It is probably safe to say that we are all glad to see the end of 2016. This year has been a never ending series of broken internets, backwards presidential elections, protests, world crises and serious WTF moments.
Even still the music god’s smiled upon us and blessed the unworthy with harmonious gems along the way. If there is one good thing to come out of 2016 it is the music. This year we have seen the breakout of new artists and the revival of old ones leading to a bunch of the best albums to be released in a long time. As difficult as it was to narrow these down to just 10, we gave it a shot.
1. Solange – A Seat at the Table
2. Anderson.Paak – Malibu
3. James Blake – The Colour in Anything
4. Kaytranada – 99.9%
5. Mac Miller – The Devine Feminine
6. Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love
7. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got it From Here…
8. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered
9. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
10. BJ The Chicago Kid – In My Mind
Honorable Mention Albums
Since there were so many AMAZING albums this year. It’s only right to list our honorable mentions. Even though these didn’t make our top 10 list don’t be fooled. We strongly suggest you give all of these a listen. You won’t be disappointed.
Little Sims – Stillness in Wonderland , Mick Jenkins – The Healing Component , NxWorries – Yes Lawd, Isaiah Rashad – The Sun’s Tirade , Travis Scott – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, BANKS – The Altar, Corinne Bailey Rae – The Heart Speaks in Whispers, Jay Prince – Smile Good, Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife 2 , Robert Glasper – Everything’s Beautiful, De La Soul – And the Anonymous Nobody
We will definitely be rocking to some of these albums at our New Year’s Eve shindig. What were your favorites from 2016? Let us know in the comments below!
Happy New Year from your friends at J Street!