Best Music of 2017

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For the last four years or so, electronic music has reigned supreme as the preeminent music genre in my life. But 2017 was a revival for hip-hop and R&B. Monster records like Cardi B’s chart-dominant “Bodak Yellow,” streaming darling “Rockstar” by Post Malone and Future’s “Mask Off,” set the tone for 12 months dominated byhip-hopp and little else.

Electronic music seemed to take a major step back. There wasn’t anything that came close to Porter Robinson and Madeon’s “Shelter” or Flume’s sophomore album “Skin.” Of course, that’s not to say there wasn’t quality electronic production – Mura Masa’s debut album and Kölsch’s “1989” were some of the most complete and fully realized products I’ve heard in years. But some of music’s biggest hip-hop names – Drake, Kendrick, Migos –  put out incredible content, and rising stars in R&B like dvsn and Sampha made serious statements with their individual outputs.

Migos remained Migos, showing no sign of letting go of rap’s Alchemy Award – turning every song they were featured on into an instant hit, oh and they released one of the best albums of the year, too. Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples continued their upward trajectory with strong additions to their growing discogs.  And A$AP Ferg put out a strong follow-up to last year’s “Always Strive And Prosper.”

With all of this stellar material to choose from, Dustin and I put our heads together to list our favorite albums for the year. Our Best Album Venn Diagram had some overlap, but there were a few projects unique to our individual lists. Below are our picks for best albums of 2017, plus four albums we both agreed deserved praise.

Brooks – Best Albums

Drake – More Life
Joey Bada$$ – All Amerikkkan Bada$$
Migos – Culture
dvsn – Morning After
A$AP Ferg – Still Striving

Shared List

Mura Masa – Mura Masa
Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Kölsch – 1989

DP Best Albums

Sampha – Process
Four Tet – New Energy
Cyhi – No Dope on Sundays


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