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12 December 2016. The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2016 2016 In Review December 7, 2016 10:25 AM By Tom Breihan The larger societal events of the past year had an interesting effect on rap music. There’s a reason they call her Queen Bey. “These ain’t new problems, they just old ways,” he reminded us on “Sunshine.” “The badge is the new noose.”, Pusha found new ways to bring his battle-hardened realism to the front lines. Atrocity Exhibition’s four-track stretch from “Lost” through “White Lines” is about as traditional as rap gets—stuffed with constant similes and marvelously wordy drug descriptions—but it’s backed by unmatched production that other rappers would not dare touch, full of obscure samples and near-impossible tempos. And then Beyoncé emerged with her visual album LEMONADE, one of the catchiest ruminations on infidelity ever. He’s a gangsta rapper, sure, but he’s also got the chops to cover Blink-182. Rap in 2016 was a strange beast. John Twells and Chris Kelly assemble the best of the bunch, from Lil Yachty and YG to 21 Savage … Among his many strengths as a rapper are his abilities to cut through with blunt talk and to be many things at once, not all of them good: hard and soft, thoughtful and careless, sympathetic and despicable, fatherly and abusive. 11 albums in, this was a return to form for the Chicago MC – one of the most politically charged (and that's saying something) releases of 2016, fraut with tension. Even with all the dark currents swirling, he put a careful toe on the national stage, campaigning (warily, but hard) for Hillary Clinton. They felt like necessary texts. “Watch me blueprint rec centers,” Brownsville’s, Kamaiyah fantasized about wealth and its feel on her breakout single, “, Kamaiyah: "How Does It Feel" Two of the biggest superstars in the genre put out records — Kanye and Drake respectively — but neither release possessed the … The 6 God continued his hot streak from 2015—when he released the chart-topping If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and What a Time to Be Alive—with Views, a record packed with some of his catchiest fare yet. Like with how she shirked a traditional album rollout for 2013’s Beyoncé by essentially pioneering the surprise release, LEMONADE arrived as a visual presentation on HBO, with a tapestry of visuals depicting the spectrum of emotions one feels when faced with infidelity. Rap-Up’s Best Albums of 2016: 11-20. If Young Metro doesn’t trust you, the saying goes,Â, 21 Savage: “Ocean Drive” –Jayson Greene, Joey Purp is not a flashy rapper, but a consistent one. Hip-hop spent a good part of the year mourning the death of A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg, who passed in March. It’s been a few years since Chicago native Chance the Rapper started picking up steam, but 2016 felt like the year he truly came into his own. Young Thug – JEFFERY On the darkly-shaded set, he confects trap anthems accented by Auto-Tune vocals, his gloomiest and most apocalyptic yet. ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP 12. HipHopDX brings you all the new albums & hip hop release dates! No one in 2016 threw a more joyous or life-affirming party of an album, with so many disparate guests sounding like the best versions of themselves: Justin Bieber was here, sounding relaxed and effortless and natural and human, four entirely foreign sensations to Bieber’s music, on the luxuriously sexy “Juke Jam.” Future, deep in his dead-souled zombie phase, sounded cuddly on “Smoke Break.” Regina  Spektor turned into a Broadway belter on an axed version of “Same Drugs,” and Jeremih turned into Bon Iver on “Summer Friends.” Chance was the ringleader at the center of it all, inspiring himself and others to reach higher. 7. Everything is grim and intense on Savage Mode—like when he threatens to “Pull up on you, tie your kids up” on “No Heart”—showing that 21 may be the heir to Chief Keef’s hip-hop-nihilist throne. Her 2008 album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams positioned her as a considerable talent, while 2012’s True EP only bolstered that claim. Months later, when he roared, “You ain’t gotta tell me that I’m the one,” his supremacy was a forgone conclusion. These performances weren’t supposed to be properly released, but their energies seemed to required it. I used to have a name that look like butterflies and Hennessy/I’ll trade it up for happiness but joyful don’t remember me,” she says on “Sunny Duet.” The way her phrases skip across the surface of the light, breezy music shows someone who honed their skills at open mics and spoken-word nights, then saw a way to refract that luminous vision into music. Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered. winner, Coloring Book. The 27-year-old drill rapper, who went by …, Reginae Carter took it back to the '99 and the 2000 while celebrating her birthday. ... Kanye West lived The Life of Pablo in 2016. The "WAP" rapper hosted 37 family members at her house over the holiday, …, Summer Walker and London On Da Track's relationship drama continues to unfold. Chris Brown has linked up with Usher and Gucci Mane on a new single …. In two TV performances that bookended the release of his opus, These performances weren’t supposed to be properly released, but their energies seemed to required it. Meek Mill – DC4, Machine Gun Kelly's beef with Eminem was not good for business. Putting out a mixtape album yielded strong returns: the Grammys changed its rules so he could be considered for the 2017 award ceremony, and he ended up with a substantial seven nominations. Little did fans know that the Five Foot Assassin had been in the studio with Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad secretly recording the iconic group’s final album, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service, a politically-minded release that seemed to foreshadow the fallout of Donald Trump winning the presidential election. Using only that logic, 21 Savage is Metro Boomin’s perfect companion, because he trusts absolutely no one. Savage Mode is the rapper’s show; even Metro’s beats don’t get in the way, slowly trickling beneath the young Atlanta rapper’s menacingly quiet voice. Genre: Hip Hop. In the wake of her pregnancy, the "Girls Need …, Travis Scott made bank in 2020. Alternative Hip Hop; Comedy Rap; East Coast Hip Hop; French Hip Hop; Hardcore Hip Hop; Instrumental Hip Hop; Political Hip Hop; Pop Rap; Religious Hip Hop; Southern Hip Hop; UK Hip Hop; West Coast Hip Hop; Compilations; Breadcrumbs: New Albums; Hip Hop; Government Tropicana. It's exactly as confusing an image as should adorn a Soul Asylum album in the year 2016. 2016 has been a huge year for Hip Hop, with Kanye West dropping his long-awaited album 'The Life Of Pablo' and Drake releasing his new album 'Views'. The two untitled compositions—both hookless jazz-rap epics with lush instrumental flourishes and improvised-for-TV breakdowns—were clear companion pieces to his masterwork, but they were even more raw somehow, stripped bare of pretext and completely nerve-striking. Top 20 Albums of 2016! The latter was a clear standout, a hushed R&B affair that was poignant and warm and a triumphant return to the music game. Travis Scott’s presence was felt everywhere this year, from his guest features on tracks from Rihanna (“Woo”) and Gucci Mane (“Last Time”) to appearing in fashion campaigns for Alexander Wang and Saint Laurent. If you haven't been glued to Hot 97 or, here, in alphabetical order, are 20 of the most urgent, most partying, most excellent albums to come out of hip-hop this year. All rights reserved. Chance The Rapper. Lil Wayne's daughter …, Cardi B's big Thanksgiving was met with backlash. –Matthew Strauss, Chance the Rapper’s joyful yelp of a mixtape, Coloring Book, was the panacea we needed all year, a balm to seething societal unrest; it shimmered with the delicacy of a music box and roared with the mightiness of a full gospel choir. The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017 2017 In Review December 11, 2017 2:20 PM By Tom Breihan Streaming changed things. The "TROLLZ" rapper was at a Miami strip club, …, A man has been charged with the murder of 21 Savage's brother, Terrell Davis. 2 on the Billboard …, 6ix9ine nearly came to blows with boxer Gervonta Davis over the weekend. Kamaiyah fantasized about wealth and its feel on her breakout single, “How Does It Feel,” before relishing her come-up on mixtape cuts like “I’m On.” Many of the tracks on A Good Night in the Ghetto, as its title implies, settle somewhere between the two, longing for more but savoring the present. See the list of GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees for the Best Rap Album. He comes off as both emotional and heartless, moving relentlessly through war stories and love stories at the same pace, and often blurring their margins. Caitlin White. On Honor Killed the Samurai, his Wu-Tang-inspired midnight music came to a fine point, like the graphite tip of a pencil touching pad. Reblog. Following the success of last year’s Beauty Behind the Madness, where The Weeknd completed his transition from mixtape R&B singer to full-fledged pop star, Starboy merely confirmed his ascent to the forefront of the mainstream. As the husk of “gangsta rap” continues to crumble around him, he finds new ways of engaging with the world without losing his precious skepticism. They felt like necessary texts. Noname is careful with the feelings of others but also unafraid to let a loving hand linger on the darkest and worst that life has to offer:  “All my n*ggas is casket pretty/Ain’t no one safe in this happy city,” she sighs, content with her place in the balance between joy and murder, between life and death. Share. –Jayson Greene. In 1995, Havoc and Prodigy made huge creative leaps with "The Infamous." Complete with new bars from the late, great Phife Dawg, the album gave us a … 2016 was the year of experimentation. 2016 was seemingly hardwired to self-destruct, as Metallica sang on their furious 10th album – and music stared down the chaos. Lex Amor, 2020. (Hip-Hop and R&B) It was hard to narrow this list down, but here's what I came up with! It morphed and evolved several times after its release. Artist: Dash Album: Beta Released: 2020 Style: Hip Hop Format: MP3 320Kbps Size: 66 Mb This year, the Odd Future crooner came with not one but two albums—Endless and Blonde. