Hottest Hip Hop Songs of 2017 – So Far!

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Did your favorite make the cut?

In decades past, the list of the “best songs of the year” used to start coming together sometime around September. We can remember it a little bit if we really strain. Cuffin’ season used to correlate with a downturn in new tracks to care about, but in the artist-empowered era of the surprise release, we can’t be so sure any more.

While much of the world winds down into a season of cooler temperatures and heavier soups, we still have to keep our ears open for bangers that previously wouldn’t have been dropped anywhere but poolside. Never forget the devastation that D’Angelo and Childish Gambino have wrought over preemptive year-end lists.

Still, it’s fun to look back on the year so far and take stock of what we’ve heard. This list of the best rap songs so far in 2017 will probably be 100% wrong by next month, let alone the end of the year, but we can’t go worrying about that sort of thing or we’ll never get anything done.

We hand-picked a few songs — one per artist to keep this from being a Brockhampton playlist — that we think best represent the year that still is. So, take a look and fight us about it.

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