Playing Catch Up In The 4th Quarter… 50+ Reviews In 100 Days. Will It Get Done?

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So it’s obvious I am super far behind on some these fantastic album reviews all of our favorite artists have brought us this year. As we are 13 days into the 4th quarter of the year its time to catch the f*ck up  and get these reviews in. After doing so, you already know I’m going to deliver that Top 50 albums/projects of the year that first week of January! I want to thank everyone that has supported me and the blog. Thanks to everyone who has delivered constructive criticism and good feedback for me to deliever better write ups. And of course, thanks to everyone who Retweets or shares my post with their peers on social media, friends and family! Most importantly thank you for being patient as f*ck with your boy when I don’t post things on time or just still haven’t posted a specific write up yet. LIFES HARD and I stay super busy outside of doing these reviews. BUT I’M LOCKED IN BABY LETS GET IT.

ALSO……

Anyone who would like to colab on any of the upcoming reviews let me know. If you would like to do write up on a project I am not covering or a sports hot take or prediction write up, let me know!!! Jam gave the blog its first sports write up with that Canelo x GGG post and my gawd its doing numbers. (Thank you again for that). Any who, below is the groupings of how I will be posting the remaining reviews needed to be done. The group was randomly generated and I may tweak the weekly postings BUT it gives you an idea of what is to come! 53 post and 105 days……. this isn’t including projects to be released yet. Can I get it done? Let’s see.


Group 1

Nav & Metro Boomin’ – Perfect Timing

T Pain & Lil Wayne – T-Wayne

Kehlani -SweetSexySavage

Dave East – Paranoia: A True Story


Group 2

Kendrick Lamar – Damn

Oddisee – The Iceberg

Future – HNDRXX

Machine Gun Kelly- Bloom


Group 3

2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live 2wice

Smino-Blackswn

Trey Songz – Tremaine The Album


Group 4

Lupe Fiasco – DROGAS Light

Joey Bada$$ – ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$

DJ Khaled – Grateful

Vic Mensa – The Autobiography


Group 5

Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000

French Montana – Jungle Rules

 Young Thug – Beautiful Thugger Girls


Group 6

Khalid- American Teen

SZA- Ctrl

Rick Ross – Rather You Than Me

Future – Future


Group 7

Lil B – Black Ken

Bryson Tiller – True To Self

XXXTENTACION – 17

Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory


Group 8

Stormzy-Gang Signs & Prayer

A$AP Mob- Cozy Tapes Vol. 2

WizKid – Sounds From The Other Side

Daniel Caesar- Freudian


Group 9

Brockhampton Saturation I & II

Yo Gotti – Gotti Made It

Lil Uzi Vert – Luv is Rage 2

Jimmy Blade- Thoughts In My Head E.P


Group 10

Kodak Black – Painting Pictures

H.E.R-H.E.R Vol 2

Ed Sheeran – ÷

Russ- There’s Really A Wolf


Group 11

Tyler The Creator – Scum F–k Flower Boy

Jang-The Start

MadeinTYO- True’s – World EP


Group 12

Meek Mill – Wins and Losses

21 Savage – ISSA

Young Dolph-Bulletproof

Aminé – Good For You


Group 13

Kodak Black – Project Baby 2

Kap G – SupaJefe

A$AP Twelvyy- 12


Group 14

Wale – SHINE

Lil Yachty- Teenage Emotions

Ace Hood – Trust The Process


Group 15

Boogie Raw – 1plus1equals2

Logic – Everybody

SOMO- My LIFE III


SPORTS POST:

Redoing the ESPN’s NBA TOP 100 Players (Colab Project)

NBA PREVIEW


Non-Reviews:

Song Of Summer 2k17


 

**LET ME KNOW IF I AM MISSING A KEY PROJECT PLEASE AND REACH OUT IF YOU WERE INTERESTED IN WRITING A PIECE OR COLABORATING. LOVE YOU ALL**

Twitter: @SuaveMontana

 

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TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2016

Happy New Year Everyone! Can I say that still say that even though its February? Well I just did! I am very sorry for posting this way later than my original post date that I tweeted out originally. Life comes at you fast and I lost track of time.  Alright, so a lot of people that I have discussed music with were under the assumption that 2016 was not a good year for music! I don’t know how one think such thought! But my question to you is,  are you one of them? If so this top 50 list that I have put together is full of projects that definitely were loved by many and or had an impact on the culture in some way this past year. This list is constructed of my favorite projects this past year and I have listed them in MY OPINION what I felt were the 50 BEST ALBUMS of 2016. I looked at production quality, sound, album concepts, lyricism, and its effect and affect on the industry.

Please at the end comment what your favorite projects were and feel free to criticize my list, tell me how dope this list was or how bad it was. This was really tough to put together, hence since I am a month late from my original publish date, New Year’s Day.

