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Top 3 Rap Albums 2017 Has to Offer
There are several Albums repeatedly brought up in the conversation of, 'Best Rap Record'. Many still pay respects to classics, records like the Illmatic, life after death, and death certificate remain undeniable. But now as Rap is more diverse than ever, maybe our favorite Albums are too?
Tyler, the Creator
3. FLOWER BOY 8/10
Tyler, the creator's fourth studio album, in my opinion, defined him as an artist. Many of Tyler's earlier records like, Goblin, Bastard, and for some Cherry Bomb aren't completely solid. His charisma and personality gained him a fiercely loyal fan base that would consume anything he produced from music to clothes and now even cartoons. Flower Boy does not require Tyler 'stan' status to enjoy. The album is light on bars but is full of beautiful production. The formerly loose-lipped rapper chose his words very carefully on this album and on the banger "Ain't Got Time" reveals his sexuality causing debate and rife in the rap community. The former Wolf Gang coordinator truly proved his musical chops on this record, making it a constant delight to revisit.
2. DAMN. 9/10
Mention of Damn. is necessary regardless of year. This record could have come out at any time in rap history and I'm confident it would top charts. Kendrick's fourth studio was produced by Anthony 'Top Dawg' Tiffith, Dr. Dre, and The Alchemist. This record not only with tracks that gain depth and 'bangibility' with every listen but with pure reputation deserves a spot amongst, if not the, best rap album of all time. I've seen videos of Kendrick standing in awe as stadiums sing his own song (Humble) back to him from memory. Not the hook, no the hook including two verses. Seriously, look it up, its amazing. It's truly strange watching the Greatest Of All Time come to the throne in my own lifetime.
1. 4 Eva is a Mighty Long Time 8/10
Big K.R.I.T.'s third studio album is by far his best and most consistent. The record is full beautiful melodies on tracks like 'Justin Scott. Other tracks are gritty and hard-hitting like 'Confetti' and 'Big Bank' with T.I. I went into this album admittedly not knowing who Big K.R.I.T. was and the first words in my head were "Career rapper". This 2 disc album has given me a whole new respect for southern rap.