A Culturess New Year’s Playlist

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Hip-Hop / R&B / Rap

2016 was a great year for hip-hop and R&B. New artists paved their way and old favorites released new music that was full of fresh inspiration and nostalgia.

The great thing about hip-hop is that it makes excellent party music. Even if you have no idea who you’re dancing to, heavy beats and the ever-desirable proportionate syllabic spacing make it hard to sit still. Check out some of the picks for our playlist below!

I will be the first to admit that rap is not my forte. I also have a hard time distinguishing between rap and hip-hop sometimes, and my friends enjoy poking fun at me for this. Whatever. I know that this year brought us more than a few award-nominated and award-winning rap albums, so let’s pull some party-friendly tracks from those for this playlist!

  • “Living Single” by Big Sean feat. Chance The Rapper & Jeremih
  • “Deja Vu” by J. Cole
  • “No More Interviews” by Big Sean
  • “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane
  • “Litty” by Meek Mill feat. Tory Lanez
  • “Two Birds, One Stone” by Drake
  • “Ooouuu” by Young M.A.
  • “The Pinkprint Freestyle” by Nicki Minaj
  • “Cookin'” by Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana & RySoValid
  • “Bodmon Song” by Tory Lanez
  • “Cranes in the Sky” by Solange feat. Common
  • “Blended Family” by Alicia Keys feat. ASAP Rocky
  • “Company” by Tinashe
  • “Nikes” by Frank Ocean
  • “Work” by Rihanna feat. Drake