2017: The year that Hip-Hop became a Goliath

Looking back at the most memorable moments that made 2017 a banner year for the culture.

2017 was the year that Hip-Hop became the most popular music genre in the United States.

According to Neilson music stats, Hip-Hop is more streamed and consumed than Pop and Rock. For those who have been fans of the culture for years, even decades, the numbers are now a reflection of the influence rap music has truly had over mainstream America.

Since the days of Run-DMC on MTV, rap music has had a stronghold on popular culture. It has inspired fashion trends, dance moves, and slang which has permeated other forms of entertainment. Hip Hop artists are just as visible as any A-List actor or top athlete and have fans who are of the former and the latter. But the music itself is only a small part of what makes Hip-Hop popular this year.

The moments that happened outside of music helped with the overall visibility of the art that originated from The South Bronx. We took a look at the 10 moments from the beginning of the year to the most recent that helped make Hip-Hop the king of the music mountain in 2K17.

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Shether is just what hip hop needed

Nicki Minaj takes to instagram to respond

"You wanna see a dead body?" I saw the Instagram caption while talking to my mother this morning on the phone. Remy Ma at-ed (the colloquial term for mentioning someone by tagging them on social media) Nicki Minaj announcing that now she was indeed talking loading up the literary arsenal and taking aim. The pièce de résistance, a dismembered Nicki Minaj Barbie laying on a bed of a faded pink roses, pink eye shadow pigments, and blood splatter. Y'all. I love my mother, but we had been on the phone for an hour and I had music to listen to, she had to go.

"But I thought you were all about empowering women?", "Aren't you a Nicki Fan?!", "Why are you okay with them pitting women against each other?" *Cut's the record*. Are ya'll serious right now? I am a music fan, a well documented Nicki fan, a womanist, and all the way here for "Shether", a great word play on one of the best diss tracks in music history. Part of being a womanist is appreciating the many sides of women, but above all, appreciating talent, strength and the ability to kick ass literally and figuratively. The same goes for being a music fan, and in the end, I want the best representation of both. Music is music, and "Shether" will undoubtedly push them both to make some of the best singles they have ever made, and frankly, I've been waiting for Old Nicki to come back.

But wait, how did this start? Wasn't Nick a Remy Fan? Didn't Remy specifically say all of those subliminal shots she took were not aimed at Nicki? PopDust will be breaking that down all day but in the meantime, listen to the track and let's talk about is on Instagram and twitter.