2017 has been an incredible year for music. Not only have some amazing albums been released, but we have also seen some new artists take the year by storm, completely upturning the music scene. Before we announce the countdown to the best album of 2017, the Cult Clash team have complied their favourite 5 songs from last year.
Cult Clash’s Top Songs of the Year:
- Crew – GoldLink
- XO Tour Llif3- Lil Uzi Vert
- Chanel- Frank Ocean
- The Weekend- SZA
- Bank Account- 21 Savage
Now what you’ve all been waiting for; you all voted for the best albums to emerge from 2017 and we have compiled a top 10 list for you to indulge. In reverse order…
10. Culture- Migos
The trap trio released a stunning album last year, featuring some big names in hip hop including Lil Uzi, Travis Scott and Gucci Mane. Their quirky group dynamic makes this fun filled album a proper party soundtrack.
9. Common Sense- J Hus
London’s own J Hus released his album Common Sense last year, introducing a new form of Afro-beat reggae influenced hip hop. The album has some memorable tunes including Did You See, Bouff Daddy and Plottin. We are predicting great things for J Hus in the forthcoming year.
8. Luv is Rage 2- Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi hit us with another album this year, upholding his quirky Hip Hop style. XO Tour Llif3 comes at a close second for our best song of 2017, with its contagious hook, not to mention the amazing beats of other tracks on the album.
7. At What Cost- GoldLink
With two years since his debut album, GoldLink has obtained his enthralling hooks and refined beats. The album also flaunts some great tracks like Herside Story, Meditation and of course our chosen song of the year, Crew.
6. SATURATION – BROCKHAMPTON
Well, it was too hard to rate all three versions of SATURATION released in 2017, so we are just going to appreciate them for the incredible trilogy they are. Not only is BROCKHAMPTON’s dedication to making music extremely impressive, but the continuity in their rap style gives them a place in our top 10.
5. More Life- Drake
The pop-rap artist we all know and love blessed us with another dance provoking album in 2017. Not only has Drake stayed true to his party rap style with tracks like Passionfruit and Fake Love, but the refined beats and lyrics in all of the tracks on More Life, show a fresher dimension to his music that we really hope is taken into 2018.
4. Yesterday’s Gone- Loyle Carner
This delicate rap album, with its heartfelt lyrics and soft vocals from Loyle himself, not only melted everyone’s heartstrings but also fused the boundaries between Hip Hop and lyrical pop. The artist also had 2017 in the palm of his hand in terms of live shows; touring twice and being a significant act at many major worldwide festivals.
3. DAMN- Kendrick Lamar
After the drop of single HUMBLE, loyal Kendrick fans went wild for the release of his latest album, and he definitely did not disappoint. The rap artist dished out tune after tune, undeniably owning the Hip Hop scene in 2017. Our team at Cult Clash are also very looking forward to his shows in February this year.
2. Flower Boy- Tyler, the Creator
This majestic rap and melodic infusion is more than deserving of our number two spot. Tyler has collaborated with indie pop artist Rex Orange County, whilst also featuring both established and up and coming names in Hip Hop Frank Ocean, Kali Uchis, A$AP Rocky and Jaden Smith; this has made his latest album tap into a range of genres whilst still staying true to the melodic Hip Hop roots of Tyler’s music.
1.CTRL – SZA
Unsurprisingly, the Hip Hop female solo artist, SZA, and her second album CTRL took 2017 by storm. With a beautiful recipe of pop and RnB flavours, this album more than definitely deserves Cult Clash’s top spot. Particular tracks that have caught public attention include Love Galore, SZA’s collab with Hip Hop artist Travis Scott. Moreover, the unsuspecting popularity for track The Weekend, that went platinum without even being released as a single.
It is clear to see it has been a great year for music, Hip Hop in particular, with SZA’s second album undeniably nabbing the number one album of 2017. We hope that 2018 blesses us with as much incredible music as last year.