Beneath the radar.
2016 has been a great year for music. Chance the Rapper showed us that you don’t need a record label backing you to make it big with Coloring Book. Kanye West blew our minds with The Life of Pablo. Drake did fans justice with the greatness that is Views. D.R.A.M.’s debut album, Big Baby D.R.A.M., stamped him as an artist on the watch. Recently, J. Cole dropped the ultimate heat with 4 Your Eyez Only. I can go on and on but you get the picture. With all these great albums from these super great artists, that’s not all that hip-hop had to offer.
Kaytranada – 99.9%
99.9% is Kaytranada’s debut album that he released in May. The Canadian electronic music producer has made a name for himself with this one. The 15-track album features guest collars with Little Dragon, Craig David, Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa, Syd from The Internet, and more. The album peaked at No. 2 on Billboard‘s US Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
J. Dilla – The Diary
The Diary was supposed to be the producer’s debut as a major MC under the name “Pay Jay,” but never happened. In April, Nas released it through his record label Mass Appeal Records and Dilla’s imprint, Pay Jay Productions.
The album features Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Kokane, Frank n Dank, Nottz, Boogie and Kenny Wray. It peaked at No. 3 on the Top Tastemaker Albums, No. 5 on the Top Rap Albums, No. 6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and No. 7 on the Independent Albums.
Waka Flocka Flame & Young Sizzle – Lebron Flocka James 4
The rapper/producer duo have made great hits together, Earlier this year, they teamed up to bring you a project that will keep the party going with hard-hitting tracks If you’re a fan of Future and Migos, you’ll love Lebron Flocka James 4.