Top Ten Hip Hop Albums 2017
Written by Jason Terrell
This year has been an overwhelming year for music. Between albums, playlists, mixtapes, and collab projects, It seemed like every month there was a crazy project dropping. Most projects require one listen before I make a decision whether they will get a replay but before I can determine an album’s quality, I have to sit with it for a few weeks and even months. To say the least, 2017 was full of music from Jazz, Hip/Hop, and R&B.
I’ve been thinking about my top 10 Hip/Hop albums for the year and I want to share with the Sonic Breakdown community. My 10 was chosen from it’s replay ability, impact, Instagram mention, and whether or not I actually purchased the CD or digital album. Because the year was full of music, I may not have heard every project but I have heard the majority of “mainstream” and underground projects.
- Gucci Mane, “Mr. Davis”
Release Date: October 13, 2017
Top Song: “I Get the Bag” Ft: Migos
Catchy, reflective, good gym music. Mr. Davis was one of my most played albums of 2017.
- Cyhi the Prynce, “No Dope on Sundays”
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Top Song: “Get Yo Money”
I honestly wished Cyhi would be higher on the list. The features are weak but the production and lyrical ability of Cyhi is top of the line. Checkout the Stay Woke! podcast about this album here.
- Smino, “blkswn”
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Top Song: “blkswn”
This is the debut album for Smino and also my first time hearing the album. Smino has flow! Check it out if you don’t believe me.
- Meek Mill, “Wins & Losses”
Release Date: July 21, 2017
Top Song: “1942 Flows”
- Rapsody, “Laila’s Wisdom”
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Top Song: “Pay Up”
Rapsody’s flow is untouchable. The production and features Bar for Bar, she is one of the rawest rappers today. I look forward to hearing future projects from Rapsody. Checkout the Stay Woke! podcast about this album here.
- J.I.D, “The Never Story”
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Top Song: “Hereditary”
J.I.D. burst onto the music scene with his debut album, “The Never Story”. His voice and style is very unique and he stands alone in a class by himself.
- Jay Z, “4:44”
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Top Song: “4:44”
Jay Z delivers a powerful message and makes beautiful and thought provoking music. I think this is a classic Jay album and if he never released another project, I would be completely satisfied. Checkout the Stay Woke! podcast about this album here.
- Big K.R.I.T., 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Top Song: “Bury Me in Gold”
The two disc album is soulful, melodic, and introspective. K.R.I.T embodies the south, southern culture, and the pros and cons of fame, faith, and family. One of the best albums of 2017. Checkout the Stay Woke! podcast about this album here or the complete article about it here.
- Kendrick Lamar, “DAMN”
Release Date: April 14, 2017
Top Song: “Feel”
I love DAMN. Everything about the album is perfect. I purchased the CD, look to buy the vinyl, and look to raise my kids on amazing music. Checkout the Stay Woke! podcast about this album here or the complete article about it here.
- Freddie Gibbs, “You Only Live 2wice”
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Top Song: “Andrea” & “Crushed Glass”
Raw and emotional. I can hear the passion, pain, and see a clear image through his storytelling abilities. This album is my first introduction to Gibbs but I cannot stop playing it. It has helped me get through the year.
- Joey Badass, “All-Amerikkkan Bada$$”- April 7, 2017. Checkout the Stay Woke! podcast about this album here or the complete article about it here.
- The Underachievers, “Renaissance”- May 19, 2017. Checkout the complete article about it here.
- David Banner, “The God Box”- May 19, 2017. Checkout the complete article about it here.
Thank you to everyone following, reading and listen to the content TheSonicBreakdown.com produced this year and watch out for 2018. We have a lot of new things in the works to improve and grow. Let us know what albums made your list in the comments below.