My Favorite Albums of 2016

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My fellow earbudders,

Well. Another year of music has come and gone, which means, another list of favorites to publish for you to read, consume, and just maybe decide what to put on your own end of the year playlist for gist and shiggles. These 40 albums were my favorites. I try not to say the “best “ones because I know that for every album that is on the list, I probably missed my fair share of musical goodies but these are the ones that got numerous plays on my ipod. This year revealed reunions, long awaited returns, artistic passion, departed souls, and your run of the mill pop fluff – of which there was a little too much of I admit. I was bored by many of the pop songs I heard on the radio – same beats, same squeaky voiced people singing the same things over and over again. You could take the head off one singer, replace it with another and you wouldn’t really be able to tell the difference. But the true artists – the ones that display quality over quality, fought their way through the cracks of pop goo. So for that I’m grateful for this year of music and helping me get out of darkness. For now anyway.. Enjoy the list. And Happy New Year.

1. Anderson Paak – Malibu
2. Solange Knowles – A Seat at the Table
3. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
4. S U R V I V E – RR7349
5. The Weeknd – Starboy
6. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
7. Beyonce – Lemonade
8. Brookzill! – Throwback to the Future
9. Tegan and Sara – Love You to Death
10. The Kills – Fire and Ice
11. JoJo – Mad Love
12. Emeli Sande – Long Live the Angels
13. J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only
14. Robbie Williams – Heavy Entertainment Show
15. Kane Brown – Kane Brown
16. Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
17. Childish Gambino – Awaken! My Love!
18. Raleigh Ritchie – You’re a Man Now Boy
19. David Bowie – Blackstar
20. Elizabeth Cook – Exodus of Venus
21. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
22. Teenage Fanclub – Here
23. Santigold – 99 Cents
24. Jack Garratt – Phase
25. Africaine 808 – Basar
26. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive
27. Hamilton Soundtrack
28. Shura – Nothing’s Real
29. Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math
30. Michael Kiwanuka – Love and Hate
31. Leagues – Alone Again
32. Roosevelt – Roosevelt
33. Rocky – Soft Machines
34. Deftones – Gore
35. Hidden Figures – The Soundtrack
36. Lazarus (Original Cast Recording)
37. Ria Mae – Ria Mae
38. Jamila Woods – HEAVN
39. Skye and Ross – Skye and Ross
40. Ghost Beach – Blonde

Honorable Mentions:
LP – Death Valley EP
Big Gigantic – Brighter Future
Justice – Women
Dawn Richard – Redemption

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New Stuff: “Brookzill”

Dearest earbudders, while we wait for Digable Planets to get on the good foot and make a comeback, member Ladybug Mecca has preoccupied herself with DJ/Producer king Prince Paul, collaborating in a group called Brookzill (“Brooklyn and Brazil”). Combining Afro-Brazilian rhythms, hip hop, jazz, and all around good stuffs, this is a band I am seriously looking forward to listening to when their album drops October 7th. While we wait for this already predicted musical masterpiece, check out their first single, “Saudade Songbook” with Count Bass D. My ears are excited.

 

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Attention all De La Soul Fans…

DLS is giving away ALL of their music for free for TODAY only!!!

http://www.wearedelasoul.com/

Go there. Get it. Get alllllll of them.

For those who don’t know who they are… allow me to reintroduce themselves:

Do NOT call yourself a hip-hop head if you don’t like these legendary dudes. Get out right now.

Enjoy!

Kanye’s Skinhead.. Watch While You Can..

So Kanye’s Black Skinhead video leaked… then it was removed. But click on the link under this pic. You can see one of the creepiest vids in hip hop right now… Seriously. Scurrrrred.

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http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/kanye-west-drops-black-skinhead-20130709

 

As if his ego can’t get any bigger…. I guess this is his “artistic” piece. Watch while you can. I’m sure it will get pulled soon again.

 

 

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M.I.A… is no longer..just.. that. And it’s a good one.

M.I.A. returns with her new single “Bring the Noize” and just to forewarn you, it’s not a cover of Public Enemy’s hit.

 

 

I love this beat. And that is one white party I’d LOVE to be a part of.. I think even Puffy would be proud.  At least I can understand what she’s saying this time around…somewhat.

 

 

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Throwback Thursday: Heavy D’s “You Can’t See What I Can See”

I have become like parents.

I now know how they felt when they were complaining about my music in the 90s, which was among other comments, not as good as the music they grew up listening to blah blah blah.. I feel the same way they did then about rap music NOW. I’m a 90s kid. So I loved good rap music, which seems to be dwindling these days. So my throwback is a rarely heard song by Heavy D. And The Boyz called, “You Can’t See What I can See.” It was a b-side to their single “Don’t Curse.” In a time now where rappers can’t seem to find a belt to pull up their pathetic pants and drop the n word on a regular basis, it’s nice to be able to go back in the 90s golden era of rap and pull up this gem. Heavy was always clean cut, respected women, knew the meaning of a word “belt” and kept it kid friendly for the most part. Sure he got a little rough around the edges in trying to prove his street credibility, but he still threw down without insulting anyone as evident in this clip.

Rest in Peace Heavy D. You’re still missed. STILL. MISSED. Take note horrible rappers. This is how it’s done. My particularly favorite line? “Not Fred Flintstone but I’ll make your bed rock…”

 

 

 

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