Every new year needs a soundtrack. As the world celebrates the beginning of 2016, we’ve looked back just one final time to bring together the very best beat tape releases that dropped in the last 12 months. Distinctly different from the top albums of 2015, these records put a premium on rhythm, drums, and bass–ideal head-nod music. Six tapes in all, the list includes West Coast powerhouses like Sango and Knxwledge, plus 20-year-old British phenom Tom Misch and the one-and-only J Dilla. The last 12 months where jam-packed with quality joints; allow us to bring you the best of the very best.
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