Hip hop albums not to be missed right now in 2017.
Hip hop this year continues to remain at the top of the album charts and nonetheless there are so albums that need to be mentioned midpoint into the year. From Drake to Joey Badass there has been nothing but club bangers and hits leading into the fall. The year now currently houses a plethora of rap albums to choose from and we now give you are picks of the year as of yet.
1. Raekwon, The Wild
Raekwon delivers like he is known by his witty crafty art. Raekwon still has the proper delivery and his sword remains sharp. After the disappointment of the more commercial release 2015’s Fly International Luxurious Arts, the Staten Island native returns to his roots.
The beats and lyrics are fresh and gives life into the 90’s rap icon flow. “Nothing” provides classic Wu-Tang Clan old school samples and “Marvin” delivers classic Raekwon crime stories accompanied with Marvin Gaye sample. Raekwon executes yet again on this album letting the world know his sun still shining.
2. Roc Marciano, Rosebudd’s Revenge
Roc Marciano’s fourth LP, Rosebud’s Revenge stays true to classic pimpology of blaxploitation movies of the 70’s. Roc Marciano brings your ears to the grit of the new york streets with melodic beats and smooth wordplay that will have a many hip hop fans heads bopping.
Straight from Long Island, Marc deliver witty metaphors and straight gangsta talk that equates to a intelligent american gangster. With laser bars like “I’m a control freak, I got mind control over freaks” on “Move Dope” there is enough lyric trickery to be had on Rosebud’s Revenge.
3. Rich Homie Quan Back To The Basics
Rich Home Quan refuse to be left behind in the world of trap rap and he proves he has enough quality material to set his claim in “Back to the Basics” mixtape. Quan garnered a double platinum hit with “Flex” in 2015 and has been hot on the heels of the rap game every since.
Back to Basics is a 11 tracks project providing Quan signature emotion and energy as he vocalize his life experiences and rise to the top on the album.
This LP brings Quan to his eighth mixtape release since dropping ABTA: Still Going In in 2015. This project proves that Rich Homie Quan still has more yet to come.
4. Tee Grizzley, My Moment
Hailing from the streets of Detroit, Tee Grizzly, brings the urban decay of crime to a true life story with his first LP, Moment. Tee Grizzly is signed to the 300 Entertainment imprint which is distributed by Atlantic Records.
The single that got him the most attention is the track “First Day Out.” The music video starts with a reenact of him being released from prison speaking on the affects of his trial and being locked up 3 years until now being a music artist.
Tee Grizzly lyrical delivery is personal and connects with his audience appearing as a victim of poverty triumphing in the success of his music. Production is handled by Sonny Digital, DJ Mustard, and Helluva.
5. Rick Ross, Rather You Than Me
Rick Ross struck a buzz in the airwaves when he released Rather You Than Me from being in a long since rut of “what happened to Rick Ross?” Well the Miami don has returned and Rather You Than Me has scored one of the best hip hop albums of the year thus far.
Ross brought refreshed energy in tracks like “Game Ain’t Based On Symphony” while still providing his trademark boss trap sound with “Dead Presidents” that brings ATL native Future on the feature with Yo Gotti and Jeezy.
The album sounds refined and clean on production complimenting Ross new found vitality on vocals and lyrical delivery. Rick Ross has reached back to the top of hip hop and hopefully retains that position throughout his career.
6. Migos, Culture
2017 has been Migos year of never ending hits back to back keeping the clubs with bangers for the long haul. It is safe to say that Migos is the stand out rap group of the year releasing hits like the addictive “Bad & Boujee” that even brought Lil Uzi Vert into mainstream spotlight, as there first No. 1 hit single. There second studio album culture has been a tremendous success released while opening on tour for Future.
Culture brought the hypnotic “T-Shirt” and the memorable synth glides of “Slippery” with Atlanta cohort Gucci on the feature. Culture leaves no doubt that Migos are evolving there music and signature sound.