My Top 25 Projects of 2017

Music can be used for a ton of reasons. Music can be used as an escape from the real world, music can be used liven up a room, whether it’s a party or a locker room, music can be used to get in ya feelings, music can be used to define a moment in time. For me personally, music has always been used for all of the above and then some, and 2017 was no different. My 2017 was a ridiculously hectic year, as I’ve finished off my junior year of high school, left the country for the first time (Cabo, Mexico baby!), went to a journalism camp at West Virginia University, spent three weeks at University of Maryland, College Park taking a college class, went to Atlanta, Georgia for a week, built a beautiful mural for a local all-girls charter school, and started my senior year of high school. With all the crazy things I’ve been up to this year, I have been depending on the supremely talented artists in the game to provide me the soundtrack to my year, and they did not let me down at all. After sifting through all the amazing music released this year, I have (begrudgingly) compiled my top 25 favorite projects of the year. Without further ado, let’s get into the list.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Future — HNDRXX
  • Nyck @ Knight — Nyck @ Knight
  • Freddie Gibbs — You Only Live 2wice
  • Brent Faiyaz — Sonder Son
  • Sonder — Into
  • Lute — West 1996 pt. 2
  • 21 Savage, Offset, & Metro Boomin — Without Warning
  • Future & Young Thug — Super Slimey
  • Meek Mill — Wins and Losses
  • Action Bronson — Blue Chips 7000
  • Calvin Harris — Funk Wav Bounces
  • Lil Wayne — Dedication 6

25. Rick Ross — Rather You Than Me

Favorite Tracks: Apple of My Eye, Santorini Greece, Idols Become Rivals, Trap Trap Trap (ft. Young Thug and Wale), I Think She Like Me

24. 2 Chainz — Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

Favorite Tracks: Good Drank (ft. Quavo and Gucci Mane), 4AM (ft. Travis Scott), Big Amount (ft. Drake), Rolls Royce Bitch, Trap Check, Blue Cheese (ft. Migos), Bailan (ft. Pharrell), Burglar Bars

23. Future — FUTURE

Favorite Tracks: Rent Money, Draco, Super Trapper, Mask Off, I’m So Groovy, Feds Did a Sweep

22. Drake — More Life

Favorite Tracks: Free Smoke, Passionfruit, Jorja Interlude, Get It Together (ft. Black Coffee and Jorja Smith), Blem, 4422 (ft. Sampha), Gyalchester, Portland (ft. Quavo and Travis Scott), Sacrifices (ft. 2 Chainz and Young Thug), KMT (ft. Giggs), Can’t Have Everything, Glow (ft. Kanye West), Ice Melts (ft. Young Thug), Do Not Disturb

21. A$AP Twelvyy — 12

Favorite Tracks: Castle Hell, Strapped, Diamonds (ft. A$AP Rocky), L.Y.B.B (Resolution), A Glorious Death (ft. Flatbush Zombies), Periodic Table

20. G Herbo — Humble Beast

Favorite Tracks: Street, Man Now, Malcolm, Crown (ft. Bump J), Mirror (ft. Lil Bibby), Trials, Red Snow, No Way Out

19. Joey Bada$$ — All-Amerikkkan Bada$$

Favorite Tracks: For My People, Temptation, Devastated, Rockabye Baby (ft. ScHoolBoy Q), Ring the Alaram (ft. Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, and Meechy Darko), Super Predator (ft. Styles P), Babylon (ft. Chronixx), Legendary (ft. J. Cole)

18. Brockhampton — Saturation II

Favorite Tracks: Gummy, Jello, Tokyo, Jesus, Chick, Junky, Fight, Summer

17. SZA — Ctrl

Favorite Tracks: Supermodel, Love Galore (ft. Travis Scott), Doves in the Wind (ft. Kendrick Lamar), Drew Barrymore, The Weekend, Go Gina, Pretty Little Birds (ft. Isaiah Rashad)

16. NBA Youngboy — AI Youngboy

Favorite Tracks: Trappin, Wat Chu Gon Do (ft. PeeWee Longway), No Smoke, Dark Into Light (ft. Yo Gotti), Untouchable, Left Hand Right Hand, Came From, Have You Ever, Graffiti

15. Migos — Culture

Favorite Tracks: T-Shirt, Call Casting, Bad and Boujee (ft. Lil Uzi Vert), Get Right Witcha, Slippery (ft. Gucci Mane), Big on Big, What the Price, Deadz (ft. 2 Chainz), Out Yo Way

