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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: YG – Still Brazy

Released 2 days early, YG excited fans by dropping his sophomore album, Still Brazy.  A more in-depth continuation of My Krazy Life, the Compton rapper touches on police brutality, crime in the streets and his life since being shot at an LA recording studio.  The West Coast production (featuring Lil’ Wayne, Nipsey Hussle and Drake) successfully puts a contemporary spin on G Funk and features plenty of bangers perfect for summer.  Listen to the entire project here.

Video: YG & Nipsey Hussle – “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)”

After getting shut down by the police, LA rappers YG and Nipsey Hussle still managed to  release the visual for their new anthem “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump).”  Directed by Austin Simkins (Salty State), the track filmed in South LA is slated to be on YG’s anticipated album, Still Krazy.  Watch below.

Album Stream: Ty Dolla $ign – Free TC

Multi-instrumentalist R&B artist Ty Dolla $ign is often credited with coining “ratchet music” with his longtime colleague YG,  but his studio debut, Free TC, ventures into a plethora of other sonic realms.  Strings, guitars, saxophones and keys offer a source of refreshment in R&B’s current electro-filled landscape.

The endless list of guest stars (ranging from 90s artists to present day) successfully manages to somehow complement the album’s production.  Check out the tracklist and listen below.

01 LA ft. Kendrick Lamar, Brandy & James Fauntleroy
02 Saved ft. E-40
03 Straight Up ft. Jagged Edge
04 Solid ft. Babyface
05 Horses in the Stable
06 Know Ya ft. Trey Songz
07 Credit ft. Sevyn Streeter
08 Miracle/Wherever ft. Big TC & D-Loc
09 Guard Down ft. Kanye West & Diddy
10 Sitting Pretty ft. Wiz Khalifa
11 When I See Ya ft. Fetty Wap
12 Blase ft. Future & Rae Sremmurd
13 Only Right ft. YG, Joe Moses & TeeCee4800
14 Bring It Out of Me
15 Actress ft. R. Kelly
16 Finale ft. SA-RA & PJ

Album Stream: Game – The Documentary 2 & 2.5

Game‘s new album and sequel to his classic debut, The Documentary 2, is available for streaming.  The hype for his new project has been tremendous receiving praise from his peers including Dr. Dre and Busta Rhymes.  Listen to the album below via Spotify and check out the completely star-studded track list.  Get ready for the second half of the double album, Documentary 2.5, out 10/16.

Update: Documentary 2.5 is now also available for streaming below.

The Documentary 2 – Track List:
1) Intro
2) On Me ft. Kendrick Lamar
3) Step Up ft. Dej Loaf & Sha Sha
4) Don’t Trip ft. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre & will.i.am
5) Standing On Ferraris ft. Diddy
6) Dollar And A Dream ft. Ab-Soul
7) Made In America ft. Mvrcus Blvck
8) Hashtag ft. Jelly Roll
9) Circles ft. Q-Tip, Eric Bellinger & Sha Sha
10) Uncle Skit
11) Dedicated ft. Future & Sonyae
12) Bitch You Ain’t Shit
13) Summertime ft. Jelly Roll
14) Mula ft. Kanye West
15) The Documentary 2
16) New York, New York
17) 100 ft. Drake
18) Just Another Day
19) LA ft. Snoop Dogg, will.i.am & Fergie

The Documentary 2.5 – Track List:
1) New York Skit
2) Magnus Carlsen ft. Anderson .Paak
3) Crenshaw/80s and Cocaine ft. Anderson .Paak & Sonyae
4) Gang Bang Anyway ft. Jay Rock & Schoolboy Q
5) The Ghetto ft.  Nas & will.i.am
6) From Adam ft. Lil’ Wayne
7) Gang Related ft. Asia
8) Last Time You Seen ft. Scarface & Stacy Barthe
9) Intoxicated ft. Deion
10) Quiks Groove (The One) ft. DJ Quik, Sevyn Streeter & Micah
11) Outside ft. E-40, Mvrcus Blvck & Lil’ E
12) Up On The Wall ft. Problem, Ty Dolla $ign & YG
13) Sex Skit
14) My Flag/Da Homies ft. Ty Dolla $ign, Jay 305, AD, Mitch E-Slick, Joe Moses, RJ & Scheme
15) Moment Of Violence ft. King Mez, JT & Jon Connor
16) Like Father Like Son 2 ft. Busta Rhymes
17) Life
18) *BONUS: “El Chappo” ft. Skrillex


 

 

Album Stream: Casey Veggies – Live & Grow

It’s been a long two years since Casey Veggies dropped a project, but the Inglewood rapper has finally released his very first studio album called Live & Grow.  The album roster includes Ty Dolla $ign, DeJ Loaf and Tyler, The Creator.  Listen to the project on Spotify, which also features his hit songs “Backflip” with YG and IAMSU! and “Tied Up” with Dej Loaf.

Hip Hop News 2/2

Suge Knight has been charged with 1 count of murder, 1 count of attempted murder & 2 counts of Hit-n-Run though he claims he didn’t know he hit the victim.  His bail was revoked and a new video of the incident is being analyzed by homicide detectives.

Belvedere Ultra Lounge Day 4 At Club OPM

Bobbi Kristina (daughter of Whitney Huston and Bobby Brown) is fighting for her life and is surrounded by immediate family.  She was found unconscious in a bath tub on Saturday. (Read More) 

Bobby Shmurda awaits city review after posting $2 million bail. (Read More)

Missy Elliott is on track for a 1,000% sales increase thanks to the Super Bowl. (Read More) 

The Gorillaz‘ return has been confirmed.  (Read More) 

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RiFF RaFF says he will sign to Young Money when Tha Carter V drops and plans on releasing The Neon Phenom in 2016. (Read More)

50 Cent fired shots at A$AP Rocky on Instagram for sending DM to 50’s ex. (Read More)

 DJ Drama and  Lil’ Wayne hint at a Dedication 6 album.

Sorry For The Wait 2. Carter V. Dedication 6.

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Drake and Meek Mill make fun of Kevin Hart‘s sleeveless leather shirt on Instagram, and Hart responds. (Read More)

YG and Ty Dolla $ign are being investigated after an alleged assault at an Australia club. (Read More)