Summer '17 was full of dope music from up-comers and legends in Hip Hop and urban music. Here's our top 5 albums for the culture that dropped this summer!

5. The Autobiography

vic mensa the autobiographyVic Mensa's debut album is here. "The Autobiography", titled after Malcolm X's book, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, takes us on a journey of Mensa’s emotions, heart and logic behind hectic situations that have happened in his life. He confronts his past. He talks about the heartbreak he put his ex through during their relationship to getting caught cheating in the act. The songs on the project flows seamlessly from one to the other, making it more of an audio diary. Vic Mensa’s ability to “art” these stories to life is that of a young Kendrick Lamar. Help Vic Mensa with his sales and go get that asap!

4. ISSA

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21 Savage's debut album, "ISSA" (named after the infamous ‘Issa Knife’ quote from 21, in a DJ Vlad interview) did not fail to disappoint; moving the equivalent of 77,000 units its 1st week. This is due to the fact that 21 Savage covered more topics than the common occurrences of the underworld, from addressing social issues on “Nothin’ New” to reverting back to the 21 everyone fell in love with on “Bank Account”. His new relationship with Amber Rose most likely helped those sales also. “ISSA” takes us inside the mind of a conscious savage. Make sure you check that out immediately!

3. Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

pretty girls like trap music2 Chainz came back with a whole new vibe with "Pretty Girls Like Trap Music". The album boasts features from Jhene Aiko, Drake, Quavo, Pharrell, Travis Scott and many more Hip-Hop heavyhitters. Aside from the album's bangers, 2 Chainz outdid himself with the all pink trap house activation in Atlanta. The trap house is arguably one of the best marketing campaigns in Hip-Hop today. A popular site for tourists, the trap house served as a salon, HIV testing center and held a church service. This album definitely positively contributed to the culture in many ways this summer. 

2. CTRL

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It’s been a long three years since her last project, but SZA came back with her debut album “Ctrl” this June. The 14 track gem is awkwardly relatable to any millennial woman who’s encountered a f**k boy. Her pen game, vocals, style and irresistible vibes are pure magic.

1. 4:44

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4:44 in many ways can be described as the death of a legend.

"In the eyes of many, Jay exists as the pinnacle of what an artist can achieve: a creative, a social critic, and an entrepreneur. Throughout the course of his career he has cultivated such an image that it wouldn’t have been an exaggeration to regard him as almost faultless. This album in every way directly challenges those ideals. Every line, every declamation, every soliloquy parts the clouds and humanizes the icon known as Jay-Z."

Check out our review of the immaculate album here!