Early Spoiler….. Lemonade is not in the Top 15 . Please do not come for me Bee Hivers. Okay, enough. Lets dive in……. *splash*

 

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50. D.R.A.M – Big Baby D.R.A.M

1. Get It Myself
2. Misunderstoodft. Young Thug
3. In a Minute / In House
4. Monticello Ave
5. WiFi ft. Erykah Badu
6. Cash Machine
7. Broccoli ft. Lil Yachty
8. Cute
9. Outta Sight / Dark Lavender Interlude
10. Change My #
11. Password
12. 100%
13. Sweet VA Breeze
14. Workaholic (Bonus)

Favorite Tracks: Monticello Ave, WiFi and  Broccoli

 

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49.  Solange- A Seat at the Table

1. Rise
2. Weary
3. Interlude: The Glory Is In You
4. Cranes In The Sky
5. Interlude: Dad Was Mad
6. Mad feat. Lil Wayne
7. Don’t You Wait
8. Interlude: Tina Taught Me
9. Don’t Touch My Hair feat. Sampha
10. This Moment
11. Where Do We Go
12. Interlude: For Us By Us
13. F.U.B.U feat. The-Dream & BJ the Chicago Kid
14. Borderline (An Ode to Self Care) feat. Q-Tip
15. Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It feat. Kelly Rowland & Nia Andrews
16. Junie
17. No Limits
18. Don’t Wish Me Well
19. Interlude: Pedestals
20. Scales feat. Kelela
21. Closing: The Chosen Ones

Favorite Tracks: Cranes In The Sky,  Mad, Don’t Touch My Hair and F.U.B.U

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48. Madeintyo – Thank you, Mr. Tokyo

1. Broken Hearts
2. Skateboard P
3. Mr. Tokyo
4. Gucci Polo
5. Lose It
6. Drip
7. Time Of Her Life
8. Gwinett
9. Taking It Back
10. Untitled

Favorite Tracks: Broken Hearts, Skateboard P, Mr. Tokyo, Time of Her Life

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47. 21 Savage x Metro Boomin- Savage Mode

1. No Advance
2. No Heart
3. X feat. Future
4. Savage Mode
5. Bad Guy
6. Real Nigga
7. Mad High
8. Feel It
9. Ocean Drive

Favorite Tracks: No Heart, X , Savage Mode, and Real Nigga

 

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46. Denzel Curry – Imperial

1. ULT
2. Gook
3. Sick And Tired
4. Knotty Head ft. Rick Ross
5. Me Now
6. Story: No Title
7. This Life
8. Zenith ft. Joey Bada$$
9. Good Night feat. Twelve’len & Nell
10. If Tomorrow’s Not Here feat. Vares of Twelve’len

Favorite Tracks: ULT, Knotty Head ,  Story: No Title , Zenith

 

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45. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition

1. Downward Spiral
2. Tell Me What I Don’t Know
3. Rolling Stone ft. Petite Noir
4. Really Doe ft. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt
5. Lost
6. Ain’t It Funny
7. Golddust
8. White Lines
9. Pneumonia
10. Dance In The Water
11. From The Ground ft. Kelela
12. When It Rain
13. Today
14. Get Hi ft. B-Real
15. Hell For It

Favorite Tracks: Tell Me What I Don’t Know, Really Doe, Lost, Ain’t It Funny, and Hell For It

 

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44. The Weekend – Starboy

1. Starboy ft. Daft Punk
2. Party Monster
3. False Alarm
4. Reminder
5. Rockin’
6. Secrets
7. True Colors
8. Stargirl Interlude ft. Lana Del Rey
9. Sidewalks ft. Kendrick Lamar
10. Six Feet Under ft. Future
11. Love to Lay
12. A Lonely Night
13. Attention
14. Ordinary Life
15. Nothing Without You
16. All I Know ft. Future
17. Die For You
18. I Feel It Coming ft. Daft Punk

Favorite Tracks: Starboy, Reminder, Rockin’, True Colors, A Lonely Night, and I Feel It Coming

 

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43. Bon Iver – 22, A Million

1. 22 (OVER S∞∞N)
2. 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄
3. 715 – CRΣΣKS
4. 33 “GOD”
5. 29 #Strafford APTS
6. 666 ʇ
7. 21 M♢♢N WATER
8. 8 (circle)
9. ____45_____
10. 00000 Million

 

Favorite Tracks:  8 (circle) ,666 ʇ, 29 #Strafford APTS

 

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42.  Lil Uzi Vert- Uzi Vert vs The World

1. Candian Goose
2. Hi Roller
3. Money Longer
4. Grab The Wheel
5. You Was Right
6. Baby Are You Home
7. P’s And Q’s
8. Team Rocket
9. Scott And Ramona

Favorite Tracks: Money Longer, You Was Right, P’s And Q’s

 

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41.  Noname-Telefone

1. Yesterday
2. Sunny Duet (feat. TheMIND)
3. Diddy Bop (feat. Cam O’bi & Raury)
4. All I Need (feat. Xavier Omar)
5. Reality Check (feat. Akenya & Eryn Allen Kane)
6. Freedom (Interlude)
7. Casket Pretty
8. Forever (feat. Joseph Chilliams & Ravyn Lenae)
9. Bye Bye Baby
10. Shadow Man (feat Saba, Smino & Phoelix) 

Favorite Tracks: Diddy Bop, All I Need, Bye Bye Baby, and Shadow Man

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40.  DJ Khaled- Major Key

1. I Got The Keys ft. Jay Z and Future
2. For Free ft. Drake
3. Nas Album Done ft. Nas
4. Holy Key ft. Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar & Betty Wright
5. Jermaine’s Interlude ft. J. Cole
6. Ima Be Alright ft. Bryson Tiller and Future
7. Do You Mind ft. Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Jeremih, Future, August Alsina & Rick Ross
8. Pick These Hoes Apart ft. Kodak Black, Jeezy & French Montana
9. Fuck Up The Club ft. Future, Yo Gotti, Rick Ross & YG
10. Work For It ft. Big Sean, Gucci Mane & 2 Chainz
11. Don’t Ever Play Yourself ft. Jadakiss, Fabolous, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe & Kent Jones
12. Tourist ft. Travis Scott & Lil Wayne
13. Forgive Me Father ft. Meghan Trainor, Wiz Khalifa & Wale
14. Progress ft. Mavado

Favorite Tracks: Nas Album Done, Holy Key, Jermaine’s Interlude, Work For It and Don’t Ever Play Yourself

