Cafe Favorites of 2016 (Albums, Songs, Videos)

A quick run-down of the Cafe’s favorite shit in 2016.

In no real order (aside from the first entry):


“I ain’t one of a kind, I’m kinda the one” – Ransom (@Ransom)

Ransom – “History of Violence
Still head & shoulders above everything else for me this year (aside from the Solange album, but this is primarily a rap blog)
Skeme – “Paranoia
Young Devi D – “Chess Not Checkers
Sauce Walka – “Holy Sauce” – Masterstroke’athin
Panda BadAzz – “Makin’ Plays 2” / “Been BadAzz: The Lost Files
Desto Dubb – “Born to Sale Juice
38 Spesh – “The 38 Laws of Powder
Migos – “3 Way EP
Philthy Rich – “Real Niggas Back In $tyle
Yung Lean – “Warlord
Koran Streets – “You Know I Got It (The Album)
Dark Lo – “Darkaveli (Disc One)
Ty Dolla $ign – “Campaign” – Slow burn; didn’t take at first. Fell in love with this while in the car (type of music that somehow sounds better while you’re in motion). Also, possibly his most consistent project.

Non-Rap Albums
Solange – “A Seat at the Table
Tory Lanez – “Chixtape 3
Eric Bellinger – “Eventually
Wormed – “Krighsu
Vektor – “Terminal Redux
Carnosus – “Universal Culmination
Fractured Insanity – “Man Made Hell
Gomorrah – “The Haruspex


Koran Streets – “Warning” – There’s a video for this, and it’s great, but I tend to play the audio alone because the imagery in the lyrics is so dope by itself. One of the best writers active right now.
D-Rek feat G-Count – “Tapped In
Fetti Mac – “Expensive Taste
A-One – “Going In” This kid and CheezeOnDaSlap make an incredible duo
2Realist feat Lit Soxx – “Bless Tha Streetz
A-Wax – “Always Somethin“/ “My Bitch feat Vidal Garcia“/ “Dead Or In Jail
Chinx Drugz – “Match That“/ “Hold Up
Philthy Rich & Mozzy – “Shoota Gang
Mozzy feat Kid Red – “I Love My Niggaz
Kirko Bangz – “Not A Pimp
YFN Lucci feat Migos & Trouble – “Key to the Streets
Migos – “3 Way Intro
French Montana – “Ready (MC4 Intro)
Rae Sremmurd feat Guwop – “Black Beatles
Lil Yachty – “Just Keep Swimming (Lil Boat Intro)
Sauce Walka – “Oh Yeah
Majid Jordan -” Summers Over Interlude
Paul Wall & Baby Bash (The Legalizers) feat Marty Obey & Dat Boi T – “Legalize” – Free the team
Brill 4 The Thrill feat Playa Red – “How It Feels
WillThaRapper – “Pull Up, Hop Out
Joe Blow feat 38 Spesh & Rydah J. Klyde – “Lost Child
Dave East – “Deposits (EASTMIX)” / “No Lights” / “Percocets
Kanye West – “FML” / “Wolves
38 Spesh – “Risk Taker” / “Tell You Why feat Klass Murda
Bobby Brackins feat Ty$ – “Faithful
Young Devi D – “IDK Yo Situation
P2 (Twoskee) – “Last Night
P1 (Panda BadAzz) – “In Too Deep
Nispey Hussle feat Bino Rideaux & Dave East – “Clarity” / “I Don’t Stress
Sky Balla – “Me Okay Freestyle” – “I lost everything I love but I never shed a tear; Rotting in that prison cell, left for dead for 7 years”
Sonny Digital – “On It” / “50 On My Wrist
Future – “How It Feel” / “Fly Shit Only
Skeme feat Jay 305 – “Shameless
DRAKEO The Ruler – “Flex Freestyle” / “Impatient Freestyle
Poppa XO – “Pass The Bottle
Pooh Hefner – “All Night
Hyph feat Pooh Hefner – “P Hours
Koran Streets feat K.I. – “Struggle” / “Without a High School Diploma” – “My mama just asked me, ‘Can you pay the rent for me?’ She shook to look me in my eyes; ain’t shit phony”
Troy Ave – “Badass
Mob Jr. feat Dubb 20 – “Ova
Tory Lanez – “Came 4 Me” / “Save It feat Ed Sheeran
Eric Bellinger – “Notice
Donald Glover – “Redbone“/ “Zombies


Insta-classic (Damn I hate to be that guy)

Solange feat Sampha– “Don’t Touch My Hair” / “Cranes in the Sky
MackkRucci feat DRAKEO The Ruler & AzSwaye – “Domino Effekt
D-Rek feat G-Count – “Tapped In
Koran Streets – “Warning
BUDDY – “Shine
Takeshi69 feat ZillaKami– “YOKAI
Mike $aatchi – “Marty McFly
Certified – “Down 2 Ride
Kid Red feat Migos & Chris Brown – “Bounce
Migos – “3 Way Intro
Nipsey Hussle – “Status Symbol 2
Fetti Mac – “Expensive Taste
Philthy Rich – “Piss Codeine
Puablo15 – “Finessing 101

Late Pass

Cool Amerika – “No Taxes 2” (2015) – Like a motherfucker.
Kid Cali – “Jaccpot Ent Presents: Kid Cali” (2015)
LNDN DRGS – “Aktive” (2015)
Skeme – “Ingleworld 3” (2015)
The Internet – “Ego Death” (2015)
Tame Impala – “Currents” (2015)
Poppa XO – “Be Quiet” / “Let It Be Known” (2015)
Cupcakke – “Shook” (2015)
D-Rek – “Rich Mafia” (2015)

  • TM

    Wouldn’t be a true Rey EOTY list without Baby Bash and Bobby Brackins.

    👊 for the Young Devi D, Brill 4 The Thrill, and Mike $aatchi recommendations this year.

    • CafeManagement

      I realized half-way through that this list is largely a recounting of stuff that I posted throughout the year.

      What is worth noting is that I’ve never spent that much time listening to Southern Cal rap in my life. Feel like that was the most popping region for me last year.

      Special shout to The Martorialist and David Drake of SoManyShrimp, founders of the Support a Blogger Foundation.

      • TM

        There’s hope in you becoming a Baton Rouge rap fan yet then 😃