FREEwilliamsburg’s Top 25 Albums Of 2016

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2016 was the dirt fucking worst. There’s no other way to put it. It seems almost absurd to talk about what a great year it was for music, in light of all of the terrible things that have happened, but music helped us cope a lot over the last twelve months. And serendipitously, a wealth of great records were released this year, as everything else seemed to go for broke. Here are twenty-five of them that allowed us to forget the cruel dystopia that has become our reality, if only for a little while. We needed both their comforts and catharsis, perhaps more than ever before.

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Phife Dawg has died

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We’re very sad to hear the news about the passing of Tribe Called Quest member Malik Isaac Taylor, best known as Phife Dawg. We loved Q Tip, but the Five Foot Assassin was always our favorite Native Tongue member. He was 45.

Rapper Phife Dawg, a member of rap pioneers A Tribe Called Quest, has died at the age of 45. The musician had been struggling with ill health and diabetes for several years, and received a kidney transplant from his wife in 2008. Born Malik Isaac Taylor in 1970, he co-founded the philosophically-focused rap group in 1985 with his classmates Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad… [Read more…]