Required Listening: The 16 Best Rap Songs of 2017

Lil Uzi Vert saying "Yah!"

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When the going gets tough, the art gets even better. And in these times, we're lucky to be receiving banger after banger to help us cope/continue striving for that free-flowing Henny lifestyle. Here, 16 of the year's baddest (and boujeest) rap songs.

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1 Big Shaq, "Mans Not Hot"

We emphasize: "of 2017." And if there's any track that shows just how far endless meme-ability can take you these days, it's this runaway caricature.

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2 Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)"

On the other hand, we've got this other runaway hit that sent the 24-year-old soaring all the way to the top of the charts. An anthem for women hustling everywhere.

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3 Dave, "Question Time"

For anyone who still thinks rap is just about pills and private planes, here's a critique of international politics that's dividing audiences—but also getting them talking.

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4 DJ Khaled, "I'm the One"

Like the Nick Fury of bangers, DJ Khaled assembled Chance, Quavo, and Lil Wayne (and Bieber) for one infectious track.

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5 Eminem, "The Storm"
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6 Joey Bada$$, "Devastated"

While his album All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ continues the Trump takedown theme, this celebratory, "look Ma, we made it" track stands out for its infinite listenability and hopefulness.

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7 Kendrick Lamar, "Humble"

Greatest of the greatest.

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8 Future, "Mask Off"

Who knew flutes would have such a moment? (And, incidentally, molly and Percocet, not that they needed the help.) Included for overwhelming cultural influence, earworm-iness.

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9 Fat Joe and Remy Ma, "All the Way Up"

You can hear it in your head, can't you?

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10 French Montana feat. Swae Lee, "Unforgettable"

Still listening in October, mostly because of that hook withSwae Lee.

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11 Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert, "Bad and Boujee"

Yes, this came out in 2017, even if it feels like it's been ages since we stopped making "rain drop, drop top" memes. That's how ingrained it is.

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12 Post Malone feat. 21 Savage, "Rockstar"

Not super here for the perpetuation of the "girls as hangers-on" stereotype, but man, is this catchy.

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13 Playboi Carti, "Magnolia"

"YO, PIERRE." Another one that's deservedly reached Internet ubiquity.

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14 Princess Nokia, "Tomboy"

::KLAXONS SOUND FOR A FEMALE RAPPER WHO MAKES GREAT MUSIC AND FLINGS HOT SOUP AT RACISTS::

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15 Stormzy, "Big for Your Boots"

If you haven't listened yet, hit play immediately for A1 grime Drake didn't introduce to you.

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16 Young M.A., "OOOUUU"

There's nothing like "My brother told me f*ck them get that money sis" to get you going in the morning.

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