Another year over. 2017 brought us many musical highlights. I’ve listened to over 100 releases and a good 70 of those were up for contention in making the top 50 albums of the year. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed every album on this list, there are certain albums truly blew me away and broke into my all-time list. We’ll be introduced to those in the top 10, but for now enjoy 50-41.
For a time, many felt Ferg was just another member of A$AP Mob with Rocky being the stand-out MC
– especially considering he was the first to break through. In 2016, perception started to change and
with 2017 opus ‘Still Striving’, Ferg demanded another dose of respect from hip-hop fans. The ‘East
Coast Remix’ despite featuring a handful of non-East Coast MC’s is a definite highlight.
instance in which an athlete has been taken seriously as an MC. Dagenham & Redbridge might not be
Barcelona, but Kamakaze’s music career is starting to blow up – and with good reason. For ‘Royal Blud’,
the footballer-rapper teamed up with MassAppeals and delivered one of 2017’s best anthems in ‘Pull
Wiley’s worth for a near two decades. Having pioneered grime, Wiley was always going to be considered
a legend – even if his music has sometimes ventured too far into pop-accessibility. In 2017, Wiley
released an album some might consider eponymous in ‘Godfather.’ Sticking to his grime roots, but giving
himself a bit more time to shine than on the feature filled ‘Snakes & Ladders’, the Godfather of grime
reminded everybody that he’s still one of the greatest MCs.
say five years ago, in 2017 a changing of the guard happened as Big Sean stepped into Eminem’s
shoes as the best mainstream rapper from Detroit. Whilst Em disappointed with ‘Revival’, Sean delivered
with ‘I Decided.’ Perhaps not quite up to par with its predecessor ‘Dark Sky Paradise’ which is surely a
classic, but a far cry from ‘Hall Of Fame.’ If Big Sean isn’t in your top 5 of this generation after the last
two solo albums, you’re wrong.
In 2017 he blessed us with two mixtapes, the first to make this list is ‘Tales From The Pit.’ It slightly
underwhelmed because many of the tracks had been heard before, presumed loose cuts – but that’s
exactly what a mixtape is meant to be, right? The tape did feature a couple of new tracks though,
including one of 2017’s best songs, the King Hippo assisted ‘All For The Lizzy.’