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Mere Exposure Top 30 Albums of 2016

2016 was a year to remember and not all for the right reasons. Between a gang of celebrity deaths, terror attacks, and a new President-Elect that shakes our country down to its very core, there was one shining light, and that was the MUSIC! Coming off the heels of a spectacular 2015, the bar was set high this year, and we were not disappointed. From spilled tea to black bride, to amazing comebacks, and of course Drake, this year in music is one that will test time, so here's our top 30 of 2016

30. Starboy- The Weeknd (XO/Republic)

29. 4 Your Eyez Only- J.Cole (Dreamville/Roc Nation)

28. A Moonshaped Pool- Radiohead (XL)

27. Sremmlife 2- Rae Sremmurd (Ear Drummers/Interscope)

26. Yes Lawd!- NX Worries (Stones Throw)

25. 24k Magic- Bruno Mars (Atlantic)

24. Savage Mode- 21 Savage & Metro Boomin (n/a)

23. Always Strive And Prosper- A$AP Ferg (Polo Grounds/RCA)

22. Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide- Hodgy (Odd Future)

21. Atrocity Exhibition- Danny Brown (Fool's Gold)

20. Levels- Clams Casino (Columbia/SME)

19. Untitled Unmastered- Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

18. Blankface LP- Schoolboy Q (TDE/Interscope)

17. "Awaken, My Love!"- Childish Gambino (Glassnote)

16. Nightride- Tinashe (RCA)

15. Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight- Travis Scott (Grand Hustle/Epic)

14. Freetown Sound- Blood Orange (Dominoe)

13. The Perfect Luv Tape- Lil Uzi Vert (Atlantic)

12. Major Key- DJ Khaled (We The Best/Epic)

11. Malibu- Anderson.Paak (Empire)

10. Views- Drake (OVO Sound/Young Money/Cash Money)

9. The Life Of Pablo- Kanye West (GOOD Music/ Def Jam)

8. Blond- Frank Ocean (Boys Don't Cry)

7. Blackstar- David Bowie (ISO/RCA/Columbia)

6. Anti- Rihanna (Roc Nation)

5. We Got It From Here, Thank You For The Service- A Tribe Called Quest (Epic/SME)

4. 99.9%- Kaytranada (XL)

3. Lemonade- Beyoncé (Parkwood/Columbia)

2. Coloring Book- Chance The Rapper (n/a)

1. A Seat At The Table- Solange (Saint/Columbia)

Mere Exposure Grammy Predications

2016 was yet another year in music that was one to remember, continuing the blessings we received the year before. To cap off the year The Grammys just announced their 2017 nominees, and I'm quite impressed. Along with the usual suspects (Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye) and also this being "The Year of Drake", the Grammys have showed a lot of forward thinking in large part to a few rule changes, allowing artist like Chance The Rapper to get their shine. I'm also excited cause this year's nomination leader is an urban artist, this clearly makes up for Trump winning, right?! Either way we a have a great show in store for us and I just wanted to share a few of my early predictions, here we go............


1. Album of The Year

Beyoncé (Lemonade)- WINNER
Adele (25)
Drake (Views)
Justin Beiber (Purpose)
Sturgil Simpson (A Sailors Guide To Earth)

Favorites: Beyoncé, Adele, Drake
Sleeper: Justin Beiber

Snubs:
David Bowie (Blackstar)
Rihanna (Anti)
Chance The Rapper (Coloring Book)


2. Record of the Year

Hello (Adele)-WINNER
Formation (Beyoncé)
7 Years (Luke Graham)
Stressed out (21 Pilots)
Work (Rihanna)

Favorites: "Hello", "Work"
Sleeper: "Stressed Out"

Snubs:
Blackstar (David Bowie)
Cranes In The Sky (Solange)


3. Song Of The Year

Formation (Beyoncé)
Hello (Adele)- WINNER
I Took A Pill in Ibiza (Mike Posner)
Love Yourself (Justin Beiber)
7 Years (Luke Graham)

Favorites: "Hello", "Formation", "Love Yourself"
Sleeper: "7 Years"

Snubs:
Work (Rihanna)
Hotline Bling (Drake)
One Dance (Drake)
Lean On (DJ Snake and Major Lazor)

4. Best New Artist

Chance The Rapper- WINNER (tie)
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers- WINNER (tie)
Anderson. Paak
Maren Morris

Favorites: Chance, The Chainsmokers
Sleeper: Kelsea Ballerini

Snubs:
Alessa Cara
Bryson Tiller

5. Best Pop Vocal Album

Adele (25)- WINNER
Justin Bieber (Purpose)
Ariana Grande (Dangerous Woman)
Sia (This Is Acting)
Demi Lovato (Confident)

