It is finally here. New Years Eve. Let me start out by first saying Happy New Year. The highlight of twenty-sixteen was the amount of DOPE albums, mixtapes, and projects released this year. Everyone from Lil Uzi Vert to A Tribe Called Quest gave us brand new music this year. Before we close the chapter of twenty-sixteen, lets take one final walk down memory lane as I bring you my top five favorite albums of the year.
Now this isn’t a list on what I believe are the best albums of the year. This list is very simply my favorite albums of the year. These albums stayed in constant rotation. Whether I was in the gym, driving around in the car, or just chilling at the crib, it was guaranteed that one of these albums was going to get played.
Enough stalling. Lets get to the list.
Coming in at number five is Bruno Mars’ 24K.
Release Date: November 18, 2016
Favorite Tracks: “That’s What I Like”, “Finesse”, “Calling All My Lovelies”
A late release of 2016, but one that quickly jumped into my daily rotation. The album is playing as I write this post. Bruno delivers nine tracks of straight heat. There isn’t any song I would take off this project. Solid album from the opening track, all the way down to the last one.
At number four we have The Life of Pablo by Kanye West.
Release Date: February 14, 2016
Favorite Tracks: “Ultralight Beam”, “Highlights”, “Waves”
From College Dropout to Yeezus, Kanye’s music has constantly evolved. This album is no exception. On Life of Pablo, I feel we get each “stage” of Mr. West. Pablo opens up with the Gospel themed “Ultralight Beam” featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, The Dream, and Kirk Franklin. And the features get even better. Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, and Rihanna all make guest appearances on Kanye’s seventh album.
My third favorite album of twenty-sixteen is Anderson Paak’s Malibu.
Release Date: January 15, 2016
Favorite Tracks: “Room In Here”, “Come Down”, “The Season/Carry Me”
I was first introduced to Anderson Paak on Dr. Dre’s Compton album, and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. On Malibu, Paak successfully forms a marriage between hip-hop, R&B, and soul. Whenever you get the chance, you have to look up videos of Paak’s live performances. The man can rap, sing, and play the drums. All at the same time. This album is definitely one you can throw on during a long drive and enjoy from beginning to end.
The number two spot belongs to Travis Scott’s sophomore album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight.
Release Date: September 2, 2016
Favorite Tracks: “The Ends”, “Beibs In The Trap”, “Goosebumps”
The title of the album alone had me hooked from the jump. I still don’t understand how Views got a Grammy nomination over Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. Birds’ opens up with a feature from rap’s unicorn Andre 3000 on the very first track. If that wasn’t dope enough, we get a Kid Cudi feature two tracks later. This album features some of the best production of the year. The flow from of the album from track to track is one of many highlights provided by Scott.
Finally. We’ve arrived at the number one spot. My favorite album of two thousand sixteen goes to….
*Cues Drum roll*
Coloring Book by Chance The Rapper.
Release Date: May 12, 2016
Favorite Tracks: “Same Drugs”, “Juke Jam”, “How Great”
I think its safe to say twenty-sixteen was the year of Chance. Chance already had a cult like following. That following only grew once he delivered one of the best verses of the year on Kanye’s “Ultralight Beam”. Coloring Book disrupts the hip-hop norm with the use of modern gospel and faith. I don’t know whether to call Coloring Book a rap or a gospel album, but I can definitely call it HENNCREDIBLY DOPE.
What were your favorite albums of the year?