Students Vote Top 5 Albums of 2017

Kendrick Lamar's 'Damn' album voted best of 2017 by B-CU students.
Kendrick Lamar's 'Damn' album voted best of 2017 by B-CU students.

In two months we will be saying so long to 2017 and hello to a new year. 

And, instead, of waiting to do a countdown of the best albums of the year, the Voice decided to get out ahead of the crowd and find out what music students liked listening to this year.

We surveyed our readers for their picks for the best albums released this year from a list of 12 hip-hop albums. 

Students were presented with a variety of albums ranging from Jay-Z's "4:44" to SZA's "Ctrl." Below are the survey results ranking the top 5 student favorite hip-hop albums.

5. "Beautiful Thugger Girls" by Young Thug

Not only was the album No. 5 ranked by the B-CU community-pulling in 26 percent of all votes, it is also was ranked No. 5 nationally when compared to first week sales. It sold 37,000 copies when released in June. 

 4. "Pretty Girls Like Trap Music" by 2 Chainz 

Although 2 Chainz's album is No. 4 on our list, many Wildcats argued that it should have been first. The album also sold more than some other albums higher on the list, selling 57,000 copies in the first week.

3. "More Life" by Drake

Drake's March album is No. 3 on our list due to die-hard Drake fans on campus. Even though the album only sold 41,000 copies in the first week, loyal Drake fans love it. 

2. "Ctrl" by SZA 

 Voted second on our list, SZA's album brings out emotion in every listener. Alia Jackson, a SZA fan, said, "There's something everyone can relate to in that album, there's no way you don't love it." The album sold 60,000 copies in the first week. 

1. "Damn" by Kendrick Lamar

Ranked No. 1 by the students, "DAMN" was also the best selling album with 69,000 copies sold in the first week it was released. Need we say more?

By Stephanie Owens

2 Chainz - Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
2 Chainz - Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
Young  Thug - Beautiful  Thugger Girls
Young Thug - Beautiful Thugger Girls
Drake - More Life
Drake - More Life
SZA - Ctrl
SZA - Ctrl