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PopMatters' Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2016

PopMatters' Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2016

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15. Common - Black America Again

Common - Black America Again
November 4, 2016
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

Whilst certainly not flawless, Black America Again sees Common deliver some of his most vital work and reaffirms his place in the discussion of greatest conscious rappers of all time.

14. Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos

Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos
October 7, 2016
Critic Score
84
12 reviews

13. Kamaiyah - A Good Night in the Ghetto

Kamaiyah - A Good Night in the Ghetto
March 14, 2016
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

12. 21 Savage - Savage Mode

21 Savage - Savage Mode
July 14, 2016
Critic Score
71
4 reviews

11. Oddisee - Alwasta

Oddisee - Alwasta
March 24, 2016
Critic Score
70
1 review

10. YG - Still Brazy

YG - Still Brazy
June 17, 2016
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

No one out there is crafting visceral street tales like he is, and if he could just trim his track lists a bit, he has the talent to make a gangster rap classic in the future.

9. Noname - Telefone

Noname - Telefone
July 31, 2016
Critic Score
81
8 reviews

8. Young Thug - Jeffery

Young Thug - Jeffery
August 26, 2016
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

That he keeps getting better is just frightening, as he’s had a song that’s suggested a peak every year since 2011. And yet, here we are, continually marking the progress of Young Thug.

7. Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife 2

Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife 2
August 12, 2016
Critic Score
72
13 reviews

6. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
September 27, 2016
Critic Score
83
29 reviews

Atrocity Exhibition is Danny Brown’s greatest musical achievement thus far because the Detroit native not only elevated his lyricism, but also complimented said lyricism with atmospheric production and distinct flows that accentuate everything he’s saying.

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5. Schoolboy Q - Blank Face LP

Schoolboy Q - Blank Face LP
July 8, 2016
Critic Score
77
18 reviews

Pulling no punches: Blank Face is the second best hip-hop album of 2016 so far, after The Life of Pablo.

4. clipping. - Splendor & Misery

clipping. - Splendor & Misery
September 9, 2016
Critic Score
71
13 reviews

It’s the high-concept eclecticism, however, that makes this record so cumbersome. Amidst unprecedented stylistic leaps and machine-gun rapping, comprehending the meaning of Splendor & Misery is a true challenge.

3. A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service

A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service
November 11, 2016
Critic Score
86
23 reviews

We Got It From Here… captures everything that has been essential to A Tribe Called Quest as a project – the focus on flow, the spirit of adventure, the balance of toughness and gentleness, streets and sky. Yet it also feels like an unlikely leap forward.

2. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book
May 13, 2016
Critic Score
85
22 reviews

Coloring Book is another exceptional release from a vital artist only now coming into his own. In that, the future for Chance the Rapper is wide open to seemingly unlimited potential.

1. Isaiah Rashad - The Sun's Tirade

Isaiah Rashad - The Sun's Tirade
September 2, 2016
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

Rashad’s wheelhouse has expanded since his understated 2014 masterpiece Cilvia Demo, and he tries things on The Sun’s Tirade that show he’s learned from his TDE brethren about stretching the boundaries of hip-hop.

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