The year of the mixtape: the 15 greatest releases of 2016

The year of the mixtape: the 15 greatest releases of 2016

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[unable to retrieve full-text content] From Chance the Rapper to Future to Noname it’s been a vital year for hip-hop, and the lines between mixtape and album have blurred 2016... Read More

Best track of 2016: Work by Rihanna

Best track of 2016: Work by Rihanna

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[unable to retrieve full-text content] Work was off-kilter, lacked a big chorus and weaved in a dubious 80s ballad. It also clicked perfectly, a song that captured two era-defining artists... Read More

What was your album of the year for 2016?

What was your album of the year for 2016?

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[unable to retrieve full-text content] Beyoncé’s Lemonade tops the Guardian’s list – now we want to hear what your choice would have been, and why As part of the Guardian’s... Read More

Best albums of 2016: No 1 Lemonade by Beyoncé

Best albums of 2016: No 1 Lemonade by Beyoncé

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[unable to retrieve full-text content] Beyoncé’s vivid discourse on infidelity and race – with equally brilliant film accompaniment – was lacerating, astute and emphatically disruptive, turning her from mere pop... Read More

Best albums of 2016: No 2 Blonde by Frank Ocean

Best albums of 2016: No 2 Blonde by Frank Ocean

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[unable to retrieve full-text content] The R&B trailblazer’s second record attempted nothing less than living up to the pan-racial, genre-straddling reality of 21st-century youth culture. No wonder we had to... Read More

Best albums of 2016: No 3 Blackstar by David Bowie

Best albums of 2016: No 3 Blackstar by David Bowie

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[unable to retrieve full-text content] Whether or not David Bowie was reading his own runes, his final album was an incandescent flare of creativity that stands with his very best... Read More