3.) Solange – “A Seat At The Table”
It was a year of self-awareness and self-identity for many female artists and vocalists alike in 2016. But it’s Solange’s “A Seat At The Table” that really takes the cake. Her message is simple: 1.) I’m a black woman in America and I want to show you what I’m going through back then and now with my soul, funk and melodic R&B beats. Similar concepts like Mitski, Angel Olsen and even Beyonce about female empowerment; but it’s with a great message of racial identity mixed in with cultivating feeling that makes Solange hard to beat.
Top Tracks – Cranes In The Sky, Don’t Touch My Hair, Mad
Kendrick Lamar – “To Pimp A Butterfly”
THIS…IS…THE…ALBUM…TO…END…ALL…ALBUMS…IN…2015…AND SO FAR…THIS DECADE!!! What’s more to say about this extraordinary masterpiece? It’s the modern day answer to Marvin Gaye’s “What Goin’ On” and its message is quite clear…AMERICA IS FUCKED UP! Lamar holds nothing back and lashes out the truth on black-on-black crimes, racism, police brutality, personal life issues, and how to cover all that with optimism. Infusing jazz, hip-hop, funk, soul, and consciousness on “To Pimp a Butterfly”; and with a grand line-up with producers and collaborators as well as a short interview with the late Tupac Shakur (Mortal Man), K. Dot proved why he’s by far the greatest storytellers of our generation. And with 11 nominations for the 2016 Grammys, damn right K. Dot deserves the acknowledgement and damn right it gives his musicality and creativity justice.
Top Tracks: Buy or download the whole CD