AllMusic's Favorite Rap & Hip Hop Albums of 2017

AllMusic's Favorite Rap & Hip Hop Albums of 2017

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2 Chainz - Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

2 Chainz - Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
78
9 reviews

Inconspicuousness notwithstanding, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music is among Epps' most significant and enjoyable work.

A$AP Mob - Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy

A$AP Mob - Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
61
6 reviews

Although Too Cozy sometimes feels like a mixtape -- with the sheer amount of voices that casually pop up on its 17 tracks -- the cohesive vibe and swaggering passion make it a fun listen for fans of any of the two-dozen artists showing off their skills.

Big Sean - I Decided.

Big Sean - I Decided.
February 3, 2017
Critic Score
68
15 reviews

While I Decided. may not light up the club like his past efforts, it shines a different, more nurturing light onto deeper parts of his soul.

Brother Ali - All the Beauty in This Whole Life

Brother Ali - All the Beauty in This Whole Life
May 5, 2017
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

A record that never shies away from facing injustice but focuses on a different aspect of activism: inner transformation.

Denzel Curry - Imperial

Denzel Curry - Imperial
March 9, 2016
Critic Score
79
4 reviews

Dizzee Rascal - Raskit

Dizzee Rascal - Raskit
July 21, 2017
Critic Score
70
13 reviews

Raskit is by far the most captivating, powerful release from Dizzee Rascal in at least a decade. It certainly won't spawn four number one U.K. pop hits the way his platinum-selling fourth album, Tongue N' Cheek, did, but it's a necessary re-evaluation and re-focus of his talents, and proves that he's far from finished.

Eric Lau - Examples

Eric Lau - Examples
January 13, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

Future - HNDRXX

Future - HNDRXX
February 24, 2017
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

When digested with Future, HNDRXX shows listeners what lies beneath the veneer and posturing, a brief look at the struggles one man must face when the party ends.

Gucci Mane - Mr. Davis

Gucci Mane - Mr. Davis
October 13, 2017
Critic Score
69
8 reviews

While works like Everybody Looking and Woptober were competent and enjoyable trap exercises, they were yet more of the same, two more albums that were mostly interchangeable with The Return of the East Atlanta Santa and Drop Top Wop. Which is why Mr. Davis stands out as perhaps his best post-prison effort: the songs pop, the production is memorable, and the guests weave effortlessly into their respective tracks without detracting from Gucci's signature delivery.

Jaden Smith - Syre

Jaden Smith - Syre
November 17, 2017
Critic Score
64
8 reviews
As a debut, it has enough standout moments to pique interest in a future when Smith could stand toe to toe with his many inspirations.

Jay-Z - 4:44

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

Filled with references to profit and forms of pride granted by birth and earned by hustling, 4:44 nonetheless is an unglamorous set well suited for solitary and reflective late-night listening.

Joey Bada$$ - ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$

Joey Bada$$ - ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
April 7, 2017
Critic Score
77
16 reviews

All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ is the sound of a young rapper finding a voice and higher purpose, an exciting and powerfully insightful statement.

Jonwayne - Rap Album Two

Jonwayne - Rap Album Two
February 17, 2017
Critic Score
78
6 reviews
Over a selection of predominantly low-key, off-center beats that are downcast yet subtly invigorating, ultimately functioning as comfort listening, Wayne offers verse after verse of plainspoken poeticism.

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
April 14, 2017
Critic Score
91
34 reviews
It contains some of Lamar's best writing and performances, revealing his evolving complexity and versatility as a soul-baring lyricist and dynamic rapper.

Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Is Rage 2

Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Is Rage 2
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
67
10 reviews
Although Uzi's post-breakup pain rears its head throughout the entirety of the album, many of the tracks are too fun to get too bogged down in emotions.

Murs - Captain California

Murs - Captain California
March 10, 2017
Critic Score
79
4 reviews

Oddisee - The Iceberg

Oddisee - The Iceberg
February 24, 2017
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

Oddisee's keen ear for both vocal and melodic hooks becomes something of a test, a challenge even, to divide those who critically analyze and those who just want to hear a good beat. 

Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom

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

Laila's Wisdom is Evans' lyrically broadest and musically richest work, yet it doesn't have the sprawling quality of the first album.

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
December 25, 2016
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

Furious and hungry -- with endlessly quotable lyrical zingers to spare -- RTJ3's potency isn't as immediate as RTJ2. However, once it digs its claws in, RTJ3 reveals itself as their best work to date.

Sean Price - Imperius Rex

Sean Price - Imperius Rex
August 8, 2017
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

Shabazz Palaces - Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines

Shabazz Palaces - Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines
July 14, 2017
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

Compared to Lese Majesty, this similarly concise set is a bit murkier and only slightly less enticing.

Skepta - Vicious

Skepta - Vicious
October 31, 2017
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer

Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer
February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
It cannot be understated how bold it is to go against the grain in a genre where adherence to style can equal respect, but Stormzy's ambition exceeds potential judgment from purists. He's more concerned with expressing himself and adapting to survive, so that he can express further for years to come.

Talib Kweli - Radio Silence

Talib Kweli - Radio Silence
November 17, 2017
Critic Score
76
6 reviews

Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
July 21, 2017
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
While most of these songs are rife with anxiety and isolation, the open-hearted lyricism and wide-scoped productions, put together by an artist in peak form, make them immensely engrossing.

Vic Mensa - The Autobiography

Vic Mensa - The Autobiography
July 28, 2017
Critic Score
67
15 reviews

 The Autobiography is both rangy and controlled. On the mike, Mensa is ceaselessly impassioned.

Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

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

Big Fish Theory cements Staples' status as one of the most talented and forward-thinking voices in rap in the late 2010s.

Wiley - Godfather

Wiley - Godfather
January 13, 2017
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

Simply put, Godfather is a solid hour of what Wiley does best. The album is energetic, triumphant, and constantly thrilling. The rhymes are brash, confident, and direct, and the beats are tough yet intricate and playful.

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