If there’s one thing that we learned in 2017, it’s that rap music is definitely in good hands, thanks to so many young & hungry artists. A handful of “newcomers” forcefully took the proverbial bull by the horns , cementing their standings in the rap rankings with chart topping singles.
The amazing thing about all the songs that made the list this year is the differences in sounds and content.
5. Drake – Do Not Disturb
This song sees the 6 God musing on all aspects of his post-Views life. Straightforward but pensive, Drake addresses everything from rap beef to relationships to his own evolution as an artist. A contrast to his attitude on songs like “Gyalchester,” and “Portland,” “Do Not Disturb” reveals a more vulnerable side of Drake.
4. Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
All it took was one record for Cardi B to become Rap’s newest Princess. “Bodak Yellow” shattered everyone’s expectations, as her honest delivery made the record undeniable. Dripping in confidence, Cardi dropkicks her competitors with hard-hitting lines like “Drop two mix-tapes in six months, what bitch is working hard as me?”. To solidify Cardi’s hot run, she netted her first ever Billboard Hot 100 No. 1.
3. Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad & Boujee
The day after Migos and their rising hit “Bad and Boujee” got some shine from Donald Glover at the Golden Globe Awards , the Atlanta trio’s crossover rap hit the top of the Billboard charts. The track, ascended to the top of the single charts thanks to a steadily rising viral presence since its release in late October. Streams were reportedly the most of any song in 2017, a sign that its natural momentum keeps going.
2. Lil Uzi Vert – XO TOUR Llif3
With its irresistibly-catchy lyrics and near-total disregard for the norms of melody and vocal structure, “XO Tour Llif3” manages to capture the zeitgeist of youth in a way that few have come close to. Because of this, he’s become an era-defining superstar in the process.
1. Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE
Finally, we have our Number One pick. The music video alone makes this the number 1 Hip Hop song of 2017. Directed by Dave Meyers and The Little Homies, the three-minute video hops from one wild scene to the next. One minute Kendrick’s rocking religious robes and having his version of The Last Supper. The next minute , he’s hitting golf balls from the roof of a car. At one point, his head is literally engulfed in flames but he’s surprisingly chill about it.
As for the track itself, it’s three minutes of pure fire that features a menacing beat from Mike Will Made-It and some hard-hitting bars that instruct us to “be humble, sit down.”
What were some of YOUR favorite rap songs of 2017? Tell us the most noteworthy in the comments below!
Daniel Lutje is a Digital Marketing Specialist for Creative Allies.
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