DAMN.by Kendrick LamarThis Pulitzer-Prize winning album is a modern Black American theodicy. Lamar explores the problem of evil through the lens of the Old Testament.
BRICK BODY KIDS STILL DAYDREAM
by Open Mike Eagle
This is Open Mike Eagle exploration of a complicated relationship with the place called home.
Genre: art rap
I TELL A FLYby Benjamin ClementineA strange comment on a U.S. work visa application led to one of this year's most compelling–and unusual–concept albums.
AROMANTICISMby Moses SumneyIn a society that glorifies romtanic love, being alone is seen as failure. But for this artist, solitude is a pathway to authenticity.
THE ORDER OF TIMEby Valerie JuneAccording to Valerie June, spiritual growth is commensurate with our ability to understand how time works.
SOUL OF A WOMANBy Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
In 2016, three musical legends hammered out their final albums in the face of death, but only one of them stayed focused on a brighter future.