Isn’t 2017 just flying by? We’re almost at the halfway mark and I still feel like it’s February. It’s going so quick that I think we’ve forgotten about poor old 2016. I miss 2016, not because it’s a leap year or for any of the shocking (to put it mildly) events which transpired over its course, but for the fresh listening to some of my favourite hip-hop albums. So if you’re like me and can’t help but reminiscing, then have a look through this list of the best Hip-Hop albums 2016 had to offer.
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
Despite not being the best of the year, it gave me so much more pleasure to have a new album from these guys that it had to be included. It’s comforting to see that legends of the genre with more than three decades of experience continue to produce albums that are more modern than outdated.
Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo
Despite everything else going on in his life, Kanye West is undoubtedly one of the greatest Hip-Hop artists of the 21st century. In this sense, The Life of Pablo showed he’s still as much of a creative genius as he loves to remind us he is, and gave us some of the best tunes he’s ever produced in the process.
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
Coloring Book was one of the best surprises of 2016. It’s rap with heavy doses of gospel and Chance give us an album full of optimism and soul when listening to it. Despite featuring huge stars like Future and Young Thug, more prominently featured is the Chicago Children’s Choir, a great tribute to the city from which he hails.
Skepta – Konnichiwa
Skepta is one of those rare musicians who makes his genre more recognisable because of his work. Records such as Konnichiwa, written by a Londoner of Nigerian descent, just go to show that Hip Hop has become a global culture with a home in just about every corner of the world. This album personifies this reality of global Hip-Hop, with stories told in a local accent and dialect then becoming universally popular.
Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered
Not surprising the rapper who currently sits on the throne of the genre makes it on to this list. . Unmasked Unmastered is yet more proof that his reign is legitimate (backed by the release of DAMN this year). The fact that this record is composed of the scraps of his previous album, To Pimp to Butterfly, is even more remarkable.