2016 by all accounts was a ridiculous mess. Thankfully there was some wonderful stuff that came out amidst all the chaos. Here are some of my favorite things from this year.
Solange - A Seat at the Table
This album was one that threw me off. It was so different from everything that I thought I knew about Solange’s music and infinitely better. The interludes were awesome and several of the songs were favorites from the year.
Beyoncé - Lemonade
Noname - Telefone
The album I listened to the most this year. I loved everything about it from start to finish. I want more and am content to wait forever for it.
Tinashe - Nightride
Building on the promise of everything before, Tinashe made a spectacular album.
Dreezy - No Hard Feelings
Whenever this album was on I noticed that I knew every single word. That isn’t normal for me. I love this album.
NAO - For All We Know
This album is simply amazing. There might not be another album that I wanted the whole world to listen, like I did this.
Jamila Woods - Heavn
I was surprised by how much I loved this album. Almost every song on here is great, “Breadcrumbs” still falls flat for me.
Joey Purp - iiidrops
This album is fantastic. If you have not listened to it yet do yourself the favor.
Vince staples - Prima Donna
This EP was everything I could have hoped for and more. The narrative was fantastic and Vince Staples proved to me that he was the best rapper alive.
Rihanna - Anti
This album had the longest legs of any this year. I loved it even more once I made my own edition. (swap out the deluxe edition’s three songs for the last three of the regular album)
Arrival - The twist though.
Queen of Katwe - A masterclass of a sports movie.
Moonlight - Brilliant in every way.
Loving - Brilliantly subtle, beautifully acted, and wonderfully composed.
Manchester by the Sea - This movie is awesome.
Chewing Gum - The funniest thing I have ever seen.
Lovesick - The show that surprised me the most this year.
Survivor’s Remorse - Did you read that Alice Walker?
by Addison Garry