40 Best Rap Albums of 2017

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

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Young Dolph, 'Gelato'
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38. Young Dolph, 'Gelato'38/40

38. Young Dolph, 'Gelato'

Hailing from a lineage of Memphis bad men who unapologetically celebrate thug life, Dolph efficiently bludgeons his tracks with a deep, inflexible, matter-of-fact voice that suggests unimpeachable hardness and an imposing power base. In 2017, he released three mixtapes/albums, plus a full-length collaboration with Bay Area rapper Berner, but Gelato trumps the rest due to pairings with Migos (over Zaytoven's cascading keyboards on "Drop It Off") and Lil Yachty (on TM88-produced single "Bagg"), plus bangers like "Run It Up." It also concludes with "Play Wit Yo Bitch," where Dolph takes aim at Memphis street king Yo Gotti, who he believes inspired a series of violent incidents that culminated in Dolph being shot in September. M.R.

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