As recent as last year, hip hop seemed to be at a tug of war between lyricism and mumble rap, and it seemed like mumble rap was winning the battle. Thing is though, there is a place for non lyrical, turnt up content in the music game. It’s okay to like Future AND Kendrick bro. The problem wasn’t the mumble rappers, it was the lack of options that left us bumping JUST this type of music. We wanted our ignorant music to blast in the whip in equal proportions with the thought provoking tracks but were stuck hearing the same few singles on the radio. Then 2017 happened. In just it’s first few months, the rap game has received a well needed jolt of life, and rap fans everywhere are rejoicing. Here are the top 5 albums of the year so far.
Honorable mention: Future -HNDRXX
5. Playboi Carti
Playboi Carti’s self titled debut album was long awaited and did not disappoint. The album features bangers such as “Dothatshit” , “Magnolia”, and an ensemble of other tracks that have a lively bounce to them. Perfect album to ride around and get it to.
4. Kodak Black – Painting pictures
Painting pictures was the debut album for Kodak as well and the Pompano native showed his talent and dexterity that has fans wanting more and more. From hype tracks like Tunnel Vision to somber, reflective joints like “Corrlinks and Jpay”, Kodak can switch his flow up seamlessly.
3. Big Sean – I decided
At this point, you know what you’re getting from Sean. A solid all around lyrical performance with a single such as “Bounce Back” to carry it all. The formula hasn’t broken for him yet, so why fix it.
2. Drake – More Life
Say what you want about Drake being a culture vulture, at the end of the day the dude uses his influences to make good music. This time he taps into the London music scene and for songs such as KMT and Gyalchester. The album may take a minute to grow on you, but it’s strengths lie in the fact that it has something for everyone.
1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Some fans had concerns that Kendrick would go too far away from his hip hop essence with Damn but were met with quite the contrary. Quite simply, if you don’t like his latest album then you’ve probably never liked him as an artist. Lamar goes IN on every track tackling social issues as well as other artist, and finishes it perfectly with the final track “Duckworth”. Another masterpiece for sure.