502017: 5-1

Like an episode of Scandal written by The Onion, season one of Trump is reaching its season finale. If nothing else positive occurred, 2017 was laced with a wonderful soundtrack. Featuring songs from artists for every mood and moment, follow me as I count down my favorite 50 songs of 2017.

5. “The High” Midas Hutch ft. Bluey Robinson

Bruno Mars wasn’t the only artist resurrecting sounds of the past. Producer Midas Hutch traveled back to San Janipero’s 80s inspired world with this synth-heavy ode love. It’s odd while I loved 24k Magic, none of it’s songs are on this list. Ironic.

4. “The Land of the Free” Joey Bada$$

In between portraying a knife-wielding foot solider of the Dark Army on USA, Joey delivered his strongest LP to date. A politically-charged concept album gave us this thought-provoking single, taking aim at Trump, police and others that oppress for profit in Amerikkka.

3. “Bodak Yellow” Cardi B

No other artist gave us hope more than Love & Hip-Hop alum Cardi B. The “Trap Selena” catapulted to success, atop the Billboard charts and the Grammys on the strength of her record-breaking debut single. Borrowing heavy from Kodak Black’s flow, Cardi became the first female hip-hop artist to covet a #1 100 hit solo since Lauryn Hill. Money moves indeed.

2. “DNA.” Kendrick Lamar

The second song lifted from DAMN. was this insanely potent declaration of dominance. If “Humble” is braggadocios, “DNA” is unfuckwitable with a dose of bacdafucup. Kendrick’s heaving his fiercest with no regard for peers or naysayers. He obliterates Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera as he transitions spitting at the speed of light to a live Rick James sample. And the video is fucking brilliant. GIVE HIM THE GRAMMYS NOW.

1. “Crew” GoldLink ft. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy

No other song this year did what GoldLink’s “Crew” did. The song, the features, the HOOK. “Crew” is a mood. It’s a mantra. It is the Song of the Summer. 2017’s anthem. Instant classic.

502107: 30-26

Like an episode of Scandal written by The Onion, season one of Trump is reaching its season finale. If nothing else positive occurred, 2017 was laced with a wonderful soundtrack. Featuring songs from artists for every mood and moment, follow me as I count down my favorite 50 songs of 2017.

30. “No Limit” G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B

The West Coast’s white rapper came a long way since a random Bonnaroo appearance and that awkward encounter with Britney. He’s remarkably made some good moves. From the 3-6 sample, to snagging Rookie of the Year, “No Limit” was a certified banger.

29. “P.O.V.” dvsn

The vocalist/producer duo returned with Morning After and proved they are here to stay. Atop a chopped-n-slopped “Fortunate,” dvsn pleads his case for a lover’s affection. Certified bangher.

28. “Bam” Jay-Z ft. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

Halfway through 4:44 50-something Shawn Carter pauses his cause to bring back the gutter shit – Hov. He trades bars with Damian’s signature vocals for an any-hood anthem.

27. “Sideline” Niia ft. Jazmine Sullivan

 

Anything with Jazmine attached gets a spin from me (except that fucking “Insecure” song) and this slow burn story of a woman playing second fiddle to her man’s ex was worth it. Newcomer Niia’s voice mixed with Sullivan’s is magic – and the video feels old Hollywood as the other women finally meet. Sidenote: 1:09 to the end >

26. “In the Moment” 1-O.A.K.

One of my favorite artists dropped his long-awaited sophomore project with this tale of situation-ship as the leading single. The interlude let’s you know the nigga ain’t shit, but the song is so nostalgically beautifully. Feeling half 2000s neo-soul, half R&B now. The melody will be on rotation in your head long after the song is over.

Halfway there. The top 25 begins Monday.

Q3: Say lil bih….

  1. The Story of O.J. | Jay-Z killed his ego and brought us Shawn Carter on 4:44 – the vulnerable, imperfect husband and father. Never before had we heard him being so honest.
  2. $lay | Meek Mill ft. A&AP Ferg
  3. Magnolia | Playboi Carti
  4. Bodak Yellow | We met Cardi B. via Mona Scott. The instant reality star soon realized Love & Hip-Hop’s true potential, and catapulted off that success. Years later her song is #2 on the Billboard charts.
  5. Good Drank | 2 Chainz ft. Gucci Mane & Quavo
  6. Family Feud | Jay-Z ft. Beyoncé
  7. Party | The artist we love to hate dropped another meaningless single — but it knocks. I can’t sing a single verse, but as soon as the chorus hits:Smary Guy
  8. Bring Dem Things | French Montana ft. Pharrell
  9. Hands | Father
  10. BAM | Jay-Z ft. Damian Marley
  11. ELEMENT. | Kendrick Lamar
  12. Sorry Not Sorry | Demi consistently improves as the Christina of this generation’s Disney divas. While Selena meddles in whispers, and Miley in whiteness, Demi gives us vocals and seasoning.
  13. Midnight | Jessie Ware
  14. Careless | Daley ft. Chiiild
  15. Want You Back | HAIM
  16. Late Nights & Heartbreak | Hannah Williams & The Affirmations dropped this album last year. 4:44 put me on the soulful force as the basis for the title track. Hannah sings down. 
  17. RAF | A$AP Mob ft. A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert & Frank Ocean
  18. do re mi | blackbear ft. Gucci Mane
  19. Heat | Aaron Camper
  20. What They Say | The gem that gave us “Truffle Butter.” And for THAT, Maya Jane Coles, I say your name.
  21. Sky Walker | Miguel ft. Travis Scott
  22. Stingy | Elijah Blake
  23. No Limit | G-Eazy ft. A$SAP Rocky & Cardi B
  24. Love So Soft | The ORIGINAL American Idol has always delivered. And she’s back on a new label with a sound honoring R&B tendencies of 90s legend. A class Kelly can easily be associated with vocally.
  25. Through Enough | VanJess ft. GoldLink
  26. Attitude | Leikeli47
  27. Think Bout That | A searingly personal song from UK import Jessie J has to be her best single. Ever. I was always aware of her talent, but something was missing before.
  28. Hello | Ledisi
  29. Dive | Tiffany Gouche will take her sensual R&B on tour with Daley as an artist who isn’t leaving her sexuality out of her art.