Illroots, Daniel Klutznick
You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide who should be the 2016’s President of Hip-Hop.
If 2016 proved nothing else, it proved music truly is all we got. But when it comes to the last year? 2016 was mine.
I kicked off the quarter catching Kanye’s attention,
Ultralight beam, Kelly Dreamin’ with the choir section,
Not to mention, made waves helpin’ with feedback and famous psalms,
Became a father and stretched my hands like Kakarot spirit bombs.
Shabach Barack edifice, perilous times pressured us,
Make some changes, brother’s keeper so no rapid reaper captured us,
Coloring Book in May more than made me a star!
Took this Black man from Chatham clan to promised lands far…
Labels couldn’t label me so their stance on Chance 3,
Was made up like Maybelline
Still couldn’t stop the spectral spirit of the Spotify streams,
Spectators speak to God in public ‘cause I followed my dreams,
Rappers reaching for the skies to rectify disguise of lies under the guise of enterprise.
I just want Kensli to be proud of me
Sees what God’s endowed in me.
One day testify that Glory lied in the lullabies and story times.
Time, Taylor Hill/Getty Images for The Meadows
Election Day, Election Day.
Appointing guards the harder way
Grant Park sectioned off votin’ woke after the concert off
Marching to polls like street soldiers making voices heard what we preferred.
Twenty-sixteen made a mess of itself
But who better to lead hip-hop to higher heights than Chance himself?
Choose chance like cash advance when no other choice can rep your voice.
This generation needs a Chance to make a change for life enhancement.