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1. Beyonce - Daddy Lessons



The song starts off with those claps and New Orleans influenced horns so you knew this song was going to be amazing. Then that guitar comes in and she starts her vocals and immediately get that country vibe. The song is as advertised; it's about her growing up in Texas and the toughness/lessons her Dad insisted in her. The song features some of her best song writing to date and her 1st venture into the genre. Overall the song is classic New Orleans/Texas.

2. Blood Orange - By Ourselves



More of an intro than a song; this track starts of with a piano and some vocals from Devonte Hynes. But the song takes off when Ashlee Haze verse starts. An excerpt from her poem "For Colored Girls". The poem paid homage to some important female rappers in hip hop; Angie Martinez. Left Eye, Da Brat, & Lil Kim. But the poem centers around Missy Elliot. Probably the most important female rapper of the 21 century. As the poem explained, she served as a role model for black girls who didn't look like the image of the "typical beautiful girl". And she was dope af. Overall, this was a powerful way to start the album and gave a well deserved artist some shine.

3. Anderson .Paak - The Season / Carry Me



Just a smooth ass R&B track. His vocal performance reminds me of a Lyfe Jennings. The song touches on a number of topics specific to .Paak; his moms getting incarcerated, growing up and making against the odds, fame, coming up, etc. S/o 9th wonder 1 time too. He really did his thing.

4. Roy Woods - Menace



A dope late night vibes R&B track. Compared to other tracks I've heard from Roy Woods, this track's vocal performance seems very natural. Whereas some other songs the vocals seemed forced with him trying to sound like MJ/Weeknd. This song doesn't give the best example of this, but you can on other song just hear that he naturally sound like MJ/Weeknd at times while maintaining his own distinct voice. Menace just represents everything I want from this style of R&B. Hard hitting bass, nice drum patterns, and a great vocal performance.

5. KAYTRANADA - TOGETHER



All respect to GoldLink; he really did his thing on this track. His verses were well written and complimented the track well. That being said, AlunaGeorge stole the show. Her vocal performance fit perfectly over KAYTRANADA beat. I don't really listen to this style of music but I could listen to AlunaGeorge hook on repeat for hours. 99.9% overall was a great project btw.

6. Kendrick Lamar - Untitled 02 I 06.23.2014.



On this track Kendrick took the 2nd half of his Untitled 2 performance and combined it with a new verse over a Cardo/Yung Exclusive beat. There nothing to complain about on this track. It's classic Kendrick. You got the bars, you got the changes in voices. you got a message. The best part is when he finds his tempo around the 2:20 mark. He switches his flow and raps with this robotic, monotone delivery.

7. Drake - Fire & Desire



This song is classic Drake/40. 40 lacing up this very 90's sounding beat which sampled Brandy's Dedication pt.2? or pt.3?
Then you got Drake coming thru with those classic simp lyrics. It's simpfection. Can't complain. Great track.

8. Chance the Rapper - Blessings



This song probably has some of my favorite lines of the year:

"Jesus' black life ain't matter, I know I talked to his daddy
Said you the man of the house now, look out for your family"


I know the difference in blessings and worldly possessions
Like my ex girl getting pregnant and her becoming my everything


I'm not religious but sometimes you just need some positivity in your life and this track supplies it (entire album tbh). This song shows off the versatility on this album. You have the upfront gospel influences, hip hop, and hints of classical brass instrumentation with Donnie on the trumpet.

9. Sticky Fingers - How to Fly



I'm sure a poster on this site recommended this album to me. So s/o to them.
The song is an fusion of reggae and indie music. It's the music equivalent of one of those Asian fusion restaurants. It's weird af tbh. But it works.

10. Isaiah Rashad - Smile



Almost forgot about this track. Not much to say about this. Classic Zaywop over some smooth ass production.

Honorable Mentions:
Childish Major - Window Seat
Chance the Rapper - Same Drugs
Kanye West - 30 Hours
Kodak Black - Lockjaw
The Avalanches - Harmony
clipping. - wiggle
dvsn - too deep
Frank ocean - frank track
Gallent - shotgun
Kendrick - untitled 03 I 05.28.2013.
Majid Jordan - Summer over interlude (off VIEWS)
Bladee - Lovenote
 

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Intro (Just Keep Swimming) [Prod. Burberry Perry]
Wanna Be Us (f. Burberry Perry) [Prod. Colby Crump & Burberry Perry]
Minnesota Remix (f. Quavo, Skippa Da Flippa, & Young Thug) [Prod. Grandfero]
Not My Bro [Prod. Ducko McFli]
Interlude [Prod. Sage]
Good Day (f. Skippa Da Flippa) [Prod. Big Lo$]
Up Next 2 (f. BIGBRUTHACHUBBA & Byou)[Prod. Digital Nas]
Run/Running [Prod. Earl & E-Bundles]
Never Switch Up [Prod. 1Mind]
1Night *Extended* [Prod. Burberry Perry]
 

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Intro (Just Keep Swimming) [Prod. Burberry Perry]
Wanna Be Us (f. Burberry Perry) [Prod. Colby Crump & Burberry Perry]
Minnesota Remix (f. Quavo, Skippa Da Flippa, & Young Thug) [Prod. Grandfero]
Not My Bro [Prod. Ducko McFli]
Interlude [Prod. Sage]
Good Day (f. Skippa Da Flippa) [Prod. Big Lo$]
Up Next 2 (f. BIGBRUTHACHUBBA & Byou)[Prod. Digital Nas]
Run/Running [Prod. Earl & E-Bundles]
Never Switch Up [Prod. 1Mind]
1Night *Extended* [Prod. Burberry Perry]
Lil Boat. Nice
 

