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At this point, its pretty safe to say its a wrap on Hip Hop projects for 2016. Accordingly, we proudly kick off our ‘Best Hip Hop Projects of 2016″ list with Portland, Oregon rapper Jake Kost and Stadluft Macht Frei.

His project – Stadluft Macht Frei , which translates to “the city air makes you free” immediately caught our attention largely due to the creator’s clear dedication to his craft. A humble beast on the mic who cites MCs like Planet Asia and Roc Marciano as influences, the project is impressive in regard to the sweat it took to putting it out, and for the solid production and wordplay. Solid from start to finish, with minimal features and ill beats, Stadluft Macht Frei is one of the best boom bap flavored Hip Hop albums of 2016.

Authentic Hip Hop at its best, Stadluft Macht Frei, is simply dope music from a real cat in SE Portland who’s persistent grind led to a project that can stand against anything else released in the past 365. Peep our interview with him here. Otherwise support his project below.