whatsgood. top 16 of '16 [no. 4 - 1]

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. 4 - 1 (also check out no. 16 - 13, no. 12 - 9 and no. 8 - 5):

4. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

We've been huge fans of Chance The Rapper ever since he dropped his 10 Day mixtape, and even bigger fans after the follow-up Acid Rap. This year, he dropped his 3rd "mixtape" (he calls them mixtapes, but they're really albums) Coloring Book. The sound differs from his first two mixtapes quite a bit. Coloring Book is heavily gospel-inspired. His nasal, raspy flow and quirky sounds are still ever-present though, which makes it a typical Chance release.

Favorite tracks: "No Problem" (feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz), "Angels" (feat. Saba) and "All Night" (feat. Knox Fortune)

3. KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

Haitian-Canadian DJ/producer KAYTRANADA (that's right, all caps) has made quite a name for himself over the last couple of years. 99.9% is his first full-length album though. The record features an extensive list of guest artists, such as Craig David, Vic Mensa, Anderson .Paak and Little Dragon. The album is a beautiful mixture of funk, soul, hip-hop, r&b, future beats and dance music. 

Favorite tracks: "TRACK UNO", "YOU'RE THE ONE" (feat. SYD) and "LITE SPOTS"

2. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

After 18 years of silence and some friction between certain band members, A Tribe Called Quest announced the release of their final album. Final, because Phife Dawg died in March of this year - the album was recorded before his death. This sad fact, plus the 18 year silence, made expectations very high, almost too high to live up to. But as soon as we heard the first track of the album, it was clear that they've more than met expectations. Phife might be dead, A Tribe Called Quest is very much alive!

Favorite tracks: "The Space Program", "We The People" and "Conrad Tokyo" (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

1. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

Anderson .Paak rose to stardom out of nowhere last year, when he suddenly made a guest appearance on six of 16 tracks off Dr. Dre's Compton. Shortly after, at the beginning of this year, he dropped his second studio album entitled Malibu. The record is an instant-classic that shows off .Paak's versatility. He effortlessly alternates between rapping and singing on tracks that range from 60's soul, 90's hip-hop, dance floor-friendly music and everything in between. The release of this masterpiece as well as numerous guest appearances on tracks of other artists (such as A Tribe Called Quest. Schoolboy Q, Mac Miller, KAYTRANADA, Snakehips, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, TOKiMONSTA)  make 2016 undoubtedly the year of Anderson .Paak! 

Favorite tracks: "Heart Don't Stand a Chance", "The Waters" (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid) and "Am I Wrong" (feat. ScHoolboy Q)