We RANKED The 50 BEST Hip-Hop And RnB SONGS of 2017!
Over the past 365 days, more than two million songs were released by hundreds of thousands of artists. That is a fuck ton of new music. At an average of three minutes per song, it would take you 104,000 hours or approximately 11.8 years of non-stop listening to make it through every new song released in 2017.
To make your life a whole lot easier and to save you from the misery of listening to SoundCloud rap in the year 2025—and because we literally get to spend our "work day" listening to and writing about new music—we have voted on and ranked the 50 best hip-hop and R&B songs of 2017. Of note, the eligibility period for all song selections is December 15, 2016, to December 15, 2017.
As always, we both expect and anticipate dissension among our readers, but since disagreement and discussion are healthy, we say bring it on.
50. Drake — "Do Not Disturb"
Label: Cash Money / Young Money / Republic
Release Date: March 18, 2017
Producer: 40, Boi-1da & Allen Ritter
“Do Not Disturb” is a welcomed departure from the island-inspired pop and tough-guy trap that is spread across More Life, the diverse playlist curated as a slice of all sides of Drake. The closing record is a return to his most natural domain of personal introspection, and by far his crowning verse of 2017.
49. Jacob Banks — "Unknown (To You)"
Label: Interscope Records
Release Date: September 14, 2017
Producer: Robin Hannibal
Jacob Banks sings as if his words are baptized in power and passion. “Unknown (To You)” carries the electricity of Thor and the stirring boom of a thunderclap. A song you must play by a new artist you must watch.
48. Cyhi The Prynce — "No Dope On Sundays" ft. Pusha T
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Producer: Shawty Redd, Novel, Mark Byrd & Lex Luger
Trapping ain’t dead, but no sales are to take place on Sunday. As Omar Little once said, “A man got to have a code.”
47. Ty Dolla $ign — "Dawsin’s Breek" ft. Jeremih
Label: Atlantic Records
Release Date: September 20, 2017
Producer: Ty Dolla $ign, Pluss & Mike WiLL Made-It
Modernized R&B-pop by two hit-makers who combined to make melodies sweet enough to rot an entire row of teeth. “Dawsin’s Breek” should’ve reigned over Billboard, but the world is imperfect and so are the charts.
46. Freddie Gibbs — "Amnesia"
Label: ESGN / Empire
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Producer: Dupri, Dnyc3 & Sorry Jaynari
Gangsta Gibbs' roadrunner flow over the ecstatic yet moody League of Starz production is a joy. After his extensive hiatus from music, “Amnesia” is stunt rap done right and a friendly reminder that Freddie plans on making up for lost time.
45. Oddisee — "Things"
Label: Mello Music Group
Release Date: December 15, 2016
Things rule everything around us. Oddisee knows this and makes the realization a fun, foot-tapping thought to ponder. Music can have meaning, carry a thoughtful message, and still force your body to move.
44. Jonwayne — "Out of Sight"
Label: Authors / The Order Label
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Jonwayne brings us into his sobriety to witness his demons stepping into clear view, a beautifully lonely moment of the contemplation from the LA poet.
43. Knox Fortune — "Lil Thing"
Release Date: July 21, 2017
Producer: Knox Fortune, Carter Lang & Nico Segal
Summer romance is an immortal subject. Artists since the beginning of time have tried to recapture the feeling of love during the months of May, June, and July. Knox adds new inspiration with “Lil Thing,” a song that’s sweet as caramel about young love at its most elegant, innocent, and supportive.
42. Dreezy — "Spar" ft. 6LACK & Kodak Black
Label: Interscope Records
Release Date: October 16, 2017
Dreezy’s verse on “Spar” deserves a CNN roundtable discussion or at least the same internet-breaking virality as Eminem and Joyner Lucas' political rap songs. “Spar” is just another example of how the world criminally ignores the voice of black women.
41. Danny Watts — "Black Boy Meets World"
abel: Authors / The Order Label
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Producer: Paul Castelluzzo & Jonwayne
Ben Savage didn’t meet the world like Danny Watts did.
“Black Boy Meets World” is a necessary perspective of the black boy tale
in its rawest form. Too raw for Disney, but perfect for hip-hop.