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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: ScHoolboy Q – “Groovy Tony”

After TDE CEO Top Dawg revealed 2016 would be extra busy for the label with a hectic release schedule, a dark, new ScHoolboy Q video for new single “Groovy Tony” dropped last night.  Directed by Jack Begert and The Little Homies, the ominous track is accompanied by raw visuals of Q as a mouthless mobster in a rugged, industrial setting.  Watch the video below.

Isaiah Rashad – “Smile”

TDE‘s Isaiah Rashad has made quite a name for himself with projects like Cilvia Demo and has left his fans waiting for new material since dropping “Nelly” in September.  His new joint,”Smile,” provides and easygoing vibe that is nicely juxtaposed with pungent bars and appears to be slated to be on his upcoming project.  Listen to the song courtesy of Youtube below.

Ab-Soul feat. King Rich – “House Of Sin”

Check out the ominous unreleased Ab-Soul track with King Rich called “House of Sin” courtesy of production group Pakk Music Group.  Rumored to be a leftover from 2014’s These Days…, Soulo and Rich body the track without a chorus.  Listen to the intriguing song below.

Video: Jay Rock feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & ScHoolBoy Q – “Vice City”

After Jay Rock recently stated there were talks that the Black Hippy crew would be touring soon, visuals for one of his latest singles “Vice City” featuring TDE‘s Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul dropped.  Check out the engaging black and white video below.

Album Stream: Jay Rock – 90059

Listen to TDE‘s latest offering from Watts rapper, Jay Rock, the first artist to put the West Coast label on the map.  After letting fans decide on the release date, the long-awaited album is now available to stream here.  The  project features Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes, SZA and Isaiah Rashad and is available on iTunes now.


Jay Rock – “Money Trees Deuce”

Listen to the new Jay Rock track called “Money Trees Deuce” produced by Flippa.  TDE’s AnthonyTop Dawg” Tiffith debuted the track tweeting, “yall been on my head for this…here ya go.”   According to MixedByAli‘s Instagram, Jay Rock’s new album is currently being mixed and will be dropping soon.