What Is The Best Rap Album Of The Year? You Decide. Here Are Our Top 15.

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It’s that time of year where “best of” lists abound and, in a year that featured stellar music from artists young and old, 2017 has proven to be one of the finest of the decade. We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list them, we wanted to make it a dialogue. Given how competitive this year’s Grammy Best Rap Album category is, we thought it would be interesting to hear what you, the readers, believe is the Best Rap Album of 2017. With that in mind, we decided to make our Best Rap Albums Of 2017 list a living breathing conversation, that would ultimately lead to choosing the best of the best.

Over the course of the next several days, we will pit albums against one another, battle style, and give you the opportunity to vote. Unlike our Finding The GOAT competitions, where users determined the greatest of all-time MCs, albums, and producers, in this contest, in addition to votes in the poll, votes in social media that reference the relevant hashtags will also be counted. This will allow for an even more expansive conversation.

We’ve chosen 15 albums that we believe represent the best Hip-Hop of 2017. Inevitably, we’ve left off some LPs that you believe should be included, so, before launching the tournament, we’re opening with a wildcard round where voters can determine the album they believe most deserves a spot on the list. We’ve offered some suggested options for ease of voting, but there also is a write-in option, so literally any album that is worthwhile will have a shot. We’ve listed the 15 albums that are already included on our list, so no need to vote on those. Voting will go until 10pm EST on Sunday, December 17, and, once a winner is determined, we’ll commence the bracket-style competition among the final 16 albums in consideration, starting Monday.

Each day, albums will face off against one another, with users determining the winners. In each case, voting will close after 24 hours. We will go from the Sweet Sixteen to the Elite Eight to the Final Four to the Championship Finals, with one album emerging as the victor. All voting will take place prior to December 31.

Here are the albums for consideration for the wild card slot (along with the write-in option). Choose the album you think most deserves to join the 15 we’ve chosen below.


Ambrosia For Heads’ Best Rap Albums of 2017:

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
JAY-Z – 4:44
Oddisee – The Iceberg
Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
Logic – Everybody
Drake – More Life
Brother Ali – All The Beauty In This Whole Life
Big Sean – I Decided
Joey Bada$$ – All-AmeriKKKan Bada$$
CyHi The Prynce – No Dope On Sundays
Vic Mensa – The Autobiography
J.I.D. – The Never Story
Wu-Tang Clan – The Saga Continues
Sean Price – Imperius Rex
Talib Kweil – Radio Silence