A week-or-two ago, we decided to release a fan-vote for urban album of the year, and now, with the results back, we have YOUR top 10 favourite Hip-Hop/RnB albums of 2017.
Honourable mentions: Logic – Everybody (4%), Drake – More Life (3.3%), Ali Belmont and The Delivery Boy – The Ghost LP (3.3%), Sowdy – Clockwork (3.3%).
10. JADEN SMITH – SYRE
Jaden Smith surprised many this year with his full-length LP SYRE, an album that takes influence from artists such as Childish Gambino, Tyler, The Creator and even Kanye West, whilst still remaining true to himself.
SYRE was nominated as the best album of the year by 4% of the voting public.
9. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION
Brockhampton were one of the surprise packets of 2017, releasing three phenomenal projects under the trilogy of Saturation. The first Saturation was the boyband’s debut album (following their 2016 mixtape ALL-AMERICAN TRASH), and it was filled with eclectic production, slick, attentive lyricism and a sound that was truly unique to the group themselves.
SATURATION was nominated as the best album of the year by 4% of the voting public.
8. FIGUERO JONES – HUSTLEMAN SOUND
Taking out eighth place on the fan-vote for album of the year is an Australian release that was as polished as it was progressive, with Perth rapper Figuero Jones dropping Hustleman Sound. The project features a wide array of styles and sounds, whilst putting on almost the entirety of the Perth scene.
HUSTLEMAN SOUND was nominated as the best album of the year by 5% of the voting public.
7. XXXTENTACION – 17
XXXtentacion has become one of Hip-Hop’s most divisive characters over the last 12 months, due to his lyrical content and personal life allegations. 17 is a project that details the emotions and feelings that came with losing someone dear to him, in a way that only X can do.
17 was nominated as the best album of the year by 5% of the voting public.
6. SZA – CTRL
SZA at last dropped the long awaited album that was CTRL this year, and boy are we glad she did. The soulful project is as raw and honest as you will find, with as many TV/Movie references as there is hit songs on the LP.
CTRL was nominated as the best album of the year by 6% of the voting public.
5. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
Making their second appearance on this top 10 is Brockhampton with the second installation of the Saturation trilogy, with Saturation II. The album further expands on the sound that Brockhampton are now known for, highlighting and utilising the strengths of each member as much as ever before.
SATURATION II was nominated as the best album of the year by 7.5% of the voting public.
4. VINCE STAPLES – BIG FISH THEORY
Big Fish Theory was everything we could’ve hoped for from Vince Staples, with experimental, authentic beats, which included everything from trap, to west-coast influences and even some glitch-inspired production. On top of this, the Long Beach rapper was as introspective, insightful and impressive as ever with pen in hand.
BIG FISH THEORY was nominated as the best album of the year by 12.5% of the voting public.
3. JOEY BADA$$ – ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
Joey Bada$$ came through with one of the greatest projects of 2017 with All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, as he avoided cliche’s in the ultra-political yet much-needed album. The album brings you on a journey, taking you from the uplifting, hopeful anthems that begin the album, to the gritty, more rough-edged cries for help. All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ is a truly incredible listen, front to back.
ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ was nominated as the best album of the year by 13.3% of the voting public.
2. TYLER, THE CREATOR – FLOWER BOY
Tyler, The Creator has finally transformed to his true form, and what a beautiful sight that is. Tyler delivered one of the most soulful, sonically beautiful projects of the year, which lent on stunning chord progressions and witty, yet wise lyricism to make it the masterpiece that it is.
FLOWER BOY was nominated as the best album of the year by 18.3% of the voting public.
1. KENDRICK LAMAR – DAMN
Surprise, surprise. Kendrick Lamar backed up the immense success of his 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly with a follow-up that all but solidifies his spot as one of the greatest emcee’s to ever step foot on our green Earth. The project features less of a mid-70’s vibe, as TPAB often did, and instead trades that in for some more modern, full production that only further enhances the message that Kung-Fu Kenny is attempting to get across. Whether you play this album from beginning to end, or end to beginning, it’s brilliant.
DAMN. was nominated as the best album of the year by 32.5% of the voting public.
Written by Jarrod van der Staay