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Top 50 Songs of 2017

List season, baby! This is what I’ve all been waiting for all year. I’ve listened to so much music this year, it’s actually kind of fucked up. But I did it all for this. This list. This brief summary of the 50 best songs of 2017. Let’s burn this mother down and start fresh in 2018.

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  1. BROCKHAMPTON – GUMMY
  2. Calvin Harris (ft. Frank Ocean, Migos) – Slide
  3. Miguel (ft. Travis Scott) – Sky Walker
  4. Spoon – I Ain’t the One
  5. Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE
  6. SZA – Garden (say it like dat)
  7. The War On Drugs – Holding On
  8. Vince Staples (ft. Kendrick Lamar) – Yeah Right
  9. Goldlink (ft. Gucci Mane, Shy Glizzy, Brent Faiyaz) – Crew (Remix)
  10. Cardi B- Bodak Yellow
  11. Future – Mask Off
  12. Jean Claude & The Eclairs – Enzymes
  13. DJ Khaled (ft. Chance the Rapper, Quavo, Justin Bieber) – I’m the one
  14. Migos (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) – Bad and Boujee
  15. LCD Soundsystem – Call the Police
  16. Lorde- Green light
  17. The xx – On Hold
  18. Drake (ft. Travis Scott, Quavo) – Portland
  19. Young Thug – For Y’all
  20. Sampha – Blood On Me
  21. BROCKHAMPTON – STAR
  22. The National- The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
  23. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Continental Breakfast
  24. DJ Khaled (ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller) – Wild Thoughts
  25. Kendrick Lamar- DNA
  26. 2 Chainz- Good Drank
  27. Mac Demarco- This Old Dog
  28. Sorority Noise- No Halo
  29. Thundercat- Friend Zone
  30. SZA ft. Travis Scott- Love Galore
  31. Lil Uzi Vert- Sauce it Up
  32. Mount Kimbie (ft. King Krule) – Blue Train Lines
  33. Rae Morris – Do It
  34. Future Islands – Ran
  35. Tyler the Creator – See You Again
  36. Amine (ft. Offset) – Wedding Crashers
  37. Khalid – Location
  38. French Montana (ft. Swae Lee) – Unforgettable
  39. Rural Alberta Advantage – Toughen Up
  40. Real Estate – Darling
  41. Frank Ocean – Chanel
  42. Japandroids – Arc of Bar
  43. Run the Jewels (ft. Danny Brown) – Hey Kids
  44. Tove Lo – Disco Tits
  45. Father John Misty – Total Entertainment Forever
  46. Rostam – Bike Dream
  47. The Killers – The Man
  48. Hamilton Leithauser (ft. Angel Olson) – Heartstruck
  49. Daniel Caesar – Get You
  50. Slowdive – Star Roving

 

21 Savage and Offset are the new Freddie and Jason

Album of the Week

21 Savage, Offset, Metro Boomin- Without Warning Whenever two of the most popping artists join up for a project, it’s bound to attract an unbelievable amount of attention. For example: Kanye and Jay Z, Young Thug and Future, Lil Wayne and T-Pain. In this vein, artists will consistently continue to push the envelope of the album release by dropping these massive projects.

This week’s hottest album is a collaboration of 21 Savage and Offset (1/3 of the Migos.) It’s called Without Warning. This alone could be a project worth listening to. Two of the hottest rappers in the game trading bars. However, the album gets taken up a notch severely by the inclusion of powerhouse producer Metro Boomin, who crafted all of the beats on this thing.

This album was dropped on Halloween, as a surprise release. It couldn’t have been planned any better because these songs are scary. Scary good, scary aggressive, scary focused.

“Ghostface Killers” starts off the album with an icy and eerie beat. It sounds like church bells of a deserted town that was just ransacked by two gun-slinging outlaws. The chorus is impeccably catchy and is filled with Migos-famous adlibs. It’s a total boomer. 21 shows up sounding as calculating as a serial killer. Travis Scott also spontaneously shows up to take this thing over to edge.

“Nightmare” has an equally terrifying beat, sounding straight out of a horror movie. Makes sense that the chorus goes “Freddie Kruger, give ’em a nightmare / Soon as you close your eyes, nigga we right there.” Can you imagine a scarier scenario? You’re happily sleeping and then when you wake up, Offset and 21 Savage are in your room, undoubtedly holding heavy artillery.

The team of almost-certified-killers sounds most treacherous on “My Choppa Hates Niggas” which has an ominous flute on the beat and a little girl’s laughter randomly appearing. If there is anything scarier than a little girl laughing during a horror movie, than I don’t know what it is. I mean, those two little girls from The Shining still terrify me to this day.

As we’ve seen before, this formula works. Surprise release an album, have two or three enormous stars, and watch the internet implode. This will almost definitely continue happening, and I’m perfectly okay with that. These super albums are just part of the culture now.

 

Single of the Week

N.E.R.D. & Rihanna- “Lemon”

I’ve been waiting for new N.E.R.D. music for over three years now. The unstoppable production duo of Pharrell and Chad Hugo make the most accessible yet off-the-wall music of our generation. They also compile some of the biggest artists in the game to put on features, in unique ways. For their return single, “Lemon,” they come back in a major way.

On “Lemon” Pharrell bodies the first half of the track, which bounces around and bumps with unbelievable booming bass. Then, without any warning, RIHANNA COMES THROUGH SPITTING BARS! Rihanna raps better than 95% of the rappers doing it today, and she sounds so fucking cool. “It’s Rihanna nigga, my constellation is Space” she says, and honestly, she’s completely telling the truth. It’s Queen RiRi’s world, and we don’t deserve to occupy space, but I’m so glad we do.

Music Videos of the Week

Rich Tha Kid & Kendrick Lamar – “New Freezer”


This song is a feel good banger. This is just a really fun time to watch. The beat is a boomer with some insane bass line ripping through this thing. It clicks and clanks around while Rich Tha Kid flexes throughout the his verse. The reason this is a music video of the week is because we get to see Kendrick Lamar rap his verse, looking unbelievably cool in a Lakers sweatsuit, eating Chinese take-out. If that’s not the best thing you’ve seen all week, you must be having a pretty good week.

 

The War on Drugs – “Nothing to Find”

So this music video is incredible, and it’s incredibly simple. A young girl is on the road with a plant man. He’s a man made out of plants. They dance, the shoplift, they are best friends. Until life, as it tends to do, gets the best of us. The emotional ending of this thing is a lot to handle. You don’t think it’ll hit you as hard as it does, but next thing you know, you’re at a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf spilling tears into your Green tea and the saltiness is kind of nice, but you wish it wasn’t there.