HipHopDX's Best Rap Albums of 2017

HipHopDX's Best Rap Albums of 2017

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20. Jonwayne - Rap Album Two

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

With the release of his fifth studio project – the largely self-produced, 12-track Rap Album Two – Jonwayne artist has given fans a long-awaited sequel of sorts, providing insight on his sobriety, his social struggles and the life of a man who fighting both himself and his surroundings.

18. J.I.D - The Never Story

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

16. Oddisee - The Iceberg

Oddisee - The Iceberg
February 24, 2017
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

This musically diverse Hip Hop package will provide a suitable soundtrack for those who still prefer their rap iced-out with depth.

15. Meek Mill - Wins & Losses

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

14. Big Sean - I Decided.

Big Sean - I Decided.
February 3, 2017
Critic Score
67
14 reviews

If naysayers didn’t necessarily find themselves appreciative of Big Sean’s work after Dark Sky Paradise, this definitely isn’t going to get them on board now. However, he does maintain his ability to probably make better widespread songs than his peers that can travel from the club or radio to core rap heads.

13. Joey Bada$$ - ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$

Joey Bada$$ - ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
April 7, 2017
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
With a magnum opus yet to be written, Joey’s finally in a space as an artist where he can snatch the crown from the competition.

12. 2 Chainz - Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

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

Despite the lack of range, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music goes down as 2 Chainz’ strongest LP to date and will become a reference point for anyone curious about how the towering rap star can service their turn-up needs.

11. Future - HNDRXX

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

HNDRXX provides a view into a modern rock star indulging in a side of himself that’s more thoughtful and dare one say, honest.

10. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
June 23, 2017
Critic Score
86
24 reviews
While Vince sticks with his most familiar narrative examining stardom’s futility despite it providing escape from former life’s struggles, his calling lies in finding provocative, edgy and unconventional ways to tell his story.

9. Belly - Mumble Rap

Belly - Mumble Rap
October 6, 2017
Critic Score
86
1 review

8. Raekwon - The Wild

Raekwon - The Wild
March 24, 2017
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

With The Wild, Raekwon firmly grabs another trophy for the squad while continuing to pad his own hall of fame legacy in the process.

7. Migos - Culture

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

In spite of its drawbacks, Culture showcases Migos at the top of their artistry and there’s no indication that it’s their peak either. Be afraid, fellow rappers.

6. Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time

Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
October 27, 2017
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

Thanks to 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, Justin Scott has once and for all ensured that his musical legacy is worth remembering.

5. Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
July 21, 2017
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
Clocking in at 47 minutes, the album is both Tyler, The Creator’s shortest and most cohesive album to date and is full of introspective admissions that logically line up with his public character.

4. Jay-Z - 4:44

Jay-Z - 4:44
June 30, 2017
Critic Score
81
25 reviews
There are several JAY-Z albums that are superior in terms of musical creativity, but never has the man behind the Roc chain been more prolific in thought. It’s catharsis on steroids, walking the tightrope between FYI and TMI.

3. CyHi The Prynce - No Dope On Sundays

CyHi The Prynce - No Dope On Sundays
November 17, 2017
Critic Score
71
4 reviews

No Dope On Sundays ... expands his artistry to show he’s more than a lyrical dynamo. It’s not always crisp, particularly when he strains his vocals on occasion, but it shows a willingness to challenge himself in the studio beyond penning meticulous bars.

2. Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom

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

Even with some ideas that aren’t fully actualized, Laila’s Wisdom places Rapsody within the pantheon of Hip Hop freedom fighters whose grave urgency is a necessity while the world is in a chaotic state of flux.

1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

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

In all, DAMN. makes baseless any claims that Kendrick Lamar isn’t an all-time great.

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