Top Releases of January 2017

     Ranking the best albums, mixtapes, and EPs of January 2017.

Sampha’s Process isn’t included because although it leaked early, the official album release date isn’t until February 3rd.


#17 PnB Rock – GTTM: Going Thru The Motions

del

  • Ty$-lite
  • On the intro, “Attention” PNB Rock raps,”Black diamonds with the white diamonds, yeah we call that shit segregation“Actually, that would be integration.
  • I like “There She Go (feat YFN Lucci)” and the A Boogie features.

#16 Curren$y, Cornerboy P, T.Y. – Jetlanta (EP)

del

  • Trunk music
  • Not long enough to build much cohesiveness

#15 Bedwetter (Lil Ugly Mane) – Flick your tongue against your teeth and describe the present

del

  • Feels more like the “anger” and “frustration” personified rather than a music album.
  • Rage in music form
  • I hope this guy is OK, he doesn’t seem to be in a calm place mentally

#14 Dutch Boy – When I’m Not Around

del

  • Dark, muddy undertone
  • Calls on a lot of old Drake flows and techniques
  • If You Knew” completely jacks Drake’s “How Bout Now” cadence.
  • West Ting” is a RIDDIM.

#13 Knwledge – WRT.PRT10.8_

del

  • Interesting choice of acapellas to produce over
  • Lots of East Coast street raps including what sounds like a verse from Uncle Murda and State Property
  • Gutter raps over smooth chords and production; an intriguing mash

#12 Nick Grant – Return of the Cool

del

  • Lots of instrumentation in the production
  • Disciplined flows by Nick Grant, flows like a seasoned vet
  • Not sure if the theme of “the return of the cool” connects, though

#11 wifisfuneral – When Hell Falls

del

  • Original flows, which are rare to come by in today’s Rap scene
  • Another authentic -feeling album
  • There are times on this album, like on Isaiah Rashad’s The Sun’s Tirade, where the song creation sounds uniquely original to the artist, unlike peers and contemporaries


#10 Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone

del

  • UK album, raw emotion over boom bap production
  • Mellow, at times somber storytelling
  • This album feels very authentic to the artist

#9 Matt Martians – The Drum Chord Theory

del

  • Spazzy, unorthodox from Matt Martian (of The Internet)
  • Part of me is accustomed to hearing Syd over his production that vocally, this album doesn’t feel like enough
  • Breezy, feel-good music

#8 Eric Biddines – The Local Cafe

del

  • An open, honest album
  • Filled with real-life situations and stories of the struggle
  • Laid-back production

#7 Ty Segall – Ty Segall

del

  • Contemporary garage rock
  • More melodic than I’ve come to expect from Ty Segall

#6 Tory Lanez – Chixtape IV

delo

  • R&B tape for the ladies
  • Every song samples a 90s R&B throwback
  • Tory floats all over this with ease

#5 Migos – Culture

del

  • boy band like chemistry (in a good way)
  • cool double time flows, interesting take on Lord Infamous, 3 6 Mafia flows
  • Album has hits that will last until Summer

#4 Tory Lanez – The New Toronto 2

del

  • Rap tape w/ a few reggae vibes
  • Lush production by Play Picasso
  • Great artist/producer chemistry

#3 Mozzy – Fake Famous

del

  • best street album this year by far
  • hard hitting songs like Borrowed Time
  • If you like street pastor type rappers like Young Dolph and Maino then you should love this

#2 Kehlani – SweetSexySavage

del

  • Clean bass all over this LP
  • Good sequencing/structure; the albums plays nicely front to back
  • album title an ode to TLC’s CrazySexyCool?

#1 Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Jardín

del

  • Overlooked release by the legends over at Stones Throw Records
  • Was not expecting D’Angelo-type vibes from Montano
  • Neo-soul and R&B rhythms all throughout this project

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