Best Albums Of 2017

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2017 has seen many essential musical contributions. While hip-hop legends like Jay Z reassured their name in the industry, we also witnessed an emergence of many R&B artists who proved they are here to stay.

1.Damn by Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar takes us on a profound journey in DAMN, beginning the album with the words, “So I was taking a walk the other day.” K Dot switches up his style with this masterpiece. Transitioning from early lyrical humbleness in his compositions, Lamar is blossoming into a mainstream radio artist with modern beats whilst maintaining his radical lyricism and philanthropy, such as activism in the #blacklivesmatter movement. Nobody is on his level, simple.

2.4:44 by Jay Z

Jay Z provided an affirmation of his legacy with 4:44. Educating Black America, Jay Z informs listeners how important financial literacy is for African-Americans. In addition to reinforcing economic intelligence, Hov addressed his marriage to Beyonce and apologized for infidelity. Way to go, Jigga.


  1. More Life by Drake

More Life is yet another legendary, chart topping album from Drake. This work features it all from slow house music to bass booming, radio hits. Although named Apple’s Top Music Album of 2017, More Life is called simply “a playlist” by the artist himself due to its chill-oriented sound. Drake has set the bar high for himself, and raises the bar with the release of every album.

  1. Culture by Migos

The Migos definitely have made themselves a household name with Culture. Providing several hits for the summer, such as “Bad and Boujee,” “Slippery,” and “T-Shirt,” this talented group brought spotlight to themselves with their unique style and powerful beats that know how to get a crowd t’d.

  1. CTRL by Sza

CTRL was, no doubt, the album of the summer. Sza verified herself with this long awaited masterpiece—from addressing insecurities to getting over her ex—all women can relate to this album in one way or another, which is what made it so renowned. Sza unquestionably made history with CTRL, and we’re looking forward to more music from her.

  1. The Autobiography by Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa provided an ode to Chicago with The Autobiography, adoring the city and describing his love for it. At the same time, Mensa also depicts his violent upbringing in Bronzeville with police officers because of his race and revealed his Black Lives Matter activism with works like “We Could Be Free.” Keep it up, Mensa.

  1. Freudian by Daniel Caesar

Daniel Caesar is responsible for the changing style of R&B, introducing a warm, mellow form of music with Freudian. This work of art is the go-to for those chill days spent embracing a significant other or yourself with self-care. Either way, Freudian’s vibes will leave you feeling renewed. Caesar has engraved his name in R&B and informed us he is here to stay with this album.

  1. Heartbreak on a Full Moon by Chris Brown

Chris Brown reminded us of his presence and influence on R&B with this 45-song-long piece that promotes the seasonal blues of winter. Heartbreak on a Full Moon is bound to getting you to tap into your emotions—describing love and heartbreak, Brown succeeded on yet another album.

  1. Humble Beast by G Herbo

Humble Beast deemed G Herbo a spokesperson for Chicago’s inner city—detailing the ins and outs of the lifestyle he lives in his esteemed storytelling style. An influential leader of “drill” rap, Herb captures both Chicago aggression and romance in Humble Beast. Herb continues to inspire rap nationwide and put Chicago on the map.

  1. Flower Boy by Tyler, the Creator

“Tell these Black kids they can be who they are” is a renowned line of Tyler’s, and Flower Boy conveys this quote quite perfectly. Exposing a softer side of himself with this work of art, Tyler raps about love alongside quirky beats and utilizes distinct lyrics. Tyler illustrates his Black boy joy with Flower Boy, unrelenting in staying true to himself.



By Sullivan Anderson, Sophomore, Jones College Prep

Snapchat: justcallmesully


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