Top 50 of 2016: Part 3 (30-21)

30. Run The Jewels – Run the Jewels 3 Release date: December 25, 2016  Hip-hop power-duo El-P and Killer Mike spent most of 2016 riding the success of last year’s RJT2, while also teasing fans and hinting at third album sometime in the future. And along with Santa Claus’ arrival bringing gifts, the veteran pair left their third instalment under the trees of fans with a free download on Christmas morning. Sneaking their way onto the Top 50, Run the Jewels have held on to their hard-hitting combination. With El-P once again…

In No Particular Order: October 21, 2016

Have you ever started walking one way, and then suddenly realize you’re going the wrong way? Of course you have…But do you take out your phone and pretend you just received a text, and then turn around, or do you just walk the other way? I personally like to swing my leg around and rotate dramatically and continue walking. Speaking of new directions, this week’s In No Particular Order has nothing to do with changing orientation, and instead has three standout albums from artists who are continuing to find success in their…

Mac Miller – Dang! (ft. Anderson .Paak) (Official Music Video)

After showing a more matured and polished sound with his well-received third album GOOD:AM, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller is set to follow up his newly shaped sound with the September 16th release of The Divine Feminine. Along with the announcement, Miller has shared the album’s lead single “Dang!”, featuring hip-hop’s fastest rising star Anderson .Paak. With a smooth, down-tempo beat as the track’s slick backdrop, “Dang!” has Mac Miller chasing his relationship in circles. His steady delivery flows overtop the song’s jazzy rhythm, with .Paak offering his R&B-style vocals for the chorus, combining for a…

TOKiMONSTA – Put It Down ft. Anderson .Paak & KRNE (Official Music Video)

The combination of TOKiMONSTA and Anderson .Paak seems to be an unstoppable force. The progressive house artist and breakthrough artist respectively have been taking 2016 by storm, and their collaboration single “Put It Down” continues to strut forward. Off the upcoming mini-album Fovere., “Put It Down” combines TOKi’s captivating production skills with Anderson .Paak’s slick R&B/hip-hop style turn the single into a contemporary powerhouse with thumping elements of trap-step and dance thanks to fellow Bay Area producer KRNE. Full of symbolism, and contrasting reds and whites, the new music video gives a dramatic touch to the…

TOKiMONSTA – Put It Down (ft. Anderson .Paak & KRNE)

L.A.-based DJ TOKiMONSTA released her collaboration EP You’re Invited with Gavin Turek in August (you can hear a remix effort here), and now the progressive house artist is sharing a mini album Foreve. on January 29th. The 7-track effort features a few collaborations, including her new single “Put It Down”, teaming with friends Anderson .Paak and KRNE. Taking what fans already know and love in electronic music and sculpting it into a fresh and revolutionary, TOKi blends together her dense, lush textures, the accented percussion of KRNE, and the smooth flow from rapper Anderson .Paak. Enjoy the…