Best of 2017

The Ratings Game Presents: The Best of The Best, and Worst of The Worst (2017)

It’s the end of 2017, which means we get to hand out our awards for the ‘best of the best’ and the ‘worst of the worst’ in music! I don’t want to say these awards are more important than the Grammy’s, but I wore a suit when I wrote this s–t! Anyway, starting December 6th, I will be giving out one award a day to a special/not so special someone that dropped something in 2017. By December 28th, not only will I be drunk, but I will also conclude the list with ‘Album of The Year’! So come join me friends as we ring in the new year by celebrating the old! 


TOP SONG I UNDERRATED

SZA – THE WEEKEND

 

I f–k with SZA hard, especially after she released one of the best albums this year in ‘Ctrl’! In my review for that album, I paid homage to introspective tracks like ‘Broken Clocks’ and ‘Drew Barrymore’, but failed to acknowledge one of the most vulnerable ones in ‘The Weekend’. How can I be so stupid? This track embodies a good chunk of what SZA’s musical persona is all about, and that is her being that other girl that the studs of the world treat like blue cheese on a chicken wings plate. Overall, I think this song is so important for what this Grammy nominated album wanted to accomplish, and I dropped the ball by giving it a measly 4.1 rating on my review. Sorry Ms. Zig Zag Allah!


TOP SONG I OVERRATED

FUTURE – POPPIN’ TAGS

 

You know what song I rated better then both ‘Draco’ and the smash hit ‘Mask Off’ from Future’s self titled album from earlier this year? ‘Poppin’ Tags!’ If you read my review for that song, I pretty much claimed that it was the best thing since sliced bread, but in actuality, it was nothing more than an off brand soggy ass hot dog bun you can find at Giant. This right here was a major fail by me. Someone slap the hell out of me, pronto!


TOP ALBUM I UNDERRATED

GUCCI MANE – MR. DAVIS

 

If you were a hip hop fan this year, you suffered from the same hangover I did: Too many damn shots of Gucci Mane! Gucci Mane released like seven projects this year, and when he wasn’t releasing projects, he featured on every artist you can imagine’s album. So with ‘Mr. Davis’ being his last major project of 2017, I was simply tired of the n—-a, so maybe that played a part into why I gave one of his better projects a low rating of 7.6. Looking back at it, I think there is way too many bangers on this album for it to receive such a low rating, but I just needed a break from hearing his music to understand that.


TOP ALBUM I OVERRATED

XXXTENTACION – 17

 

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy this album for what it is, but to give it a 9.5/10 is a bit of a stretch. One of the things that sucks about rating albums early is that they can grow on you, but in this case, I sorta grew out of this album. Yes the rapper shows lots of talent on it, but when it’s all said and done, there isn’t enough amazing tracks for it to get the high rating I gave it. If I had a mulligan, I would probably rate it somewhere between 7.9-8.4.


WORST SONG I RATED

PLAYBOI CARTI – WE SO PROUD OF HIM

 

Playboi Carti had a big year in 2017, but one of his major misses this year was ‘We So Proud of Him’.

Where do I start? Is it the fact that he’s interrupting himself over and over again on the song? Or is it the fact that he’s speaking in third person throughout? Or is it the shameful fact that the title contains bad grammar? Whatever the case may be, I was pretty disappointed in the Magnolia maker for creating this.


WORST ALBUM I RATED

LIL PUMP – LIL PUMP

 

I can already here the scoundrels now: “But he made one of the hottest songs of the year in ‘Gucci Gang!'”… Yes he did, but for majority of this album he made ‘Roc-a-wear gang’ caliber music. I get it, I’m an old man now and this might be the new wave of music for the youth, but I refuse to accept the fact that this dude can literally blurt out a bunch of s–t on songs and call it music! Lil Pump, get off my lawn!


TOP SLEPT ON ALBUM I HEARD

DECEMBER 12


WORST VERSE I HEARD

DECEMBER 13


BEST VERSE I HEARD

DECEMBER 14


BEST ADLIB

DECEMBER 15


BEST CHORUS I HEARD

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BEST FEATURE I HEARD

DECEMBER 17


BEST BEAT I HEARD

DECEMBER 18


 CHEESIEST SONG I HEARD

DECEMBER 19

BEST INTERNATIONAL SONG I HEARD

DECEMBER 20 


BEST SONG SUBMISSION I RECEIVED

DECEMBER 21 


BEST ALBUM SUBMISSION I RECEIVED 

DECEMBER 22


BEST SONG I’M AFRAID TO ADMIT I LIKE

DECEMBER 23


MY PERSONAL FAVORITE ALBUM THIS YEAR

DECEMBER 24


MY PERSONAL FAVORITE SONG THIS YEAR

DECEMBER 25


 TOP MIXTAPE I RATED THIS YEAR

DECEMBER 26


 TOP SONG I RATED THIS YEAR

DECEMBER 27


TOP ALBUM I RATED THIS YEAR

DECEMBER 28


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