It seems like every year...
the rap game grows stronger and stronger. We constantly get introduced to new artists who bring start their own wave and we also get legends coming out with their new heat. From Lil Pump to Meek Mill, a lot of your favorite artists came out with albums this year but which one was the absolute best of 2017? In my humble opinion, these are the top 10 albums of 2017.
10. Without Warning - 21 Savage . Offset . Metro Boomin
This absolute banger of a mixtape dropped out of the sky just in time for Halloween. No one, and I mean not a SOUL, expected this mixtape. There weren’t even rumors that it was coming out but the day before it did. 21 Savage, Offset and the best producer in the game Metro Boomin announced the release of this mixtape and it shook the rap game to its core. 21 Savage really shined on this album with songs such as "Run Up the Racks", "Still Serving", and "My Choppa Hate".
Travis Scott and Quavo were two spectacular guest features on the tape and they only added to how great it sounded. Offset also may have released one of the best songs of the year with "Ric Flair Drip". This song’s beat and flow were masterful and Offset really held his own on this whole mixtape. I think it’s funny how one member of the Migos dropped a collab mixtape before the other. This is definitely one of the best collab tapes to ever drop.
9. Deadstar - Smokepurpp
Smokepurpp’s first album DID NOT disappoint and it really flew under the radar. He is one of those rappers that constantly gets bashed on for only rapping about xanax and lean but that hate needs to be put on hold in order to really enjoy this album. He even got a feature with Travis Scott on this piece of art, furthering his uprising as an artist. Purpp is going to be a signee to Scott’s Cactus Jack label and if this album is any indication for his potential as a star then the future is certainly bright for Lil Purpp. “Drop”, “Krispy Kreme”, “Audi”, “Topic”, and “Streets Love Me” ft. Juicy J are all tracks I highly recommend. If you give this album a good listen, you can see why it was one of the year’s most underrated projects.
8. Still Striving - A$AP Ferg
Although Always Strive and Prosper was probably his best work, Still Striving has to be considered in that same category. A$AP Ferg’s biggest strength is his flow and lyricism to go along with that flow. This was evident on the song “Plane Jane” by starting off with an ode to Juicy J’s Slob on my Knob then continued by giving a brief detail of his life in New York. The song was undoubtedly one of the best of the year but that wasn’t the only banger on this album. “The Mattress Remix” ft. A$AP Rocky, Famous Dex, Rich the Kid, and Playboi Carti is an absolutely great track and I love the chemistry between all the artists on the song.
I also like how Ferg gave Dex, Rich, and Carti features on his album because it not only helps these young rappers cred but also introduces them to new fans. “East Coast Remix” features absolute legends on one whole track. Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Rick Ross, and Busta Rhymes are all guest features and they bring their own legendary bars. Other hits include Awwh Yeah ft Lil Yachty, Coach Cartier ft Famous Dex, and Nasty (Who Dat) ft Migos. Ferg certainly did get creative on this album and I look forward to his next project.
7. SahBabii - S.A.N.D.A.S.
One of the most unique projects of the year came from an up and coming artist known as SahBabii. S.A.D.N.A.S had a Young Thug type feel to it along with unique beats and lyrics. The remastered version of the mixtape serves as a coming out party for the Atlanta artist. The remastered version features “Marsupial Superstars” which can be considered a top 10 track of the year for its blend and creativity. SahBabii gets very creative with his lyrics on tracks like “Eazy”, “ Cracks and Crevices”, and “Titanoboa”. His hit track “Pull Up wit Ah Stick” is also featured on the mixtape. This was a great piece of work by a young and talented artist and his next project should not disappoint.
