Label: Atlantic Records
Released: August 25

Of all the rappers to break out in 2017, Lil Uzi Vert was, by leaps and bounds, the most compelling. Springboarded by the idiosyncratic "XO Tour Llif3," Vert crafted a full-length album that's as weird and forward-thinking as its best song. It's an album that gets better with every listen, justifying its tracklist length as hidden gems continue to emerge (as of this writing it's "For Real," a stunningly strange, spare beat that showcases off Uzi's tossed-off charisma, that is a favorite). As other artists with similar profiles—a rapid rise from SoundCloud to the charts—released tepid albums, Vert proved why he'd emerged as the one to watch, and made good on his promise. —Brendan Klinkenberg