As highlighted by our mid-year list, it has been a fantastic year for rap so far. A brand-new, unconventional self-starter seems to blow up every other day (have you heard of YBN Nahmir yet?), established acts like Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz keep upping their game, and certified GOATs appear to be revitalized a la Jay-Z and Gucci Mane. The social media era has proven that one of the best ways to distinguish yourself amongst the stiff competition is consistent output (and, obviously, consistent quality as well). One drawback of these rapid-fire releases, however, is that it can be hard for listeners to keep up with everything.
With this list, we aim to highlight a few artists who barely missed the cut for our mid-year ranking, but have put out multiple stellar projects in 2017 nonetheless (also included are a couple artists included on our previous list who have continued to put out great music in the latter half of 2017). Now, this has nothing—we repeat, nothing—to do with commercial success, hit-making, or popularity. This list takes into consideration quantity and the quality therein—that’s it.