If you can’t tell from some of my past Coffee Breaks, I kind of love music! Like a lot!

So far, 2017 has delivered multiple albums and mixtapes that have garnered major play time in my car, through my headphones while I’m at work or the gym (ha) or through my Bluetooth shower speaker which is probably my most First World purchase ever.

In the last weeks alone, the world has been blessed with a new Action Bronson album, A$AP Ferg posing for the greatest mixtape cover of all time and Sam Smith teasing new music.

With all of that being said, and in no particular order, here are my five favorite albums of 2017 with less than three months to go in the year:

Kendrick Lamar, “Damn”

This album represented a return to form for K. Dot after 2015’s extremely overhyped “To Pimp a Butterfly.” To me, “Damn” is like if Kendrick’s stellar underground release, “Section. 80” and his mainstream debut,” Good Kid, M.A.A.D City,” had a baby that was perfect in each and every single way. For a real treat, listen to the track listing in reverse order and it almost seems like a separate album, which is quite the feat!

Favorite song from the album: 

Jay-Z, “4:44”

When Hov speak hip-hop heads listen and Jay-Z most definitely spoke on the 13th album of his stellar career with what is without question his most personal album to date. You knew once he added the hyper back to his name things were about to go down and Jay-Z once again showed why he’s the rap game in a stronghold since his instant classic debut “Reasonable Doubt” 21 years ago.

Favorite song from the album: 

SZA, “CNTRL”

I’m not going to lie: I’m a latecomer to the genius that is SZA. What made me check out “CNTRL” was the fact it blew up Twitter the week of its release (just like “4:44” and “Damn”) and that intrigued me. After giving the album a listen or two … hundred, I realized the hype was well-deserved! Seriously, this album touches on promoting body positive images for women, ridding yourself of negative people, give an insight into the mindset of the “Netflix and Chill” generation of dating and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. P.S., SZA, if you read this, I do have the gin! (Listen to the album and you’ll get that reference).

Favorite song from the album: 

Syd, “Fin”

Syd is the frontwoman for The Internet, the best rest R&B, soul, jazz, blues and all of the musical genres band you’ve never heard of. Fans of The Internet immediately had high expectations for Syd’s big solo debut and boy she did not disappoint! Her ear for instrumentals is impeccable, the production is stand out and Syd’s vocals are honey smooth and her songs contain actual lyrics, those pesky words people sometimes skip over in modern music.

Favorite song from the album: 

Future, “Future/HNDRXX”

Going to cheat a little bit on this one.Future dropped back-to-back No.1 albums in consecutive weeks, a feat that broke all sorts of records, so it would be unfair to pick one over the other. While “HNDRXX” is the superior of the two projects, his self-titled album gave us “Mask Off” which should just win all of the awards in music history. Not only is the song amazing catchy, it sparked the #MaskOffChallenge and gave us this moment.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched some variation of that clip.

Favorite song from the albums (should be obvious): 

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