14. Brockhampton — Saturation

Favorite Tracks: Heat, Gold, Star, 2Pac, Bank, Trip, Swim, Bump, Cash, Face

13. Big K.R.I.T — 4eva is a Mighty Long Time

Favorite Tracks: Big K.R.I.T, Confetti, Big Bank (ft. T.I.), Subenstein (My Sub IV), 1999 (ft. Lloyd), Ride Wit Me (ft. UGK), Get Up 2 Come Down (CeeLo Green and Sleepy Brown), Layup, Aux Cord, Justin Scott, Keep the Devil Off, Everlasting, Price of Fame, Drinking Sessions (ft. Keyon Harrold)

12. Steve Lacy — Steve Lacy’s Demo

Favorite Tracks: Looks, Ryd, Dark Red, Thangs, Some

11. Rapsody — Laila’s Wisdom

Favorite Tracks: Laila’s Wisdom, Power (ft. Kendrick Lamar and Lance Skiiiwalker), Chrome (Like Ooh), Nobody (ft. Anderson .Paak, Black Thought, and Moonchild), Black and Ugly (ft. BJ the Chicago Kid), You Should Know (ft. Busta Rhymes), A Rollercoaster Jam Called Love (ft. Musiq Soulchild and Gwen Bunn), Knock On My Door (ft. BJ the Chicago Kid), Jesus Coming (ft. Amber Navran)

10. J.I.D — The Never Story

Favorite Tracks: General, Never, D/vision (ft. EarthGang), Hereditary, All Bad (ft. Mereba), Underwear, 8701 (ft. 6LACK), Somebody, Lauder

9. Cousin Stizz — One Night Only

Favorite Tracks: Switch Places, Lambo, Paid, Headlock (ft. Offset), No Ice, Paper Calling, Pullup (ft. Buddy), Doubted Me, Jo Bros, Jealous

8. Brockhampton — Saturation III

Favorite Tracks: Boogie, Zipper, Johnny, Liquid, Bleach, Alaska, Hottie, Rental, Stains, Team

7. Syd — Fin

Favorite Tracks: Shake Em Off, Know, No Complaints, Nothin to Something, All About Me, Smile More, Got Her Own, Body, Dollar Bills (ft. Steve Lacy), Over (ft. 6LACK), Insecurities

6. JAY Z — 4:44

Favorite Tracks: Kill Jay Z, Smile (ft. Gloria Carter), Caught Their Eyes (ft. Frank Ocean), 4:44, Family Feud (ft. Beyonce), Bam (ft. Damian Marley), Moonlight, Marcy Me, Legacy

5. Goldlink — At What Cost

Favorite Tracks: Same Clothes as Yesterday (ft. Ciscero), Have You Seen That Girl?, Meditation (ft. Jazmine Sullivan and Kaytranada), Herside Story (ft. Hare Squead), Summatime (ft. Wale and Radiant Children), Roll Coll (ft. Mya), Crew (ft. Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy), We Will Never Die, Kokamoe Freestyle, Some Girl (ft. Steve Lacy), Pray Everyday (Survivor’s Guilt)

4. Tyler, the Creator — Flower Boy

Favorite Tracks: Foreword (ft. Rex Orange County), Where This Flower Blooms (ft. Frank Ocean), See You Again (ft. Kali Uchis), Who Dat Boy (ft. A$AP Rocky), Pothole (ft. Jaden Smith), Garden Shed (ft. Estelle), Boredom (ft. Rex Orange County and Anna of the North), I Ain’t Got Time!, 911/Mr. Lonely (ft. Frank Ocean and Steve Lacy), November

3. Smino — blkswn

Favorite Tracks: Wild Irish Roses, Maraca, Glass Flows (ft. Ravyn Lenae), Spit Shine, Netflix & Dusse, Anita, Lobby Call, Edgar Allen Poe’d Up, Father Son Holy Smoke, B Role, Long Run (ft. Via Rosa), Silk Pillows (ft. Akenya), Amphetamine

2. Kendrick Lamar — DAMN.

Favorite Tracks: Duckworth, God, Fear, XXX (ft. U2), Love (ft. Zacari), Humble, Pride, Loyalty (ft. Rihanna), Feel, Element, Yah, DNA

  1. Daniel Caesar — Freudian

Favorite Tracks: Get You (ft. Kali Uchis), Best Part (ft. H.E.R.), Hold Me Down, Neu Roses (Transgressor’s Song), Loose, We Find Love, Blessed, Take Me Away (ft. Syd), Transform (ft. Charlotte Day Wilson), Freudian

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