Name: Khalah Morris
Media Outlets: Beauty & The Beats
Social Media Handles: @theeblackbella
My favorites. In no particular order…
1. Chance the Rapper – “Coloring Book”
Kanye’s prodigy had a great year in 2016. After releasing 2 highly acclaimed mixtapes that shot him into the limelight over the past 4 years, he dropped the long awaited Coloring Book mixtape in May 2016. Though the project is laced with features all the way from Young Thug and Future to Justin Beiber and Kirk Franklin, Chance proves to be a standout act all throughout the tape. Coloring Book features heavy gospel influences as well as continues to pay homage to his upbringing on the Southside of Chicago. Coloring Book is just that, a colorful tale of Chance’s life through which he highlights feelings of happiness, grief, joy and self-reflection. Coloring Book feels so special to listeners who have followed his career, and is especially nostalgic for fellow Chicago native like myself. Coloring Book is everything purely beautiful, grimey and light-hearted I remember about growing up on the Southside in the early 2000’s. To make matters greater, Chance remained true to his promise of releasing completely free art to his fans. Coloring Book was released for free and became the first-ever streaming-only project to chart on the Billboard 200. I’d say he did a good ass job with Chance 3.
2. Travi$ Scott – “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”
While Travis Scott’s 2015 debut album Rodeo and smash hit “Antidote” rode a good wave, I can’t say it was a standout for me. Fast forward to 2016 and Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight is arguably one of the best rap albums of the year, IMO. Travi$ built on his unique sound of auto-tune meets harmonious goodness coupled with top tier production to produce a mesmerizing anecdote of the 24-year-old’s life in the fast lane. Travi$ is an artist I think we can count on to raise the bar and push the culture of rap as we know it forward. He’s not afraid to take risks and cultivate a new feel, setting his rock star influenced persona apart from others in the rap game.
Be sure to visit Beauty & The BEATS to see Khalah’s other five albums.
Next up is Ticara Devone who brings her own flare to the favorite picks on the following page.