The Best Hip Hop Party Music of 2016

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If you’re looking for the best hip hop party music of 2016, look no further! This blog has got you covered with the latest and greatest tracks to get your party started.

Best Hip Hop Songs of 2016

It’s been an amazing year for hip hop music, and we’ve compiled the best of the best into this ultimate party playlist. From Chance the Rapper to A tribe Called Quest, this list has it all. So turn up the volume and get ready to dance!

“Formation” by Beyoncé

“Formation” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her seventh studio album, Lemonade (2016). The song was released as the lead single from the album on February 6, 2016. “Formation” marks Beyoncé’s return to R&B music, after experimenting with electronic, pop and hip hop music in her previous albums. It features production from Mike Will Made It and samples agricultural sounds, which are interpreted as a tribute to the Black Panther Party and Hurricane Katrina. Music critics generally praised “Formation” for its confrontational lyrics and its exploration of race, feminism and pride.

Beyoncé performed “Formation” live at Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, accompanied by a dance routine involving the Black Panthers’ clenched-fist salute. After the performance drew criticism for allegedly being anti-police brutality, pro-Black Lives Matter and anti-American, she released the song’s official music video on February 16 along with an accompanying short film called Lemonade. The video contains additional footage that touches upon similar themes as the song; it also features cameos from Jay Z, Serena Williams and Mike Winfield. “Formation” won Best R&B Performance and was nominated for Best Music Video at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

“Hotline Bling” by Drake

“Hotline Bling” is a song by Canadian rapper Drake, which serves as the lead single from his fourth studio album, Views (2016). The song samples R&B singer D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha”, and was released to digital retailers on October 19, 2015, before being serviced to radio stations on October 20. “Hotline Bling” peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in Canada and several other countries.

The music video was directed by Director X and released on October 19, 2015. It became popular due to its large number of memes created from it.

“All the Way Up” by Fat Joe and Remy Ma

“All the Way Up” is a song by American rappers Fat Joe and Remy Ma, released on March 2, 2016 by RNG and Empire Distribution. The song, produced by Cool & Dre, Edsclusive, and Remo the Hitmaker, samples “Lord KNows” by Drake and features additional vocals from French Montana and Infared

“No Problem” by Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz

“No Problem” is a song by American hip hop recording artist Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. It was released on May 27, 2016, by Chance the Rapper’s website. The song peaked at number 59 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“Work” by Rihanna featuring Drake

“Work” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her eighth studio album, Anti (2016). The song was released as the lead single from the album on January 27, 2016. “Work” is a dancehall and R&B song, with elements of pop and Creole influences. Lyrically, the song finds Rihanna and Drake trying to seduce someone who is not interested in starting a relationship.

The song received positive reviews from music critics, who praised Rihanna’s vocal performance and the island-flavored production. It debuted at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number one, marking Rihanna’s fourteenth US chart topper and breaking a tie with Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston for the female artist with the most number-one singles. The song also became Rihanna’s ninth number-one single on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, thus tying her with Carey, Janet Jackson, and Beyoncé for fifth place among female artists with the most number ones on that chart. It also reached number one in Canada and number three in Australia and New Zealand.

Best Hip Hop Albums of 2016

It’s been a great year for hip hop music, with a lot of great albums being released. Here are our picks for the best hip hop albums of 2016.

Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper

Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper was one of the best hip hop albums of 2016. The album was a mix of different styles and genres, including gospel, jazz, and funk. Chance the Rapper’s lyrics were positive and uplifting, and the beats were catchy and fun. This album was perfect for throwing a hip hop party, and it definitely got us moving and grooving.

Lemonade by Beyoncé

“Lemonade” is the sixth solo album by Beyoncé, and her second “visual album” following her 2013 self-titled album. It was released on April 23, 2016, by Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records, accompanied by a sixty-minute film of the same title aired on HBO. The album is a conceptual project based on infidelity and redemption, with sonics that range from R&B ballads to hip hop anthems, funk, soul, and rock. Its lyrics explore Beyoncé’s emotions when she discovers Jay-Z’s infidelity, and confront themes of betrayal, anger, and forgiveness.

Views by Drake

Views is the fourth studio album by Canadian rapper Drake. It was released on April 29, 2016, by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records. Recording sessions took place between 2015 and 2016, with both Toronto and New York City serving as the main locations for production.

The album’s title track, “One Dance”, featuring Wizkid and Kyla, peaked at number one in several countries including the United States, France and the United Kingdom; in the latter country, it became Drake’s first number-one single as a lead artist. “Hotline Bling” also charted at number two—just below “One Dance”—and accumulated over a million downloads in its first week of release. To promote the album, Drake embarked on his Summer Sixteen Tour in support of it.

