Album: A Love Letter to You
Producer: Elliott Trent

As the genre signifier "SoundCloud Rap" entered the cultural consciousness this year, it became harder and harder to define what, exactly, that meant. At its loosest, it was rap that was uploaded to SoundCloud. Once you started to tighten the definition, things got a little more difficult to pin down: distortion, trap drums, repeated phrases, angst, teenaged vocalists. Trippie Redd, a young rapper out of Ohio, took those vague signifiers and, for one track at least, the elements coalesced into something greater. "Love Scars" is difficult to classify, but give it 16 seconds and you'll be sold. —Brendan Klinkenberg