Top 20 Favorite Albums of 2016 So Far ( Nesha Says Collaboration)


We have a few more months until 2016 is over and lots more music to be released. The following albums are just a few of the many that have been in heavy rotation this year. Along with Stanesha of Nesha Says we’ve comprised a list of some of our favorite albums of 2016 so far!!


Snoh Aalegra ‘Don’t Explain’
This album is a pure classic. It’s reminiscent of a James Bond movie score on vinyl and some may even compare her to the late great Amy Winehouse. However, Snoh is in her own lane with her retro music style and new age flare.
Solange ‘A Seat at the Table’
Powerful, Thought Provoking, Empowering what more could one ask for? A Seat at the Table though recently released, has been causing quite the stir and was very necessary.
Anderson Paak ‘Malibu’
Anderson Paak is amazing!!! Malibu takes the listener on a journey from high to low and everywhere in between. It’s one ride that music lovers would enjoy!!
Bas ‘Too High to Riot’
Dreamville Records own Bas is back with his sophmore LP and showing everyone just why he’s the one to bet on. Favorite Tracks from the album Matches, Too High to Riot, and Ricochet.
NAO ‘For All We Know’
Nao displays electro-soul at its best. The 18 track album is seamlessly woven together and pushes the London born singer to a whole new level of genius.
Yuna ‘Chapters’
Although this was my first time hearing one of her albums I was immediately taken away. Yuna’s voice so delicate and inviting makes each track even better then the last. Definitely contemporary R&B at its finest.
James Blake ‘The Colour in Anything’
Now who doesn’t love James Blake? Each song captures the soul and holds on tight. Favorite song off this album Timeless, Waves Know Shores, Noise Above our Heads, and Modern Soul.
Ology ‘Gallant’
Another great R&B album of this year hands down. Ology is theraputic and revealing but yet leaves more to be desired. Could this be all part of Gallant’s plan to keep us hooked??? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Dvsn ‘Sept. 5TH
Hallucinations…… enough said. Just kidding, there’s more to the album then just that song, but it’s a definite recommendation nonetheless. If you’re looking for grown and sexy music well the OVO artist has all you need.
Jon Bellion ‘The Human Condition’
The Human Condition is a must listen. Jon Bellion’s unique take on R&B, Pop and Hip-Hop is one of the reasons why he’s been the pen behind some of music’s superstars. The animated yet soulful tunes are his signature and he does it oh so magnificently.
11-20 (Nesha)
Eric Bellinger ‘Eric B. For President’
One of the most consistent artists in the game, when it comes to releasing cohesive projects, Eric Bellinger’s Eric B. For President: Term 1 continues his reign. My favorite tracks are “In My Prime” and “My Check.”
Usher ‘Hard II Love’
I have not bothered listening to an Usher album in full since Confessions because I knew that they wouldn’t match-up. However, Hard II Love comes very close. Must hear tracks are “Missin’ U” and “Bump,” among a few others.
H.E.R. ‘H.E.R., Vol. 1’
In an era where instant gratification is at an all-time high, an anonymous release is rare. H.E.R is the self-titled, first volume, R&B masterpiece from a somewhat unknown singer. A little detective work will lead you to figuring out who it is and the music is so great that you will be driven to solving the mystery.
Fabolous ‘Summertime Shootout 2: The Level Up’
Another one: Fab does it again. Another project filled with the rapper’s signature style. Favorite track: “Ashanti.”
Tink ‘Winter’s Diary 4’
The fourth installment of Tink’s Winter’s Diary series is 15 tracks of classic Tink. Favorite tracks include “All Falls Down,” “Show It” and “Modern Wave.”
YG ‘Still Brazy’
I don’t like this album as much as I like YG’s debut, but it was a cohesive follow-up. The lead single “Why You Always Hatin’?” remains my favorite song on this album. “Who Shot Me?,” “Word Is Bond,” “I Got A Question,” “Bool, Balm & Bollective” and the title track are also standouts.
Beyoncé ‘Lemonade’
Beyoncé has always been reflective in her music whether she was aiming to simply make people dance or tell a story, but there is something different about Lemonade. The project shows a more transparent Bey.
Drake ‘Views’
Beyoncé has always been reflective in her music whether she was aiming to simply make people dance or tell a story, but there is something different about Lemonade. The project shows a more transparent Bey.
Ro James ‘El Dorado’
 “Permission” blew up this year and rightfully so. If you love that record you will also love Ro James’ debut album El Dorado. Favorites include “You Already Knew That” and “A.D.I.D.A.S.”
 Mila J ‘213’
Mila J released a few projects within 2015 and 2016, but among them my favorite is 213. The entire EP is a nod to her native California and the lead single “Kickin’ Back” captures that signature west coast sound.



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