 

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39. Beyoncé – Lemonade

1. PRAY YOU CATCH ME
2. HOLD UP
3. DON’T HURT YOURSELF ft. Jack White
4. SORRY
5. 6 INCH ft. The Weeknd
6. DADDY LESSONS
7. LOVE DROUGHT
8. SANDCASTLES
9. FORWARD ft. James Blake
10. FREEDOM ft. Kendrick Lamar
11. ALL NIGHT
12. FORMATION

Favorite Tracks: Hold Up, Sorry, Freedom, Formation

 

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38. Bauer-Aa

  1. Church
  2. GoGo!
  3. Body
  4. Pinku
  5. Sow
  6. Day Ones
  7. Good & Bad
  8. Way from Me ( feat. Tirzah)
  9. Temple (feat. M.I.A & G-DRAGON)
  10. Make It Bang (feat. TT The Artist)
  11. Kung Fu (feat. Pusha T & Future)
  12. Church Reprise
  13. Aa

Favorite Tracks: GoGo! , Pinku, Sow, Temple, Make It Bang, Kung Fu

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37. Ty Dolla $ign – Campaign

1. $Intro
2. $
3. Campaign feat. Future
4. $$$(Where) feat. Migos
5. 3 Wayz feat. Travis Scott
6. Juice
7. Zaddy
8. Hello
9. R&B
10. Stealing
11. Clean
12. My Song feat. 24hrs
13. Pu$$y feat. Trey Songz & Wiz Khalifa
14. No Justice feat. Big TC

 

Favorite Tracks: $, Campaign , 3 Wayz, Zaddy, Stealing, Pu$$y, and No Justice

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36. YG- Still Brazy

1. Pops Hot Intro
2. Don’t Come To LA (feat. Sad Boy, A.D. & Bricc Baby)
3. Who Shot Me?
4. Word is Bond (feat. Slim 400)
5. Twist My Fingaz
6. Good Times (Interlude) (feat. Syke 800, Duce, Marley Blu & Burnt Out)
7. Gimmie Got Shot
8. I Got A Question (feat. Lil Wayne)
9. Why You Always Hatin (feat. Drake & Kamaiyah)
10. My Perception (feat. Slim 400)
11. Bool, Balm & Bollective
12. She Wish She Was (feat. Jay 305 & Joe Moses)
13. YG Be Safe (feat. The Homegirl)
14. Still Brazy
15. FDT (feat. Nipsey Hussle)
16. Blacks & Browns (feat. Sad Boy)
17. Police Get Away Wit Murder

Favorite Tracks: Don’t Come To LA, Word is Bond, Why You Always Hatin, Bool, Balm & Bollective , Still Brazy, and FDT

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35.  Childish Gambino- “Awaken, My Love!”

1. Me and Your Mama
2. Have Some Love
3. Boogieman
4. Zombies
5. Riot
6. Redbone
7. California
8. Terrified
9. Baby Boy
10. The Night Me And Your Momma Met
11. Stand Tall

Favorite Tracks: Have Some Love, Boogieman, Redbone , and California

 

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34. Rihanna – ANTI

1.Consideration ft. SZA
2. James Joint
3. Kiss It Better
4. Work ft. Drake
5. Desperado
6. Woo ft. Travis Scott
7. Needed Me
8. Yeah, I Said It
9. Same Ol’ Mistakes
10. Never Ending
11. Love on the Brain
12. Higher
13. Close to You
14. Goodnight Gotham
15. Pose
16. Sex with Me

Favorite Tracks: Consideration, James Joint, Work, Desperado, Woo, Needed Me and Same Ol’ Mistakes 

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33. Dvsn – Sept. 5th

1. With Me
2. Too Deep ( The Song That WILL be Playing As Bae And I Are Making Suave Jr.. LOL)
3. Try / Effortless
4. Do It Well
5. In + Out
6. Sept. 5th
7. Hallucinations
8. Another One
9. Angela
10. The Line

Favorite Tracks: With Me, Too Deep, Do It Well, Sept. 5th, and Hallucinations

 

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32. Charles Hamilton – Hamilton, Charles

  1. Oh Well
  2. Clowns
  3. Everyone 
  4. Correct
  5. Be With You
  6. Make Yourself Over
  7. Man’s World
  8. MVP
  9. Only Christina Knows
  10. Real Life
  11. Stay There
  12. Ugly Supermodel

Favorite Tracks: Oh Well, Everyone, Correct, Be With You, Man’s World, Real Life

 

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31. Majid Jordan- Majid Jordan

  1. Learn From Each Other
  2. Make It Work
  3. My Love feat. Drake
  4. Small Talk
  5. Pacifico
  6. Shake Shake Shake
  7. Love Is Always There
  8. Warm
  9. Something About You
  10. Day and Night
  11. King City
  12. Every Step Every Way

Favorite Tracks: Small Talk, Pacifico, Shake Shake Shake, Warm, Something About You and Day and Night

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30. ASAP Ferg – Always Strive And Prosper

1. Rebirth
2. Hungry Ham
3. Strive (feat. Missy Elliott)
4. Meet My Crazy Uncle (Skit)
5. Psycho
6. Let It Bang (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
7. New Level (feat. Future)
8. Yammy Gang (feat. A$AP Mob & Tatianna Paulino)
9. Swipe Life (feat. Rick Ross)
10. Uzi Gang (feat. Lil Uzi Vert & Marty Baller)
11. Beautiful People (feat. Chuck D & Mama Ferg)
12. Damn Not Again (Skit)
13. Let You Go
14. World Is Mine (feat. Big Sean)
15. Phone Call With Breezy (Skit)
16. I Love You (feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign)
17. Grandma (Skit)
18. Grandma

