40 Best Rap Albums of 2016

Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Danny Brown and more in the year in rhymes

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Future, 'Evol'

7. Future, 'Evol'

On his fourth album, we get a concentrated version of the dark Future we met on 2014's Beast Mode mixtape. He is bitter and he is petty. He is into money and designer clothes ("Ain't No Time"), numbing drugs ("Xanny Family"), sex and "stick talk," but overall he is unapologetic: "I been on the molly and them Xans with your daughter/If she catch me cheating, I will never tell her sorry," he sings in his signature croak on "Low Life," his double-platinum scumbag duet with the Weeknd. And though Future's gift for catchy hooks make him a prime candidate for mainstream superstardom, his fun isn't the good, clean kind. Future's revelry is infused with intoxication, lust, pain and aggression. He's too blues to be straight-up pop, but that doesn't matter because he's still the hero of the trap. T.A.

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