MASS APPEAL: THE 17 BEST SONGS OF 2017 (SO FAR)
THE 17 BEST SONGS OF 2017 (SO FAR)
Tune in and turn up
As MASS APPEAL’s 2017 Q1 wrap-up continues, having run through The 17 Best Music Videos, Movie Moments, and straight-up Moments of 2017 (So Far), we turn our attention to the songs. If you’ve been following The Listening Room, you already know the first three months of this year have been full of fire. Narrowing this list down to 17 joints was no easy task. We even took an extra day to get it just right. Now it’s time to plug in those headphones (or pair your Bluetooth as needed), maybe smoke a little sum’n, and get ready to turn the fuck up.
7. Vince Staples “BagBak”
Vince Staples will follow up his critically-acclaimed debut album, Summertime ’06, with a sophomore LP sometime soon, and his first cast stone is “BagBak,” a heavily synthesized Ray Brady-produced cut that explodes with energy. If Summertime ’06 was an introductory course to Vince’s psyche, and how it was influenced by a cutthroat upbringing, “Bagbak” is the 200-level class, and its objective is to illustrate how his psyche will influence his tangible movements: “Racial war commotion, until the president get that shit, Vincent won’t be voting.” That sort of thing. Where the Long Beach rapper may have held back from doubling-down on the emotions caused by vivid and harrowing memories on Summertime, he’s loosening that restraint going forward. And that’s a good thing. —Khari Nixon
15. Amir Obe “Wish You Well”
After a false start years back—like, almost ten—Amir Obe finally released his major label debut this past March. He signed a “bulshit” deal with Atlantic back in 2009, dropped a a bunch of free fire over the next few years, got the OVO co-sign, and then ended up at Def Jam, where he dropped None Of The Clocks Work. His NYLZ-produced track “Wish You Well” is the lead single from that long player, on which he travels from “Yup, pour my problems in a red cup” to “Why would I ever stop celebrating?” in the course of one song. Amir Obe has come full circle. “Wish” kinda embodies that path, resting here for the moment as we see what lies in his future. And we do wish him well. —MS