Top 10 Albums of 2016 (Number 8)

8.) A Tribe Called Quest – “We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service”

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Politically motivated, perfectly crafted, all Quest. Can they still kick it after over a decade of a hiatus but bring out the everflowing and conscious rhymes that move our minds and bodies? YES THEY CAN! If you want to hear a beautiful goodbye on a high note, then “We Got It From Here…” is a must listen to old and new fans alike. And to Phife Dawg, “Thank You 4 Your Service”!

Top Tracks – We The People…, The Space Program, Dis Generation

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Top 10 Albums of 2016 (Number 9)

9.) Frank Ocean – “Blonde”

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There are no certain boundaries found on this daring and bold album. Emotionally stitched with atmospheric sounds flowing through the veins of any listener; “Blonde” gives a new meaning of innovative sounds without sounding force. Let’s be Frank that Ocean will leave you speechless.

Top Tracks – Nights, Ivy, Pink + White

Top 10 Albums of 2016 (Number 10)

10.) Mitski – “Puberty 2”a2073d70-059f-4911-bafb-9cca608971c3

“Puberty 2” defines frustration in the lines between happiness and sadness that governs her life as well as our own. Mitski explores her range of dimensions of her voice; and adding minimalistic beats and heavy electric guitar riffs made her concept come to life. The best part of her album is that she controls her emotional trajectory with such grace and her complex lyrics sheers true perfection.

Top Tracks – Your Best American Girl, Happy, Crack Baby

The Edge

By Gary Barton

It takes one scratch

To excite me

Matching numbers

To entice me

 

Oh no

There goes my chances to win

 

I need more deals

To provide thee

And more chances

To invite thee

 

Oh no

There goes my chances to win

 

It’s never enough

To get me off

I still need more

To fill my quaff

 

Just one more hit

To satisfy me

I got nothing

To surprise me

 

Oh Lord…

There goes my chances to win

Choice

By Gary Barton

We all have a choice

But who do we choose

Is it based on will

Or somebody’s force

 

Does it make a difference

On who we choose

Aligned with instinct

Or what is endorsed

 

I’ll be damned if someone

Takes my freedom of choice

Without my word or my consent

Let them feel my fire

 

But who knows what will happen

When we made our choice

Who’s to say that we chose

A saint or a liar

 

Choose wisely and vote!

Quicksands

By Gary Barton

The quicksands of time

In the depths of waiting

Sinking into uncertainty

 

These frail arms of hope

Grasping for any faith

To reach blissful eternity

 

Nature’s hourglass

Inside the salty grains of doubt

But my rope of belief pulls me out

 

At last, free of free

Residue remains on my skin

But my faith made me clean again