Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2016 So Far

8. Kanye West
The Life of Pablo

If he was a lesser artist, Kanye West would have been entirely eclipsed by his ego at this point; he's the most divisive figure in modern music, and every time he says something it turns into an Internet meme. With The Life of Pablo, however, he proved that he's still one of the most vital and vibrant artists around.

The album bristles with heavenly gospel, classic soul samples and futuristic beats, and its very existence is an act of art — we never know when Kanye will update the album with a new song or a swapped-out verse, a move as fascinating as it is frustrating. This is a God dream.
Josiah Hughes