Pitchfork's 20 Best Rap Albums of 2017

Pitchfork's 20 Best Rap Albums of 2017

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20. Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom

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

19. Milo - Who Told You To Think​?​?​!​!​?​!​?​!​?​!

Milo - Who Told You To Think​?​?​!​!​?​!​?​!​?​!
August 11, 2017
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
milo is a sharp-tongued rapper whose wordplay rewards close listening. On his third and best LP, the Maine emcee carries the flag for the underground rap scene that birthed him.

18. Youngboy Never Broke Again - A.I Youngboy

Youngboy Never Broke Again - A.I Youngboy
August 4, 2017
Critic Score
76
1 review

17. 2 Chainz - Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

2 Chainz - Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
This is the culmination of an eight-year second-wind. It’s also the most complete 2 Chainz album to date, and places him where he belongs: in the upper echelon of rappers from this era.

16. Kamaiyah - Before I Wake

Kamaiyah - Before I Wake
November 8, 2017
Critic Score
76
2 reviews

15. MIKE - May God Bless Your Hustle

MIKE - May God Bless Your Hustle
June 21, 2017
Critic Score
82
2 reviews
His brilliance is in the details and the patience he displays as an MC who is as technical as he is stylish. In a world of noise, MIKE’s quietude is magnetic.

14. Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Is Rage 2

Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Is Rage 2
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
69
11 reviews

Uzi’s latest project comes very close to delivering on the chaotic, sublime promise of “XO Tour Llif3.” It’s the Philly rapper’s most musically developed work to date.

13. Chief Keef - Thot Breaker

Chief Keef - Thot Breaker
June 9, 2017
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

In a bit of irony, the new and improved Thot Breaker is Chief Keef’s most romantic work; once merely a means to label himself the ultimate womanizer, he instead takes a 42-minute R&B sojourn, forging a project his contemporaries would make if only they could.

12. Wiki - No Mountains in Manhattan

Wiki - No Mountains in Manhattan
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
84
3 reviews

Wiki’s new album No Mountains in Manhattan is a vivid manifestation of the city, at times surreal and too real.

11. Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
September 15, 2017
Critic Score
79
12 reviews
It’s a colorful portrait of lives that are typically rendered in one dimension. And yet somehow, he can still make us laugh.

10. Lil B - Black Ken

Lil B - Black Ken
August 17, 2017
Critic Score
62
3 reviews

Years of online myth-making have culminated with Lil B’s masterpiece Black Ken, 27 tracks of deep funk and hyphy that finally define the mercurial Based God.

9. Drake - More Life

Drake - More Life
March 18, 2017
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

Drake's course correction to VIEWS bursts with energy—more South African house, more grime, more Kanye. It's a long player made for luxuriating and a total immersion into Drake's world-pop lifestyle.

8. Playboi Carti - Playboi Carti

Playboi Carti - Playboi Carti
April 14, 2017
Critic Score
68
4 reviews

The young Atlanta rapper’s debut mixtape finds a cloudy and economical mood and stays there, but it’s Carti’s magnetic confidence that turns just enough into plenty.

7. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3

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

RTJ3 is essentially the Run the Jewels manifesto, an outpouring of rage and defiance that never loses sight of the objectives: rallying the troops, holding all accountable, and toppling oppression.

6. Future - HNDRXX

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

Over a well-played hand of wistful, bright-eyed and reflective beats, HNDRXX strikes a near-perfect balance between a man still licking his wounds and a man emerging from a long, dark night.

5. Migos - Culture

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

On Culture, their world is richly rendered, full of hopes and paranoia and unbridled joy. This gives the Migos the last laugh on those who thought they’d never crack the retail album format, marked all the while by the knowledge they never needed one to succeed. It’s a definitive work.

4. Jay-Z - 4:44

Jay-Z - 4:44
June 30, 2017
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

4:44 may lack the Cohiba panache of Jay’s greatest albums, but it’s by far his most thoughtful one.

3. Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
July 21, 2017
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
So subdued, wistful, permissive, and relatable, are these songs—they are Tyler’s most refined to date. Collectively, they’re a kaleidoscopic sonic wonder.

2. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

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

The new album is smooth where Summertime ‘06 was jagged, foregoing the disquieting noise for something more functional, finding sophistication in streamlined motion, like an art installation set up in a nightclub.

1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
April 14, 2017
Critic Score
92
35 reviews

DAMN. is a widescreen masterpiece of rap, full of expensive beats, furious rhymes, and peerless storytelling about Kendrick’s destiny in America.

Original Source: https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/the-20-best-rap-albums-of-2017/
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