If there's one thing that we learned in , it's that hip-hop is definitely in good hands, courtesy of so many young and hungry stars. The beautiful thing about all the records that made tremors this year were the stark differences in sounds and content. Detroit MC, Tee Grizzley , won the streets over with his honesty and grit, while Lil Uzi Vert grabbed the minds of hapless teenagers grappling with their adolescence.
It was a weird year in American life. It was a weird year in hip-hop, too. Much of mainstream rap descended into a dark pharmacological haze that was alternately illuminating and horrifying; few embodied those twin impulses like the dead-eyed, flat-voiced rapper 21 Savage. Every major chart hit seemed to include Migos, or one of its members. Most rappers spent more time singing and harmonizing than actually rapping, whether it was Future, Lil Uzi Vert, or Kendrick Lamar. And the top newcomer of the year though technically her debut mixtape dropped last year was Cardi B, a former Bronx exotic-dancer-turned-reality-TV-star-turned-social-media-darling who may not be a technically proficient rapper, but made up for it with a delightful mix of personality and panache. Its magnificently scattershot quality was akin to a Stephen Curry highlight reel: Even the best shooters in the NBA merely average over 50 per cent makes. But in a year when optimism about the world around us was in dangerously dwindling supply, modest artistic breakthroughs felt like small yet important steps forward. The Dowsers is the first magazine about playlists, brought to you by top artists, writers and DJs. Staff Mixes Trusted Sources.
Led by the early release of their third album, RTJ3 , Run the Jewels set the standard for a politically explosive year in hip-hop. Throughout the first half of , the genre has lived up to the mandate as the musical force most likely to stick it to the new administration in America. On top of that, has already marked releases from the three biggest names in hip-hop. Amid a dazzling year, these are the best hip-hop songs of so far. There's something so fascinating with what Frank Ocean does rhythmically here. But the way that his voice comes and goes and pulses in and out and stretches at its own whim, cutting himself off and crescendoing at unexpected moments, he pivots what could could be a simple song into something that's challenging for reasons you can't quite put your finger on. What begins as a vivid description of the dying embers of a party becomes a splendid confessional. This is the hit Cardi B always deserved. The hyphen is back, and along with it the themes and heart that made him one of the best rappers alive.
Get ready for the ultimate Hip-Hop playlist, filled with massive songs from the likes of Kanye West, J. Cole, Big Sean and more. With huge releases from the likes of Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and more, this year is set to be a big one for the genre. Drake has already unleashed his playlist project 'More Life' and there are more exciting things to come. Warning: Some of these tracks contain strong language that some people may find offensive.