2017 has been a big year with big drops, and a host of big announcements. We have already seen some major collaborations and we hope that this year will get even better musically.
In no specific order we are going to discuss what albums mattered in the first quarter of 2017 from the hip hop spectrum. These albums touched the masses and show that hip hop is the driving force of the world and unifies on many fronts no matter the situation.
“Culture” by Migos is one of the biggest albums this year and looks to be possibly the top album this year. With major hits such as “Bad and Boujee” which still has life and looks to last just as long as “March Madness” by Future. The north side Atlanta trio have cemented themselves as rockstars and this album is on fire and will live through this year.
“FUTURE” & “HNDRXX” by Future were released one week apart but billed as the two sides of the Atlanta superstar. With the “FUTURE” side being the ratchet, I’ll say anything and make it sound good side, and “HNDRXX” being the trap “Take Care” or the “Honest” album with perfect timing both of these projects were needed. Future gave all of his fans exactly what we wanted from him and thank him for giving us two amazing projects and seeing both go number one and see super hits come from both we are all satisfied for the moment.
“More Life” was billed as a playlist and it was exactly that. Drake’s uncanny ability to switch between genres and the masses love it shows exactly how much power is in his hands. He put together a project for every fan that he has and this playlist will cater to what you want to hear from him. With the witty wordplay and hard beats his rap tunes are untouchable. The sampling and use of funky grooves transcend his R&B vibes and his dancehall vibes make this a project that everyone will gravitate toward.
“I Decided” is the fourth studio album from Big Sean and the Detroit player gave us another solid piece of work. He said that on this project he would show his connection to God and where he is in life. The GOOD Music veteran collaborated with Eminem for a big record and even reignites TWENTY88 which is his supergroup with girlfriend Jhene Aiko. With two big singles that blazed the charts before the release of the album this is another success for B.I.G. Sean Don.
“Step Brothers 3” was an under the radar choice by the Memphis rap duo Don Trip and Starlito. This album is one that should be at the forefront of hip hop right now. Though they aren’t at the top of the rap spectrum the lyrical prowess is definitely there. They go back and forth and try to out rap each other on most of the album and also have a song where they tell the story of a good cop and a bad cop which is a gauge on the climate in America right now. These rappers will never let the art of rap die.
“Rather You Than Me” the ninth album from Rick Ross was an automatic choice due to the controversy and the fact that this album brings him back to his best form. This album sounds like his work from the “Teflon Don” and “Deeper Than Rap” era where he would utilize the jazzy styles beats and rap about the hunger in the streets as well as what its like to be rich and famous. The beat selections and the lyrical stylings of Rick Ross solidify this as one of the top albums this year.
“Painting Pictures” the debut album of Kodak Black dropped on the last day of the quarter but is sure to be the talk of the town for a while. Kodak Black brings a different dialect and stylings that will move kids and grown ups. He can talk about the trials and tribulations of a young jit in the streets and what living with a little fame is like now.