Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2016 So Far

14. Kendrick Lamar
untitled unmastered.
( TDE/Aftermath/Universal)

It's not uncommon for an artist to have a repository of unfinished demos, but very few can casually release them at a moment's notice and turn the entire world on its ear. Even when he's not trying, Kendrick Lamar can't help but produce some of the best material of 2016.

Featuring the same gutsy, experimental fusion of jazz, funk, poetry and hip-hop, untitled unmastered. is a raw, intimate glimpse into the creative process that birthed 2015's masterful To Pimp a Butterfly. He's already cemented his place in hip-hop as one of the greatest contributors of his time, but untitled is another testament to just how dedicated Lamar is to his craft. Just as a man's character is judged by what he does when nobody is looking, an artist's integrity is measured by how much soul he pours into creations the world was never supposed to witness — and untitled unmastered. has soul gushing from every pore.
A. Harmony