With the genre evolving constantly, fans of hip-hop have seen another fantastic year of releases from the massive pool of talent currently active in the game. This is a historic time for the genre with the ever-shifting climate of production tropes and the new found appreciation for alternative ways to release music.
This was the year that hip-hop made its true stamp as a mainstay in pop culture, with Chance The Rapper’s 2016 mixtape Coloring Book winning the Grammy for best rap album of the year in February, becoming the first streaming-only project to win the coveted award after the rapper protested to give indie artists a fighting chance at breaking through the glass ceiling.
But that was last year, and this time around we have an immensely impressive list of albums to be heard around the world. From old-school legends that are a mainstay in the business, to up-and-coming rappers that are looking to make a name for themselves, this is the ten best hip-hop albums in what has already been an amazing year for the genre.
Miguel Meza is a writer out of Los Angeles, California. Specializing in journalistic writing, and dabbling in creative writing as a filmmaker, he plans on making an impact as WhatCulture's resident hip-hop writer, stuck in the heart of the rap industry and in love with the business.