PopMatters' Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2017

PopMatters' Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2017

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10. Young Thug - Beautiful Thugger Girls

Young Thug - Beautiful Thugger Girls
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

This is one of his best packages, and it was well worth the wait and all the twists and turns in between.

9. Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
July 21, 2017
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
From beginning to end, he capitalizes on the neo-soul and jazzy elements he’s flirted with previously to create a smooth, conceptual, even cinematic album.

8. Migos - Culture

Migos - Culture
January 27, 2017
Critic Score
74
21 reviews

C U L T U R E is that rare work, one where an artist’s aesthetic is funneled into every track, where you can sense the trajectory from their previous works to this one.

6. Jay-Z - 4:44

Jay-Z - 4:44
June 30, 2017
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

This is Jay-Z walking onto the stage alone, standing contritely in front of the world, and speaking from the heart, revealing himself in order to heal.

5. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
June 23, 2017
Critic Score
86
25 reviews

The Big Fish Theory is a powerful and troubling record. It’s an epic in miniature that shows a natural progression from Staples’s previous work.

4. Brockhampton - Saturation

Brockhampton - Saturation
June 9, 2017
Critic Score
76
4 reviews

4. Brockhampton - Saturation II

Brockhampton - Saturation II
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

Through two albums this year (and a third on the way), they’re solidly established in their identity as a group. Saturation II is a major step in that development as it confirmed they’re capable of putting out quantity and quality. But trust in a formula will only get them so far.

2. Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom

Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom
September 22, 2017
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
April 14, 2017
Critic Score
91
34 reviews

Kendrick Lamar is at his most belligerent, confident, strident on DAMN.. But also his most tender, hurt, thoughtful. He switches tone within songs, and from song to song.

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