It's December. Next to buying presents, decorating Christmas trees, eating and drinking way too much and hanging out with relatives you don't particularly like, this also means it's time for end-of-the-year-lists! We at whatsgood. don't want to fall behind and we like having heated debates about this shit so we present our "whatsgood. top 16 of '16" list. The idea is very simple: our 16 favorite music releases of 2016. These can be either EP's or full-length albums.
Here's our no. 16 - 13:
16. Snakehips - All My Friends EP
Oliver Lee and James Carter, better known as the British electronic music duo Snakehips dropped their All My Friends EP this year. The EP is named after their hit single featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper. The other guest appearances on the 4-track EP are Anderson .Paak, Malika and Tory Lanez. The electronic pop sound of Snakehips is very catchy and contagious.
Favorite track: "Money On Me" (feat. Anderson .Paak)
15. Isaiah Rashad - The Sun's Tirade
Isaiah Rashad is one of the seven artists signed to Californian independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment. He's in good company 'cause it's the label that also houses Black Hippy members Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul. The mellow beats on The Sun's Tirade in combination with Rashad's laidback flow and voice make it a perfect record to listen to in your whip or when you're at home lighting some of that real sticky icky icky.
Favorite tracks: "Free Lunch" and "Wat's Wrong" (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Zacari)
14. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.
Last year, Kendrick Lamar - the biggest superstar in contemporary hip hop - made it to no. 2 in our top 15 of '15 list with his masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly. This year he released the completely unannounced album untitled unmastered. Consisting of previously unreleased demos, it's not as groundbreaking as its predecessor, but it continues the beautiful jazzy and soulful sound.
Favorite tracks: "untitled 03 05.28.2013." and "untitled 08 09.06.2014."
13. Innanet James - Quebec Place
We found out about Innanet James last summer. He only had 3 songs up on his SoundCloud and Spotify, but we immediately were fans. A couple months later, the Maryland-based rapper released his debut project entitled Quebec Place. The sound resembles that of artists such as GoldLink and Anderson .Paak a lot. Apparently, Innanet James and GoldLink actually met each other in high school and used to record music together before they ended up growing apart. The mutual influence can still be easily heard though - Quebec Place is filled with bouncy, uplifting, dance floor friendly, feel-good tracks.
Favorite tracks: "Black" and "Summer"