Major Key by DJ Khaled

Released in 2016, Major Key is the ninth studio album by American record producer and rapper DJ Khaled. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 95,000 equivalent album units in its first week. Upon its release, Major Key received positive reviews from critics.

Major Key features guest appearances from a variety of artists, including Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Future, Big Sean, Lil Wayne, Betty Wright, Nas and Alicia Keys. The album includes the singles “For Free” and “I Got the Keys”.

A Seat at the Table by Solange

This year was an exceptional one for hip hop, with many great albums being released by both established and up-and-coming artists. Among the many great records that came out this year, Solange’s A Seat at the Table stands out as one of the best.

A Seat at the Table is a beautifully crafted album that is both personal and political. It is an honest and intimate record that tackles difficult subjects like race and identity with grace and honesty. The album features some of the best production of any hip hop record this year, with stellar contributions from Danger Mouse, Sampha, and Solange herself. The result is an album that is both sonically fascinating and emotionally powerful.

A Seat at the Table is a vital addition to the hip hop canon, and it’s sure to be one of the most important albums of 2016.

Best Hip Hop Artists of 2016

In 2016, the best hip hop artists came together to create some of the best party music the genre has ever seen. Artists like Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky, and Kendrick Lamar all released incredible albums that are perfect for any party. If you’re looking for some new hip hop music to help get your party started, look no further than the artists on this list.

Chance the Rapper

There’s no denying that Chance the Rapper has had an incredible year. He’s become one of the most popular hip hop artists in the world, and his music has been celebrated by critics and fans alike. His album Coloring Book was a critical and commercial success, and it’s easy to see why. It’s an inventive, soulful, and uplifting record that showcases Chance’s unique talents as a rapper and singer. And, importantly, it’s a lot of fun to listen to. If you’re looking for a hip hop album that will make you smile, dance, and think, then you need to check out Coloring Book.


Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (/biːˈjɒnseɪ/ bee-YON-say) (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. Their hiatus saw the launch of Beyoncé’s solo career with the release of her debut album Dangerously in Love (2003). The album established her as a solo artist worldwide, topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart for eleven consecutive weeks, and earned five Grammy Awards.[1][2]

Following the break-up of Destiny’s Child in 2006, she released her second solo album, B’Day (2006), which contained hits “Déjà Vu”, “Irreplaceable”, and “Beautiful Liar”. Beyoncé also ventured into acting with a supporting role in Dreamgirls (2006). She took a hiatus from music in 2010 and took over management of her career; during this time she gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter and resumed working towards dropping her fifth studio album. Her self-titled fifth albumbeyoncé(2013) was unexpectedly released to critical acclaim and commercial success; it debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with little promotion[3] and sold 557 thousand copies in its first week.[4][5] The album featured influences from a variety of genres such as reggae,[6] trap,[7] psychedelic music,[8][9] R&B,[10][11][12] indie rock,[13][14] dark pop,[15][16] electropop,[17],and trip hop.[18] Contributions to the album’s production came from Timbaland, Pharrell Williams Justin Timberlake, Hit-Boy Mike Will Made It dj mustardThe Dream Roc Nation cofounder Jay Z.[19][20] Its title track “Drunk in Love” peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart while “Partition” and “Pretty Hurts” reached numbers 17 and 24 respectively.[21][22]”XO” charted on multiple international charts including Australia New Zealand Canada Ireland United Kingdom Scotland Sweden Belgium Japan South Korea Taiwan Portugal Poland Greece Hungary Czech Republic Slovakia[23


Drake is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He began his career as an actor, starring in the Canadian teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s. In 2006, he released his debut mixtape Room for Improvement. He signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in June 2009.

Drake’s mainstream success came with the release of his second studio album, Thank Me Later(2010), which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was soon certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His next two releases, 2011’s Take Care and 2013’s Nothing Was the Same, received critical acclaim and topped charts in several countries.

DJ Khaled

DJ Khaled is a record producer, radio personality, DJ, and record label executive. He is also a member of hip hop group Terror Squad. In 2006, Khaled released his debut album Listennn… the Album, which received gold certification. His second album We the Best was released in 2007 and contains the top 20 hit “We Takin’ Over”, which features Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman and Lil Wayne.
He has released seven studio albums since then: We Global (2008), Victory (2010), We the Best Forever (2011), Suffering from Success (2013), I Changed a Lot (2015) and Major Key (2016). In 2009, Khaled became president of record label Def Jam South. His latest album Major Key was released on July 29, 2016.

Kendrick Lamar

Hip hop fans around the world were thrilled when Kendrick Lamar released his long-awaited album “untitled unmastered.” The record lived up to the hype, with Lamar’s unique style on full display. His lyrical prowess was on full display, and he proved that he is one of the best rappers in the game today.

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