Just Gimme a Minute, the fifth of six projects he has dropped in 2018, features 21 songs—20 of which hover around the one minute mark. Uproxx Studios. 2018 In Review December 7, 2018 12:08 PM By Tom Breihan. After losing his cousin, Walter, a founding member of his rap crew and watchful figure in his young adult life, he reevaluates Walter’s place in his memories and considers loneliness amid the connectivity of the social media age. 2018 was an insane year for rap -- it's hard to think of a major rapper who didn't release something this year. Take a look and find out whether an album you love has made it onto our top 10 hip hop albums. It's also their most fleshed-out and successfully ambitious project yet. ... Negro Swan is a conceptual masterwork, samples and jazzy saxophone lines linking bedroom pop, neo-soul and downbeat hip-hop. The unlikely duo turn out to be a perfect match, pushing each other to do weird and wonderful things. The record requires a few listens to fully digest, but once it finally clicks, the payoff is extraordinary. ... 25 Best Hip-Hop and R&B Albums of 2018 (So … Last year hip hop the grand old age of 45. Having started out at the beginning of this decade as a member of Raider Klan with SpaceGhostPurrp (remember SpaceGhostPurrp, the cloud rap era A$AP Rocky affiliate who signed to 4AD and then kinda fell off the face of the earth? The production straddles genre lines as well, with producer and multi-instrumentalist Phoelix providing sonic backdrops replete with live instrumentation that are part jazz, part neo-soul, and all grounded in hip-hop. Here's the best of the first six months. But when the album is … Her songwriting is also at its most generous, attending to her own insecurities on “Self Interview” and giving a messy group-hug to queerdom on “Crayons.”, But it’s not all wholesome, thank God: There is sex aplenty on Ephorize, and CupcakKe has not receded from her role as a character annihilator. It sees Sheck attempting to sing and going charmingly off-key with each stretched-out vowel, and somehow it's absurdly addictive. And she rejects coming off as some kind of corrective to mainstream hip hop stereotypes on the album itself ("I'm problematic too"). 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It sees Saba in suspenseful, tension-building storytelling mode, rewinding a few years and then leading right up to Walt's death. The album blends her sugar-rush raps with a mosher’s fury for maximum thrash, all while she perfectly balances the aesthetics of her awesomely named alter-egos (primarily Tacobella and Trap Lavigne). On top of that, he's got hooks for days. QUARTERTHING ebbs and flows and never overstays its welcome or stays in the same place for too long. Mac Miller, … If you're just nodding along to how catchy the song is, you might miss it completely, but when you realize what Maxo's saying, you're stopped in your tracks. Fortunately, Jay Rock stuck to his guns once again for Redemption, but the production is richer, the hooks are catchier, and Rock went in just a little harder than he ever had before. may have grabbed the title of best GXFR album of 2018. Your California Privacy Rights. The Def Jam singer’s latest release is comprised of 20 songs. View reviews, ratings, news & more regarding your favorite band. December 4, 2018 Unlike in political dynasties, which infiltrate society and have ramifications for decades, hip-hop crowns and exiles its luminaries at a restless clip. The year 2018 saw everybody, yes, everybody, fighting for a seat at the table in the rap world. While that networking and curatorial skill was still evident on Astroworld—which recruits everyone from Stevie Wonder to the ghost of the Notorious B.I.G.—what’s striking about the album is how it all sounds like Travis Scott. But you don’t turn to Scott for insights into our contemporary decadence, you come for the exquisitely intricate ear candy: queasy stereo-sculpted effects, dilated smears of texture, startling vocal treatments. Looking for New York rap? And in her case, that's sadly even truer than it would be if another rapper said it. The Roots are so omnipresent and their level of talent is such a given that it'd be understandable if you started to take them for granted. After shaping her sound over the course of a few mixtapes and singles, everything came together for Rico on this year's Nasty, her best project yet and currently the finest introduction to her work. Although he recently earned his first Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, Mac Miller’s Swimming LP was a highly underrated project following its initial release. Meek, with the help of an all-star cast of collaborators including JAY-Z, Cardi