T’S TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2017
WRITTEN BY TINASHE ZVOBGO
In a year filled with great music, I present the top 5 albums that stood out the most to me.
SONDER – INTO
This album is probably my favourite of the year. I was searching for more modern R&B music and our very own Tayo plugged me with these guys. It’s hard to describe why I love Sonder so much but the best way I could probably describe is that every time I listen to them I feel like I’m in the middle of the ocean with a rubber dingy flouting calm waves with the sun on my back.
DVSN – MORNING AFTER
I am a huge R&B fan. What I love about DVSN is that they remind me of the kind of music I was listening to in high school. When it first came out, Sept 5th was a favourite of mine; the album had hit after hit. My favourite tracks from this album are ‘Claim’ and ‘Body Smile’. I think DVSN make music for the soul and it’s good to hear an album that does not mention drugs or money or degrade woman.
JOEY BADA$$ – ALL AMERIKKKAN BADASS
I wasn’t a big Joey Bada$$ fan until this album. I started listening to the album around the time players in the NFL started to protest about the brutality of police in America against black people. This album really makes me feel proud to be black; especially the first five tracks in the album. I think it helps remind me that as a black man, it is a little bit bigger than just myself so it’s important to keep pushing and break boundaries so others can have their chance. The standout song to me is ‘Temptation’. I love the meaningful lyrics and upbeat instrumental but more importantly the Skint in the being of the song and at the end a speech made by Zianna Oliphant a 9-year-old at a City Council meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Honestly I’d advise watching the video itself separately.
MEEK MILL – WINS AND LOSSES
I understand the whole Drake thing but for the life of me I just don’t understand why people don’t rate Meek Mill. His body of work and the passion he puts in his lyrics; he probably one of the best rappers at the moment. I was apprehensive about what Wins and Losses would be like; considering Dreams and Nightmares was like my bible. He didn’t disappoint. The passion and the insight he gives about going from who he was to who he is on the intro track was the perfect way to start the album. I also like the way he kept with the time and featured a song with Lil Uzi Vert, which surprisingly was pretty good.
JHENE AIKO – TRIP
I have never really been a Jhene Aiko fan. But, I was a fan of Trip. I liked Trip a lot I like albums that are like stories that help you escape from reality and that what the album does for me. As a film student myself I really liked what she did with the short film and it really brought the whole thing in to perspective about the passing of her brother and the emotions of love in general.