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Car Seat Headrest - Destroyed by Hippie Powers
Kendrick Lamar - untitled 07 | 2014 - 2016
Radiohead - Present Tense
David Bowie - I Can't Give Everything Away
James Blake - I Need a Forest Fire (f/ Bon Iver)
Deakin - Just Am
Kali Uchis - Only Girl (f/ Steve Lacy & Vince Staples)
Kanye West - Saint Pablo (f/ Sampha)
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop the Feeling
Ariana Grande - Be Alright
 

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Einfinet said:
Car Seat Headrest - Destroyed by Hippie Powers
Kendrick Lamar - untitled 07 | 2014 - 2016
Radiohead - Present Tense
David Bowie - I Can't Give Everything Away
James Blake - I Need a Forest Fire (f/ Bon Iver)
Deakin - Just Am
Kali Uchis - Only Girl (f/ Steve Lacy & Vince Staples)
Kanye West - Saint Pablo (f/ Sampha)
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop the Feeling
Ariana Grande - Be Alright
James Blake - I Need a Forest Fire (f/ Bon Iver)

Great track. I forgot about this album.
 

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Kanye West - Wolves
Young Thug - Digits
Young Thug - Drippin'
Travis Scott - Pick Up the Phone
Kanye West - Saint Pablo
Drake - U With Me?
Future - Inside the Mattress
Roy Woods - Down Girl
Vic Mensa - There's Alot Going On
Lil Uzi - Ps & Qs

HM:
Future - Lie to Me
Rihanna - Yeah, I Said It
dvsn - With Me
Rae Sremmurd - Look Alive
 

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Future - Low Life (feat. The Weeknd)
Ro James - Permission
Drake - Controlla
Rihanna - Needed Me
Rihanna - Work (feat. Drake)
Rihanna - Kiss It Better
Rittz - Inside of the Groove (feat. Mike Posner & E-40)
TWENTY88 - 2 Minute Warning (feat. K-Ci & JoJo & Detail)
Young Thug & Travis Scott - Pick up the Phone (feat. Quavo)
Ariana Grande - Let Me Love You (feat. Lil Wayne)

Honorable mentions:

Yuna - Crush (feat. Usher)
Rihanna - Love On The Brain
YG - I Got A Question (feat. Lil Wayne)
Tory Lanez - Came 4 Me
Niykee Heaton - Bad Intentions (feat. Migos)
Beyonce - Love Drought
Usher - No Limit (feat. Young Thug)
 

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in no particular order
Rae Sremmurd - Look Alive
Weezer - Thank God For Girls
Drake - Controlla
David Bowie - Lazarus
Kanye West - Famous
Death Grips - Giving Bad People Good Ideas
Xiu Xiu - Falling
ANOHNI - Drone Bomb Me
BADBADNOTGOOD - Time Moves Slow
Lil Yachty - Up Next 2
 

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No English said:
Kanye West - Wolves
Young Thug - Digits
Young Thug - Drippin'
Travis Scott - Pick Up the Phone
Kanye West - Saint Pablo
Drake - U With Me?
Future - Inside the Mattress
Roy Woods - Down Girl
Vic Mensa - There's Alot Going On
Lil Uzi - Ps & Qs

HM:
Future - Lie to Me
Rihanna - Yeah, I Said It
dvsn - With Me
Rae Sremmurd - Look Alive
hit an island like gilligan :banderas:
 

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no order and probably more than ten:
Drug Dealers Anonymous - Pusha T (killed by Hov)
When It Rain - Danny Brown
Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 - KanYe West
Wolves - KanYe West
Same Drugs - Chance The Rapper
This Life - Denzel Curry
No More Parties In LA - KanYe West
Real Friends - KanYe West
40 Funk - Post Malone
Liquor Locker - Vic Mensa
John Muir - Schoolboy Q
Home - Travis Scott
Lyrics - Skepta
Figure It Out - French Montana
Panda - Desiigner
Golden Boy - Elf Kid
Not The Only One - Kevin Gates

 

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in no particular order
Rae Sremmurd - Look Alive
Weezer - Thank God For Girls
Drake - Controlla
David Bowie - Lazarus
Kanye West - Famous
Death Grips - Giving Bad People Good Ideas
Xiu Xiu - Falling
ANOHNI - Drone Bomb Me
BADBADNOTGOOD - Time Moves Slow
Lil Yachty - Up Next 2
:khaled: Xiu Xiu dropped a new project this year?
 

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Einfinet said:
Car Seat Headrest - Destroyed by Hippie Powers
Kendrick Lamar - untitled 07 | 2014 - 2016
Radiohead - Present Tense
David Bowie - I Can't Give Everything Away
James Blake - I Need a Forest Fire (f/ Bon Iver)
Deakin - Just Am
Kali Uchis - Only Girl (f/ Steve Lacy & Vince Staples)
Kanye West - Saint Pablo (f/ Sampha)
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop the Feeling
Ariana Grande - Be Alright
Is the Deakin album worth a listen?
 

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Pusha T - Drug Deakers Anonymous
Anderson .Paak - The Bird
Beyoncé - Daddy Lessons
Kanye West - Saint Pablo
Kanye West - Real Friends
Vic Mensa - There's A Lot Going On

Can only do 6 right now, been a pretty disappointing year Imo, although there are a few albums I haven't had a chance to listen to yet
 

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bladee - lovenote
lil yachty - wanna be us
travis scott - pick up the phone
francis and the lights feat. bon iver - friends
calvin harris feat. rihanna - this is what you came for
maggie rogers - alaska
kanye - fsmh 1
post malone - go flex
yung lean feat. ecco2k - af1s
ariana grande - everyday
 

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Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, pretty fuckin awesome especially if you're a fan of the show
I'll listen to it right now. I haven't heard all of their work but what I've heard, I've been impressed with.
 
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