DP - "You'll Be Touched"
2016 has seen hip-hop take a lot of cool experimental turns, so much so that it might be easy to begin to forget what anything other than left-field production sounds like. Luckily, DP is here to wake us the fuck up and remind us exactly what hip-hop sounds like when it's chillingly hard. On his latest, "You'll Be Touched," the Virginia rapper delivers fierce verse after verse over ominous, menacing beats. It's dirty, it's gritty, and it's exactly the jarring outlier today's rap scene needs.
So fuck the auto-tune. Long live the hard-hitting-straight-to-your-bones beats.—Katie K.