B, and Rick Ross, has moved beyond “shit is rough in the hood” cliches to delve deeper into the machinations at work that make his incarceration-related woes so common—and his success story so rare. Nipsey's got a handful of other chest-puffed anthems like that one on this album ("Rap N*****," "Succa Proof," "Grinding All My Life"), but he also shows off a knack for more intricate stuff like when he holds his own against Kendrick Lamar in "Dedication." Even when the hype dies down and some other superhero movie takes over, it feels like we'll still be talking about Black Panther for years to come. –Sheldon Pearce, Listen: Mick Jenkins, “Gwendolynn’s Apprehension”, The overarching theme of MIKE’s Renaissance Man is love, whether it’s for his friends and family, or for the world’s black diaspora. She doesn't have some grand scheme like that though; she's just being herself. Aside from featuring the strongest production of any Pusha solo album to date, DAYTONA also has Pusha delivering some of the most vindictive bars of his career, especially in the last lines of the Drake-dissing "Infrared," where Pusha calls him out for his association with alleged ghostwriter Quentin Miller: "How could you ever right these wrongs/When you don't even write your songs?/But let us all play along/We all know what n***** for real been waitin' on/Push." Room 25 Propelled by “Mo Bamba,” Wes’ smash with the producers 16yrold and Take a Daytrip, the sound of MUDBOY is a melting pot of the 20-year-old Wes’ influences. Largely produced by homegrown teen beat-makers Lunchbox and Redda, the record features robotic post-EDM synthesized highs (“Gmail”) and thunderous low ends (“Live Sheck Wes,” “Wanted”) in the vein of the 808 sound that old-school New York producers introduced and Southern producers perfected. More about mood than meaning, Scott’s music is a glistening vapor that fills headphones and car interiors with cocooning unreality. Like a lot of songs on this album, it seems like it shouldn't work, but in Leikeli47's hands, it does. He still raps like it's no later than 2003, but he manages to sound right at home over Redemption's 2018-style beats. Ka has the same grizzled delivery he's had on past recent albums, and Animoss provides him with a cinematic backdrop that perfectly suits the themes of this album. –Alphonse Pierre, Listen: MIKE, “Resistant Man” [ft. Adé Hakim]. It's not everyday that you hear all three of those traits on a debut album. The album is all over the place in the best possible way. Shocking… There are great hip-hop albums, and then there's "Illmatic." He has that unique ability as a writer to make verses that are dripping in irony seem, in aggregate, to convey a sincere and unmistakable message. Veteran is the sort of album that will spawn hundreds, if not thousands, of imitators in basements and bedrooms across the country—and not a single one will replicate it. They play off each other's strengths and know how to hold back from going too far in their own direction, but they also both sound as distinct as ever. Paak is shooting for the stars, and it's exciting to be here witnessing him do it. Uproxx Studios. At her most low-voiced and vulnerable on “Total,” CupcakKe starts examining mediocre relationships via their opportunity cost. CN Entertainment. Best Rap Songs 2018 (Best Albums 2018), Rap Songs That Went Viral In 2018. 1 EP (produced by 9th Wonder) and the Streams of Thought, Vol. The year 2018 saw everybody, yes, everybody, fighting for a seat at the table in the rap world. 20. Weeks On Chart----1 This list includes albums that are best due to what the rapper brings to the table with their album. Even without Mick's rapping, the raw, lively instrumentation of this album would light up a jazz club on its own. He's a rare modern artist that brings me back to early 2000s alternative/underground rap like Aesop Rock and other stuff on Def Jux/Rhymesayers, while also sounding new and original. 2) It's that time again. At the end of 2017, there was still some fear that "Bodak Yellow" was destined to be a one hit wonder that Cardi would never top. Wow, what a year. It's the best rapping Jay-Z's done on an album in years (sorry, 4:44), and Beyonce's got bars on this thing too. J.I.D is pushing himself to his extremes: His delivery has never been so tight and precise, his lyrics never so open and vulnerable. While 9th Wonder helped Black Thought make "grown man rap" on his first of two 2018 EPs (more on that very soon), 9th's Little Brother groupmate Phonte was off making his own version with No News Is Good News. Jay Z saying "fuck you" to the Grammys, making the NFL look powerless, and Beyonce beating Migos at their own game? His 2017 