Music: Best of 2017

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1 ANIK KHAN, KITES (AVX/The Foreign Affair/EMPIRE) This Queens-based rapper couples his Bengali-immigrant roots with hip-hop flow in a vivid ten-track album that speaks of love, history, and journeys. Raj Makhija, fka RajStar, mixed and recorded the project and coproduced the title track, as well as “Tides” and “Mango Nectar.”

Anik Khan performing at Rough Trade NYC, New York, July 18, 2017. Photo: HYFN.

2 MADAME GANDHI An electronic musician and activist, Madame Gandhi is traipsing around the world, spreading feminist teachings through her music and talks. Check out her Spotify playlist “The Future Is Female,” which she updates every Wednesday.

3 PRINCESS NOKIA, 1992 DELUXE (Rough Trade) When she’s not throwing hot soup at racists on the L Train, Princess Nokia, née Destiny Frasqueri, is rocking world stages and adorning billboards with her self-identified Afro-Indigenous queer swagger. Her latest album adds eight tracks to the mixtape she dropped last year.

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