Rob Sheffield's Top 20 Albums of 2016

Beyoncé, 'Blackstar' and other favorites from a trying year

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Vince Staples, 'Prima Donna'

6. Vince Staples, 'Prima Donna'

Officially a 20-minute, six-song EP, but loaded with more sonic and lyrical twists than most artists pull off in a career. The self-proclaimed "gangsta gone Gatsby" gets real about the mean streets inside his head, while loading up on literary mic checks, from "I write the James Joyce, don't need the Rolls Royce" to "Edgar Allen Poe tried to warn them of demise and all he seen was crows."

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