I think it might be a little soon to be calling the Kid cudi album whose name you cant even remember right one of your favorites of the year
10. Fireplace: Thenottheotherside
This is Hodgys debut album. It has good production but i appreciate it more for its rapping from Hodgy. Ive always liked his flow and its nice to hear it over more well developed and honed music, especially with lyrics that make sense for once. I anticipated this album from as soon as HUNGER dropped in late 2015 so it was basically my last album on the list of "releases i wanna see in 2016" that i made in 2015. It wasnt as good as i wished but it was good enough to be 10.
This is Yung leans most recent album. I think its his best yet and it became one of my most listened to projects really early in the year, enough to keep me listening to some of the songs even now, most importantly Hoover. Lean still isnt the main attraction on the album, its the production, but Leans voice is a lot darker and his flow is a lot better to match with the heavy and intense beats. I wish i liked the bonus tracks more, but it all 6 of them added to the album bump it up to a 66 minute listen, which it a lot less desirable to me now.
8. Birds in the trap sing mcknight
This wasnt one of my hyped releases this year, i was actually hyped for Astroworld and just thought this would be pretty shit since Trav originally said it would be a mixtape. In truth, if it were actually a mixtape i think it would have gotten a lot better reception from the fans. Independent of that i love the album a lot and enjoy listening to a lot of it. I think its more than close enough to Rodeo in tone to give it the same appeal, its just a lot more trappy and i guess a little less grand. That doesnt ruin it for me. At first the mixing threw me off and made me almost hate it, but now ive gotten used to it. I still wish it was better, maybe it would have made the album even greater
7. Introverted intuition
The album that has now infamously gotten #10 on Fantanos worst albums of 2016, i actually loved this album and hated to see how trashed on it was. I appreciate short and easy listens and this album is especially that. The atmosphere is sort of what Fantano called it, the album feels like an unfocused mutant, but i dont think it wants to be killed. It just wants attention. So i gave it that and its really rewarding. Songs like Could it be, Stockholm, Toaster, Lovers lane, these are all amazingly complete songs for an album criticized for being incomplete (and Toaster only runs for like a minute). I hope that it ignites the flame for a bigger project from Lance next time, i seriously doubt this will be totally indicative of his next one
6. I'm a piece of shit
Flowergirl the classic contrarian puts another poorly received album on this list, well guess what theres more to come. This album got me into Father and i think its totally awesome, really groovy and pleasantly minimalist. I love how simple the beats are, it seems like theyre barely made from anything but they still manage to be so much for a song that provides everything it needs. Even the song structure is minimal, but the song Slide thru, which is just a chorus, bridge, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus doesnt get old or feel repetitive. Maybe because the chorus and hook are amazing. Anyway, the vibes this album gives off are all over the place, from the depression and misery on Lanes to the sex crazy and celebratory Spit or swallow. Please give this album a chance
5. American boyfriend: a suburban love story
This is Kevin abstracts sophomore record, and another one of my most hyped releases. Its funny, what happened is that someone posted Empty, i think i saw it on hhh, and i heard it and thought it was one of the best songs of the year, and with that it somehow became the most excited for a release i got this year. Im serious, i had tweets on notifications for his twitter and everything and i was following what he said like the bible (he even told fans to watch a movie before they listened to his album and i watched it the night i waited for the album to drop). Basically in terms of sound its really poppy but explores a lot of emotion and especially stuff about being boy crazy, which is relatable to me, even if its coming from a guy. It makes me wish i was a gay guy. Lol. Anyway if you want a taste of the album listen to Empty, its so amazing and it turned me onto Kevin immediately
I actually would consider both Blonde and Endless to be top 10 worthy, but i only wanted to pick one for this list, so i went with the one that i liked more. Endless was the "throwaway" album that Frank dropped before Blonde that i loved for its spacey atmosphere and especially the rawness of it. Compared to the extremely groomed and developed Blonde and all of its carefully written messages and thought out songs, Endless seems more like Frank was just putting what he felt to paper and not censoring himself. Starting from the first original song on the album Alabama, you already hear a barrage of what sounds like just a bunch of memories, both nostalgic and depressive. It only goes further from there, when its immediately followed by U-n-i-t-y, which is one of the saddest and bluntest songs on the record. As a whole the project is beautiful, especially when it climaxes at Rushes and Rushes to, all the way to the moment where Frank is literally yelping out "perfect, perfect," and i wanna cry with him. I dont see why this project was forgotten to easily, and i especially hate that people say it was just made to get him out of Def jam. Its such a consistent album with a single sound, even if it has short songs. I relate to it a lot more than Blonde, probably because it doesnt go on about drugs. Looooool
This was another one of my most anticipated records of 2016 when 2016 came to a close, but back then i was calling it Views from the 6. When this dropped i was super hyped and i heard it pretty quickly but hated it. And so did everyone else, apparently. Its a long project, about as long as Take care, and the entire album is one stagnant, unmoving piece that deals with a lot of whining and monotone rapping from Drake. But i dont feel like this is because Drake isnt trying anymore or because hes fell off, i just feel like its the bleakest and maybe the realest portrayal of some of the things Drake feels. With Take care, his other project thats "in his feelings," everything was glossed up and given a warm and toasty atmosphere, like youre sitting by a fire in a blanket thinking wistfully about your exes. This album is more like youre standing at the edge of a building on a freezing day, looking down, listening to the wind. I think i prefer that atmosphere. It seems like the general population loved the dancehall stuff and didnt care for the monotone and decrepit stuff, like Redemption, but i loved both sides. Every emotional peak pulls at my heart, like whenever Drake is reminiscing about his ex at the very end of U with me?, literally shouting, to the final verse of Redemption when he pulls out his list of names of people hes disappointed and feels like he cant ever make it up to. And for the dancehall side that all of the people from hhh seem to hate, i guess its just a matter of wanting to just have fun and appreciate a song thats fun instead of nitpicking it because of like, it being derivative or something. I think that One dance, even if it was overplayed, has a catchy and awesome hook with really on point singing from Drake, Controlla is of course loved by even hhh, and I know that Childs play is pretty childish from Drake but its such a bright and climactic song that I love it. Also, massively underrated is Fire & desire. Thats my favorite track from the album. Nothing on the album matches the intro with Drake singing, "I dedicate, i dedicate" and the chorus, "and you're a real ass woman and i like it..." Its just so pretty and good. I love this album.
2. Splendor & misery
This is probably the least accessible album on the list and its a lot harder to appreciate than any of the others. Basically its a 37 minute concept album about a runaway slave IN SPACE and his exploits as he slowly goes crazy from isolation. For what it is, the album manages to go incredibly in depth in some of the processes of the ship and the main characters life and gives entire songs just to add character to him, not even advance the story, such as Wake up where were told about his addiction to hypersleep. Its not exactly the most elaborate in terms of its story, and it might take some connecting the dots and lyrics reading to figure everything out for yourself, but getting this big picture is really awesome in the end. Compared to the other two clipping. albums, this one might be my favorite now. Maybe because of its brevity, i really love shorter albums and this album is perfect. In terms of sound, the album is exactly like it should be, like living on an industrial space ship, listening to its gears and pumps move and steam be released from it, its really atmospheric and not very heavy on rhythm or anything. So i wouldnt say to listen to this album if you want to hear catchy songs, listen to it if you want to get immersed in a new world and lose yourself in the atmosphere. Also i hope you arent scared of harsh noise.
1. The life of pablo
Highlights is the best song.