40 Best Rap Albums of 2017

Migos, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and more of the year in rhymes

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SahBabii, 'S.A.N.D.A.S.'
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23. Sahbabii, 'S.A.N.D.A.S.'23/40

23. SahBabii, 'S.A.N.D.A.S.'

SahBabii (an Atlanta transplant from Chicago) may echo Young Thug, but he clearly possesses a giddy gift for integrating that influence into his own bright-eyed, delicately constructed singles ("Pull Up Wit a Stick," "Marsupial Superstars"), hence this Warner Bros. remastering and release of his 2016 mixtape. "I like the melodies to sound like you're kissing Cupid," SahBabii has said, which on S.A.N.D.A.S. means trap-related songs with a skip in their step, blithely dipping past existential, druggy burdens or the relentless shadow of violence. His ad-libs trill and yawp and squawk like a kid imitating the animals on a school zoo trip; when he sings, it's just as casual, like he's simply singing along with the radio. I.D.

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