And we back! Welcome to another Music Monday! I’ve been off the grid for a minute, but I’m back, ready to give you guys a taste of what the PerSources team thought was the best album of 2016. We had some debate going on in our group chats over what albums we thought were the best, but we came down to one overwhelming champion. Here’s what the deal is. For each album a member of the PerSources team picked, I am going to argue why I think that album deserves to be number one on the year. Let’s get it started!

Drake’s “Views” (selected by Martin 1.0)

This album was highly anticipated by not just me, but everyone and their mother. I reviewed this album a couple months ago, and my opinion on it has stayed the same. This album is not Drake’s best work, but it is an amazing piece. The versatility that Drake has as an artist is like no one else in the business. He can go from spitting bars on songs like “Still Here” when he says “hit it like that 30 on my jersey man I’m gifted” to dance hall themes like “One Dance” and “Controlla”. This album is great for anyone who likes any sort of music because of how many different styles are in the album. You can be in any mood and listen to this album. Drake killed 2015 last year and continued his dominance in 2016.

Travis Scott’s “Birds in the Trap Sing Mcknight” (selected by Martin 2.0)

Now, people in our group were calling Martin crazy for having Travis Scott’s album at number one on his list, but this album is so underrated it’s ridiculous. First off, the production is incredible. Travis Scott is one of the best producers in the rap game by far and his production doesn’t disappoint here either. The features on the album are awesome from K Dot, 21 Savage, Bryson Tiller, to Justin Bieber too! “Beibs in the Trap” is probably one of the best songs of 2016 with Bieber two years in a row featuring in a fire Travis Scott song.(UPDATE: Not Justin Bieber apparently but NAV? I don’t know, sounded like Biebs to me.) “Goosebumps” has Kendrick and Travis creating a great rap love song and “Sweet Sweet” with killer production. I can’t say one bad thing about this album, and I can see why Martin thinks this is the best album of 2016.

Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” (selected by TPR aka Head Janitor)

I actually didn’t listen to this album in its entirety, but “24K Magic” the single is good enough for this album to be number one. That song makes me wanna just go hit a dance floor and take over. Bruno Mars is a gem to the music industry and is one of the most talented people in the field. I am going have to give this album a listen if the boss thinks it’s one of the best.

J. Cole’s “4 Your Eyez Only” (selected by JTA)

This album came out a little over a week ago, and I already think this is the best album of 2016. J Cole has never disappointed me with any music he has dropped, and he didn’t here. This album is so moving and powerful it takes a couple listens to get the message behind it. From theories I’ve seen across the internet, it seems to be about one of his friends and the paths he chose to go down in his life. It is almost a spin-off of 2014 FHD, except from a whole new perspective. J Cole of course has the typical bangers you expect such as “Immortal” and “Neighbors” (which is a true story). There is deep, meaningful songs such as “She’s Mine Pt 1 and Pt 2” and the final track “4 Your Eyez Only”. J Cole waited until the end to drop an excellent album, and he didn’t let us down no Nas.

Winner: Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” (selected by Mikey Raw, Mike Masala, and David Hennessey).

I mean, are we surprised? After three years of waiting, Chance the Rapper dropped Chance 3, and boy did he live up to the hype. This album is incredible. The first time I heard “No Problem” I was jumping up and down going crazy. I had no idea Chance was gonna do this! This album has a heavy Christian influence but still has the same Chance bars and cadence. Songs such as “How Great” and “Blessings 1 and 2” with their beautiful choirs are two great tracks that even your parents can enjoy! Chance the Rapper, after being a huge influence in Kanye’s TLOP, came back later in the year and gave us a masterpiece for us to listen to for many years. We can all say now “My favorite rapper a Christian rapper!” – Chance on “Grown Ass Kid”.

Honorable Mentions: Here are some albums that didn’t make the cut as the best, but the PerSources team and myself enjoyed throughout the year.

1.) Lemonade by Beyonce

2.) Untitled Unmastered by Kendrick Lamar

3.) Lil Boat by Lil Yachty

4.) Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World by Lil Uzi Vert

5.) Blank Face by Schoolboy Q

6.) Peach Panther by Riff Raff

7.) The Life of Pablo by Kanye West

8.) DC4 by Meek Mill

9.) Stoney by Post Malone

10.) Blonde by Frank Ocean

Thank you guys for being loyal to Music Monday! I’m sorry for not staying up to date with it, but let’s keep it going!

JTA (@jtalden11)