Jake Franssen. Over the past 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 , hours or approximately Jacob Banks sings as if his words are baptized in power and passion.
It was a weird year in American life. It was a weird year in hip-hop, too. Much of mainstream rap descended into a dark pharmacological haze that was alternately illuminating and horrifying; few embodied those twin impulses like the dead-eyed, flat-voiced rapper 21 Savage. Every major chart hit seemed to include Migos, or one of its members. Most rappers spent more time singing and harmonizing than actually rapping, whether it was Future, Lil Uzi Vert, or Kendrick Lamar. And the top newcomer of the year though technically her debut mixtape dropped last year was Cardi B, a former Bronx exotic-dancer-turned-reality-TV-star-turned-social-media-darling who may not be a technically proficient rapper, but made up for it with a delightful mix of personality and panache. Its magnificently scattershot quality was akin to a Stephen Curry highlight reel: Even the best shooters in the NBA merely average over 50 per cent makes. But in a year when optimism about the world around us was in dangerously dwindling supply, modest artistic breakthroughs felt like small yet important steps forward. The Dowsers is the first magazine about playlists, brought to you by top artists, writers and DJs. Staff Mixes Trusted Sources.
Led by the early release of their third album, RTJ3 , Run the Jewels set the standard for a politically explosive year in hip-hop. Throughout the first half of , the genre has lived up to the mandate as the musical force most likely to stick it to the new administration in America. On top of that, has already marked releases from the three biggest names in hip-hop. Amid a dazzling year, these are the best hip-hop songs of so far.
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