Bonus Tracks:

19. Don’t Mind ( feat. French Montana and Fabolous) 
20. Back Hurt (feat. Migos) 

Favorite Tracks: Strive, Psycho, New Level, Yammy Gang, Don’t Mind and Back Hurt 

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29. Young Thug-Jeffery

1. Wyclef Jean
2. Floyd Mayweather ft. Travis Scott, Gucci Mane & Gunna
3. Swizz Beatz
4. Future Swag
5. RiRi
6. Guwop ft. Quavo, Offset & Young Scooter
7. Harambe
8. Webbie ft. Duke
9. Pop Man ft. Wyclef Jean
10. Pick Up the Phone ft. Travis Scott & Quavo (Bonus)

Favorite Tracks: Wyclef Jean, Floyd Mayweather, Harambe, Pop Man, and Pick Up the Phone

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28. Gucci Mane- Everybody Looking

1. No Sleep (Intro)
2. Out Do Ya
3. Back on Road (ft. Drake)
4. Waybach
5. Pussy Print (ft. Kanye West)
6. Pop Music
7. Guwop Home (ft. Young Thug)
8. Gucci Please
9. Robbed
10. Richest Nigga In The Room
11. 1st Day Out Tha Feds
12. At Least a M
13. All My Children
14. Pick Up The Pieces (Outro)
15. Multi Millionaire Laflare [Bonus]

Favorite Tracks:  Back on Road, Waybach, Pussy Print, Guwop Home, 1st Day Out Tha Feds, and Gucci Please

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27. Young Jeezy- Trap or Die 3

1. In the Air
2. G-Wagon
3. It Is What It Is
4. Where It At ft. Yo Gotti
5. All There ft. Bankroll Fresh
6. Going Crazy ft. French Montana
7. Bout That ft. Lil Wayne
8. So What
9. Let Em Know
10. Recipe
11. Goldmine
12. U Kno It
13. Like That
14. Sexé ft. Plies
15. Pretty Diamonds ft. Chris Brown
16. Never Settle

Favorite Tracks: It Is What It Is, Where It At, All There, Going Crazy, Bout That, Recipe, and Sexé

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26. Roy Woods- Waking At Dawn

1. Sonic Boom
2. You Love It
3. Gwan Big Up Urself
4. How I Feel
5. Down Girl
6. Switch
7. Got Me
8. Why
9. Menace
10. She Knows About Me

Favorite Tracks: Sonic Boom, You Love It, Gwan Big Up Urself, How I Feel, and Why

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25. Rae Sremmurd- SremmLife 2

1. Start a Party
2. Real Chill feat. Kodak Black
3. By Chance
4. Look Alive
5. Black Beatles feat. Gucci Mane
6. Shake It Fast feat. Juicy J
7. Set the Roof feat. Lil Jon
8. Came a Long Way
9. Now That I Know
10. Take It or Leave It
11. Do Yoga
12. Over Here feat. Bobo Swae
13. Swang
14. Just Like Us

Favorite Tracks: Start a Party, By Chance, Look Alive, Black Beatles, Shake It Fast, Do Yoga, and Swang

 

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24. Belly – Inzombia

1. Die Alone
2. The Day I Met You
3. Trap Phone ft. Jadakiss
4. Frozen Water ft. Future
5. Re Up ft. Nav
6. Consuela Ft. Young Thug and Zack
7. Outkast ft. Ty Dolla $ign
8. Hollywood Interlude
9. Seven Day Love ft. Ashanti
10. Actin Different
11. Can’t Feel A Thing 

Favorite Tracks: The Day I Met You, Trap Phone,  Re Up, Consuela, Outkast, and Actin Different

 

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23 . Frank Ocean- Blonde

1. Nikes
2. Ivy
3. Pink + White ft. Beyoncé
4. Be Yourself
5. Solo
6. Skyline To ft. Kendrick Lamar
7. Self Control ft. Austin Feinstein & Yung Lean
8. Good Guy
9. Nights
10. Solo (Reprise) ft. Andre 3000
11. Pretty Sweet
12. Facebook Story ft. SebastiAn
13. Close To You
14. White Ferrari ft. James Blake
15. Seigfried
16. Godspeed ft. Kim Burrell
17. Futura Free

Favorite Tracks: Nikes, Ivy. Solo, Solo (Reprise), White Ferrari and Godspeed

 

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]22. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3

 

1. Down (feat. Joi Gilliam)
2. Talk to Me
3. Legend Has It
4. Call Ticketron
5. Hey Kids (Bumaye) (feat. Danny Brown)
6. Stay Gold
7. Don’t Get Captured
8. Thieves! (Screamed the Ghost) (feat. Tunde Adebimpe)
9. 2100 (feat. BOOTS)
10. Panther Like a Panther (Miracle Mix) (feat. Trina)
11. Everybody Stay Calm
12. Oh Mama
13. Thursday in the Danger Room (feat. Kamasi Washington)
14. Report to the Shareholders/Kill Your Masters

Favorite Tracks: Call Ticketron,  Hey Kids (Bumaye), Stay Gold, Everybody Stay Calm, and Report to the Shareholders/Kill Your Masters

 

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21. Vic Mensa- There’s A lot Going On

1. Dynasty (Intro)
2. 16 Shots
3. Danger
4. New Bae
5. Liquor Locker (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
6. Shades of Blue
7. There’s A Lot Going On

Favorite Tracks: Dynasty , 16 Shots, Danger, Liquor Locker, and There’s A Lot Going On

 

