2017 was a big year in music with so much content. We have seen the emergence of new talent, as well the resurgence of some major players. We have had some of the best content in recent years. There was so much to choose from but here are 15 bodies of work that I couldn’t stop playing and why I couldn’t leave them alone.Honorable Mention:
Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho by Travis Scott and Quavo.
This project came at the tail end of the year but had been hyped all year long. They teased the world with snippets played to Zane Lowe, Quavo gave some hints in the press and La Flame played around on Twitter. This was what we expected from the duo and we couldn’t be more excited. Featuring only Offset and Takeoff of Migos, it gave you an expansion of what was done on “Oh My Dis Side” & “Pick Up The Phone”
15.The Never Story by J.I.D
This was the debut from an Atlanta native who is a rookie on the Dreamville team. Headed by J. Cole he is mentored by one of the best. Cole even has some producer credits on the project. The project is basically his story up until the point where his music debuts to the masses.
14.Mumble Rap by Belly
Belly introduced this project as a testament in history where if you google the term “mumble rap” you will get this amazing body of work. In a climate of music where the lyricist doesn’t live, Belly hands to us hit after hit and bar after bar. If you have not checked this one out or heard about him please do yourself a favor and educate yourself.
13.Painting Pictures by Kodak Black
Kodak Black’s debut is definitely something we all should have tuned into. The young Florida rapper got incarcerated shortly after the release of it but he had some big features and buzz worthy tracks to accompany his persona.
12.Rather You Than Me by Rick Ross
This was the moment when I realized Rozay was back. After a couple of lackluster performances on wax he tapped into the Ross we all wanted. This album was full of gems and even the infamous attack on Birdman in regards to Cash Money Records not paying artists or producers.
11.Pretty Girls Like Trap Music by 2 Chainz
Daniel Son The Necklace don hasn’t ever really let us down with a project and this could very well be his best. From the chant worthy tunes to the songs that will move a crowd. He had definitely made his staple in the Atlanta history books with this special body of work. Even utilizing setting up an entire pink trap house as a marketing campaign.
10.Heartbreak on a Full Moon by Chris Brown
First things first I’ve never sat through 45 tracks of anything and second how did he manage to give us 45 songs that consistently ride together and actually mesh so well. From the big singles to the breakout joints like “Tempo” and “Hope You Do” Chris did exactly what Drake tried to do with More Life.
9.G- Worthy by G Perico, Jay Worthy, and Cardo
When you think about West Coast Music you don’t necessarily bring up these two names but with this project 2018 will look extremely well for them. Both making their own claim to fame out West, G Perico a Crip and Jay Worthy a Blood teamed up with Cardo and recreated the G Funk Era of the 90s. This is definitely one to listen to.
8.The Motivational EP by Curren$y and Lex Luger
Spitta teamed up with the legendary Lex Luger and created a timeless body of work dedicated to fast cars and the lovely high life lived by arguably one of the best stoner rappers of all time. Featuring only OJ Da Juiceman for a significant verse it is now definitely a staple in his independent catalog.
7.Culture by Migos
The best project by them by far. This will be extremely hard to top but I am confident that they can do this. An album full of smash singles and the monster “Bad and Boujee.” The world is rooting for Culture 2 which is set to drop early 2018.
6.No Dope On Sundays by Cyhi Da Prince
After years of being an understudy and playing the background to some of hip hop’s biggest names the critically acclaimed Atlanta lyricist gives us his debut album full of the bars we love. This album is also his story told from the eyes of a young drug dealer learning the world from some major players in the Atlanta drug scene.
5.4EVA is a Mighty Long Time by Big K.R.I.T
Coming on the heels of his creation known as Cadillactica. The King Remembered in Time delivered a double sided masterpiece dissecting the two sides of himself. He gave you the rapper side on disc 1 dubbed Big K.R.I.T. On disc 2 he gave you his introspective side dubbed his government name sake Justin Scott.
4.DAMN by Kendrick Lamar
Time after time Kung Fu Kenny delivers a masterpiece. With the official third installment we seen a concise piece with only one worded names that takes you on a journey into the mind of a pure musical genius. The biggest part of this album was the last track “Duckworth” which was a testament to how small the world actually is.
3.Flower Boy by Tyler The Creator
The Odd Future general delivered his coming out speech. Now the verdict is still out but there is some very solid evidence spread throughout the piece. He stated that this album was his way of creating beautiful music that his friends can sing on.
I mean when I look at 2017 musically I have to give it to her she had the best R&B, Neo-Soul album this year and she was everywhere. She was all over the TV and she sings almost better live. This album was an anthem to young women all over the world by going through the phases they all go through. With infectious melodies and subject matter you wouldn’t expect she is only surpassed by one this year.
1.4:44 by JAY-Z
When the GOAT drops the world stops. As his 13th album he gave us the most introspective look at his life ever. Coming after his wife’s super introspective success Lemonade. We are given themes and subject matter you wouldn’t expect from hip hop’s first couple. The album was short and was basically his most lyrical.