song "Mo Bamba" was allegedly uploaded to SoundCloud by producer 16yrold without Sheck's knowledge, and months later it had caught the attention of Kanye West, Travis Scott, and eventually the world. The album’s standout, the magnificent “Duck Duck Goose,” is a playground of sloppy, bodily thrills. Ephorize is busy and porny, but the deep current of the album asks us to be good to one another. The 30 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the 2010s. Music's most consistently engaging artist, ranging from his underrated solo debut My Name Is My Name, to basically any feature he's done within the last few years (and that's not even counting his work with Clipse). The first time you heard Cardi rap "ain't no bitches spittin' like this since '08" it might have seemed like a big claim. And Everything Is Love didn't stop there; it followed "APESHIT" with three more consecutive braggadocio bangers that are nearly as good. Nipsey Hussle became one half of a modern-day protest anthem when he appeared on YG's "Fuck Donald Trump," and the two joined forces yet again for Nipsey's 2018 single "Last Time That I Checc'd." He's somehow just as convincing on the few songs where he brags about money, cars, and women as he is on "Look At My Wrist" when he pokes fun at people who brag about money, cars, and women. Weeks On Chart----1 "Illmatic" is the greatest hip-hop album of all time. Don’t mistake them for self-serious pedagogues, though. And with this dominance comes abundance or, more precisely, overabundance. Herbo’s energy on the album is frenetic; he always sounds like he's in a rush—even if the beat can’t keep up with him. on "NICE," as if anyone doesn't agree with her, is pure ear candy. He’s like a stand-up comedian whose hilarity is grounded by an undertone of melancholy. For all the fun and liberating raunchy songs, there are songs that fight for gay rights, for feminism, for respect for children with autism. Black Panther: The Album. However, it’s quite possible B.E.N.N.Y. Music in 2013, later leading to a public feud between Cudi and Kanye, which made fans question whether a full album from the two would ever materialize. Rory Ferreira has become one of the leaders of modern-day indie-rap, and 2018 was yet another insanely prolific year for him, with a new album under his scallops hotel moniker, a collaborative album with Elucid as Nostrum Grocers, and what may be the last-ever album under his most popular moniker, milo. The album never strays from the dark, raw, bare-bones vibe of "Mo Bamba," so you could accuse it of being too samey, but it also never drags and Sheck finds subtle ways to change it up again and again. On January 19, Chicago rapper Fredo Santana died in Los Angeles from a seizure. –Timmhotep Aku, This year saw the proliferation of sex-positive women rappers, with break out moments for City Girls, Rico Nasty, and CupcakKe, just to name a few. –Trey Alston, Listen: Playboi Carti, “Shoota” [ft. Lil Uzi Vert], Pusha-T’s long-awaited third solo album also happens to be the most accomplished release of Kanye West’s high-concept 2018 albums series produced in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Here are the 10 best hip-hop albums of 2018: 10. But these aren't empty pop songs; just the opposite. Purp offers everything in moderation, and strikes a balance between frequently changing it up but keeping the whole album cohesive. Though primarily written and recorded before his father’s death in January, Some Rap Songs is a profound and often pointed rumination on connection, and in turn a searing personal statement. He may sing “We just wanna have fun,” but references to “dead homies” resurface in song after song; what purports to be party jams become hymns to the fallen. [Jeremy Nifras]. She’s just as charismatic while flashing her vulnerable side on “Be Careful,” when she warns a cheating partner that he’s on his last strike, and spills out words of gratitude on the wholesome “Best Life” with Chance the Rapper. Words tumble, somersault, and stick landings in a style that owes its swagger to rap and its cadence to spoken-word poetry. The Best Rap Albums of 2018 Paraffin. But slightly more under-the-radar was Houston’s Megan Thee Stallion, whose rowdy Tina Snow project proved that she could roll with the raunchiest rappers out today. The Chicago artist is one of the most accomplished technicians in a city that has produced many such rappers in recent years, and he does his fair share of minding the Ps & Qs, but these raps are subtler in their acuity and clearer in their intent: in search of becoming a more complete man, and finding true peace of mind. And although Roc’s flows are more rooted in Rakim’s style