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20. Post Malone- Stoney

1. Broken Whiskey Glass
2. Big Lie
3. Deja Vu ft. Justin Bieber
4. No Option
5. Cold
6. White Iverson
7. I Fall Apart
8. Patient
9. Go Flex
10. Feel ft. Kehlani
11. Too Young
12. Congratulations ft. Quavo
13. Up There
14. Truly, Austin Post
15. Leave
16. Hit This Hard
17. Money Made Me Do It ft. 2 Chainz
18. Feeling Whitney

Favorite Tracks: Big Lie, Deja Vu, White Iverson, I Fall Apart, Patient, Feel, Congratulations,  and  Money Made Me Do It

2919. Logic- Bobby Tarantino 

1. Illuminatro
2. Flexicution
3. The Jam
4. Slave II 
5. A Word From Our Sponsor
6. Wrist ft. Pusha T
7. Super Mario World
8. Studio Ambience At Night: Malibu
9. 44 Bars
10. Slave
11. Deeper Than Money

Favorite Tracks: Flexicution, Slave II, Wrist, Super Mario World, and Deeper Than Money

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18. Bruno Mars- 24K Magic

1. 24K Magic
2. Chunky
3. Perm
4. That’s What I Like
5. Versace on the Floor
6. Straight Up & Down
7. Calling All My Lovelies
8. Finesse
9. Too Good to Say Goodbye

Favorite Tracks: 24K Magic, Chunky, Perm, That’s What I Like, Straight Up & Down and Finesse

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17. Kendrick Lamar- Untitled Unmastered

1. untitled 01 | 08.19.2014.
2. untitled 02 | 06.23.2014.
3. untitled 03 | 05.28.2013. feat. Terrace Martin, Bilal, Thundercat & Anna Wise
4. untitled 04 | 08.14.2014. feat. SZA & Lance Skiiiwalker
5. untitled 05 | 09.21.2014. feat. Anna Wise, Jay Rock & Punch
6. untitled 06 | 06.30.2014. feat. Cee-Lo Green
7. untitled 07 | 2014 – 2016
8. untitled 08 | 09.06.2014.

Favorite Tracks: untitled 01, untitled 02, untitled 03, untitled 07  and  untitled 08

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16. Ab-Soul- Do What Thou Wilt.

1. RAW (Backwards) [feat. Zacari]
2. Braille (feat. Bas)
3. Huey Knew THEN (feat. Da$H)
4. Threatening Nature
5. Womanogomy
6. INvocation (feat. Kokane)
7. Wifey vs Wi-Fi /// P.M.S (feat. BR3)
8. Beat The Case /// Straight Crooked (feat. Schoolboy Q)
9. Portishead In The Morning /// HER World
10. God’s A Girl?
11. Now You Know
12. D.R.U.G.S
13. Evil Genius (feat. Teedra Moses & Javonte)
14. Lonely Soul /// The Law (Prelude) [feat. Punch & SZA]
15. The Law (feat. Mac Miller & Rapsody)
16. YMF

Favorite Tracks: RAW (Backwards) , Braille, Huey Knew THEN , Threatening Nature, Womanogomy, Wifey vs Wi-Fi /// P.M.S, D.R.U.G.S, The Law, and YMF

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15. Dave East- Kairi Chanel

1. It Was Written
2. Type of Time
3. Again
4. Can’t Ignore (ft. 2 Chainz)
5. From The Heart (ft. Sevyn Streeter)
6. 30 Niggas
7. Keisha
8. Eyes on Me (ft. Fabolous)
9. S.D.E. (ft. Cam’ron)
10. Don Pablo
11. The Only Thing
12. The Real Is Back (ft. Beanie Sigel)
13. Slow Down (ft. Jazzy)
14. Don’t Shoot
15. Bad Boy on Death Row (ft. The Game)

Favorite Tracks:  It Was Written, Type of Time, Can’t Ignore, Keisha, S.D.E., Don Pablo, Don’t Shoot, and Bad Boy on Death Row

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14. Travis Scott-Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

1. the ends ft. André 3000
2. way back ft. Swizz Beatz & Kid Cudi
3. coordinate ft. Blac Youngsta
4. through the late night ft. Kid Cudi
5. beibs in the trap ft. Nav
6. sdp interlude ft. Cassie
7. sweet sweet
8. outside ft. 21 Savage
9. goosebumps ft. Kendrick Lamar
10. first take ft. Bryson Tiller
11. pick up the phone + Young Thug & Quavo
12. lose ft. Cassie
13. guidance ft. K. Forest
14. wonderful ft. The Weeknd

Favorite Tracks: the ends, way back, through the late night, beibs in the trap, sweet sweet, guidance, and wonderful

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13. Big Sean & Jhene Aiko – TWENTY88

1. Déjà Vu
2. Selfish
3. On the Way
4. Push It
5. 2 Minute Warning ft. K-Ci & JoJo and Detail
6. Talk Show
7. Memories Faded
8. London Bridge

Favorite Tracks:  2 Minute Warning , Talk Show, Memories Faded, and London Bridge

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12. Kemba – Negus

1. FLY (Intro)
2. Caesar’s Rise
3. Kings Queens
4. The New Black Theory
5. Super Hero (Interlude)
6. Already
7. Psyrens (Curious)
8. Greed
9. Heartbeat
10. Hallelujah
11. We Made It
12. Brown Skin Jesus (Outro)

Favorite Tracks: Caesar’s Rise, Kings Queens, The New Black Theory, Already and Brown Skin Jesus

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11 . Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine

