- The world of hip-hop, grime and rap is the gift that is always giving but 2017 most certainly will go down in history as the year that made us laugh with tears, or gasp in shock. As the Bow Wow left us in hysterics with his famous antics, we also gasped in awe at the sight of Gucci Man’s lavish wedding and clapped like seals with Cardi B’s increasing success. and we can truly say 2017 wasn’t too bad at all … From rap beefs to confessions and side-splitting gaffes we have listed our top eight moments from the last 12 months … Hopefully 2018, will be just as impactful, funny and memorable for rappers all over the world.
1.Jay-Z’s confessing to cheating on Beyonce
The world pretty much stopped when Jay-Z released his highly-anticipated 4:44 album and fans erupted when he addressed cheating allegations and his past indiscretions. Rumours have swirled around Beyonce and Jay-Z’s marriage for several years, but now the rapper finally addressed the infidelity rumours, suggesting that it was caused by a survival mode he found himself in. The speculation increased in 2016 when Beyonce released her critically acclaimed album Lemonade, which often referenced cheating, a mistress called ‘Becky’ and accusations of deceit. In 4:44 – Jay’s new album that many have taken to be a response record to Lemonade – he addressed these allegations and his past indiscretions, even asking Becky to ‘leave me alone’. In a track entitled Family Feud, he raps: ‘Yeah, I’ll f**k up a good thing if you let me. Leave me alone, Becky. A man that don’t take care (of) his family can’t be rich.’ But have no fear, Bey and Jay seem very much still crazy in love – but the maturity and vulnerability that Jay displayed throughout 4:44 may just top 2017 rap memories. With 4:44, Jay-Z become the third most-nominated artist in Grammys history.
2. Cardi B’s mere existence
You’ll be forgiven if you had no idea who Cardi B was before this year, despite existing for approximately 25 years prior to 2017, the rapper stormed into everyone’s attention with full force this summer with her hit Bodak Yellow. We dubbed the former stripper a hip hop’s fairytale princess, because of her unlikely rise to fame, Cardi’s unapologetic personality has us well entertained – we’re just sad that she didn’t go mainstream earlier. The former reality TV star went from being a social media personality to becoming the first female rapper to nab a solo number one in the US since Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop (That Thing) in 1998. The evolution of Cardi is looking like it’s going to be even more delicious.
3. Lethal Bizzle’s ‘beef’ with Chris and kem
The Grime scene had a large pickle to pick with Love Island’s Chris and Kem when they tried their hand at the genre after they won the heart of the nation on the ITV dating show. But their track Little Bit Leave It left a nasty taste in the mouth of Lethal Bizzle who very publicly called out Chris and Kem for using his popular grime catchphrase ‘little bit leave it’ in their track without crediting him. They quickly agreed to give Bizzle a percentage of their royalties but that didn’t stop the big names in the industry from taking digs at Chris and Kem at the GRM Daily Rated Awards. Mista Jam called the pair ‘a bunch of dickheads’ and ‘culture vultures’ and then as Bizzle performed Leave It Yeah, the track that caused the dispute in the first place, he rapped about Chris and Kem and ’20 percent’ – a reference to the dispute whilst deliberately referring to the pair as ‘Ross and Kemp.’ Twitter had a field day for weeks.
4. Gucci Mane televising his very hip-hop wedding
The 37-year-old rapper and the curvaceous model – who go by the nickname The Wopsters – tied the knot at the Four Seasons in Miami in October after he popped the question last year during an Atlanta Hawks game. Their lavish £1.3 million wedding left us floored as the whole world watched them become husband and wife as the wedding was filmed as part of their 10-part reality TV series Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir: The Mane Event. It was a very hip-hop royal wedding.
5. The Bow Wow Challenge had us all in hysterics
6. Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma’s beef acceptable
Remy Ma had social media erupting with ‘ouches’ and ‘wows’ when she borrowed the instrumental from Nas’ Ether, flipped the rap game upside-down and hit out Nicki Minaj after they exchanged a few indirects. ShEther – the name of the track – was Remy’s response after she suspected Nicki Minaj was taking shots at her on Gucci Mane’s Make Love and Jason Derulo’s Swalla. Nicki dropped No Frauds in response, claiming that Papoose wrote Remy’s bars. As for now, the saga continues, with Remy most recently calling out Minaj during the 2017 MTV VMAs.
7. Man’s Not Hot made parody rap totally acceptable
Rap fans can be really protective over the art form, but even actual rappers could not help but praise Big Shaq for his viral track Man’s Not Hot. As far as viral content goes Big Shaq has definitely had an incredible 2017 and it looks like fans can not get enough of the hit parody song that has taken the world by surprise. The track – first born as a joke verse for Charlie Sloth’s Fire In The Booth – is loved by DJ Khaled and Drake, and has been quoted in the House of Commons and could now see possibly see thousands of people stand in the cold rapping ‘the ting goes skrrrrrahhh!’ Michael Dapaah, the man behind the comedic character, will never be hot as he has been backed by Drake and DJ Khaled. Man’s Not Hot reached the top five in the UK, and has racked up 112 million views on YouTube leading him to share stages with Cardi B, The Script and Taylor Swift.
8. Eminem vs Donald Trump and blows up the internet
And this is why you don’t mess with Eminem. Marshall Mathers III is not known for taking a backseat when it comes to feuds, hitting out at everyone from his ex-wife Kim to Christina Aguilera in his songs. Eminem’s lyrical onslaught of Donald Trump made for one of the most impactful moments of 2017. It pretty much took over the internet. In a freestyle cypher called The Storm, the 44-year-old declared ‘We fucking hate Trump’ while attacking him for his opinions on NFL players taking the knee, building a wall between the US and Mexico, and causing ‘a nuclear holocaust’. In the blistering four minute verse, Eminem spits: ‘Racism’s the only thing he’s fantastic for/ ‘Cause that’s how he gets his fucking rocks off and he’s orange/ Yeah, sick tan, that’s why he wants us to disband/ ‘Cause he can not withstand/ The fact we’re not afraid of Trump.
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