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Hip-hop album of the year: 'Views' or 'The Life of Pablo'?

It's the end of the year! And throughout December, we're facing-off the best songs, albums, movies, TV shows, comic books, video games, sports, pro athletes and entertainers of 2016. The "Best of 2016" is chosen by a combination of popularity, impact, acclaim, rankings and/or amount sold. But ultimately, we want you to let us know who and what from 2016 won the year in each category.

While Kanye and Drake teased and then confirmed a joint project, they are rumored to not be on the best of terms at the moment. Regardless, they both released notable solo hip-hop projects in 2016—but which of their albums is the best?

And don't forget to check out these other end of year debates:

Urban contemporary album of the year: 'Lemonade' or 'Anti'?

NBA team of the year: Warriors or Cavs?

Alternative rock album of the year: 'Blackstar' or 'A Moon Shaped Pool'?

Pop vocal album of the year: 'Dangerous Woman' or 'Purpose'?

Adult contemporary album of the year: '25' or 'Illuminate'?

Trap song of the year: 'Black Beatles' or 'Panda'?

Country song of the year: 'H.O.L.Y.' or 'Humble and Kind'?

Rap rock song of the year: 'Heathens' or 'Sucker for Pain'?

Soccer player of the year: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

Sci-fi TV show of the year: 'Stranger Things' or 'Westworld'?

Dance-pop collaboration of the year: 'Cheap Thrills' or 'Side to Side'?

Electro-R&B song of the year: 'Starboy' or 'Pillowtalk'?

EDM song of the year: 'Closer' or 'This Is What You Came For'?

Woke anthem of the year: 'Formation' or 'Don't Touch My Hair'?

Adult contemporary song of the year: 'Love Yourself' or 'Treat You Better'?

Disco-pop song of the year: '24K Magic' or 'Can't Stop the Feeling!'?

Men's tennis player of the year: Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic?

Women's tennis player of the year: Serena Williams or Angelique Kerber?

MLB player of the year: Mike Trout or Bryce Harper?

NFL player of the year: Dak Prescott or Tom Brady?

Dancehall-pop song of the year: 'Work' or 'One Dance'?

NBA player of the year: LeBron James or Steph Curry?

Best animated movie of the year: 'Moana' or 'Zootopia'?

Girl group anthem of the year: 'Shout Out to My Ex' or 'Work from Home'?


Drake might have won 2016. "Views" garnered him quite a few Grammy nominations—including the top award for Album of the Year. He blended dancehall, pop and R&B in his hip-hop sound. His latest effort is the second best-selling album of 2016 and hence, the top hip-hop/R&B and rap albums of the year. Drake also has hits like "Hotline Bling," "One Dance," "Too Good," "Pop Style" and "Controlla" to solidify all of this.


Kanye West's "The Life of Pablo" might not have any major pop hits. And it's not the best-selling album of 2016. Not even close. BUT it's one of the most critically-acclaimed albums of 2016. And many pop culture "best of 2016" lists rank "The Life of Pablo" above Drake's pop effort. 

Hip-hop doesn't have to translate into pop music. And since Yeezy's a tortured, creative genius—many critics and fans lauded his latest effort. The album is ranked on Complex's "Best of 2016" list at #4 and Rolling Stone's list at #2. Critics call "The Life of Pablo" messy and strange, but that's what actually makes it a masterpiece.


Listen to "The Life of Pablo" below. 

Hip-hop album of the year: 'Views' or 'The Life of Pablo'?
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