Top 20 Albums of 2017! (Hip-Hop and R&B)

Top 20 Albums of 2017! (Hip-Hop and R&B)

Here it is, my Top 20 Albums of 2017 (list & links will be added to the info box later)! Thank you for another great year guys! This was a hard list to put together and I KNOW I missed a lot of great projects, so my plan is to do a “10 Honorable Mentions Of 2017” video to show some more love! My Top 10 Indie and 10 Worst Albums lists are still in the works too so stay tuned! Click the following link to subscribe to my channel for more hip-hop news & reviews! – – And don’t forget to like, comment AND follow me on Twitter & IG @lukejamesbgn (or at least do one of those things)!

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20. Syd – Fin Review

19. SZA – CTRL Review

18. Raekwon – The Wild Review

17. Miguel – War & Leisure Review

16. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer Review

15. Talib Kweli – Radio Silence Review

14. dvsn – Morning After Review

13. 2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Review

12. CyHi the Prynce – No Dope On Sundays Review

11. Oddisee – The Iceberg Review

10. Goldlink – At What Cost Review

9. Daniel Caesar – Freudian Review

8. Tyler the Creator – Flower Boy Review

7. Dizzee Rascal – Raskit Review

6. J Hus – Common Sense Review

5. Big KRIT – 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time Review

4. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom Review

3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. Review

2. Sampha – Process Review

1. Jay-Z – 4:44 Review

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ricardo King says:

what about thundercat

Venonous Villain says:

1. Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva is a Mighty Long Time
2. Brother Ali – All the Beauty in This Whole Life
3. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Complex
4. Jay-Z – 4:44
5. Milo – Who Told You To Think?
6. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN
7. Oddisee – The Iceberg
8. Quelle Chris – Being You is Great…
9. Mick Jenkins – Or More; The Anxious
10. Tyler The Creator – Flower Boy

The Real Legend says:

The dvsn album is so boring and run of the mill.

Tanker Slinskiy says:

20. Thundercat – Drunk
19. Phora – Yours Truly Forever
18. Wiley – Godfather
17. Goldlink – At What Cost
16. Vic Mensa – The Autobiography
15. Brother Ali – All This Beauty in This Whole Life
14. Mc Eiht – Which Way Iz West
13. Berner & Styles P – Vibes
12. Big Boi – Boomiverse
11. Le$ – Midnight Club
10. Jay-Z – 4:44
9. Snoop Dogg – Neva Left
8. Z-Ro – No Love Boulevard
7. DJ Quik & Problem – Rosecrans
6. Raekwon – The Wild
5. Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy
4. Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 1
3. Jarren Benton – The Mink Coat Killa
2. Kendrick Lamar – Damn.
1. Devin the Dude – Acoustic Levitation

Alec Ashby says:

I need to listen to more grime

tochiRTA says:

Playboi Carti by far.

John Lennon says:

I didn’t thimk that you’d make Lil Pump your number one!

TenderMan says:

People didn’t like god? Damn, i really like that one lol.

Jack Ging says:

My top 10 hip hop albums of 2017

10. The Underachievers – Renaissance
8. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
7. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
5. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
4. Jay-Z – 4:44
3. Joyner Lucas – 508 507 2209
1. Tyler The Creator – (Scum Fuck) Flower Boy

Luc Turgeon says:

Yes! 4:44 is my favorite as well.

Biopath says:

wiley bro… :(.
thank you for not putting kendrick at 1. everybody knows Jay had the better album.

Michael Dunn says:

Not making a top ten list since there’s plenty of stuff (including the majority of this list) I never got around to. I’ll make a list in February or March. However, I would love to take the time to shout out a handful of records.
Open Mike Eagle- Brick Body Kids Still DaydreamMilo- Who Taught You To Think21 Savage, Offset And Metro Booming- Without WarningMigos- Culture
And thank you for the 2 Chainz love. That album was dope as hell.

paul banks says:

20. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream 19. Billy Woods – Known Unknowns 18. Apollo Brown & Planet Asia – Anchovies 17. Da Flyy Hooligan – S.C.U.M. 16. L’ Orange – The Ordinary Man 15. Armand Hammer – ROME 14. Quelle Chris – Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often 13. Jay-Z – 4:44 12. Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000 11. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom 10. Cunninlynguists – Rose Azura Njano 9. Heavy Metal Kings – Black God White Devil 8. Big Twins & DJ Skizz – Billy Ocean 7. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy 6. Meyhem Lauren & DJ Muggs – Gems From the Equinox 5. Dope Knife – NineteenEightyFour 4. Koreatown Oddity – Finna Be Past Tense 3. Slaine & Termanology – Anti-Hero 2. Uncommon Nasa – Written At Night 1. Wiki – No Mountains In Manhattan.

ConnorPB says:

20.Nolan The Ninja – YEN
19.Prodigy – The Hegelian Dialect
18.Jay Z – 4:44
17.Sinematic – The Demo
16.Cash-D – Cash Is King
15.Migos – Culture
14.Helios Hussain – Friday EP
13.Clyde Carson – Something to speak about 2
12.Ty Farris – Room 39
11.The Alchemist – The Goodbook Vol 2
10.Chase N. Cashe – The Black Jesus EP
9.Joey Badass – AABA
8.Domo Genesis – Red Corolla
7.Tyler, The Creator – Scum Fuck Flower Boy
6.Westside Gunn – Hitler On Steroids
5.Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
4.Mach Hommy – Dump Gawd: Hommy Edition
3.Joyner Lucas – 508-507-2209
2.Royce Da 59 – Bar Exam 4
1.Eminem – Revival (yea I said it)

Powerule says:

4:44 no doubt.

