We skimmed the top off the best 2018 Hip hop releases. Honorable mentions include: Cardi B – Get Up Ten (Invasion of Privacy), Takeoff – Martian (The Last Rocket) and Lil Dirk – Treacherous (Signed to the Streets 3). Check it out after the jump. 18. Tory Lanez – Why don’t you love me? (Love me now)
Blurring the lines of hip hop and R&B, Tory Lanez offers “Why DON’T you LOVE me?” off his third studio album, Love Me Now.
17. Meek Mill – Intro (Championships)
Timing is everything. Philly street poet drops a triumphant Intro off Championships. Phil Collins’ “In the Air” lays the backdrop while Meek shares fears of baby mother opportunists, flash backs of drug dealing and the plight of being young, black and street in Hollywood.
16. IamSu! – Chosen (Blessed)
IamSu! had the best chance to make this list. His third effort of 2018, Blessed, comes after Boss(Deluxe) and Solara 06. Without warning IamSu! flows with little pause including talks of buying back his publishing, touring and a new passion for music.
15. Dave East & Styles P – Beloved feat. Dyce Payne (Beloved)
Dave East and Styles P take turns hopping on and off the track like a game of double dutch in the intro, Beloved. The first time album collaborators make it look easy.
14. Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs and Alchemist – Location Remote (Fetti)
Another Alchemist production. 70s blaxploitation themed record, Location Remote, calls on Spitta and Gibbs to tell the story. If you told us a looped echoed scream would bring an intro together? Alchemist made us believers by sampling Far East Family Band’s Entering/Times.
13. Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap feat. Stacy Barthe (Victory Lap)
The marathon continues. Grammy nominated artist, Nipsey Hussle, recruits help from Stacy Barthe on the album titled song, Victory Lap.
12. Domo Genesis – Two Tone Durag (Facade Records)
As stated in an interview by DJ Booth: “Nothing is keeping me more fired up than me,” Domo comes in at number 12 with Two Tone Durag off the EP, Facade Records.
11. Dave East – Talk to Big (P2)
Dave East makes the list again with Talk to Big off P2.
10. Cozz – Questions (Effected)
Consistency. West coast rhyme slayer lands at number 10 with Questions off the album, Effected. The most underrated rapper on Dreamville next to Omen.
9. T.I – Seasons feat. Sam Hook (Dime Trap)
Tip rises to a new level on Seasons with a wide range of topics including adolescent trappin’, hustler’s ambitions and a failed marriage.
8. Belly – Another Note feat. Zach (Immigrant)
The Canadian, Palestinian artist appears at number 8 with Another Note. The emotional track shares his personal experiences of xenophobia and poverty.
7. Russ – The Flute Song (Zoo)
Russ delivers a good balance of cocky and confident. The pompous musical expression makes this one seem untouchable at number 7.
6. Key Glock – The 6Ix (Glockoma)
Tay Keith production. Key Glock serves The 6Ix off the follow up to Glock Bond.
5. Anderson.Paak – The Chase feat. Kadhja Bonet (Oxnard)
Black superhero music. Anderson.Paak enlists new voice Kadhja Bonet on the opening record, The Chase. No shortage of live instrumentation and double entendres from the Southern Cal native.
4. J. Cole – Intro (KOD)
According to J. Cole, “I feel like the reason people feel like they know me is because I’m giving you myself in the music.” Although the hip hop community feels he was snubbed for Album of the Year by the Grammy’s, it does not take away from his profound introduction.
3. Kendrick Lamar – Black Panther (Black Panther Soundtrack)
One of the most anticipated movies this year combined with the most elusive story teller of this generation makes for a powerful experience.
2. Travis Scott – Stargazing (Astroworld)
Houston rager guides us through the anecdotes spawned from a childhood amusement park. Also the transition on this one is crazy.
1. Drake – Survival (Scorpion)
Lines. “My Mount Rushmore is me with four different expressions.” Drake tops the list with Survival off Scorpion.