Illustration by John Garrison
You don’t need another reminder of how awful 2016 was. You already know. And you don’t need to be patronized about good music being a much needed distraction from the crumbling world. Chances are, you’ve already got your own list of songs that have provided the soundtrack for escapism, activism, or a combination of both. These are the songs that the Noisey staff buried themselves in during 2016, a year we’d otherwise rather forget.
Oakland’s Kamaiyah arguably made the best party rap in the game this year. Her debut, A Good Night in the Ghetto, effectively takes you back to adolescent summers of kicking it with friends with nothing to do and nowhere to go,