Blessed we are for the music albums of 2016 that made this life feel a whole lot sweeter. Thankful are we to the artists who created those albums. Some, like Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered, came quickly after his last and were released unexpectedly. Other albums like De La Soul’s and the Anonymous Nobody, and The Diary Of from dearly-departed legend J Dilla, were an insanely-long time in coming.
Below are sample tracks from ten albums of 2016 that likely brought happiness to lovers of jazz, hip hop, R&B and reggae music. All can be found in hard copy and added to your Forever-After Music Collection if you haven’t already done so- including in their most supreme format, on sweet sweet vinyl.
1. Anderson .Paak- Malibu
“Heart Don’t Stand A Chance”
2. BADBADNOTGOOD- IV
“And That, Too”
Hear more tracks from IV and watch video footage of BADBADNOTGOOD performing live here.
3. De La Soul- and the Anonymous Nobody
“Drawn” featuring Little Dragon
Find more tracks from and the Anonymous Nobody here.
4. J Dilla- The Diary Of
“The Ex” featuring Bilal
5. Kaytranada- 99.9%
“Breakdance Lesson N.1”
6. Kendrick Lamar- untitled unmastered
“untitled 08 09.06.2014”
Check out live concert footage of Kendrick Lamar performing at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016 here.
7. Michael Kiwanuka- Love And Hate
“Cold Little Heart”
Find more tracks from Love & Hate here.
8. Miles Davis and Robert Glasper- Everything’s Beautiful
“Right On Brotha” featuring Stevie Wonder
Find more tracks from Everything’s Beautiful here.
9. NxWorries- Yes Lawd!
10. Stephen “Ragga” Marley– Revelation Pt. II: The Fruit Of Life
“Scars On My Feet” featuring Waka Flocka
Find more tracks from Revelation Pt. II: The Fruit Of Life here.
Blessed will we continue to be in 2017 for the existence of those ten albums in our music collections – as well as all new musical delights coming our way this year. Thanks to all artists worldwide who create, record and play music for us live. Life could be unbearable without them, and hopefully we never have to find out.