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Top 10 Albums of 2017 (Number 1)

Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.”

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You knew this was coming. He is number one once again. After couple of years from his black opus album “To Pimp A Butterfly”, K-Dot schools us again with his more personal and radio-friendly album, DAMN. Now don’t get me wrong. From his last album we had hard jazz and prolific storytelling. But now we get deeper into his world and wondering why God is leading him to a world of no promise. The only question that comes to mind is, what concept is he going to pick up next and how is he going to top his previous work. One thing’s for sure, it will be better than his last and all we will be saying is…DAMN.

Top Tracks: Just by the DAMN. album. It’s really worth it!

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Top 10 Albums of 2016 (Number 1)

1.) The Avalanches – “Wildflower”

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16 years later, the Avalanches are back and they are more creative than ever. Focusing more on going to a psychedelic trip with hip hop beats and ranging on R&B and rare samples, the Avalanches’ “Wildflower” is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that shows that they never lost their edge and fun. The main reason why this is the album of 2016 is not only because of their great return, it’s really because they stay true to themselves and embrace absurdity in music in the most cunning and intricate way. Welcome back to music!

Top Tracks – Subways, Frankie Sinatra, Because I’m Me, Harmony, The Wozard of Iz

Top 10 Albums of 2016 (Number 2)

2.) Kanye West – “The Life Of Pablo”

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Say what you will about Kanye West. Yes, he’s a troubled artist who can really create classical and masterful albums. Yes, he’s a gifted producer. But “The Life of Pablo” is a fucking mess…and I mean this in the most honest way. Honest in a way that Kanye uses gospel beats and derogatory lyrics to create tunes that explore the absurdity of Kanye’s mind. Nonetheless, no one can shy way his memorable hooks on “Father Stretch My Hands Pt 1” and “Famous” Henceforth, West’s artistic vision is forever changing and we can just flow like his rhymes.

Top Tracks – Father Stretch My Hands Pt 1, Famous, Waves, Ultralight Beam, Freestyle 4

Top 10 Albums of 2016 (Number 4)

4.) Angel Olsen – “My Woman”

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On her 3rd album, Olsen expanded herself musically and embraced change beautifully. It’s one of her poppiest and boldest albums to date. With her synth intro of “Intern”, to her back-to-basic rock tune “Shut Up Kiss Me”, her diversity and arrangements on “My Woman” makes Angel the “Stevie Nicks” of 2016.

Top Tracks – Intern, Those Were The Days, Shut Up Kiss Me

Top 10 Albums of 2016 (Number 6)

6.) Michael Kiwanuka – “Love & Hate”

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It would be 2016’s “What’s Going On”, but it’s more personal within Michael’s musical content. Collecting the sounds of Curtis Mayfield, the soul of Marvin Gaye and then stance of Bill Withers; “Love & Hate” evolved Kiwanuka’s music career by balancing and respecting the past to give the present and future something to stand on. And it’s Michael’s storytelling that will give listeners a heads up of what’s to come if action is not taken place.

Top Tracks – Black Man In A White World, Love & Hate, Cold Little Heart

Top 10 Albums of 2016 (Number 7)

7.) Norah Jones – “Day Breaks”

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Norah’s back to her roots and it’s the most engaging album of her career to date. With her sultry signature tune of “Carry On” to three covers from legendary artists such as Neil Young and Duke Ellington, “Day Breaks” is the reflection and a response to her 2002 debut. It’s safe to say that Norah’s voice is forever alluring and awe-inspiring in the world of jazz.

Top Tracks – Carry On, And Then There Was You, Tragedy

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