These are my favorites. You can’t tell me MY favorite album is wrong. Thanks.
Chance The Rapper – “Coloring Book”
Whenever you listen to Chance The Rapper, you feel some type of feeling. Sometimes it’s a motivated one, sometimes it’s a “feel-good” one, and sometimes it’s a somber, reflective one. Coloring Book gives you each of those feelings and more. It’s not only Chance’s best project yet, but his most important. We’ll be listening to this one in five years from now, no question.
Kevin Gates – “Islah”
While his off-the-mic antics are not ones I agree with, Kevin Gates made a spectacular album in 2016 with Islah. He dropped it early in the year, so it may have gone unnoticed a bit, but with “Two Phones”, “Really Really” and “Time For That” leading the charge, Kevin delivered a consistent body of work that’ll make any rap fan appreciative. Bars, quality production and storytelling — a recipe for success.
Travi$ Scott – “Birds From The Trap Sing McKnight”
I was one of those folks that didn’t love the “Rodeo” Travi$ Scott, admittedly so, but holy sh*t Birds From The Trap Sing McKnight is a masterpiece. From top to bottom, Travi$ infused his eclectic style with masterful production and created gem after gem. I always appreciate an artist that shows elevation from project to project, and Travi$ did that with “Birds”.
DJ Khaled – “Major Key”
2016 was hands down DJ Khaled’s best year of his life, career wise. It was all centered around his 9th studio album Major Key, which like the rest of Khaled’s bodies of work, contained an enormous amount of features. Usually his albums feel complicated, and appear random as far as the track list and the overall message, but Major Key was different. Every song seemed to have the theme of “leveling up” and dishing out “major keys” to anyone listening. Not to mention, each song sounded great. Also, “Nas Album Done” is one of the best songs to drop in 2016. Shout out to you, Khaled.
Jeezy – “Trap Or Die 3”
The Snowman came back with a vengeance and as a diehard fan, I couldn’t be happier. While the singles outweighed the rest of the project, Jizzle delivered a strong body of work and a perfect finale to his Trap Or Die series. The lead single “All There” is a certified banger, and also a final memory of the late Bankroll Fresh, who we all deeply miss. Three times a charm for Jeezy and Trap Or Die.
YG – “Still Brazy”
Who would’ve thought YG could give us a better album then My Krazy Life? Welp, in my ears, he did. Still Brazy is every bit of a perfect follow up to his critically acclaimed debut, and also contained songs and messages that go deeper than music and hip-hop. Take “FDT” for example. The young west coast boss did us justice with Still Brazy, as well as his overall presence in 2016.
Meek Mill – “DC4”
“Meek Mill’s finished.” “Meek Mill sucks.” “Meek Mill’s a loser.”
Those are some of the things I heard all year about Philly’s own Meek Milly. Well, for those who felt that way, guess you didn’t give DC4 a spin. Though it should’ve come out months before it did, Meek gave us heat rock after heat rock on his 14-song mixtape/album. “Shine” is one of Meek’s best songs ever, “Litty” is the late-season anthem, and the slew of excellent features from the likes of Quavo, 21 Savage, YFN Lucci and Uzi make for a smooth listen start to finish. DC4 reminded us that despite his poor use of social media at times, Meek Mill is a force to be reckoned with on the mic.
Move over to the next page to see what Khalah Morris of Beauty & The Beats views as her favorites of the year.