Young Thug, over the past few years, has taken a different approach to mixtapes than most artists. His tapes are usually album quality, and are released on iTunes, although he maintains that he has not dropped his debut album yet. “Jeffery” is no different, featuring verses from the likes of Gucci Mane and Wyclef Jean as well as stellar production from TM88 and Southside. Thug is at his best here, combining an ear for pop hooks with the most singular voice in trap music today.
Features: Travis Scott, Quavo, Gunna, Young Scooter, Offset, Wyclef Jean & Duke
Young Dolph isn’t one for metaphors or wordplay. His raps are blunt, combined with booming beats and simple concepts centered around wealth, sex, and drugs. “Rich Crack Baby” fits nicely into his discography, but takes the formula one step further, going deeper down the rabbit hole of excess until Dolph admits that he’s got cocaine running through his system at all times. This is the trap formula in it’s purest form, uncut and ready for distribution.
Features: Gucci Mane, Boosie Badazz, 21 Savage, T.I., Wale & 2 Chainz
It’s been a huge year for Desiigner. He’s gone from a total nobody to a chart success and a recent signee to Kanye West’s GOOD Music label. “New English,” his debut project, showcases his ability to find his own voice among countless comparisons to Atlanta artists like Future. Desiigner’s flow is aggressive, his lyrics off the walls; he’s the trap MC Ride, and each song stabs jaggedly into the next as the Brooklyn star eschews traditional song transitions for a more frenetic pacing that sets “New English” apart from the rest. Oh, and it’s catchy as fuck.
Features: Pusha T & King Savage
Another artist that has had an undeniably stellar 2016 is Louisiana emcee Kevin Gates. His debut album “Islah” quickly went gold, and the singles “Really Really” and “2 Phones” both still occupy a high ranking on the Billboard Hot 100. Gates kept the momentum going with “Murder for Hire 2,” a collection of gritty and melodic trap masterpieces designed to hold over fans until he’s ready to drop his next album. The snack doesn’t disappoint, and all that the clear standout “Off da Meter” needs is a music video to truly blow up.
Features: Boobie Black