The Year in Rap

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Hip Hop in 2017

Hip-Hop had an especially great year in 2017.  Many rap songs ranked high and dominated the charts on the Billboard Hot 100 chart all year around.  These included Lil Uzi Vert’s, “XO TOUR LIF3” reaching number seven and became one of the most played song over the summer, Kendrick’s, “Humble” reaching number one in May, and more recently, Post Malone’s, “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage reaching number one, overtaking Cardi B’s, “Bodak Yellow” which dominated the charts at number one for a majority of October.  There were some amazing album releases this year such as Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album “DAMN.” and the surprising “4:44” by Jay Z which was his first album since 2013 when he released Magna Carta…Holy Grail.  Both of which were nominated for best rap album of the year in the upcoming Grammy’s.  Drake also released what he classified as a “playlist” in the form of “More Life” which did incredibly well, having 1.07 billion streams in the first week of April after its release on March 18.

Music is a big part of my life and I am almost always listening to something.  As a big fan of hip hop, it being the only genre of music I really listen to for the most part, I enjoyed this year.  Some of my top albums of the year are “Humble Beast” by G Herbo, “DAMN.” by Kendrick Lamar, and “Still Striving” by A$AP Ferg.  Kendrick Lamar is one of my favorite rappers and his most recent albums is one of my favorites from him.  I have not been listening to G Herbo for long, but when I heard he was releasing an album, I was quick to listen to it and was not disappointed.  I was a fan of A$AP Mob for a while thanks to A$AP Rocky, and hearing A$AP Ferg’s album made me remember why i liked music from them so much.  All three of these albums had songs that fit for every mood I was in.  If I wanted a song to vibe to or wanted to hear a story, I was covered.  If I wanted a song to get hype to or have in a gym playlist, I was covered there too.  Some of my favorite songs of the year include “1942 flows” by Meek Mill, “Man Now” by G Herbo, and “The Way Life Goes” by Lil Uzi Vert.

Curious to see what other people held high in terms of albums and songs from this year, I interviewed three students who enjoy listening to hip hop.  Each student was asked to list their three favorite albums and songs of 2017.  Senior Albert Perez says, “My top three albums would probably be Still Striving by A$AP Ferg, Luv is Rage 2 by Lil Uzi Vert, and Paranoia: A True Story by Dave East.  As for songs I would pick New Choppa by Playboi Carti, Bounce Back by Big Sean, and Family and Friends by Russ.”  

Matthew Jimenez lists his top three albums as, “Damn. by Kendrick Lamar, 17 by XXXTENTACION, and Rags EP by Earthgang.”  His favorite songs are, “Supermodel by SZA, Plain Jane by A$AP Ferg, and Rubbin off the Paint by YBN Nahmir.”  

Xavier Arevalo says, “my top 3 albums in no particular order would be Humble Beast by G Herbo, Cozy Tapes Vol. 2 by A$AP Mob, and 17 by XXXTENTACION.  My favorite songs would be Magnolia by Playboi Carti, XO TOUR Lif3 by Lil Uzi Vert, and Catch Me Outside by Ski Mask the Slump God.”

The year 2017 was a pretty dominant year for Hip Hop, and it does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon.  With the recent releases of Eminem’s new album “Revival”, being his first album release in four years, Jeezy’s album “Pressure”, which brings Kendrick Lamar and J Cole featured on one song together for the first time since 2013, and more releases to be expected from A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, and more, it seems that rap has a strong future ahead of it.

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The Year in Rap