than Young Thug’s, his persona fits snugly into a 2018 scene that embraces larger-than-life characters. It's Phonte doing what he does best, but it's also more than that. In a year with no shortage of excellence, here are the thirty best albums of 2018. Through it all, G Herbo never abandons the puns and hater-dismantling bars that have helped him become one of the Windy City’s very best. On the album, which features production from Kanye West on every track, Pusha rides grimy, hard-knocking beats that flawlessly complement his nasty, signature flow, and everything about DAYTONA manages to perfectly fall into place. Not everything the SOB x RBE guys touched this year was memorable, but the Gangin' songs have already stuck with me for 10 months and I imagine they'll continue to do so. Her hooks are often simple, repeated phrases that drill their way into your brain before the song ends, but her verses reveal a greater depth. Across Daytona’s lean 21 minutes, Pusha’s elocution-deliberate, quasi-malevolent midtempo flow jumps out of the speakers, offering up snarling lyrics about street life and clapbacks to Lil Wayne, Birdman, Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump, and his nemesis, Drake. Vote up the best 2019 rap albums, and add your favorites if they are missing from this list. –Timmhotep Aku, Listen: Curren$y / Freddie Gibbs / The Alchemist, “Saturday Night Special”, Since spearheading an entire generation of Chicago hip-hop with “Kill Shit” six years ago, G Herbo has always had the respect of his city. (And even that's nothing compared to Pusha's standalone Drake diss track "The Story of Adidon.") The Grammy Award for Best Rap Album is an award presented to recording artists for quality albums with rapping at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. Purp's a stronger rapper and lyricist and ever, but even more importantly, he crafted a stronger album than ever. And production-wise, milo's on a new level with budding ornithologists. In the race for our collective musical attention, rap is currently enjoying a victory lap. Here's what we said about 'Some Rap Songs' in BrooklynVegan's Top 50 Albums of 2018 list: After a relatively quiet three-year absence since dropping his great, nocturnal sophomore LP I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, Earl Sweatshirt made an unexpected, bold return with Some Rap Songs, an album that’s even more impenetrable and scatterbrained than anything he's done before. The sales and accolades all agree that Hip Hop was the Big Joker in … If he really does retire milo for good, budding ornithologists are weary of tired analogies is one hell of a way to go out. Tired of being in the shadows of his cousins, “The Butcher” delivers his much-anticipated debut full-length effort, Tana Talk 3, and folks, this may be a game changer for hustla Hip Hop. Now the future of the group is uncertain, but perhaps that, too, is par for the course. ), Denzel is now credited for pioneering SoundCloud rap, both in the way he helped establish it as a viable platform for young DIY rappers and the way he helped shape its mosh-rap sound. –Eric Torres, Drip Harder is the moment when Lil Baby and Gunna officially graduated from being Young Thug’s most popular offspring to becoming stars in their own right. The evolution of Noname’s skills matches the evolution of her music itself. Ad Choices. It's structured like a classic, but not like any particular one. Published on: Dec 28, 2018, 2:00 PM by DX Staff. FM!. Which means the quality was there as well. –Sheldon Pearce, Listen: Key! Care For Me. –Maggie Lange. This is roots music that repurposes sounds of the past (dusty vintage rap, African jazz, black American soul) in compact loops, influenced by a community of musicians that includes MIKE and Standing on the Corner, and inspired by his parents—especially his late father, the celebrated poet and political activist Keorapetse Kgositsile. When she raps, she completely avoids trends and clichés, coming out with something totally against the grain yet so strangely accessible. On Fetti, Curren$y’s slow-and-stoned New Orleans flow is once again juxtaposed with Gibb's gangster-isms and intensity, while ALC sets the mood with beats that could score a Cocaine Cowboys Netflix series. It's a truly powerful album that looks at mental health, growing up gay in a society that judges you for it, and other anxieties that plague the nation. It's technically a various artists album (and more of a companion to the Black Panther movie than a soundtrack), but Kendrick is on every song, the bulk of the album was produced by TDE in-house producers Sounwave, and it's clear that this was an expertly curated album by