Over the years, rap artists have been singing their own hooks. Some of their songs have been great while others terrible, but this is what has shaped the hip hop world as we know it today. Rappers like Eminem, Biz Markie, and KRS-One have made such significant contributions in hip hop. The recent highlight has been the passing on of Prince who was not only masterful at singing, but also rhyming.
However in 2016, hip hop has seen huge improvements in quality and style with the advent of the singing rapper. This is an MC who can comfortably do his thing on the mic and at the same time sing his voice off. Below are the top picks in hip hop albums in 2016, year to date.
The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
Kanye West is more of a volatile individual, but with a great sonic scope. This album contain a number of songs including Ultralight Beam where Kanye comes to terms with the death of his mom, Father Stretch My Hands Pt.2 where the artist focuses on his relationship with his father. The release of this album was majorly surrounded by Kanye’s antics online which to an extent attracted the most attention as opposed to the actual music delivered.
Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper
Taking a cue from Kanye who also happens to be his mentor, Chance incorporates the gospel element to this mixtape in great measure. Chance the Rapper is a Chicago MC whose aim in this album is to take you to church through one of the purest and absolutely creative fusions of gospel and hip hop. He can comfortably carry a tune and he is hot on the mic. This has made critics to positively forecast his music career as they expect lots of stuff to come from him.
This album was released by Columbia/Odd Future Records. Domo Genesis through this mixtape brings together a litany of guest appearances including Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, Kendra Foster, Tyler, and Juicy J among others. This is a deeply personal album which serves to bridge the link between Earl Sweatshirt and Frank Ocean in a way that is both psychedelic and street.
It is important to note that Domo is majorly a rapper and doesn’t sing as much. This is why he has brought in friends such as Tay Walker, Cam O’bi, and Anderson .Paak to accent his flow.
Views by Drake
Drake is arguably Toronto’s most prolific teen idol. He is in the process of mastering his own style on the singing rapper game. Views is his third straight classic in a series and it was initially entitled Views From The 6. The length of this album is 82 minutes and is filled to a greater extent with the brooding rap soul the artist has been perfecting.
Other albums include Don’t Look Down by Mr. Lif, The Mountain Will Fall by DJ Shadow, Sadevillain by Seanh, and 99.9% done by Kaytranada.