2016 has been an amazing year for music, especially for us music junkies. Anderson .Paak’s Funk and Hip-Hop record Malibu set the tone for us to groove to, then Frank Ocean returned with TWO full releases, Blond and Endless reminding us that “you can’t break the law with them”, plus we FINALLY received A Tribe Called Quest’s final album, We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service, and we haven’t been able to stop listening since. Beyond that Kendrick Lamar blessed our ears with a full project of “throwaway” tracks that still fit with his ever-evolving catalogue. Let’s not forget Kanye West debuted The Life of Pablo at the premiere of Yeezy Season 3 inside Madison Square Garden. Months after the release,’Ye gradually made changes to the album and updated it on all streaming services.
We enlisted @ellhah, @ThatDudeMcFly, @samomaryleona and @MeghannnEliza and took to Twitter to discuss the best Rap Albums of 2016. In no specific order, check out our top 20 favourite records of 2016 below.
Anderson .Paak – Malibu
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got it From Here…Thank You For Your Service
Frank Ocean – Blond
Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’
Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
Kaytranada – 99.9%
Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered.
Travis Scott – Birds in The Trap Sing McKnight
Skepta – Konnichiwa
21 Savage & Metro Boomin – Savage Mode
Drake – Views
Isaiah Rashad – The Sun’s Tirade
dvsn – Sept. 5th
J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only
ScHoolBoy Q – Blank Face
Noname – Telefone
Tory Lanez – I Told You
Vince Staples – Prima Donna