Rolling Stone's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2017

Rolling Stone's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2017

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39. Mike WiLL Made It - Ransom 2

Mike WiLL Made It - Ransom 2
March 24, 2017
Critic Score
72
3 reviews

37. Meek Mill - Wins & Losses

Meek Mill - Wins & Losses
July 21, 2017
Critic Score
69
5 reviews

36. Vic Mensa - The Autobiography

Vic Mensa - The Autobiography
July 28, 2017
Critic Score
68
14 reviews

His proper debut full-length might be letting you know who he really is.

35. Jonwayne - Rap Album Two

Jonwayne - Rap Album Two
February 17, 2017
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

32. Deem Spencer - We Think We Alone

Deem Spencer - We Think We Alone
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
65
1 review

31. Mozzy - 1 Up Top Ahk

Mozzy - 1 Up Top Ahk
August 18, 2017
Critic Score
76
1 review

30. Tay-K - Santana World

Tay-K - Santana World
July 24, 2017

29. 21 Savage - Issa Album

21 Savage - Issa Album
July 7, 2017
Critic Score
66
10 reviews

27. Kodak Black - Painting Pictures

Kodak Black - Painting Pictures
March 31, 2017
Critic Score
63
3 reviews

26. Future - Future

Future - Future
February 17, 2017
Critic Score
68
11 reviews
Although the 17-track, hour-long affair lasts way too long, Future sounds fully engaged.

23. Sahbabii - S.A.N.D.A.S. [Reissue]

Sahbabii - S.A.N.D.A.S. [Reissue]
June 9, 2017
Critic Score
66
1 review

22. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3

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

Run the Jewels can still detonate rhymes like a Molotov cocktail lobbed into a CVS, but now they're strategizing for the long war ahead.

21. Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom

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

19. GoldLink - At What Cost

GoldLink - At What Cost
March 24, 2017
Critic Score
70
6 reviews

18. Smino - blkswn

Smino - blkswn
March 14, 2017
Critic Score
70
1 review

17. cupcakKe - Queen Elizabitch

cupcakKe - Queen Elizabitch
March 31, 2017
Critic Score
76
1 review

16. Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Is Rage 2

Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Is Rage 2
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
70
9 reviews

15. Future - HNDRXX

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

Clearly, Future doesn't need to sing urban pop love tunes for mass appeal anymore. Still, the warmth he displays on Hndrxx is striking.

14. Aminé - Good For You

Aminé - Good For You
July 28, 2017
Critic Score
71
8 reviews

12. Wiki - No Mountains in Manhattan

Wiki - No Mountains in Manhattan
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
86
2 reviews

10. Roc Marciano - Rosebudd's Revenge

Roc Marciano - Rosebudd's Revenge
February 21, 2017
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

9. J.I.D - The Never Story

J.I.D - The Never Story
March 10, 2017
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

8. Playboi Carti - Playboi Carti

Playboi Carti - Playboi Carti
April 14, 2017
Critic Score
70
4 reviews

6. Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
September 15, 2017
Critic Score
81
11 reviews
The results add a historical angle to hip-hop's powerful mix of the personal and political.

5. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

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

Sure, it's less focused than the reportage of 2015's Summertime '06, but the varying emotions and outlooks mark a full step forward into becoming a multi-layered, genre-crossing, emotion-spilling pop auteur in the vein of West, Drake or Childish Gambino.

4. Drake - More Life

Drake - More Life
March 18, 2017
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

More Life is his finest longform collection in years, cheerfully indulgent at 22 tracks and 82 minutes, a masterful tour of all the grooves in his head.

3. Jay-Z - 4:44

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

Jay-Z's unusual vulnerability elevates 4:44 to something more than just a tawdry reality show.

2. Migos - Culture

Migos - Culture
January 27, 2017
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

Culture ... sees Migos upping their game musically, working with some of Atlanta's hottest producers (Metro Boomin, Zaytoven) to cook up stickier melodies than ever.

1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

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

If To Pimp a Butterfly was the best rap album in 2015, Damn. is the platonic ideal of the best rap album of 1995, a dazzling display of showy rhyme skills, consciousness-raising political screeds, self-examination and bass-crazy-kicking.

Original Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/migos-jay-z-kendrick-lamar-40-best-rap-albums-of-2017-w514061
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