Another year is done and it wouldn’t have gone right without good music releases. I have to be honest, I didn’t listen to as much new music like I wanted to but I still have some favorite albums that were released this year. Keep scrolling to the bottom to see some of my favorite songs of 2017 as well!
1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN
Kendrick Lamar can never fail. Once again, Kung Fu Kenny has released one of the hottest hip-hop albums of 2017 and almost every track is a banger. After TPAB was released, I was curious as to what Kendrick had in store and what his angle would be. Though it took me a while to figure out the theme of the album, I believe Kendrick can do no wrong on any album he puts out!
2. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
This is one artist who has really shocked me. When I was first introduced to Tyler, my reaction was “WTF?!” I mean, Yonkers was and still is a dope track, but I was confused and a bit zoned out regarding his antics (fake devil worshiping, murdering people ect..) Tyler has really grew on me and he’s such a talented person who I look forward to whenever he drops something new!
3. Jay Z – 4:44
I always enjoy a good Jay Z return to music. A lot of critics are calling 4:44 his best album ever but I disagree. I would say, 4:44 is Jay’s most “smart” album and it’s very honest.
4. Thundercat – Drunk
I am proud to say that my musical taste has changed over the past few years. Thundercat plays the bass guitar and is a bad-ass with it! I was first introduced to him through my brother when he showed me the video to Tron’s Song. Of course the song and video is ultra weird, but it was the melody and neo-soul beat that captured me! And oh, when I heard “Them Changes,” I was hooked!
5. SZA – Ctrl
SZA is an artist that took me a while to grow on but she has definitely impressed me this past year. I’m looking forward to what she has coming next!
6. N.E.R.D – No One Ever Really Dies
Hearing the news about the return of N.E.R.D had me super stoked and when Lemon featuring Rihanna was released, I was stoked! I thoroughly enjoyed every track and the “weirdness” about it. Face it, it’s NERD and they have their own unique sound that has worked for them for many years.
7. Chris Brown – Heartbreak On a Full Moon
45 tracks, one singer (and some features) and TOO. MANY. SONGS! Most of the songs that I listened to (and can remember) sounded great so Chris gets a pass because he never puts out a bad album IMO. Another solid (but long) album from Breezy!
8. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
I enjoy female rappers, especially ones who are actually talking about something other than their body parts, Rapsody is IT!
9. Daniel Caesar – Freudian
Daniel Caesar’s sultry vocals on his hit song, “Get You” was one of the top R&B songs of the summer and his album, “Freudian” was such a joy to vibe to. With R&B and a touch of gospel, Ceaser is guaranteed a star in the making and this album proves it!
10. H.E.R. – H.E.R.
If it’s not her smooth vocals, it’s her ability to play multiple instruments; H.E.R. is a true talent! I vividly remember “her” appearing on Apollo Kids and other television shows as Gabi Wilson. Her hit single, “Focus” was heard everywhere along with the couple’s anthem collab with Daniel Ceasar, “Best Part.” I can’t wait to hear more music from H.E.R.
Favorite Songs of 2017:
- Bodak Yellow – Cardi B
- No Limit (ft. ASAP Rocky & Cardi B) – G. Eazy
- Sky Walker – Miguel
- Plain Jane – ASAP Ferg
- Rake It Up (ft. Nicki Minaj) – Yo Gotti
- Crew – GoldLink
- Stir Fry – Migos
- DNA – Kendrick Lamar
- Them Changes – Thundercat
- I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd
- Lemon (ft. Rihanna) – N.E.R.D
- Boredom – Tyler, the Creator
- When We – Tank
- Drip – Luke James
- What Lovers Do (ft. SZA) – Maroon 5
- Acsencion (ft. Brandy) – Jhene Aiko
- Before I Do – Sevyn Streeter
- Traveling Light (ft. Anderson .Paak) – Talib Kweli