What a year hip-hop has had in 2017. There have been amazing album releases both surprise and anticipated, hit songs that captivated the public and emerging artists who helped the genre continue to grow and evolve.
This was the year for fresh rappers: 21 savage, lil uzi vert, migos, xxxtentacion, lil pump, joyner lucas, lil yachty,kodak black, young M.A, chance the rapper the list is endless.
I’m a hiphop fan so here are my hiphop highlights of 2017
Chance The Rapper Wins Grammy Award for Best New Artist
In February, Chance The Rapper put his name next to a short list of rappers when the Chicagoan won the award for Best New Artist at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards , becoming just the fourth rapper to receive the honor.
In addition to being active on the musical front, Chance has been one of the more outspoken MCs when it comes to matters pertaining to his community, resulting in the rapper being honored with the Humanitarian Award at the 2017 BET Awards .
Future Becomes First Artist to Release Two No. 1 Albums in Consecutive Weeks
Future shocked the music world earlier this year with a pair of chart-topping album releases, continuing his trend of quick-strike album releases and backing up his status as the most prolific artist in mainstream music.
However, the fact that those two albums, FUTURE and HNDRXX, were released just one week apart from one another, making him the first rapper to release two chart-topping albums in consecutive weeks , put Future in a class of his own.
Making the impossible look par for the course, Future fully capitalized on his blinding star power and popularity and etched his name in the record books in the process.
Big Sean Awarded Key to Detroit
After beginning the year with the release of his fourth studio album, I Decided , Big Sean made more headlines after being awarded the key to the city of Detroit in early April. The youngest person to be ever Awarded the key.
Drake Sets Record at Billboard Music Awards
2017 proved to be yet another monstrous year for Drake, with the rapper unleashing his More Life project, which yielded the Canadian another platinum plaque and multiple crossover singles, a reminder of his dominance and sheer star power.
The OVO boss also broke a few records,
among them being most wins at the Billboard Music Awards , shattering Adele’s previous record of 12 after winning 13 at this year’s ceremony in May. Earning 22 nominations total, Drake would take home hardware for a list of awards that include Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Billboard 200 album ( Views).
Tupac Shakur Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Tupac Shakur continues to be celebrated more than 20 years after his death. His latest achievement is his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , which came in April. The ceremony, which was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, included an acceptance speech from Snoop Dogg on behalf of his deceased comrade, of whom he spoke glowingly.
“While many remember him now as some kind of thugged-out superhero, 2Pac knew that he was only human,” he said. “To be human is to be many things at once, strong and vulnerable, hardheaded and intellectual, courageous and afraid, revolutionary and—oh yeah, don’t get it fucked up—gangsta.”
Lil Uzi Vert Earns 2018 Grammy Nomination for Best New Artist
Lil Uzi Vert has become somewhat of a phenomenon over the past two years, charming listeners and critics with his nifty shimmy, carefree attitude and infectious wails over booming production.
Lil Uzi Vert’s first Grammy nomination is a career highlight that will be attached to his name forever and one of the more noteworthy achievements for a young rap artist this year.
Nicki minaj broke up with Meek Mill.
Meek mill always finds a way to screw things over. Allegedly he cheated on Nicki with some lady who owns a boutique. But even the best of us make mistakes.
21 savage dates Amber Rose.
I still can’t figure out how those two met. If you heard 21 savage’s issa album you will agree he got soft because of Amber Rose; nigga is singing on some tracks.
Migos dominated the year.
Migos album Culture was phenomenal. Everyone jammed to bad and boujee, girls fell in love with Quavo and personally takeoff is the best lyrical compared to Quavo and offset. And we can’t forget Offset’s proposal to Cardi B “will you marry a nigga or wat? ”
Cardi B Makes Billboard History
When Cardi B decided to leave the Love & Hip Hop: New York cast to concentrate on music, there were more than a few scoffs from people who doubted her ability to sustain a viable rap career.
However, “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B’s major label debut single, would defy the odds, eventually rising to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first female rap to top the chart with a solo song since Lauryn Hill with “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998 . It’s proof that Cardi is 2017’s breakout star.
We can’t deny Dj Khalid is really good at his craft. His ability to bring several big Artists and make a hit song is amazing. This year he has gifted us with wild thoughts, major bag alert, I’m the one and his son Ashad Khalid is an executive producer. The kid doesn’t even know his own name.
JAY-Z Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame
JAY-Z made history yet again this past June when the rapper/mogul was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame , becoming the first rap artist ever to be voted in.
Swizz Beatz Graduates From Harvard Business School
Going from the school of hard knocks to the Ivy League is no easy feat. But Swizz Beatz did just that after enrolling in Harvard’s Owner/President Management Program, which the Bronx native completed in November. The course—designed for CEOs, COOs, Presidents, Managing Directors and Executive directors with at least 10 years of work experience—focuses on corporate growth, financial success and leadership expertise. In celebration of the occasion,
Swizz posted video clips of himself on instagram stating, “just because you wanna get your education, that don’t mean you can’t still be cool, can’t still have fun… Whoever tell you that you don’t need to be educated, they must not be educated themselves.”
The two greatest rappers of all time Eminem and Lil Wayne have each dropped their latest projects. In Revival Eminem is more mature tackling political issues and in dedication 6 Lil Wayne is carefree dropping freestyles on hiphop tracks such as rockstar,bank account, DNA, XO tour life. The two albums are amazing so listen to them.
There will be dedication 6 part 2 a joint album featuring drake.
Check out the freshest Hip-Hop songs to drop in 2017.
- Lil Pump – ‘Gucci Gang’
- 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin – ‘Rap Saved Me’
- Post Malone Feat. 21 Savage – ‘rockstar’
- Cardi B – ‘Bodak Yellow’
- Yo Gotti Feat. Nicki Minaj – ‘Rake It Up’
- 21 Savage – ‘Bank Account’
- JAY-Z – ‘The Story Of O.J.’
- Future Feat. Nicki Minaj – ‘You Da Baddest’
- Playboi Carti – Magnolia
- JAY-Z – ‘4:44’
- Ayo & Teo – ‘Rolex’
- Future Feat. YG – ‘Extra Luv’
- DJ Khaled Feat. Travis Scott, Rick Ross & Big Sean – ‘On Everything’
- DJ Khaled Feat. Drake – ‘To The Max’
- Dj khalid feat Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, quavo, chance the rapper – ‘ I’m the one’
- Meek Mill Feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla Sign – ‘Whatever You Need’
- French Montana Feat. Swae Lee – ‘Unforgettable’
- Lil Uzi Vert – ‘XO Tour Llif3’
- Kendrick Lamar – ‘DNA.’
- Machine Gun Kelly Feat. Quavo & Ty Dolla $ign – ‘Trap Paris’
- Kendrick Lamar – ‘Humble’
- Mike Will Made-It Feat. Big Sean – ‘On The Come Up’
- Future – ‘Mask Off’
- Migos – ‘T-Shirt’
- Nicki Minaj Feat. Drake & Lil Wayne – ‘No Frauds’
- 2 Chainz Feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songs & Jhené Aiko – ‘It’s A Vibe’
- Remy Ma – ‘ShEther’
- DJ Khaled Feat. Beyonce & Jay Z – ‘Shining’
- Desiigner – ‘Outlet’
- Big Sean – ‘Halfway Off The Balcony’
- J. Cole – ‘High For Hours’
- Migos Feat. Lil Uzi Vert – ‘Bad And Boujee’
- Big Sean Feat. Chance The Rapper & Jeremih – ‘Living Single’
Anyway that’s it for 2017. If you are reading this the article is over. See you next year