Exclaim!'s Top 15 Hip-Hop Albums Best of 2016

11. Young Thug
(300 Entertainment/Atlantic)

Thanks to exuberant weirdos like Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert, the once-freaky Young Thug seems relatively normal in comparison. Fortunately, Thugger has proven yet again that he's much more than a pop culture oddity. On JEFFERY, he spits urgent bars over top-shelf production, further cementing his status as the suave hip-hop deity he presents himself as on the album's cover.
The album's tracks are each named for a different celeb, from "Wyclef Jean" to "Kanye West" (which, weirdly, features Wyclef Jean). That there would be a song about the Internet's favourite deceased ape should be a surprise to no one, but we'll have to revisit 2016's worst meme over and over again, because "Harambe" is a stone-cold banger.
Josiah Hughes