2016 Hip Hop Music Releases You Need to Hear

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Keep up with the latest hip hop music releases of 2016 with this comprehensive list.


2016 was a big year for hip hop music, with releases from some of the biggest names in the genre. Here are some of the 2016 hip hop music releases you need to hear.

Kendrick Lamar – Damn
Damn is Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album, and it was released to critical acclaim in April 2017. The album features Lamar’s trademark flows and lyrics, as well as production from Mike Will Made-It, SZA, and Rihanna.

Drake – Views
Views is Drake’s fourth studio album, and it was released in April 2016. The album features Drake’s signature R&B/hip hop sound, as well as production from Kanye West and Noah “40” Shebib.

Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
Coloring Book is Chance the Rapper’s third mixtape, and it was released in May 2016. The mixtape features Chance’s positive and uplifting lyrics, as well as production from Kaytranada and Metro Boomin.

2016 Hip Hop Music Releases

The past year has been huge for hip hop music, with releases from some of the biggest names in the genre. If you’re a fan of hip hop, then you need to check out these 2016 releases. We’ll be covering releases from Drake, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, and more.

Kendrick Lamar- “untitled unmastered”

Kendrick Lamar’s “untitled unmastered” may have been originally intended as demos or B-sides, but the album ended up being one of the best releases of 2016. Kendrick’s lyrical prowess is on full display on tracks like “untitled 07 | 2014 – 2016,” and the spacing between each song adds to the album’s overall atmosphere. If you’re a fan of Kendrick Lamar or hip hop in general, “untitled unmastered” is an album you need to hear.

Chance the Rapper- “Coloring Book”

Chance the Rapper is an American hip hop recording artist from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he began to gain recognition following the release of his second mixtape, Acid Rap. He then released his third mixtape, Coloring Book, in 2016, which received critical acclaim and earned him three Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album.

Danny Brown- “Atrocity Exhibition”

2010’s hip-hop landscape would not be the same without Danny Brown. The Detroit native is quirky, hilarious, and one of the most profound spitters in recent memory. After releasing 2011’s excellent XXX, Brown reached a new level of popularity with 2013’s Old, which featured the singles “Dip” and “Kush Coma.” His next album, 2016’s Atrocity Exhibition, is his most experimental work yet, and it’s one of the best albums of the year.

Produced by an all-star team that includes Paul White, Black Milk, Skywlkr, and Earl Sweatshirt, Atrocity Exhibition is a dark, sonically diverse record that finds Danny at his absolute best. From the hard-hitting opener “Downward Spiral” to the eerie “Really Doe” (which features Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and Earl Sweatshirt), Atrocity Exhibition is a thrilling ride from start to finish. If you’re a fan of hip-hop, this album is essential listening.

A Tribe Called Quest- “We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service”

On November 11th, A Tribe Called Quest released their sixth studio album, “We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service.” The album is the group’s first in eighteen years, and features appearances from Busta Rhymes, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Jack White, and AndrĂ© 3000. Q-Tip called the album a “thank you” to Phife Dawg, who died in March of this year.

De La Soul- “and the Anonymous Nobody”

After an eight year hiatus, the iconic hip-hop trio De La Soul returned in a major way with their latest album, “and the Anonymous Nobody.” The album, which was crowdfunded by the group’s fans, is a return to form for the legendary group, and features some of their best work in years. With guest appearances from Nas, David Byrne, and Usher, “and the Anonymous Nobody” is a must-listen for any hip-hop fan.


In conclusion, these are 2016 hip hop music releases you need to hear. From Chance the Rapper to Kendrick Lamar, these artists are sure to fill your playlists with fresh new tunes. So go ahead and add them to your collection today!

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