Kendrick to play out like an album and not a compilation. It's the album where he goes from a good rapper to a great rapper, and I suspect it's going to secure him a legacy as a strongly compelling artist for a very long time. Paraffin is by far their most penetrating work yet, not only boasting a strengthened connection between its two MCs but also an even more permissive ideological framework, one untethered to too-simple binaries. We have time to treat each other well, Ephorize tells us, and still make it to all our dick appointments. As producer, West serves up a seven-track array of finely diced ’n’ sliced, gritty soul samples, showcasing head-bopping, hooky production on opener “If You Know You Know” and chilling forlornness on “Santeria,” a track about Pusha’s murdered road manager. "Mo Bamba" is still his crowning achievement, but there are at least five or six other songs on the album that provide the same type of rush and sound primed to be his next major single. The Best Hip Hop Albums of 2018. He's a New York rap vet who spent the '90s in the ... YBN Nahmir, YBN Almighty Jay & YBN Cordae - YBN: The Mixtape. Her mild-tempered delivery and the album's intricate jazz instrumentals can make it seem intimidating, but one of the best things about Room 25 is how incredibly listenable it is. The Meek Mill of this album has emerged from the fires of adversity a wiser man and a more mature artist. It's really deep stuff. Freddie Gibbs and Curren$y are two guys who stay loyal to sounds that aren't very in fashion anymore (hard-edged gangsta rap and permastoned jazz rap, respectively), and they're both prolific artists whose outputs range from good to great, even if they can be hard to keep track of. Where his crime-rhyme counterparts exaggerate their statuses, Ka downplays his own. There's not much she can't do, and at the fast rate that she's releasing music, it doesn't seem like we'll have to wait long for even bigger and better things to come. The way Beyonce spits "I'm better than the hype!" Here's what we said about 'Iridescence' in BrooklynVegan's Top 50 Albums of 2018 list: Brockhampton were one of the biggest hip hop breakouts of 2017, with not one but three albums that introduced the self-proclaimed boy band's boldly unique, self-made sounds and fearless lyricism. ... 25 Best Hip-Hop and R&B Albums of 2018 (So … and "Feels Like Summer" fool you; Vince Staples' summer is one filled with shootings and untimely deaths. The following alphabetically arranged list of albums includes rap releases found on Pitchfork’s main year-end list as well as 20 additional albums that did not make that list but are just as worthwhile. HipHopDX looks back at the first half of 2018, assessing the best Hip Hop albums of the year so far. Doubts persist about Scott ever becoming the Kanye-level major artist he aspires to be; his lyrics, rarely memorable, mostly traffic in hollow hedonism. But when the album is … It can be dizzying to keep pace with her many styles throughout the record, from sing-song teases to punchy romps with blistering flows. Kendrick appeared on a lot of albums this year, but he never seemed as thrilled as he seems on Redemption. "), then quickly released their own new album Gangin', then members released notable solo projects, then the Gangin' II album came out, then more solo projects. She would resume work on the album in August 2018. Like on Earl's past studio albums, the mood on this record is dark and foreboding, and explores the inner workings of his psyche; this time around, however, the instrumentals are far more dense and cerebral, as Earl delves into issues he experienced since the release of his last album, and on several occasions mentions his relationship with his parents who both appear on the track "Playing Possum" (the album was mostly written before Earl's father's death earlier this year). Within the 35 minutes of her second record as Noname, she gives us the full range of who she has become: a confident rapper, a passionate lover, a survivor of heartbreak, and a reluctant public figure. On “Blaxploitation,” she expresses a consciousness of her blackness and its meaning in the world without veering into performative wokeness; her personhood isn’t couched in bravado as much as it is steeped in self-awareness. And it's also more than just boastful raps and crowd-pleasing bangers. As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to cast a critical eye back over the vast vault of hip-hop that hit Bandcamp this year. Self-produced with multi-instrumentalists Daoud and daedaePIVOT, CARE FOR ME is a trenchant work of intimate storytelling, layered with gorgeous soundscapes. Sometimes these Major Rap Compilations As