Well, you’ve stumbled upon the final In No Particular Order of 2016.
It also happens to be the shortest version of INPO you’ll find this year, since there are more exciting things in the works.
Like, perhaps, the Top 50 Albums of 2016 and all the fun to go along.
So these are basically the last few picks of the year for me, so thank you to everyone who is reading this and has read any in the past! Feel free to browse through some of the older posts here, and you can see the current week’s new releases here.
Merry Christmas (and Happy Holidays) and have a great New Years. I’ll see you in 2017!
J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only
After surprising fans with word that a new album was coming, J. Cole kept his word (unlike other artists this year), and dropped his fourth studio album 4 Your Eyez Only. Regardless of the hype, J Cole hit it on the nose with his latest, pleasing long time fans and new alike. With some tracks directed at the racial injustice of the U.S., while others just here for a good time, 4 Your Eyez Only is not overwhelming by any means, but definitely enjoyable.
Favourite tracks: “For Whom The Bell Tolls” // “Immortal” // “Change”
Injury Reserve – Floss
Arizona-based hip-hop trio Injury Reserve share their hard-hitting, genre-bending sophomore release Floss. Boasting as one of the best underground hip-hop albums of the year, Floss is a momentum-building experience from start to finish, blending in jazz, art-rock, and more into 45 minutes.
Stream the full album below and head to their website to get a copy.
Must-haves: “Oh Shit!!” // “Bad Boys 3” // “Keep On Slippin”
Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’
Kid Cudi has not had the easiest of years, including ending his year off by checking into rehab. Shedding some light and positivity on his 2016, the hip-hop artist has returned to his roots and released his sixth album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’. With quite a few collaborations and features, including Travis Scott, Andre 3000, and most notably Pharrell, the lengthy 19-track album is hit-or-miss, but a strong effort nonetheless from Cudi.
Must-haves: “Baptized In Fire”// “Does It”// “Surfin”