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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: Drake – VIEWS

The wait is now officially over for Drake‘s highly anticipated fourth studio album, VIEWS.   The reflective and melodic 20 track album incorporates Dancehall elements and transparent lyrics his fans have always admired about the rapper.  Features include Pimp C, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Rihanna.

Stream the entire album here.

 

Hip Hop News 5/25

Drake replaced “Madonna” with “Rihanna” during his HAW performance. (Read More)

Eminem will executive produce the Southpaw soundtrack and you can hear a preview of his new song below around the 0:50 mark. (Read More)

Lil’ B will be giving a lecture at UCLA on Thursday. (Read More)

Juicy J is doing well after being rushed to the hospital. (Read More)

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Akon‘s company is helping bring solar power to Africa. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 5/19

Jay Z and Beyonce helped bail out various Baltimore & Ferguson protesters anonymously. (Read More)

The Game’s new dating show may get scrapped after camera crew felt unsafe when he pulled out a loaded gun during filming. (Read More)

A new Tupac film called 7 Dayz launched a crowdfunding campaign(Read More)

Rick Ross is being sued by a photographer for a Jay Z image. (Read More)

Scorpio called Grandmaster Flash “the Milli Vanilli of Hip Hop.” (Read More)

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Spotify and Starbucks announced a multi-year music program to make “the barista the DJ.” (Read More)

DC Comics wants to block Rihanna‘s request to trademark the word Robyn because of Batman and Robin. (Read More)

 

 

Hip Hop News 4/14

Young Thug changed his album title to Barter 6 due to alleged lawsuit and announced first show in Lil‘ Wayne‘s hometown.  (Read More)

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Rihanna addressed cocaine rumors after sketchy Instagram video surfaces. (Read More)

Drake responds to Internet’s thoughts on Madonna and announces release date for physical copies of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.

50 Cent continues to take shots at Diddy on Instagram. (Read More)

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had North West baptized in Jerusalem on Monday. (Read More)

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Pharrell Williams was named the style director of South African brand Woolworths. (Read More)

The Game will be looking for love in his new VH1 reality show. (Read More)

David Guetta reunited the Black Eyed Peas at Coachella. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 4/6

Tidal drops Rihanna and Beyonce exclusives that end up on YouTube.  Erykah Badu also debuted a short Western film on the service.

 Kid Cudi announced a new album is coming soon. (Read More)

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Kendrick Lamar recently got engaged and will throw out the first pitch at a Dodgers game this month.

GLC is working on a new album with Kanye West and Dame Dash.  Ye and Dame are also being sued by a Latin music group.

A$AP Rocky and Mos Def Yasiin Bey hit the stage together in London.

Diddy is developing a cartoon for FX. (Read More)

A man is claiming DMX and his entourage stole $3,200 in cash from him at a NJ gas station. (Read More) 

Plies was attacked on stage by a fan in Florida.

Hip Hop News 3/31

If you missed Jay Z‘s Tidal press conference, watch it below.  Tidal has 16 artist stakeholders including Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole and Madonna.  (Read More)

Jay Z is also likely headed to trial over the “Big Pimpin'” sampling lawsuit. (Read More)

Lil’ Wayne‘s Free Weezy Album  is expected to drop next month. (Read More)

J. Cole‘s Forest Hills Drive goes platinum. (Read More)

2014

50 Cent and French Montana beef on Instagram. (Read More)

T.I. opened a restaurant in Atlanta. (Read More)

Starting May 2, Chris Brown will be headlining his very own Vegas residency.  (Read More)

De La Soul reaches Kickstarter goal  to create their new album. (Read More)

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Michel’le says Dr. Dre shot at her. (Read More)

Young  Dro was arrested for theft. (Read More)