1. “Congratulations” Feat. Bilal
2. “Dang!” Feat. Anderson .Paak
3. “Stay”
4. “Skin”
5. “Cinderella” Feat. Ty Dolla Sign
6. “Planet God Damn” Feat. Njomza
7. “Soulmate”
8. “We” Feat. CeeLo Green
9. “My Favorite Part” Feat. Ariana Grande
10. “God Is Fair, Sexy, Nasty” Feat. Kendrick Lamar

Favorite Tracks: Dang!, Stay, Cinderella, Planet God Damn, My Favorite Part, and God Is Fair, Sexy, Nasty

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10. Isaiah Rashad- The Sun’s Tirade

1. Where u at?
2. 4r Da Squaw
3. Free Lunch
4. Rope ft. SiR // Rosegold
5. Wat’s Wrong ft. Zacari & Kendrick Lamar
6. Park
7. Bday ft. Deacon Blue & Kari Faux
8. Silkk Da Shocka ft. Syd tha Kyd
9. Tity and Dolla ft. Hugh Augustine & Jay Rock
10. Stuck in the Mud ft. SZA
11. A lot
12. AA
13. Dressed Like Rappers
14. Don’t Matter ft. Lance Skiiiwalker
15. Brenda
16. By george (outro)
17. Find a Topic (homies begged)

Favorite Tracks: 4r Da Squaw, Free Lunch, Rope, Wat’s Wrong, Park, Bday, Tity and Dolla, Stuck in the Mud,  Don’t Matter, and Find a Topic (homies begged)

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9. Saba- The Bucket List

1. In Loving Memory
2. Stoney
3. GPS
4. Church / Liquor Store feat. Noname 
5. Westside Bound 3
6. Most
7. Symmetry
8. Photosynthesis
9. The Billy Williams Story
10. Bucket List
11. American Hypnosis
12. California
13. World in My Hands

Favorite Tracks: In Loving Memory, GPS, Church / Liquor Store, Westside Bound 3, Photosynthesis, Bucket List, American Hypnosis, and World in My Hands

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8. Kid Cudi- Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin

Act I: Tuned
1. Frequency
2. Swim in The Light
3. Releaser ft. Kacy Hill
4. By Design ft. André 3000
5. All In
Act II: Prophecy
6. ILLusions
7. Rose Golden ft. Willow Smith
8. Baptized in Fire ft. Travis Scott
9. Flight At first sight/Advanced ft. Pharrell Williams
10. Does It
Act III: Niveaux de l’Amour
11. Dance 4 Eternity
12. Distant Fantasies
13. Wounds
14. Mature Nature
15. Kitchen
Act IV: It’s Bright and Heaven Is Warm
16. Cosmic Warrior
17. The Guide ft. André 3000
18. The Commander
19. Surfin’ ft. Pharrell Williams

Favorite Tracks: Frequency, Swim in The Light, By Design, All In, Rose Golden, Flight At first sight/Advanced, Does It, The Guide, and Surfin’ 

Side Note: GREAT BOUNCE BACK PROJECT SCOTT MESCUDI! 

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7. School Boy Q- Blank Face

1. TorcH
2. Lord Have Mercy
3. THat Part ft. Kanye West
4. Groovy Tony/Eddie Kane ft. Jadakiss
5. Kno Ya Wrong ft. Lance Skiiiwalker
6. Ride Out ft. Vince Staples
7. WHateva U Want ft. Candice Pillay
8. By Any Means
9. Dope Dealer ft. E-40
10. JoHn Muir
11. Big Body ft. Tha Dogg Pound
12. Neva CHange ft. SZA
13. Str8 Ballin
14. Black THougHts
15. Blank Face ft. Anderson .Paak
16. Overtime ft. Miguel and Justine Skye
17. Tookie Knows II ft. Traffic & TF

Favorite Tracks: TorcH, THat Part , Groovy Tony/Eddie Kane, Ride Out, Dope Dealer,  JoHn Muir, Neva CHange, Str8 Ballin, Blank Face and Overtime 

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6. A Tribe Called Quest- we got it from here… thank you 4 your service

Disc 1
1. The Space Program
2. We The People…
3. Whateva Will Be ft. Consequence
4. Solid Wall of Sound ft. Busta Rhymes, Elton John, Jack White
5. Dis Generation ft. Busta Rhymes
6. Kids… ft. André 3000
7. Melatonin ft. Marsha Ambrosius, Abbey Smith
8. Enough!!

Disc 2
1. Mobius ft. Consequence, Busta Rhymes
2. Black Spasmodic ft. Consequence
3. The Killing Season ft. Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Consequence
4. Lost Somebody ft. Katia Cadet
5. Movin Backwards ft. Anderson .Paak
6. Conrad Tokyo ft. Kendrick Lamar
7. Ego ft. Jack White
8. The Donald ft. Busta Rhymes, Katia Cadet

Favorite Tracks: The Space Program,Solid Wall of Sound,Dis Generation , Kids…, Mobius, The Killing Season, Movin Backwards, and Conrad Tokyo

REST IN PEACE PHIFE DAWG

“TOP 5, TOP 5, TOP 5!”

