What a year hip-hop has had in 2017. There have been seismic album releases both surprise and anticipated, hit songs that captivated the public and emerging artists who helped the genre continue to grow and evolve.

In addition to all of the incredible music released and consumed in 2017, artists made waves for moves outside of the booth as well. Record sales and high chart position may be the numbers that drive the music industry, but artists locked down monumental business ventures, pushed charitable and philanthropic initiatives and even completed pursuits of higher education—achievements that further the hip-hop community as a whole.

After showcasing 50 of the best hip-hop projects, best songs and best videos of 2017, XXL looks back on the great triumphs by hip-hop artists including Chance The Rapper, Cardi B and JAY-Z in 2017 and highlights 20 of the year's most notable achievements.