Year in Music 2017
The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop Charts: Drake Three-Peats as Top Artist, Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Is Top Album
The Year In Latin Charts: Daddy Yankee, 'Despacito,' Shakira & Ozuna Lead
The Year in Dance/Electronic Charts: The Chainsmokers, Marshmello & Calvin Harris Score
The Year In Social & Streaming Charts: BTS, 'Despacito,' Kendrick Lamar & More
DJ Khaled, "Victory"
Last year, DJ Khaled was appointed the head of Def Jam South. As a result, "Victory," his fourth album in five years, finds the artist pulling the strings on an understandably triumphant affair. Khaled's approach, however, remains the same, with a constellation of hip-hop stars (Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, T-Pain) imbuing straightforward anthems with their branded swagger. But Ludacris' comedic candor and Snoop Dogg's cool collectedness add differing dimensions to "All I Do Is Win." On the title track, Nas' eternal conflict between ghetto poetry and brag-rap surfaces ("We be on that real shit/Luxury four-wheel shit"), while Usher, Lil Wayne and Drake seem to get lost in the mix on the uninspired, synth-driven "Fed Up," which features production by the Runners. Similarly, Schife & OhZee, another pair with numerous contributions to the album, fail to distinguish themselves from their contemporaries.--Devin Chanda