As 2017 winds down towards its close and we sit and reflect on Thanksgiving Day, one thing is abundantly clear: this year was exactly as challenging and crap-tastic as we thought it would be. Monuments both literal and figurative are crumbling around us, the threat of nuclear war is the most imminent its been in a generation, and we have a Cheeto-in-chief laughing at us all for being “ungrateful fools.”
And yet as hard as it may be, it never hurts to take stock of the things that didn’t make us feel like the end is nigh. In fact, there were quite a few things that happened this year in the world of music culture that reaffirmed our faith in humanity, got us excited and passionate, and generally relieved the stress of being a conscious human.
From Princess Nokia quashing racism with scalding soup to Travis Scott’s legendary tumble to Beyoncé’s Instagram post seen ‘round the world, these are the music moments we were most grateful for in 2017.
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Gucci Mane’s well-deserved consecutive wins this past year have been a delight to witness, from his release from prison to his dimaond-filled wedding to Mrs. Guwop Keyshia Ka’oir, and we’re thankful Wop has brought us along for the drop top ride.
The music video for “Love Galore” with Travis Scott alone was worth the wait, but we are infinitely thankful that SZA finally dropped her debut album Ctrl, which has been on extremely high rotation at Highsnobiety Music HQ since it came out in June.
Travis Scott fell at Drake LMAO pic.twitter.com/My7Fc9T6xx
— Ash (@ashjkeep) February 1, 2017
Massive shout outs to Travis Scott for his legendary clumsiness at Drake’s concert back in February, which has been an instant morale booster ever since.
We can’t get enough of the fact that Frank Ocean through a glitter-filled, fabulous drag ball birthday party. Aside from all the glitz and glamour, we’re thankful that Frank Ocean taught us yet another lesson about queerness.
We were lucky enough to have T-Pain roll through Highsnobiety New York HQ to teach us how to unleash the right Animoji for major life events and we’re eternally thankful – our next break up is about to be a breeze.