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Hey Friend!! Just because I’m not around doesn’t mean I’m not listening. 2017 is coming to a close and like 2016, we cannot wait for this year to be over. 2017 had it’s ups and downs like any other year. But on a lighter note, on behalf of The Illixer and The Illuminati Roundtable, here are the top ten Hip-Hop and R&B albums of the year. And remember, this is just our opinions. So don’t get butt-hurt. Hit us up on what your top ten LPs are for the year.

Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums of 2017:

Damn.Kendrick Lamar

4:44Jay-Z 

       SYRE Jaden Smith

Win & LossesMeek Mill

  All-Amerikkkan Bad A$$Joey Badass 

         At What CostGoldlink

              Flower BoyTyler The Creator 

           Still StrivingA$AP Ferg 

              Pretty Girls Like Trap Music2 Chainz   

        I Still AmYo Gotti

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Tyler The Creator has been stirring things up since the day he arrived on the music scene. He made a name for himself and obtained his fan base via his no holds bar attitude and unfiltered way with words. But apparently people feel that he has gone too far recently. The controversial rapper has teamed up with popular beverage company Mountain Dew to release a series of commercials as “Felicia The Goat.” Felicia is a “nasty” creature with a Dew addiction who ends every scenario with the catch phrase: “You’re never gonna catch me.” There have been three commercials done so far. The first one features Felicia at a restaurant. The goat ultimately ends up attacking a waitress because she ran out of Dew. The second commercial features Felicia being pulled over by a cop and getting caught with a trunk full of Mt. Dew. The cop implies that the goat will be charged with a DewUI  and she bails out of the vehicle.

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While readers seem to be loving all of the local Hip-Hop music, thought it would be interesting to switch things up a bit. So without further delay, meet ZZ Ward. The intriguing singer/songwriter was born in Pennsylvania, raised in Oregon, and now resides in California. She grew up surrounded by the Blues. Her father wrote and sung Blues music and ZZ used to perform with him and his band when she was younger. As she got older she gained a new musical love, which was Hip-Hop. She started writing hooks and performing for local rappers and the rest as they say is history. She took her roots in Blues and love of Hip-Hop and blended the two genres to create her own unique sound. And that sound can be heard really well in brand new mixtape Eleven Roses. Eleven Roses is essentially ZZ’s bluesy remix of some of her favorite current Hip-Hop tracks. She took on singles by several rappers like Freddie Gibbs and Wiz Khalifa. The project also includes two originals by collaborators Blended Babies, who have worked with Hip-Hop artists in the past and some acoustic tunes to create buzz for her debut album. Her inspiration for the tape comes from a very odd place.