Soundtracks can just function as another ingredient in making the whole thing a too-big-to-fail blockbuster smash (see: Creed II or Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse), but Black Panther is truly a cohesive, artistic album that stands on its own. HipHopDX looks back at the first half of 2018, assessing the best Hip Hop albums of the year so far. Ka's story is well-known by now. It's been a long time since there's been a rapper this omnipresent with lyricism this gripping, a personality this massive and irresistible, and a delivery this classically skilled yet entirely modern. And whether Mick is advocating for social change or focusing on himself, he's doing it with clever wordplay, intricate inner-line rhymes, and a commanding delivery. The beats are smooth but fleet, complementing and contrasting the group's harried delivery. Black Panther: The Album. This is what it sounds like. The only downside of its brevity is it may have presented The Carters from achieving Drake's streaming numbers, but hey, if Beyonce gave two fucks about streaming numbers, she would've put Lemonade up on Spotify. Her style may be informed by poetry and spoken word, but she really does rap and she does it better than a lot of her peers. –Timmhotep Aku, A smile can be revolutionary; an embrace can provide a moment of much-needed warmth in a cold world. Gibbs favors a tough, booming delivery while Curren$y often sounds high as a kite, and here they meet in the middle. I thank you for naming my album “Never Favored” to your 2018 top-60 albums list. The record often feels limitless and unbound; the members appear on songs in unpredictable order, sometimes alone, other times as a trio or duo. by: UPROXX Music Twitter May 30, 2018. TA13OO. The lean and mean seven-track LP was the first of five West-produced albums released in summer 2018… 1.6M 659K 453K 720K He's a storyteller rapper, and when he gives you the cold, hard details of gang life and the guilt that lives with him years later, it's impossible not to hang onto his every word. She doesn't write bangers, but her lines drill their way into your brain and stay there longer than a lot of bangers do. And in running the full gamut of her talents, she reveals more of herself than ever before. I'm glad Top made that call; I've got plenty of faith that Reason can make something even bigger and better but Reason is already a fully formed artist on There You Have It and the world needs to hear this album. This mostly Turbo-produced album sees the duo exploring their chemistry, as their sharp melodies, MCM backpack full of flows, and knack for finding new ways to flex their drip shines throughout. After repeating and repeating the hook for half the song, Sheck sings "Sheeeeeeeck Weeeeeeeees got so many flooooooooows," and then the beat cuts out and Sheck goes onto prove it, switching to a heated shout-rap. Here's what we said about CupcakKe's two 2018 albums in BrooklynVegan's Top 50 Albums of 2018 list: "Most people already skipped this song 'cause it ain't about sex and killin'," CupcakKe raps on "Self Interview" off Ephorize, her first of two albums released in 2018. Watch videos, view photos more at GRAMMY.com ... (2018) Top; 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2017) Facebook Twitter Email . –Michelle Kim, Listen: Megan Thee Stallion, “Big Ole Freak”, Across Pieces of a Man, Mick Jenkins tries to parse who exactly he is by walking through a hall of mirrors. Producer Animoss provides equally dramatic musical accompaniment for Ka’s dense verses: cinematic loops replete with plaintive strings, enveloping basslines, and wailing guitars. It opens with the kind of booming hook that sounds built to start a party the second it comes on, and it stays on that level for the rest of the song. [Jeremy Nifras]. Like "FDT," it's a G-Funk reviving banger, but instead of a political song it's a come-up story, and it comes out of the gate swinging. On “Peanut”—half eulogy, half psyche autopsy—he unscrambles the complex emotional brew that comes with mourning a distant parent whom you barely knew. John Lee Hooker That's My Story (LTD. to 1000) Fleet Foxes SHORE (LTD. to 2500) Sun Ra A Fireside Chat With Lucifer (LTD. to 1000) Sonny Sharrock “Fine” is a default emotion, one we invoke to avoid talking about how we really feel. What Happens When I Try To Relax isn't a full length, but it's got a wider range of emotions across these six tracks than most of those major label 22-song albums have. Their creativity, delivery, message, and, of course, album production. By November 2018, it entered the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10. 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