6. Quavo and Travis Scott - Huncho Jack Jack Huncho
Now this may be a surprise entry but really think about it. This is a mixtape we have been wanting for almost two years now and there is not a single bad song on this project. In fact, this can be considered one of the best collab tapes ever made. So putting all that in mind, you can realize that this is indeed a top 10 project of the year. The only features it has are Takeoff and Offset so you can see how personal Quavo took this tape. The two legends wanted to make sure this tape was absolutely perfect and for long as it took to come out, you can tell they spent countless hours working on this masterpiece. This was WELL worth the wait and again, there is just not one bad track. This is truly a well thought out, excellent produced album.
5. HNDRXX - Future
This came as a complete surprise. If you recall when Future dropped his first self titled album, there were rumors that another album would come out just one week later and little did we know that Hendrix would outdo himself. This wasn’t your typical Future album, in fact it was completely different from anything that we have heard from Hendrix. It was a soulful, straight from the heart masterpiece. You would expect something like this from Drake but Future seemed to outdo him at his own game. From “Incredible” to “Selfish” ft Rihanna this was an album a lot of people can relate to personally and Future should consider dropping more projects like this. He proved to everyone that he can be versatile and connect with people on an emotional level which is something you didn’t expect from a trap rapper.
4. Wins and Losses - Meek Mill
Throughout his whole life, Meek Mill has endured every trial and tribulation possible. Growing up on the rough Philadelphia streets has molded him into the rapper he is today. Those stories were told loud and clear on “Wins and Losses”, from the stories about his deceased friends to the injustices facing African Americans and minority groups in America this album told all. This also had a few turn up songs like “Ball Player” ft Quavo and also a few soulful tracks like “Whatever You Need” ft. Chris Brown and Ty Dolla Sign. This album speaks volumes especially after what Meek went through this year and what he is still currently going through, being failed by our flawed justice system. This was a straight from the heart album that we will have to enjoy until Meek is rightfully freed.
3. More Life - Drake
Drake announced at the end of 2016 that he would be released another album and many thought it would drop in the same calendar year he dropped his Grammy nominated “Views”. Though Drake waited until the first quarter of 2017 to drop “More Life”, it was well worth the wait. This album had every type of track you wanted. From tracks from the heart like “Teenage Fever” and “Passionfruit” to more party tracks like “Portland” ft Quavo and Travis Scott, there was something for everyone on this album. “Glow” ft Kanye West was also a great track and the Yeezy-Drizzy combo is something that should be on a stand alone album but that is wishful thinking. I would think Drake goes on a U.S tour for this album very soon
2. DAMN - Kendrick Lamar
Behind Good Kidd, M.A.A.D City, this is Kendrick Lamar’s second best piece of work. This is also one of the hardest albums to drop in the last five years. The effort Kendrick put into this album was evident on every song and he continues to show why he is the greatest rapper in the game. “Humble” was without a doubt the song of the summer and along with his hit track, he introduced us to “DNA” in which he absolutely snapped on. He took a more calming approach with “Love” ft Rihanna and later proceeded to spit some facts on “Element”. Yet another Grammy nominated hit from Kung Fu Kenny dominated 2017 but it wasn’t the best album this year.
1. Culture - Migos
An absolutely legendary album started off the year of rap in 2017. The genre dominated the world and became the most popular genre on the planet. You can thank the Migos contribution to the trap culture for that because when they dropped their hit album Culture, they changed the landscape forever. This is one of those projects that lacks a bad track and almost half the album (including the album itself) is certified platinum.
“Bad and Boujee” absolutely smashed the rap charts when it first dropped and also raised the stock of Lil Uzi Vert. “T-Shirt” was an absolute hit and “Slippery” ft Gucci Mane showed us how good Takeoff can be and how he should not be slept on. “Deadz” “Get Right Witcha”, “Brown Paper Bag”, “What the Price”, “Call Casting”, and “Kelly Price” ft Travis Scott all found their way onto the top rap charts and also found platinum and gold statuses. THIS is the album that should win the Grammy for Rap Album of the Year because of the influence it had on the game. Migos will have a hard time out doing themselves with “Culture 2” but I have no doubt in my mind it will be just as, if not better than the first one.