Hip-hop spent a good part of the year mourning the death of A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg, who passed in March. The Best Rap Albums of 2016 - Kanye West - The Life of Pablo "I just copped a jet to fly over personal debt." The actress …, In a year of uncertainty, you can always bet on 6LACK. ... Kanye West lived The Life of Pablo in 2016. Item 6 of 31. …, The Weeknd is getting ready to hit the road. (Hip-Hop and R&B) It was hard to narrow this list down, but here's what I came up with! Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine 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. 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. 11. 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”). Share. But it was his sophomore album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, that stood out most. 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. Caitlin White. Many have proclaimed 2016 as one of the best years for music in recent memory, and it’s a hard point to argue. ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP 2016 was the year of experimentation. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. Over the next three weeks we'll be sharing more genre-specific lists, but we wanted to start at the top, featuring the best of the best. 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. (via. 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. In the wake of her pregnancy, the "Girls Need …, Travis Scott made bank in 2020. Lex Amor, 2020. The Houston rapper is on track to bring in more than $100 million in earnings …, YoungBoy Never Broke Again is a father again. 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. 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. Beyond “Hotline Bling,” which is included as a bonus track, Drizzy ruled the airwaves with the dancehall-inflected “One Dance” and reunited with Rihanna for the duet “Too Good.”. Thank You 4 Your service by A Tribe Called Quest released in 2016 via Epic. After unleashing one of the year's biggest albums with Starboy, the …, Get ready to "Party" with Breezy. 15. Style: Hip Hop Format: MP3 320Kbps Size: 140 Mb Tracklist and Download links » Dash – Beta (2020) Posted by NewAlbumReleases.net On November - 28 - 2020. Meek Mill – DC4, Machine Gun Kelly's beef with Eminem was not good for business. 19. As if on cue, just as Gucci Mane was released from prison, his new Florida progeny, Kodak Black, was... Atrocity Exhibition. Young Thug – JEFFERY 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. 2 on the Billboard …, 6ix9ine nearly came to blows with boxer Gervonta Davis over the weekend. 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 … (via, Joey Purp: "Girls @" [ft. TWENTY88 – TWENTY88 Rap-Up’s Best Albums of 2016: 11-20. The 20 best rap albums of 2016 There’s been no shortage of essential rap albums released in 2016. AllMusic Best of 2016 - Spanning the breadth of the music covered in 2016, this list features our editors' picks for the best albums of the year. Young Thug – JEFFERY 15. 12. Noname : “Diddy Bop” [ft. Raury & Cam O'bi] The assortment of tracks are rough drafts, but the ideas are all clearly articulated, in whiplash-inducing raps and soulful odysseys. 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. The 7 Best Rap Albums of 2016. by Deadseriousness Jan 11, 2017, 3:47 pm. Rap in 2016 was a strange beast. 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'. It’s a technical marvel, an emotional spectacle, and an infectious jammer all in one. –Sheldon Pearce, Noname is a poet first and a rapper second, a distinction you can feel everywhere on her profoundly intimate Telefone. On Colbert, as he shouted, “Tell ‘em we don’t die, we multiply,” Michael Brown and the magic of black resilience came to mind. In two TV performances that bookended the release of his opus, To Pimp a Butterfly—the first as the final performer on “The Colbert Report,” the second on “The Tonight Show”—Kendrick Lamar expanded the scope of his vision. Alongside collaborators like Daft Punk and Kendrick Lamar, he embraced an even bigger sound, with sharp hooks and sharper songwriting. Your California Privacy Rights. 2017 was the year that rap … East Coast hip-hop was a competitive space in the '90s, and Mobb's first album, "Juvenile Hell," flew under the radar. –Sheldon Pearce, “Watch me blueprint rec centers,” Brownsville’s Ka mutters on a song just called “$,” from Honor Killed the Samurai. The Best Rap Albums Of 2016. He’s a gangsta rapper, sure, but he’s also got the chops to cover Blink-182. Just in time for the holidays, the Toronto rapper has launched his own line …, 50 Cent is making more "Power" moves. Speaking with Interview magazine, the Cleveland rapper reflected on his …, Kodak Black is asking for a presidential pardon. On the darkly-shaded set, he confects trap anthems accented by Auto-Tune vocals, his gloomiest and most apocalyptic yet. 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. 14. (via, Kodak Black: “Vibin in This Bih” [ft. Gucci Mane] 17. 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. John Twells and Chris Kelly assemble the best of the bunch, from Lil Yachty and YG to 21 Savage … 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. Basically, rap about the same things, just over hazier production. In what was a mostly dark 2016, Hip Hop saw a ray of light with the release of A Tribe Called Quest’s swan song. Music’s most mysterious mind had been altogether silent since the release of 2012’s career-defining channel ORANGE. But she’s clear-eyed, understanding that eventually, the buzz wears off and no amount of money or Hennessy can bring back lost loved ones. I know Becky had good hair but that’s where my knowledge of that album begins and ends. UPROXX. In 1995, Havoc and Prodigy made huge creative leaps with "The Infamous." Pac. 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. *Unknown lyric. Even with all the dark currents swirling, he put a careful toe on the national stage, campaigning (warily, but hard) for Hillary Clinton. Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered. 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. 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. 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. 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!). It morphed and evolved several times after its release. He’s one of rap’s most impressive young writers—unusually observant, reflective, and prognostic in the same breath—and his punches come in quick succession. Genre: Hip Hop. It was a dispiriting year, difficult for optimists, and he was there, eyeing the changing winds and reporting on what he saw. Share. –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. (via. Pac on his birthday while behind bars, and it’s his best work yet, a thoughtful consideration of his life as a teenage gangster. 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. It’s a feel-good mixtape about being young and having fun, about West Coast nightlife as escapism—from violence, pettiness, poverty, and the natural chaos of existence. Drake turned the 6 (and the charts) upside down once again in 2016, as the Toronto rapper’s fourth studio album enjoyed Views from the top of the Billboard … Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine 14. The Life of Pablo is Kanye West 's living expression of art. If you haven't been glued to Hot 97 or Livemixtapes.com, here, in alphabetical order, are 20 of the most urgent, most partying, most excellent albums to come out of hip-hop this year. Chance the Rapper] All rights reserved. The 20 Best Rap Albums of 2016 Savage Mode. The Houston rapper's debut album Good News opens at No. “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. HipHopDX brings you all the new albums & hip hop release dates! This is the soul of the prematurely wise rapper’s work. 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. Complete with new bars from the late, great Phife Dawg, the album gave us a … Watch videos, view photos more at GRAMMY.com. Chance The Rapper. 18. 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. 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. New Hip Hop albums; New Hip Hop albums. 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. These performances weren’t supposed to be properly released, but their energies seemed to required it. Stay on top of all the newest hip hop and rap album releases. Travis Scott – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. No shade to Macklemore. Chris Brown has linked up with Usher and Gucci Mane on a new single …. 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. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Condé Nast. They felt like necessary texts. This list isn’t based off of the best verses of 2016; that’s a different discussion. 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. 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. Tweet. Two … 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. Def Jam/Glassnote. 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. Months later, when he roared, “You ain’t gotta tell me that I’m the one,” his supremacy was a forgone conclusion. 13. 16. For any rap fans who still believe the pen is the sword, Ka is one of the last samurai alive. 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.
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