New Music: Hip Hop and R&B 2016

Check out our latest playlist of new music from your favorite hip hop and R&B artists of 2016.

New Music Releases

In 2016, there were many new music releases in the genres of hip hop and R&B. Some of these artists were new to the scene, while others were established names who were returning with new music. There were a variety of sounds and styles represented in these new releases, something for everyone to enjoy. Let’s take a look at some of the best new music from 2016 in hip hop and R&B.

Mainstream Artists

Kendrick Lamar- “Untitled Unmastered.” Kendrick Lamar’s much-anticipated album was released on March 3, 2016, and it did not disappoint. The album is a compilation of demos that were recorded during the making of Lamar’s last album, “To Pimp a Butterfly.”

Drake- “Views.” Another highly anticipated release, Drake’s “Views” was finally dropped on April 29, 2016. The album is being hailed as a return to form for the rapper, and it features some of his best work to date.

Rihanna- “Anti.” Rihanna’s eighth studio album was finally released on January 28, 2016, after much delays. The album is a departure from her previous work, and it sees her exploring new sounds and genres.

Up-and-Coming Artists

There are a few up-and-coming artists in the hip hop and R&B genres that have been gaining popularity in 2016. Some of these artists include Anderson .Paak, Chance the Rapper, and Kehlani.

Anderson .Paak is a rapper, singer, and producer from Oxnard, California. He has released two studio albums, the most recent of which, Malibu, was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 59th Grammy Awards.

Chance the Rapper is a rapper from Chicago, Illinois. He has released three mixtapes, the most recent of which, Coloring Book, won Best Rap Album at the 59th Grammy Awards.

Kehlani is a singer and songwriter from Oakland, California. She has released one studio album and two mixtapes, the most recent of which, You Should Be Here, was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 58th Grammy Awards.

There’s a lot of new music out there, and it can be hard to keep up with what’s popular. Let’s take a look at what’s popular in hip hop and R&B right now.


If you love Hip Hop and R&B then you’re in for a treat. We’ve rounded up some of the best new music from SoundCloud. So kick back, relax, and enjoy the tunes.

-Drake – “One Dance”
-Rihanna – “Work”
-Desiigner – “Panda”
-Chance the Rapper – “No Problem”
-Lil Yachty – “1 Night”


These days, there are a lot of different ways to listen to music. But one of the most popular is still YouTube. When it comes to hip hop and R&B, there are a ton of great music videos to watch on YouTube. And we’ve compiled some of the best ones for you right here.

So check out our list of the top 10 hip hop and R&B songs of 2016, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

10. “Panda” by Desiigner

9. “Broccoli” by D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty

8. “My PYT” by Wale

7.”Formation” by Beyoncé

6.”One Dance” by Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla

5.”Work” by Rihanna feat. Drake

4.”Never Forget You” by Zara Larsson feat. MNEK

3.”Trapsoul” by Bryson Tiller
2.”All the Way Up” by Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana


If you’re a big fan of hip hop and R&B music, then you’re probably always on the lookout for new songs to add to your playlist. But with so much new music being released, it can be tough to keep up with all the latest hits.

That’s where Spotify comes in. Spotify is a popular streaming service that lets you listen to millions of songs, including a huge selection of hip hop and R&B tunes. And the best part is that it’s easy to find new music on Spotify thanks to its Discover feature.

Every week, Spotify curates a list of new music based on your listening habits. So if you’ve been jamming out to Rihanna and Drake, you’ll likely see other artists like them appearing in your Discover section. You can also browse Spotify’s “What’s New” section to see the latest releases from your favorite artists.

So whether you’re looking for something fresh to listen to or just want to stay up-to-date on all the latest hip hop and R&B hits, be sure to check out Spotify’s Discover feature.

Music Festivals

Hip hop and R&B artists are always coming out with new music. You can find new songs on the radio, online, and at music festivals. There are many music festivals that feature these genres of music. Some of the most popular ones include the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the BET Experience, and the Essence Music Festival.


Coachella is a hip hop and R&B music festival that takes place every year in Indio, California. It’s one of the biggest and most popular music festivals in the world, and it’s known for its eclectic lineup of artists. This year’s lineup includes performances by Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, action bronson, J. Cole, Tyler the Creator, and many more.


SXSW is one of the biggest music festivals of the year, and this year’s lineup did not disappoint. With performances from some of the hottest names in hip hop and R&B, including Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, and Anderson .Paak, SXSW was a can’t-miss event for music lovers.

The Roots Picnic

The 9th annual Roots Picnic took over Philadelphia’s Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing this past Saturday. As expected, the always-eclectic lineup delivered a day filled with good vibes and great music.

Hosted by The Roots (the legendary hip-hop band that is currently the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), this year’s picnic featured performances from some of the biggest names in hip-hop and R&B, including Usher, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, and Future. There was also a special performance by Dave Chappelle, who joined The Roots on stage for a few minutes of stand-up comedy.

As always, the picnic was more than just a concert – there was also a wide array of food trucks and vendors selling everything from kombucha to ice cream, and a “Silent Disco” where party-goers could put on headphones and dance to their own soundtrack.

All in all, it was another successful year for the Roots Picnic, which just goes to show that there’s still plenty of life left in the nearly 10-year-old event.

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