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Top 10 Rap Songs and Top 10 Rap Albums of 2018

The Kanye West and Kid Cudi collaboration “KIDS SEE GHOSTS” takes my top spot for album of the year. Photo: Reddit

Note: This list includes albums released as of November 23, 2018. JID’s “DiCaprio 2” would have made this list, but it has not been out long enough for me to judge its longevity and therefore is omitted.

Albums

    1. “KIDS SEE GHOSTS” – Kanye West and Kid Cudi – A fully cohesive record with phenomenal production and the reemergence of Kid Cudi. Recommended song: “4th Dimension (feat. Louis Prima)”
    2. “Swimming” – Mac Miller – Every song hits. Sad to lose someone with such a bright future who was getting better with every release. Recommended song: “2009”
    3. “ASTROWORLD” – Travis Scott – The best produced album of the year. Travis puts every feature exactly where it needs to be. Recommended song: “YOSEMITE”
    4. “LIFE’S A TRIP” – Trippie Redd – Gotta love some emo rap-singing, also my favorite album cover of the year. Recommended song: “Shake it Up”
    5. “Tha Carter V” – Lil Wayne – All hail king Tunechi. Recommended song: “Dark Side of the Moon (feat. Nicki Minaj)”
    6. “?” – XXXTentacion – XXX was always a polarizing figure, with his legal issues and horrific allegations, but from a purely musical standpoint his short career will go down as one of the most influential of this new wave of rap. Recommended song: “changes”
    7. “beerbongs and bentleys” – Post Malone – Can re-listen to this album any time, plenty of hits. Recommended song: “Rich & Sad”
    8. “KOD” – J. Cole – KOD disappointed at first, but it grew on me. Recommended song: “1985 – Intro to ‘The Fall Off'”
    9. “Drip Season 3” – Gunna – Young Thug’s prodigy knows how to flow on a beat like few others. Recommended song: “Spending Addiction”
    10. “On the Rvn” – Young Thug – Very underrated EP, concise and to the point. Recommended song: “Sin (feat. Jaden Smith)”

Songs

      1. “Praise The Lord (Da Shine)” – A$AP Rocky (feat. Skepta) – Rocky spitting over a flute instrumental? What more do you want?
      2. “Sold Out Dates” – Gunna and Lil Baby – Everything these two put out together is absolute fire, and this is their pinnacle.
      3. “Self Care” – Mac Miller – Fantastic beat switch in the middle of the song, the lyrics are frighteningly eerie looking back on it after Mac’s passing.
      4. “Tribe” – Bas (feat. J. Cole) – Anyone and everyone can vibe to this. Keep an eye out for Bas in 2019, as he looks to grow as a member of J. Cole’s Dreamville Records team.
      5. “Dedicate” – Lil Wayne – Very few people can pull off internal rhyme like Wayne.
      6. “Kevinโ€™s Heart” – J. Cole – A great song that has an even better music video.
      7. “Made Men” – Migos – Such a switch-up from typical Migos in the best way possible.
      8. “151 Rum” – J.I.D. – Fast paced and frantic, J.I.D. waits for nobody with his lightning-fast lyrics.
      9. “Ghost Town” – Kanye West (feat. Kid Cudi, PARTYNEXTDOOR) – If you say you don’t scream Kid Cudi’s part when you’re alone in the car, then you’re lying.
      10. On the Run” – Young Thug (feat. Offset) – Thugger is solid and definitely holds up his end, but Offset steals the show with his best verse of 2018.