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5. Anderson Paak – Malibu

1. The Bird
2. Heart Don’t Stand a Chance
3. The Waters (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)
4. The Season / Carry Me
5. Put Me Thru
6. Am I Wrong (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
7. Without You (feat. Rapsody)
8. Parking Lot
9. Lite Weight (feat. The Free Nations United Fellows Fellowship Choir)
10. Room In Here (feat. The Game & Sonya Elise)
11. Waterfall (Interluuube)
12. Your Prime
13. Come Down
14. Silicon Valley
15. Celebrate
16. The Dreamer (feat. Talib Kweli & Timan Family Choir)

Favorite Tracks: The Bird, The Waters , The Season / Carry Me, Am I Wrong, Without You, Room In Here, Come Down,Celebrate and The Dreamer

At number five, we have Mr. Anderson .Paak with Malibu! I feel like we all should know about Anderson .Paak by now but if not here is a little info on him. The West Coast-based rapper and singer/songwriter Anderson .Paak name is more prominent these days given his recent work on Dr. Dre’s Compton, where he appeared on six of 16 tracks, but even his sophomore album, 2014’s Venice, showed flashes of brilliance. Venice was an easy listen; on Malibu, .Paak celebrates his progression by acknowledging where he’s come from, the trials he’s endured and things he’s seen. Brandon Anderson Paak has seen a lot in his 29 years. His mother was a farmer from South Korea, and his father served in the Air Force and later worked as a mechanic until he was sent to prison. Malibu, his third album and most assured and most personal project yet, is informed by voices from the his past with features from the likes of the Game, ScHoolboy Q, and Talib Kweli who are given ample space to do their best work. Paak’s sound is one of a kind and you hear it throughout this project. This was a very sincere and soulful project but also community-oriented. On the final track, “The Dreamer,” Paak shared his success with his community, people who look like him and work to avoid similar pitfalls.  This is powerful message not only for people of color, but for everyone who exists beyond social constraints. It’s a beautiful reminder that, no matter what you’ve endured, you can go anywhere and reach glorious heights. Definitely a message and daily reminder we need to hear with all that goes on these days.

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4. J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only

1. For Whom the Bell Tolls
2. Immortal
3. Deja Vu
4. Ville Mentality
5. She’s Mine Pt. 1
6. Change
7. Neighbors
8. Foldin Clothes
9. She’s Mine Pt. 2
10. 4 Your Eyez Only

Favorite Tracks: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Immortal, DejaVu, She’s Mine Pt. 1, Neighbors, She’s Mine Pt. 2 and 4 Your Eyez Only

At four, we have “J COLE WENT PLATINUM WITH NO FEATURES!” Sorry, I meant at four, we have J. Cole with 4 Your Eyez Only. A lot of people did not think Cole brought it with this project as a follow up to 2014 Forest Hills Drive. One of my friends actual went ahead and said “this project was cool and all but it’s more of something you listen to whiles sipping some wine on a rainy day inside.” LOL. Shout out Stamp. I agreed with him after I let the hype surrounding the “Eyez’s” release disappear. Then I went back and did my homework.“Eyez” wrestles with the fragility of life and the importance of family ties. Cole also discusses some of his worst impulses throughout this project.Cole frequently focused on other points of view, mainly that of his late friend James McMillan, Jr., who was killed at 22. The album is peppered with references to his murder, and a testimony from a young girl in Fayetteville, which appears at two points on “Ville Mentality,” echoes the reality faced by McMillan’s own daughter. Then Cole is himself a new father on “She’s Mine, Pt. 2” which is about his wife and newborn child. The title track, which closes the album with a missive for those young girls, is anchored by his personal anxieties, making for some of Cole’s most affecting writing to date. Once again production on here was very solid and Cole will always bring the BARS. So many people feel like 2014 Forest Hills Drive was so much better than “Eyez,” which they are right about I suppose, but I think they were two different types of projects and we should give Cole his credited. I loved the narrative.

Oh and for y’all Cole Album Debaters, You can make a VERY STRONG CASE THAT It goes Born Sinner > 2014 Forest Hills Drive > Eyez . What do you think?

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3. Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo

1. Ultra Light Beams (feat. Chance The Rapper, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)
2. Father Stretch My Hands Part 1 (feat. Kid Cudi)
3. Father Stretch My Hands Part 2 (feat. Desiigner)
4. Famous (feat. Rihanna & Swizz Beatz)
5. Feedback 
6. Low Lights
7. High Lights (feat. Young Thug & The-Dream)
8. Freestyle 4 (feat. Desiigner)
9. I Love Kanye
10. Waves (feat. Chris Brown)
11. FML (feat. The Weeknd)
12. Real Friends (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
13. Wolves (feat. Frank Ocean and Caroline Shaw)
14. Silver Surfer Intermission
15. 30 hours
16. No More Parties in L.A. (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
17. Facts (Charlie Heat Version)
18. Fade (feat. Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign)

Favorite Tracks: Father Stretch My Hands Part 1, Father Stretch My Hands Part 2, Famous, Feedback , High Lights, FML, Real Friends, Wolves, 30 hours,  and No More Parties in L.A.

YEEZY YEEZY YEEEZY JUST JUMPED OVER JUMPMAN! Actually let me stop before yall think Kanye at 3 was me having him on a pedestal. I’m going to make this short and sweet. TLOP was DIFFERENT. Some say it was a “mess.” Some say it lacked “BARS.” Some say “he really isn’t saying much.” When is Kanye never not saying something. The man always has something to say and despite what you think of him hes a true artist and is passionate about composing his projects. TLOP has a freewheeling energy that is infectious and unique to his discography. He’s changed the genre’s DNA with every album, to the point where each has inspired a generation of direct offspring, and now everywhere he looks, he sees mirrors. He raps on “I Love Kanye.” “See, I invented Kanye, it wasn’t any Kanyes, and now I look and look around and there’s so many Kanyes.” I mean the message here is very clear. He’s through creating new Kanyes, for now. He’s content to just stand among  both those of his own creation and their various devotees. The features on here were A1. I personally thought production on this project was amazing. As for lyricism, fine they were nothing special but still the concept, production, features and it impact out weigh what some believed were “mediocre” lyrics.  

