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Rihanna – “Anti”
This album had so many amazing songs on it almost all 16 were pretty damn good. In my opinion this is my favorite Rihanna album because this time around the songwriting and production was really there. We knew exactly who Rihanna was and this album really solidified her place in the game. Starting the album off with “Work”‘with Drake we thought we knew what we’re going to get but Rihanna showed us that she could even cover a song and make it her own.
Frank Ocean – “Blonde”
We waited about 8 years for a new album from Frank and he didn’t disappoint. Before this his visual album “Endless” was released and I initially didn’t take the time to listen/watch because everyone discussed how boring it was and I would rather spend 40 minutes doing something else than watching a staircase being built. But when I saw the video for “Nikes” my excitement was peaked. I instantly fell in love with album, Frank told us more about his life in this album and gave us impeccable songwriting and story telling. The album was relatable and that’s why it resonated with me so much. Currently still in rotation.
The Weeknd – “Starboy”
I was super late listening to this album because I couldn’t deal with the Weekndmania that was taking place on Twitter, I did initially give it a skim through but wasn’t feeling it and went back to Frank Ocean (lol) but my close friend who happens to be a producer urged me to listen to the album fully once I did that it was a wrap. This album is versatile and gives us the House of Balloons Weeknd that we enjoyed along with the pop sound we’ve grown accustomed to from him. And “Starboy” was pure fire.
DJ Khaled – “Major Key”
I don’t care what no one else says this compilation album was pretty damn good. Even though “I Got The Keys” came and went there were still some great songs on there such as “Nas Album Done”, ” Ima Be Alright”, “Jermaine’s Interlude” and a couple more. I can’t hate on Khaled effort here because I still play more than a few of these. And Khaled became a marketing genius this year. Play this and don’t listen to “they.”
Dreezy – “No Hard Feelings”
Dreezy came on the scene to show that she can spit and create some radio friendly records that both the ladies and fellas can enjoy. Plus I’m from Chicago so i was feeling her lingo and plus she was rapping her ass off on the whole project. One of my favorites for sure from this year. I hope she continues to go up from here.
Saba – “Bucket List Project”
Okay so I’m definitely biased on this one for good reason. Saba is cold and he gets extra points from me because he’s from the Westside of Chicago. It seems like this side is always overlooked and it’s dope to see a young artist repping this side of the city who can actually story tell and give us substance in his raps. I became interested in Saba when he dropped this record called “Burnout” with Eryn Allen Kane. It took me a while to get to this one but a friend told me to listen immediately and I did and I got stuck on “Westside Bound 3.” This is just a well put together project, so well done Saba.