Saturday, December 24, 2016

Top 25 Songs of 2016: #16-15

16. California - Childish Gambino: Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, is another big winner in 2016. Releasing his newest FX series Atlanta to critical acclaim, before his third studio album Awaken, My Love! to even more rave reviews, the guy is about as refreshing and wildly multi-talented as they come. One of my favourite tweets of 2016 compared consuming 'Bino's latest to "doing a trust fall into a vat of warm goop," and man, I couldn't have said it any better myself. The vocal soul album trades his hip hop beginnings for raunchy, raw soul and a few playful numbers, such as "California." I was as mesmerized as anyone by the first two singles "Me and Your Mama" and "Redbone," but something tells me this tropical oddity is the underdog pick for one of the more memorable tracks on the album. Most critics have slammed "California" for standing out like a sore thumb, but frankly, that's one of the things that draws me to it.

15. Black Beatles - Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane: The Mannequin Challenge soundtrack is your entry point if you're looking to understand the whole Rae Sremmurd thing. The Mike WiLL Made-It-produced trap anthem is everything you can expect from the Sremmurd brothers - druggy, melodic, hook-laced sing-rap that worms its way into your head at the first verse. If you choose to consume it as more than background music, you'll hear that its ingredients only seem simple, and the depth of these Atlanta kids' songwriting abilities is finally coming to light.

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