This has really been a banging year in the music industry from anticipated album drops, biggest music collaborations and some new artist all stepping on the scene. As we are ending off the year, i thought i would put together my own list of top 5 music albums i been listening to this year.
- Anderson Paak – Malibu
Malibu is the second studio album by American recording artist Anderson Paak. It was released on January 15, 2016, by Steel Wool, OBE, Art Club and Empire Distribution following the release of his EP, Link Up & Suede, with Knxwledge (credited as the duo, NxWorries).
The album was supported by four singles: “The Season / Carry Me”, “Am I Wrong” featuring Schoolboy Q, “Room in Here” featuring Sonyae Elise and The Game, and “Come Down”. Malibu received widespread critical acclaim, placing highly on several music critics’ end-of-year lists. The album received a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
- Chance the rapper – Coloring Book
Coloring Book is the third mixtape by American hip hop recording artist Chance the Rapper. It was produced by his group The Social Experiment, Lido, and Kaytranada, among others. For the album, Chance also collaborated with musicians such as Kanye West, Young Thug, Francis and the Lights, Justin Bieber, Ty Dolla Sign, Kirk Franklin, and the Chicago Children’s Choir.
Coloring Book was released on May 13, 2016, exclusively on Apple Music, before being made available to other streaming services on May 27. It was the first album to chart on the Billboard 200 solely on streams, peaking at number eight, while receiving widespread acclaim from critics who praised its fusion of hip hop and gospel sounds. It received a nomination for Best Rap Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
- The Weekend – Starboy
Starboy is the third studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter The Weeknd. It was released on November 25, 2016, by XO and Republic Records. The album features guest appearances from Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey, Future, and Kendrick Lamar. The album was supported by three singles: “Starboy” featuring Daft Punk, “I Feel It Coming” and “Party Monster”.
Starboy received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 348,000 album-equivalent units and 209,000 copies in the first week. It also debuted at number one on Billboard’s Canadian Albums Chart.
- Travis Scott – Days before birds
Similar to Days Before Rodeo, this project appears to be a mixtape, and consists of cuts that were likely recorded during the Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight sessions, but didn’t make the final cut– we already know that’s the case for the Lil Uzi Vert-featured “RaRa.” This new project also includes Travis’ “Uber Everywhere” and songs with Young Thug, PartyNextDoor, Migos, Wale and more. Some leaked, and some didn’t, but by releasing this collection of music “officially” (is it official? Travis has yet to speak on it) La Flame ensure he won’t be springing even more leaks for these songs.
- Skepta – Konnichwa
Konnichiwa is the fourth studio album by British grime artist Skepta. After numerous delays, it was released on 6 May 2016 by Boy Better Know. The album was launched with a party in Tokyo on 5 May 2016 arranged and broadcast globally by live streaming platform Boiler Room, featuring Skepta performing the whole album live with supporting performances from Japanese artists Kohh, Dutch Montana, Loota, and DJ Riki.
The album was supported by four singles, including the top 40 entries “That’s Not Me”, “Shutdown” and “Man”. Konnichiwa features guest appearances from Jme, Boy Better Know, D Double E, Novelist, Wiley, Chip, Pharrell Williams, ASAP Nast and Young Lord. The album has peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart. The album has also charted in Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and United States. The album won the 2016 Mercury Prize.