It's been another huge year in music, and no genre has become more popular or divisive than hip-hop. 2016 saw the release of hotly anticipated albums from big names Kanye West, Drake and Kendrick Lamar, the rise of mumble rap (Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, Desiigner etc...), the return of 90s icons A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, a slew of new hip-hop beefs, and a raft of exciting new artists ready to take rap into the future.
Throughout the year I've posted this weekly playlist to shine a light on the newest tracks and artists pushing the game forward, and while not always everybody's cup of tea, I like to think I've covered a broad cross-section of releases and hope listeners have been able to discover something new at least once throughout the year.
With 2017 almost here, this last Hip-Hop Saturday is a curated playlist looking back at some of my favourite releases of 2016.
Have a happy new year and enjoy the tunes.