Review: Top hip hop albums of 2017

Brendan Triola

Brendan Triola, Sports Editor

The Hip Hop, Top of 2017

Restoration of an American Idol by Taylor Bennett 1

I Decided by Big Sean 2

Culture by Migos 3

Restoration of an American Idol by Taylor Bennett

Just after his brother Chance The Rapper won “Best Rap Album of 2016,” Taylor Bennett released a project that won’t get the plays it deserves, but is my favorite album so far in 2017. Just after coming out as bisexual, the Chicago native proved that he is finally ready to be himself, and not under the shadows of his brother. A tracklist composed of famous friends, such as Lil Yachty, Jeremih, Kyle and Chance, help bring some star power to the album, but all of their features fit perfectly into the fun and uplifting style that Bennett brings to the table. This is an album where you don’t want skip a song, which  speaks volumes to the overall quality of the record. Overall, Bennett deserves to be recognized as one of the best lyricists in the rap game today.

I Decided by Big Sean

While it may not exceed his 2014 work, “Dark Sky Paradise,” “I Decided” is a well rounded album that deserves respect. The first single released, “Bounce Back,” is Sean’s highest ever charting song on Billboard’s Hot 100. With his first ever concept album, Sean delivers a great story that plays to listener’s emotions, whether it’s thanking his mother on “Inspire Me” to saving a girl from an abusive relationship as heard on “Jump Out the Window.” The skits, where Sean would talk to his mother or father, were an interesting element, especially since he has never done them before. But many, including myself, found them corny and scripted. Regardless, the music was good, the concept was good, and his delivery was good. Solid album with a solid message.

Culture by Migos

Perhaps it was the insurmountable hype leading up to the release. Maybe it was the top charting singles such as “Bad and Boujee,” “T-Shirt” and “Call Casting.” Either way, the bar was set high, and Migos failed to meet those expectations. The production value was at its peak, as Migos’ new album sounded more professional than any of their previous work. But the lyrics lacked depth and the lack of bangers, aside from the singles previously mentioned, made for a pretty weak album. Even the features, from artists such as 2 Chainz, Lil Uzi Vert, and Travis Scott were disappointing. Despite many tracks that listeners just skip, the singles carry this album to a “meh” grade. It’s alright.