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The National Top 20 Hip Hop of 2016

Asterisk (*) denotes Canadian artists. All !earshot charts in this issue reflect actual airplay on campus/community stations from January 2016 to December 2016. Charts are weighted according to broadcast range and market size. To view older charts from as far back as 1999, go to our charts main page.

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Rank Artist Title Label
1  A Tribe Called Red A Tribe Called Red Can Con
We Are The Halluci Nation - (Pirates Blend) Band Website @atribecalledred

The late poet, Santee Dakota activist, and former chair of the American Indian Movement, John Trudell opens A Tribe Called Red`s third and latest recording with these words: `We are the tribe that they cannot see. We live on an industrial reservation. We are the Halluci Nation.” Band members Ian "DJ NDN" Campeau (of the Nipissing First Nation), Tim "2oolman" Hill (Mohawk, of the Six Nations of the Grand River) and Bear Witness (of the Cayuga First Nation) have always been inspired by Trudell`s activism, and they were able to get him into the studio before he died of cancer in 2015.

Trudell is one of a number of stellar special guests featured on the record: rapper Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq,  Colombian visual artist and musician Lido Pimienta, Australian aboriginal band OKA, Sami singer Maxida Marak, and alternative hip hop poet Saul Williams round out the album.

Tribe shares this statement on their webpage: ``A Tribe Called Red promotes inclusivity, empathy and acceptance amongst all races and genders in the name of social justice. They believe that indigenous people need to define their identity on their own terms. If you share this vision, then you are already part of the Halluci Nation."
| By Catherine Fisher

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2  Kaytranada Kaytranada Can Con
99.9% - (XL Recordings)) Band Website @KAYTRANADA

3 Danny Brown Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition - (Warp)) Band Website @xdannyxbrownx

4  De La Soul De La Soul
And The Anonymous Nobody - (Rough Trade)) Band Website @WeAreDeLaSoul

5  J Dilla J Dilla
The Diary - (Mass Appeal)) Band Website @OfficialJDilla1

6  DJ Shadow DJ Shadow
The Mountain Will Fall - (Mass Appeal)) Band Website @djshadow

7  Aesop Rock Aesop Rock
The Impossible Kid - (Rhymesayers)) Band Website @aesoprockwins

8  Strange Froots Strange Froots Can Con
Blossom This Froot For Thought - (Self-Released)) Band Website @StrangeFroots

9  Atmosphere Atmosphere
Fishing Blues - (Rhymesayers)) Band Website @atmosphere

10  Various Various Can Con
Urbnet: Underground Hip Hop Vol.9 - (Urbnet))

11 Arlo Maverick * Maybe Tomorrow Music For Mavericks
12 Homeboy Sandman Kindness For Weakness Rhymesayers
13 Dead Obies * Gesamtkunstwerk Bonsound
14 Elaquent * Less Is More Urbnet
15 Roots Manuva Bleeds Big Dada
16 Nomadic Massive * The Big Band Theory Self-Released
17 Moka Only * Sao Paulo Urbnet
18 Samiyam Animals Have Feelings Stones Throw
19 Ghettosocks * Wine 2 Self-Released
20 CookBook & Evidence A Whole New Cook JustUs Movement

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