I’m From Cleveland has compiled a list of 25 very dope projects released in 2017 by Cleveland rappers and singers. In an effort to shine light on as many artists as possible while putting this list together, no artist is included more than once!
*There is no particular order to this list! Enjoy!
King Chip – Thornhill
After some delay King Chip & Big Duke dropped their project titled Thornhill. For those who don’t know, the project is titled after the street that Chip and Duke grew up on together as childhood friends. The album has features from Trinidad James, Ray Jr., C Mack, & Raheem Devaughn. Duke executively produced the entire project, which is dope because this duo has a proven track record of making great music together.
Ezri – Be Right Back
Ezri had one hell of a year. be right back was his first project release since signing with Nas‘ label Mass Appeal. The 9 track EP starts out with a skit.. where Ezri’s father explains to him that everything he does is a direct reflection to the family – but more specifically his father himself. We’ve known for years the impact that Ezri’s family has had on him, and the young rapper doesn’t stray away from shining the light on that fact in this project. There is no denying Ezri’s song-writing ability, which is up to par with anyone else’s in the game right now.
Machine Gun Kelly – Bloom
bloom is a follow-up to Machine Gun Kelly’s previous album release of General Admission. The first two singles that were released, “At My Best” & “Bad Things,” both reached higher on the Billboard charts than any other song MGK had previously released. The third single “Trap Paris,” features both Quavo and Ty Dolla $ign. Other features on the new project include James Arthur and DubXX. MGK has created a unique sound that listeners experience throughout the entire 13 tracks. He’s fusing rap with rock, and adding a little pop as well. Bloom album is certified gold!
Doe Boy – In Freebandz We Trust
Freebandz & Cleveland rapper Doe Boy released the second volume of his In Freebandz We Trust projects. It begins with an intro featuring the coolest DJ in the world: DJ ESCO. Features include the one and only Future, Lil Durk, YBS Skola, and DJ Scream. It runs 18 tracks long.. the last one being a “bonus” track and the popular smash hit “Freeband Anthem.”
Ripp Flamez x Ray Jr. – GWHW
Ripp Flamez and Ray Jr. were spending just about every day in the studio together for pro-longed periods of time, during which they were working on a collaborative project titled Gold Waves Hot Winter. It only makes sense after these two put out one of the hottest records in the country in “NozeBleedz.”
Now we have 12 tracks from the duo. It’s SUPER dope to see two of Cleveland’s biggest artist coming together for something like this. They also picked up verses from the legend Bossman Nolo (previously known as Drama). His contributions to the project had to be recorded from behind bars. Other features include Fabolous, LVfromCLE, and up-and-coming Cleveland singer Cassidy King. Give the project a listen and let us know what you think!!
Check out the solo projects Ripp & Ray released during 2017 as well!