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In 2017, we we’re blessed to have many amazing hip-hop albums that not only fans loved, but broke records as well. Here is our year of review for the Top 7 best hip-hop albums of 2017.
1. DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
It’s no surprise Kung Fu Kenny got a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album and Album of the Year for his fourth studio album. ‘Humble’ became Lamar’s first number one single on U.S Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist. Billboard also named ‘DAMN.’ as the number one Rap Album for 2017.
2. 4:44 – Jay-Z
Jay-Z’s 4:44 album revolves around emotional and personal content. From his marriage, relationships, stereotypes, and much more. Hov was nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy and Song of the Year Grammy for ‘The Story of O.J.” 4:44 provided fans and critics alike a different side from the King of Rap.
3. More Life – Drake
Drizzy’s seventh studio album not only debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, but also broke many streaming records. According to Nielsen, ‘More Life’ achieved the most streams in a single week in the U.S with 385 million streams. ‘More Life’ also racked up 90 million streams in its first 24 hours on Apple Music.
4. Culture – Migos With hit singles like ‘ Bad and Boujee’, ‘T-Shirt’, and ‘Slippery’ we understand why the trio’s second studio album was nominated for the Best Rap Album Grammy. This album highlights the group’s strengths in 13 tracks.
5. Future – Future
It’s been one busy year for Future. With singles like ‘Draco’ and “Mask Off’ it’s no wonder his self-titlde album is certified Platinum. Future is the first act in the nearly 61 years to achieve back-to-back No. 1 debuts in successive weeks with ‘Future’ and ‘HNDRXX’.
7. The Beautiful & Damned – G_Eazy
G_Eazy dropped off his third full-length album just in time to wrap up a year to remember. With his smash collab hit ‘No Limit’ still climbing the singles chart, ‘The Beautiful & Damned’ takes on the same name of the popular F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, where Young Gerald explores if it is possible to survive the corrupting celebrity lifestyle.
6. I Decided – Big Sean
Big Sean released his fourth studio album early 2017 and received critical acclaim as well as debuting in the number one spot on Billboard’s 200 album chart. With anthems like ‘Moves’ and ‘Bounce Back,’ the now platinum album shows Sean delivering some of his most personal and retrospective lyrics to date.