Ye’s explanation behind his title when asked was, “Which Pablo? Pablo Picasso, Pablo Escobar of course, Apostle Paul. [Paul] inspired and was the strongest influencer of Christianity. Pablo Escobar was the biggest mover of product, and Pablo Picasso was the biggest mover of art. And that mix between message, art, and product is The Life Of Pablo.”

With that being said Kanye see’s himself as a student of all three men. He’s the Escobar of the sneaker game, the Picasso of the music game and a messenger for the future generations. I loved  this project and we all know what Kanye’s had going since TLOP dropped. So those who hated TLOP maybe Turbo Grafx 16 will be that bounce back album. 

 

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2. Drake-Views
1. Keep the Family Close
2. 9
3. U With Me?
4. Feel No Ways
5. Hype
6. Weston Road Flows
7. Redemption
8. With You ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR
9. Faithful ft. Pimp C & dvsn
10. Still Here
11. Controlla
12. One Dance ft. Wizkid and Kyla
13. Grammys ft. Future
14. Childs Play
15. Pop Style
16. Too Good ft. Rihanna
17. Summers Over Interlude
18. Fire & Desire
19. Views
20. Hotline Bling

Favorite Tracks: Keep the Family Close, U With Me?, Feel No Ways, Hype, Weston Road Flows, With You, Faithful, Still Here, Too Good, Summers Over Interlude, Fire & Desire and Views

So at number two we have Views. When this album dropped at the end of April,  I immediately was like album of the year easy. Then I relaxed and I said at worst Top 5 of the year.  MANY of my peers were not with me on this at all. One person in particular tried to prove me wrong by saying, “Views is top five to you because its Drake. Everyone feels obligated to rank him high on everything” L.O.L right? Sounds like a Tory Lanez fan, I know.  Well world let me inform you that Views is at number two on MY LIST for more reasons than Aubrey Graham can find to not trust  women. This is a project that i can listen to at any time and it  gets better with each and every listen. There was one song that i legit thought could have been left of here and that was “Pop Style.” For some reason I guess taking Ye and Hov’s two two lines off made the song garbage. It lost it’s power.  

Many thought VIEWS felt too long and weirdly monotone, but the variation and the versatility of Drake actually shows you how good the 6 God really is. This project to me was one of his better projects. Not the best, but better than some other projects he’s put out (EXCLUDING TAKE CARE). Production is never an issue with Drizzy because 40’s always got his back. He’s credited for 12 of the 20 tracks on here. Views is a mix off Take Care, meets NWTS, meets If You’re Reading This, meets WATTBA with the new ingredient of Drake’s fascination with the 6’s  Caribbean influence.  You may say its too much going on one project but don’t we want this from our artist. We want our artist to show exactly what they are made of. Drake does that. I think now a days we prefer Drake the rapper over Drake the singer. But damn it the man can do both and he consistently reminds why he’s one of the best in the game.

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1. Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book

1. All We Got ft. Kanye West and Chicago Children’s Choir
2. No Problem ft. 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne
3. Summer Friends ft. Jeremih and Francis & The Lights
4. D.R.A.M Sings Special
5. Blessings
6. Same Drugs
7. Mixtape ft. Young Thug and Lil Yachty
8. Angels ft. Saba
9. Juke Jam ft. Justin Bieber and Towkio
10. All Night ft. Knox Fortune
11. How Great (feat. Jay Electronica & My cousin Nicole)
12. Smoke Break ft. Future
13. Finish Line / Drown ft. T-Pain, Kirk Franklin, Eryn Allen Kane and Noname
14. Blessings (Reprise) ft. Ty Dolla $ign

Favorite Tracks:All We Got, No Problem, Summer Friends,Same Drugs, Angels, Juke Jam, All Night, Finish Line / Drown and Blessings 

At number one, we have Coloring Book! Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book was the strongest album released this year hands down. When I first heard it, I was like this is dope but I was not wowed right away like some people were. I still was obsessed with TLOP and was giving VIEWS Nonstop praise.  Coloring Book is an uplifting mix of spiritual vibes that could probably “turn atheist into believers.” (Kanye Reference)  Thematically, Coloring Book is way different from Chance’s previous projects, and it turned out to show how truly gifted Chance really is. The features on here were also amazing! On “Mixtape” he had Young Thug and Lil Yachty. Yes, Yachty was a part of this holy grail of a project AND THEY CREATED A DOPE ASS TRACK. I did list my favorite tracks above but Summer Friends and Juke Jam were my absolute favorites on here. On the “Blessings” reprise that closes out the album, there’s an unaccredited “All of the Lights”esque group harmony courtesy of Ty Dolla $ign, Raury, Anderson .PAAK, BJ the Chicago Kid, and others. I think D.R.A.M was involved too. That colab right there alone on a closing track of that magnitude, GENIUS. Chance really did the damn thing with this one. It’s a more rewarding of listen than VIEWS, Malibu and 4 Your Eyez Only. It’s nearly as adventurous as The Life of Pablo. If you really take a look at it in execution and focus, you could say it was a lot similar to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. It sounds silly I know, but really think about it.  Both albums were personal and panoramic, full of conversations with God, and stepping outside of typical norms of hip hop. So to wrap it all up, Coloring book was an amazing album, Chance is an amazing artist, and I can’t wait to see what he follows up with.

 

Alright so that was my Top 50 Albums for 2016! Sorry If i pissed some of you off with my rankings but that is just how I feel!  Please comment with what you thought about the list, my short write ups on my top 5, advice, give me your top 5 and please share this with your friends and family!  I’m new to this and this article may be kind of rough so don’t be too harsh.Thank you!! 

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