The Dime Bag 2017 Rap Up
Here we are, it’s News Years Eve and it’s time to reflect on the past year. Personally, I think 2017 was huge for Hip Hop. We were gifted albums from our biggest stars and a ton of great projects from lesser known artists dropped as well. The true Hip Hop brand seems to be alive and safe. I honestly feel that lyrics and creativity are making their way back to the forefront. Veteran artists like the Wu-Tang Clan, Royce Da 5’9″, Apathy & O.C., Apollo Brown & Planet Asia, Kool G Rap, The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik), Sean Price (R.I.P.), and Statik Selektah continued to add to their legacy with some amazing projects this year. The new class of GxFR (Westside Gunn, Conway & Benny), Rapsody, Meyhem Lauren, Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli, and Roc Marciano made sure the tradition of creating quality Hip Hop was maintained and respected in 2017. Rookies like Crimeapple and Recognize Ali prove our future is in good hands and that Hip Hop music continues to transcend boundaries.
These 25 tracks represent what we do here at Dotgotit.com. This is pure, hardcore, slap-your-momma Boom Bap Hip Hop. There are 20 selections with 5 honorable mentions. All of these songs have been featured in our weekly top 10 list called The Dime Bag. So yes, there may have been bigger singles from some of these artists but consider this like the “Fat Tape” feature in The Source magazine. These are the joints you really want to check for. I considered the popularity and statistics of the tracks when choosing them. If you responded well as an audience to a post then chances are you’ll be familiar with the ones chosen. A couple are personal favorites (I can do that, my name is at the top). I usually only pick about 15 or 20 but there were just too many bangers this year. I still had to cut this down from about 50. Congrats to the artists and producers that have made this list and thank you for your contribution to our culture.
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Lastly, thank you for rocking with us another year, our 10th anniversary year. No, we didn’t get our anniversary mixtape done but fortunately we were busy living amazing lives filled with love and family. I got married and I’m one semester away from graduating with 2 degrees. Clubba works his ass off and continues to set an example as an outstanding father. We do this on the side and we do it well. We do it from our hearts. Hip Hop motivates us. We know you’re the same person. Thank you for allowing us to provide the soundtrack to your lives. Here’s to 2017!
01. Apathy & O.C. – Live From The Iron Curtain
02. Evidence – Throw It All Away (Prod. by The Alchemist)
03. Raekwon Ft. Ghostface Killah – This Is What It Comes Too Remix
04. Hall & Nash (Westside Gunn & Conway) – MachineGun Black (Prod. by Just Blaze)
05. Skyzoo – Bamboo
06. Big Boi Ft. Killer Mike & Jeezy – Kill Jill
07. Apollo Brown & Planet Asia Ft. Willie The Kid – Dalai Lama Slang
08. Meyhem Lauren & DJ Muggs Ft. Conway – Hashashin
09. Statik Selektah Ft. The L.O.X. & Mtume – But You Don’t Hear Me Tho
10. Scram Jones – Today
11. Rapsody Ft. Busta Rhymes – You Should Know (Prod. by 9th Wonder)
12. Freeway Ft. Dave East – Hold The Fort Down (Prod. by DJ Skizz)
13. Benny – Change (Prod. by Daringer)
14. Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists) Ft. Syne – Hose Down
15. Royce Da 5’9″ Ft. Nick Grant & Elzhi – Still Waiting (Prod. By DJ Green Lantern)
16. Sean Price Ft. Bernadette Price – Dead or Alive
17. Sha Stimuli – Jail University
18. Wu-Tang Ft. Redman – People Say
19. Hall & Nash (Westside Gunn & Conway) – R.I.P. Bobby (Prod. by The Alchemist & Daringer)
20. Roc Marciano, Rim, Foul Monday, Rock & Sean Price – The Delegation (Prod. by Roc Marciano)
01. Crimeapple – ALLELUIA
02. Recognize Ali – Eminence
03. Kool G Rap Ft. Freeway & Lil Fame – Wise Guys (Prod. by MoSS)
04. Brother Ali – Own Light (What Hearts Are For)
05. Your Old Droog – You Can Do It (Give Up)