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. –Sheldon Pearce, “Watch me blueprint rec centers,” Brownsville’s Ka mutters on a song just called “$,” from Honor Killed the Samurai. Rap-Up® is a registered trademark. Two … is both the greatest old-school rapper and the most avant-garde artist in hip-hop. Genre: Hip Hop. –Sheldon Pearce, Noname is a poet first and a rapper second, a distinction you can feel everywhere on her profoundly intimate Telefone. The Best Rap Albums Of 2016. Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine 14. Let Rick Ross build “a dream with elevators in it,” let Kanye fly a jet over personal debt; Ka’s dreams are community-sized and grassroots. After 2012’s Unapologetic, Rihanna broke her hot streak of releasing a project every year (with the exception of ’08) by taking more than three years to drop her oft-delayed eighth album ANTI. The Houston rapper's debut album Good News opens at No. Share. Music’s most mysterious mind had been altogether silent since the release of 2012’s career-defining channel ORANGE. The actress …, In a year of uncertainty, you can always bet on 6LACK. “I can’t give a fuck about these millions/And I will give it up to see him live on,” she raps, remembering her late partners-in-crime Cocaine James, who died of cancer in April, and Fred. The Bay Area rapper, whose real name was Mark Antonyyo Alexander, …, Summer Walker is dealing with baby daddy drama. Here are Rap-Up’s 20 best albums of 2016. Teeth-grinding highs, gruesome comedowns, desperate decadence: the fifth album from Detroit rapper Danny Brown was not only 2016’s most entertaining hip-hop release, it … Basically, rap about the same things, just over hazier production. Alongside collaborators like Daft Punk and Kendrick Lamar, he embraced an even bigger sound, with sharp hooks and sharper songwriting. But it was his sophomore album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, that stood out most. Apparently, even Lamar’s B-sides are essential. So I was going to do a top 7 albums of the year but then I remembered that I only listen to rap and I’m still not quite sure what Beyonce’s Lemonade sounds like. The embattled rapper, who is behind bars on weapons charges, put out a …, Lil Yase is dead after a shooting near San Francisco. Item 6 of 31. With Havoc serving up hardbody beats and Prodigy thrilling listeners with cinematic crime rap, "The Infamous" became one of the most influential gangsta rap albums. But in the midst of it all, he released yet another body of work that peered into the mind of one of music’s greatest. We're celebrating the biggest homegrown talent by rounding up the best Grime and UK Hip Hop songs to drop from British artists in 2016. All rights reserved. You can hear the tinkering, the outtakes informing and enriching TPAB’s final product, but they exist on their own, too, with individual bold arcs and proclamations. For any rap fans who still believe the pen is the sword, Ka is one of the last samurai alive. Beyond that came Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean, Solange, and A Tribe Called Quest with LPs that redefined how an album can sound, and what an album can be. Coloring Book, his third project, is joyous and ebullient, a victory lap for an artist who rebuffed the major label system and forged ahead as an independent musician. It’s nearly impossible to not root for her, to not celebrate her success with her, as she performs with such gusto, enjoying her newfound fame and her longheld friendships. 15. After romance rumors surfaced earlier this year, PEOPLE confirms that the singer and …, No matter what industry you work in, your daily tasks rarely keep you in one place — digitally, that is. Kanye West may have had the rockiest year of his life: his wife Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris, and he cut his tour short after being hospitalized for alleged paranoia and hallucinations. Courtesy Photo. Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 1/1/20) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 1/1/20). But he finds a near-perfect balance on Islah, a somewhat surprising major-label rap hit that is as consistently fragile as it is thorny. She balances the breezy with the heartfelt, navigating the complexities of life in Oakland; drinking out the bottle, and pouring some out, too. The Top rapper has reportedly welcomed a baby with Drea Symone. 11. Pac is a more concise, well-rounded outing than previous efforts, and it’s also Black’s most complete mixtape to date. His mixtape is the work of someone who’s taken in the world around him, and is relaying only the most crucial parts. –Matthew Strauss, Pusha’s latest solo record dropped in the waning hours of December 2015, but it hung uneasily throughout the darkness of 2016, from the classic Clipse hauteur (“I drops every blue moon/To separate myself from you kings of the YouTube,” he snapped at the album’s opening) to its dire warnings of storm fronts approaching (“Keep Dealing”). If Young Metro doesn’t trust you, the saying goes, Future will shoot you. 6 / 31. The 20 Best Rap Albums of 2016 Savage Mode. 12. Her third album, A Seat at the Table, came almost suddenly, both in terms of timing and artistic merit, a calm meditation on race relations in contemporary America. The assortment of tracks are rough drafts, but the ideas are all clearly articulated, in whiplash-inducing raps and soulful odysseys. Four years since his debut, the Grammy-nominated singer remains one …, Now you too can smell like Drake. The Life of Pablo is Kanye West 's living expression of art. Telefone