18TH Annual Illuminati 2G Hip Hop Awards
Welcome to our 18th annual Illuminati 2G Hip Hop Awards. Here we recognize the best albums of 2017 in the world of hip hop. We break in down into regions as by what was the best album from the east, west, midwest and dirty south. All the selections are made by Illuminati 2G so if ya got beef wit the picks, hit me up on email or the message board.
East Coast Album Of The Year: Oddisee- The Iceberg: Oddisee never ceases to impress me. Once again, he’s produced an amazing album with eclectic beats and unparalleled lyrics and flow. In addition, the content within and meaning behind The Iceberg is so impactful.
Honorable mention: Rapsody, Jay Z, Logic, The Lox, A$AP Ferg, Slaine & Termanology, A$AP Mob, Jadakiss & Fabolous, Kool G Rap, Joey Bada$$
Dirty South Album Of The Year: Scarface- Deeply Rooted The Lost Files: Even with unreleased material from I2G’s 2015 album of the year, Scarface continues to show why he is one of the all time greats. Tremendous story telling, dope beats and sheer brilliance once again from Mr. Jordan.
Honorable mention: Big K.R.I.T., Jeezy, Boosie, Z Ro, Ace Hood, DJ Paul, Paul Wall, Gunplay, Yelawolf, Yo Gotti, Cyhi Da Prynce, Future, 2 Chainz
Midwest Album Of The Year: Big Sean- I Decided: Dope album through and through… This album is real and relatable… Good work on all levels… Lyrics, production, and content… Rare quality nowadays
Honorable mention: Freddie Gibbs, Ca$his, Do Or Die, Twista, Royce Da 5’9″, Eminem
West Coast Album Of The Year: Kendrick Lamar- DAMN.: Start to finish album is excellent. Progressive sound almost, from start opens hard. Bang your head type sh**, to harmony almost beatle-esq sound developing 3/4 thru. Kendrick kills it. In this age of watered down mumble garbage production rap, Kdot keepin hip hop breathing
Honorable Mention: Jehuniko, Vince Staples, MC Eiht, Snoop Dogg, Tyler The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, DJ Quik & Problem, Kid Ink
Best Comeback: Kool G Rap
Best Indie Album: Oddisee- The Iceberg
Most Slept On Album: MC Eiht- Which Way Iz West
Best Mixtape- Royce Da 5’9″: Bar Exam 4
Best New Artist- Cardi B/Tee Grizzley
Most Entertaining “Beef”- Nicki Minaj VS Remy Ma
Best Guest Appearance- Bun B- Anti Hero on Slaine/Termanology’s Album
Best Rap Quotable & Diss Song: Remy Ma- Shether
Best Lyricist- Cyhi Da Prynce
Biggest Disappointment: Eminem- Revival
Album Of The Year: Oddisee: The Iceberg
Producer Of The Year: Oddisee
Group Of The Year: Wu Tang
Label Of The Year: Roc Nation
Compilation Of The Year: Wu Tang: The Saga Continues
Song Of The Year: Kendrick Lamar: Duckworth
Overall, I thought 2017 had some amazing albums. Thought provoking rap is definitely back in the forefront. Region wise, I liked the things that I heard from the East and the Midwest all year. Especially the East, alot of new artists and crews dropped great albums this year. TDE continued with their dope releases from Kendrick and SZA. Seems like that grimey east coast sound is making a comeback with artists like Jadakiss, Kool G Rap, Sheek Louch and others on the production tip. The South was really dope this year, Scarface’s album was amazing, Cyhi Da Prynce and Big K.R.I.T. dropped 2 dope albums as well.
The Midwest really had some great releases. Big Sean, Ca$his, Twista, Gibbs. Let’s hope yall fans ain’t sleeping the next time. The West had great releases all year. Kendrick dropped another great album, MC Eiht made a suprising comeback and Vince Staples dropped The Big Fish Theory which was dope. I want to take this time to thank all of the fans and visitors that have supported the site since day one. So many dope interviews this year, Cardi B, Faith Evans, DJ Quik, MC Eiht, the list goes on, over 180 interviews and counting this year and over 100 interviews for the 9th straight year. MAJOR THANKS TO JEHUNIKO, ADAM MURPHY & T. They both put in a ton of work with their interviews and features. ALL are truly Illuminati 2G to the fullest.
We got more in store including continuing our podcast radio show in January, our popular Sanctuary mixtape series and a street album and we are trying to build up our forum so alot more is in the works. Too many artists to name, you know who you are. Thank you. We will continue to bring the heat as we go into our 18th year. 2017 was our best year, and we have alot in store for you guys in 2018 so keep it locked here at Illuminati 2G! Hoped you liked the awards, congrats to Oddisee for album of the year with Iceberg.