noir. music 2016 is a welcome reminder of the way art acts as a mirror for the people. In the face of adversity, in a time of intense conflict and division, love is resillient. The music that defines our year is diverse and powerful; While the influence of Gospel and Funk continue to drive the year’s Hip-Hop releases, sparse production and the importance of the personal narrative define some of 2016’s most important musical documents. From Lemonade to Coloring Book, here are the sounds that molded our year - noir.