Jesse Garcia Jr says:

Luke James I agree with you God to me was a good track

taigawoods says:

And yeah, this Jay’s album is SO GOOD, not many rappers age so gracefully.

David Rowe says:

Great list! I love to see Sampha so high, Process was amazing for a debut album and I can see him making some incredible music in the future.

My top 10 hip-hop and r&b:

1. Saturation trilogy – Brockhampton
2. Brick Body Kids Still Daydream – Open Mike Eagle
3. Big Fish Theory – Vince Staples
4. Process – Sampha
5. Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!?! – Milo
6. Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often – Quelle Chris
7. Take Me Apart – Kelela
8. Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody
9. Known Unknowns – Billy Woods
10. Soul Of A Woman – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Glen Howatt says:

Ces cru album was definetly in the top 5 for me, heavily slept on duo and album.

Guillermo Ruiz says:

Jay IS the goat.

bee t. gee says:

you never did a review on The Bar Exam 4 by Royce da 5’9″?

Vladimir Klizschko says:

10. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
9. J.I.D. – The NEVER Story
8. Jarren Benton – The Mink Coat Killa LP
7. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
6. Joey Bada$$ – ALL AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
5. Big K.R.I.T. – 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time
4. Jay-Z – 4:44
3. The Underachievers – Renaissance
2. Planet Asia & Apollo Brown – Anchovis
1. Roc Marciano – Rosebudds Revenge

Honorable Mentions:
Domo Genesis – Red Corolla [EP]

Brandon White says:

I am shocked that Bryson Tiller wasn’t #1 on your list

Giannis Antetokounmpo says:

Luke james is the most underrated music reviewer on youtube. Like to agree

Rocko Santana says:

Dope Ass list and Bailan needs a damn video !

Jennice Wickham says:

Great list!J Hus is really impressive,his musicality is great and if his metaphors improve,I’ll continue to support his music.You should also check out Xavier Omar seems like you enjoy RnB.

Luke James says:

UPDATE: Links to the list & full reviews have been added to the information box! If you want to know more about the projects on my list, check out my full reviews!

Luc Turgeon says:

Love your videos Luke. You always help me with some good recommendations.

lorenzo perez says:

I have note been listening to albums for 2 years now and with this list might help me pick up the slack a lil bit.

Now it’s time for the fun part (worst list)

hiphop number1 says:

1. Roc Marciano- Rosebudd’s Revenge
2. HexOne- Words Worth a Thousand Pictures
3. Conway- The GOAT
4. Your Old Droog – Packs
5. Big K.R.I.T.- 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
6. Open Mike Eagle- Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
7. lojii & Swarvy- Due Rent
8. Milo- Who Told You to Think​?​?​!​!​?​!​?​!​?​!
9. Fly Anakin & Koncept Jack$on- Chapel Drive
10. Focus The Truth – Q85
11. Recognize Ali & Giallo Point- Back 2 Mecca
12. Hus Kingpin- Cocaine Beach
13. Sean Price- Imperius Rex
14. Kool G Rap- Return of the Don
15. Apollo Brown & Planet Asia- Anchovies
16. V Don & Willie the Kid- Deutsche Marks
17. Da Buze Bruvaz- Adebisi Hat
18. Jonwayne- Rap Album Two
19. Daniel Son- Remo Gaggi
20. Edo. G- FreEDOm
21. Blu & Exile- In the Beginning: Before the Heavens
22. Da Villins & DJ Skizz – Cashmere Dice
23. CunninLynguists- Rose Azura Njano
24. Milano Constatine- The Way We Were
25. Lil Eto & V Don- Omertà: The Film
26. Von Pea & The Other Guys- The Fiasco
27. Prodigy- Hegelian Dialectic, Part One: The Book of Revelation
28. Anti-Lilly & Phoniks- It’s Nice Outside
29. DJ Low Cut – Dead End
30. Billy Woods- Known Unknowns

Jan says:

Interesting list, had a lot of unexpected albums. Will have to check out a few new projects now!

Global Studies Major says:

Great list Luke! Congrats man, your channel grew a lot this year. Here’s to another year of reviews and music discussion. My list, no particular order:


2. All AmeriKKKan Bada$$ – Joey Bada$$

3. Flower Boy – Tyler, the Creator

4. 4:44 – Jay Z

5. DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

UKLeonie says:

YEP YEP YEP I’m not mad at all with this list. You produce great content of in-depth knowledge, as a fan and a true reviewer of music media. Keep up your standards for 2018, even thou my bank account side eyes you monthly.

Outta Nowhere says:

Top 5
5. Flower Boy
4. Laila’s Wisdom
3. 4Eva IAMLT

Rammie Mustafa says:

10. Migos – Culture
9. 2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
8. Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live 2wice
7. Joey Bada$$ – All Amerikkkan Bada$$
6. Cyhi The Prynce – No Dope On Sundays
5. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
4. Tyler the Creator – Flower Boy
3. Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
2. Kendrick Lamar – Damn
1. Jay-Z – 4:44

Honorable Mentions: SZA – CTRL , Drake – More Life , Juicy J – Highly intoxicated, N.E.R.D – NERD & Gucci Mane – Droptopwop

Mannie Morales says:

Bone Thugs – New Waves

regirayquaza says:

Top 5 Albums:
I haven’t listened to 5 albums this year…

Top 2 Albums of 2017:
All Amerikkkan Bada$$

HandSome_AssWhole says:

Good video. Happy new year

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