Music: Best of 2017

Quay Dash

1 NICKI MINAJ FEAT. DRAKE AND LIL WAYNE, “NO FRAUDS” (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) Nicki is a badass bitch. ’Nuff said. I saw the music video for this song when I had just signed to my label, Perth Records, in London. It was so relevant to my life and what I was going through at that moment. Always been a fan.

Still from Nicki Minaj’s 2017 video No Frauds, directed by Benny Boom. Nicki Minaj.

2 PLAYBOI CARTI, “MAGNOLIA” (AWGE/Interscope) I first heard Carti on Rich The Kid’s 2016 mixtape Keep Flexin. He’s definitely one of my favorite mumble rappers right now. I love the style, the production, his choices, and his vision.

Still from Playboi Carti’s 2017 video Magnolia, directed by AWGE. Playboi Carti.

3 UGLY GOD, THE BOOTY TAPE (Asylum) Yo, I don’t care what anyone says or feels. I love this guy’s music. He’s really nerdy, too. Check out his first mixtape—it’s a real banger.

Still from Ugly God’s 2016 video Water, directed by BPace. Ugly God.

4 CARDI B Straight outta the Bronx, my hometown. Shorty always keeps it fresh and has the slickest tongue. I remember watching her early videos

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