top of the line controllers: ones that can break, ones made of glass, ones made of Swarovski crystals, ones made of wood. The possibilities are endless,” he elaborates. 4

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144. Big Pun used to work as a cargo loader in the Bronx. 5

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143. Wanz, the singer on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis  “Thrift Shop,” is a 51-year-old former software engineer. 6

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142. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg met during childhood in church. 7

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141. Eve lives in London.  “It’s so eclectic. It’s New York on steroids. There are so many cultures and sounds, and people and fashion. Chicks are so fly. I live in a neighborhood where there’s a lot of West Indian culture, so it’s nice. I have to always come back because my mother would kill me if I didn’t, but right now that’s where I’m at,” she says. 8

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References:

1. [Fader Magazine http://www.thefader.com/2012/06/14/2-chainz-second-life/]

2. [XXL Magazine http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/05/rick-ross-to-open-new-wingstop-in-tennessee/]

3. [http://www.biography.com/people/lil-kim-21254313]

4. [Fader Magazine http://www.thefader.com/2013/05/14/a-home-away-12-artists-favorite-places-to-let-loose/]

5. [http://www.bigpunforever.com/bio.html]

6. [Rolling Stone Magazine http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/macklemore-thrift-shop-hero-20130411]

7. [http://www.blacksheepmag.com/reviews/album-reviews/item/2705-beats-rhymes-life-the-travels-of-a-tribe-called-quest?tmpl=component&print=1]

8. [http://www.sohh.com/2012/07/eve_packs_bags_relocates_overseas_i_have.html]