This year has seen an abundance of riches in musical releases. From career-defining works like Beyoncé’s Lemonade to the haunting final work of David Bowie, it has been tough to sift through all the greats. But the year in hip-hop has been particularly bountiful, with some of the biggest names in the game (and some names long-thought dead making a grand return) churning out exceptionally good work.
Pitchfork, the always-trusty music site, has yet to share their picks for album of the year, but they have shared an unranked list of their favorite rap albums that we were blessed with in 2016. It has your usual suspects (Kanye, Kendrick) but the full tally is a diverse group of artists, some of whom made their major label debut this year.
Here are their picks for the 20 Best Rap Albums of 2016:
21 Savage & Metro Boomin — Savage Mode
Kodak Black — Lil B.I.G. Pac
Danny Brown — Atrocity Exhibition
Chance the Rapper — Coloring Book
Kevin Gates — Islah
Ka — Honor Killed the Samurai
Kamaiyah — A Good Night in the Ghetto
Kendrick Lamar — untitled unmastered.
Noname — Telefone
Joey Purp — iiiDrops
Pusha T — Darkest Before Dawn
Rae Sremmurd — SremmLife 2
Isaiah Rashad — The Sun’s Tirade
ScHoolboy Q — Blank Face LP
Skepta — Konnichiwa
Vince Staples — Prima Donna EP
A Tribe Called Quest — We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
Kanye West — The Life of Pablo
YG — Still Brazy
Young Thug — JEFFERY
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