Favorites: Adele, Justin
Sleeper: Sia, Ariana

Snub: none, idk, I'm not too qualified to speak on this


6. Best Alternative Music Album

David Bowie (Blackstar)- WINNER
Radiohead (A Moon Shaped Pool)
Bon Iver (22, A Million)
Iggy Pop (Post Pop Depression)
PJ Harvey (The Hope Six Demolition Project)

Favorites: David Bowie, Radiohead
Sleeper: Bon Iver

Snubs:
Kaytranada (99.9%)
Clams Casino (32 Levels)
Blood Orange (Freetown Sound)

7. Best R&B Performance

Rihanna (Needed Me)- WINNER
Solange (Cranes In The Sky)
Musiq Soulchild (I Do)
BJ The Chicago Kid (Turning Me Up)
Ro James (Permission)

Favorites: Rihanna, Solange
Sleeper: BJ The Chicago Kid

Snubs:
Bryson Tiller (Don't)

8. Best Urban Contemporary Album

Beyoncé (Lemonade)- WINNER
Gallant (Ology)
Anderson. Paak (Malibu)
King (We Are King)
Rihanna (Anti)

Favorites: Beyoncé, Rihanna
Sleeper: Anderson Paak

Snubs:
Bryson Tiller (Trapsoul)

9. Best Rap Performance

Drake ft The Throne (Popstyle)- WINNER
Chance The Rapper ft Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz (No Problems)
Remy Ma and Fat Joe ft French Montana (All The Way Up)
Desiigner (Panda)
Schoolboy Q ft Kanye West (That Part)

Favorites: "Popstyle", "No Problems"
Sleepers: "All The Way Up", "That Part"

Snubs:
Drake and Future (Jumpman)
ASAP Ferg ft Future (New Level)
Pusha T ft Jay Z (Drug Dealers Anonymous)
Kendrick Lamar (untitled track 2)

10. Best Rap Song

Fat Joe and Remy Ma ft French Montana (All The Way Up)
Chance The Rapper ft Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz (No Problems)
Kanye West ft Rihanna, Swizz Beatz (Famous)
Drake (Hotline Bling)- WINNER
Kanye West ft Chance The Rapper, Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price, The Dream (Ultralight Beam)

Favorites: "Hotline Bling", "Famous", "No Problem"
Sleeper: "All The Way Up"

Snubs:
ASAP Ferg ft Future (New Level)
Young M.A. (Ooouu)

11. Best Rap Album

Chance The Rapper (Coloring Book)
Drake (Views)- WINNER
De La Soul (And The Anonymous Nobody)
DJ Khaled (Major Key)
Kanye West (The Life Of Pablo)
Schoolboy Q (The Blankface LP)

Favorites: "Views", "Coloring Book", "TLOP"
Sleeper: Coloring Book

Snubs:
Kendrick Lamar (Untitled Unmastered)
Rae Sremmurd (Sremmlife 2)
Danny Brown (Atrocity Exhibition)

12. Producer Of The Year

Greg Kurstin
Benny Blanco
Max Martin- WINNER
Nineteen85
Ricky Reed

Favorites: Max Martin, Benny Blanco
Sleeper: Nineteen85

Snubs:
MikeWillMadeIt
Metro Boomin


 

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Micki Free Fact Check's Chappelle's Skit of Prince

Micki Free, Free, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter who was a member of Shalamar in the 1980s, relives one of the most infamous skits on the Chappelle Show about Prince. As told to the Undefeated...

“Everything in that skit is true,” said Free, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter who was a member of Shalamar in the 1980s. “I played in that game. And Prince was Steph Curry all m—–f—— night!”.

Free even recalls the attire they were wearing, as well as what happened after the game. 

“Yes, it’s true, we had on ‘blouses,’ and frilly shirts,” Free said. “The same clothes we had at the club. Prince played in 6-inch heels...
“It was just like they showed on TV,” Free said. “His chef served us blueberry pancakes, for real!”

Hahaha, there will never be enough Prince urban tales. To quote Charlie Murphy..."who could make this shit up!"

MICHAEL JORDAN: ‘I CAN NO LONGER STAY SILENT’

I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.
— Michael Jordan, Hall of Fame Basketball Player

Thoughtful and timely. As an African-American, I believe it was very important to see someone as powerful as Michael Jordan not only take action but use his own voice to make a powerful statement. While there has always been rumbles behind-the-scenes that Jordan was involved, he never done some publicly. For him to stand up and use his vast platform to influence others is something worth noting.

For decades, people pleaded for certain celebrities to take a stand. Today we are seeing many doing so, but of course change starts with US.