Hip hop in 2016

I have never before listened to as much new and contemporary hip hop as I have done in 2016. Why is this? Well, I have been slow to hip hop, despite having being interested in its history and development for a long time. I wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to hip hop, and, despite enjoying the odd old-school classic, I was just never enamoured enough with the genre. This has all changed in the last two years, as I have delved deep into the hip hop cannon, discovered certain artists discography’s, and become more aware of the big guns in hip hop today (shout out AT and Karl for helping me with this). It has of course also been helped by the quality of albums and mixtapes that have been released this year, with many who know more about hip hop than me saying we are living through a bit of a golden age for the genre.

So, with this, I thought it would be a good idea to list my top fifteen favorite hip hop records of the year (in alphabetical order). A big thanks to these artists for turning this old novice into a big fan. I hope to continue my journey of discovery with the genre in 2017.


Average Rap Band – El Sol



A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service 



Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition 



Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book



De La Soul – and the Anonymous Nobody 



Mick Jenkins – The Healing Component 



Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered 



Noname – Telefone 



Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3



ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP



Travis Scott – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight 



Shiraz & LSJ – Jive Days 



SWIDT – SWIDT vs Everybody 



Kanye West – The Life of Pablo



Young Thug – Jeffrey 


  • Sam



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