What I’m Listening To: My Five Favorite Albums of 2017 (So Far)
2017 has been a great year for music. Countless singles, mixtapes, albums and projects have been released in all genres. Narrowing down my top five albums was not easy. Here are the results: The following albums were selected based on how much I personally enjoy them! Comment your favorite albums of 2017 below.
GoldLink “At What Cost”
Release: March 24, 2017 (RCA)
Favorite Tracks: Same Clothes As Yesterday, Herside Story, The Parable Of The Rich Man
GoldLink’s debut album on a major label gave me everything I needed from the D.C. rapper. It is a magical mix of hip-hop, go-go and funk that I cannot stop listening too. I have been a fan of GoldLink since his 2015 placement on XXL’s “Freshman Class” cover. “At What Cost” features other artists I enjoy such as Jazmine Sullivan, and Shy Glizzy. I can listen without skipping a track.
Release: June 16, 2017 (Lava Records)
Favorite Tracks: The Louvre, Sober II(Melodrama), Writer In The Dark
Lorde’s second studio album “Melodrama” is not your average pop project. Lorde uses this album to to relay emotions and experiences that most young people can relate to. She is able to do so over pop beats and introspective lyrics. I appreciate the personality on every song and journey “Melodrama” takes the listener on. This is only the beginning of a great career for Lorde.
Jay Z “4:44”
Release: June 30, 2017 (Roc Nation Records)
Favorite Tracks: Marcy Me, Family Feud, Kill Jay Z
Jay Z is one of my favorite rappers and when this project was announced I was more than excited. The 13th solo album by Jay Z has already went platinum and caused countless discussions, think pieces and critiques. On the album Jay Z discusses sensitive issues ranging from his infidelity to Beyonce to his mother coming out of the closet as lesbian, something kept hidden by both him and her. As a Jay Z fan I not only appreciate the lyricism but also the transparency of 4:44. I have to get the physical copy for Blue Ivy’s freestyle debut.
Ill Camille “Heirloom”
Release: March 6, 2017 Jakarta
Favorite Tracks: Almost There, Spiders Jam, Still A Lady, Duality
“Heirloom” has been one of my go-to albums since it was released. Compton rapper Ill Camille flawlessly tells stories with intricate lyrics and has themes of consciousness and intellect. Ill Camille is the perfect balance of classic hip hop vibes with a modern twist. Her creative aesthetic and unique flow give me everything I need in a rap album. Heirloom is a celebration of ancestry, heritage, femininity and love.
Release: February 24, 2017 Brainfeeder
Fav Tracks: Where I’m Going, Walk On By, The Turn Down , Rabbot Ho
“Drunk” is the embodiment of a fusion genre of my favorite musical styles. The jazzy, soulful vibes has echoes of hip-hop and funk. Thundercat is able to partner meaningful and precise lyrics with a quirky attitude. This album was my introduction to Thundercat and as I explore his catalogue, I grow into a bigger fan.