is a healing and heartbreaking album, but above all it is gentle, full of soft chimes and cooing vocals. Chance the Rapper] Style: Hip Hop Format: MP3 320Kbps Size: 140 Mb Tracklist and Download links » Dash – Beta (2020) Posted by On November - 28 - 2020. ©Copyright 2020 It’s a technical marvel, an emotional spectacle, and an infectious jammer all in one. 2017 was the year that rap … *Unknown lyric. Noname : “Diddy Bop” [ft. Raury & Cam O'bi] Danny Brown, Skepta, Kamaiyah and the other rappers who made this year great. Def Jam/Glassnote. After a dry spell without albums from some of hip-hop and R&B’s most prominent figures, a gang of titans returned in mint condition, pushing themselves past their limits and carrying music into the future. It was a dispiriting year, difficult for optimists, and he was there, eyeing the changing winds and reporting on what he saw. Stay on top of all the newest hip hop and rap album releases. 18. But it was worth the wait: Rihanna explores a wide palette of styles and sounds, more so than ever before, making for her most eclectic offering to date. It mixes stunt anthems with moving tributes to loved ones on the outside, finding balance somewhere in the middle. –Sheldon Pearce. Tweet. Anderson .Paak – Malibu 13. 19. If Young Metro doesn’t trust you, the saying goes, Future will shoot you. Brown executes this perfectly; Atrocity Exhibition is, in some ways, a continuation of XXX’s “downward spiral,” just twisted up even more. –Jayson Greene, Kevin Gates has never shied away from being genuine, even when that means revealing the ugliest things about himself—like when he explained battery charges for kicking a female fan at a show. –Matthew Strauss, As if on cue, just as Gucci Mane was released from prison, his new Florida progeny, Kodak Black, was arrested on a handful of charges, including robbery. As he himself puts it more plainly: “Verbally, mentally, and physically, I keep the heat.” –Sheldon Pearce, Danny Brown is both the greatest old-school rapper and the most avant-garde artist in hip-hop. Her voice is low and conversational, and her lyrics are full of rich, tactile images: “I used to have a name that look like butterflies and Hennessy/I’ll trade it up for happiness but joyful don’t remember me,” she says on “Sunny Duet.” The way her phrases skip across the surface of the light, breezy music shows someone who honed their skills at open mics and spoken-word nights, then saw a way to refract that luminous vision into music. Rap in 2016 was a strange beast. ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP By popular demand, Top Dawg Entertainment put outÂ. Thank You 4 Your service by A Tribe Called Quest released in 2016 via Epic. Ad Choices. TWENTY88 – TWENTY88 Thank You 4 Your service by A Tribe Called Quest released in 2016 via Epic. Speaking with Interview magazine, the Cleveland rapper reflected on his …, Kodak Black is asking for a presidential pardon. Young Thug – JEFFERY 15. Apparently it's very lit. Your California Privacy Rights. iiiDrops opens with a survey of his surroundings on “Morning Sex.” Even with horn blasts reminiscent of Just Blaze, Purp remains level, delivering a steady flow throughout. The hip-hop mogul links up with NLE Choppa and Rileyy Lanez on "Part of …, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky's relationship is heating up. J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only (via, Joey Purp: "Girls @" [ft. Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine From the bleak and pitiless nihilism of 21 Savage, Skepta, and Danny Brown to the exuberance of Kamaiyah and Chance; from the gnomic, inward musings of Ka and Kendrick to the rough, open-book humanity of Joey Purp: In 2016, rap albums splintered into a million different and thrilling forms, overflowing the edges of mundane details like normal release dates (hello, Kanye) and heteronormativity (hi, Thug!). The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Condé Nast. 20. New Hip Hop albums; New Hip Hop albums. 17. …, The Weeknd is getting ready to hit the road. His approach on the mixtape is best articulated by Gucci Mane on their collaboration, “Vibin in This Bih”: “Lock me in a box, but I’m coming out swinging.” Lil B.I.G. (via, Kodak Black: “Vibin in This Bih” [ft. Gucci Mane] (via. See the list of GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees for the Best Rap Album. The Best Rap Albums of 2016 - Kanye West - The Life of Pablo "I just copped a jet to fly over personal debt." Adele was top of the mountain in 2015 and it is a similar story in 2016 – the much-loved megastar has hiked her way to Official Albums Chart supremacy for the second year in a row. The Houston rapper is on track to bring in more than $100 million in earnings …, YoungBoy Never Broke Again is a father again. The 20 best rap albums of 2016 There’s been no shortage of essential rap albums released in 2016. Pac on his birthday while behind bars, and it’s his best work yet, a thoughtful consideration of his life as a teenage gangster. 2016 Re-Album: K-pop, hip hop, dance-pop, R&B: YG: December 2 Childish Gambino … No shade to Macklemore. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic Many have proclaimed 2016 as one of the best years for music in recent memory, and it’s a hard point to argue.

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