I’m back like I never left! Well actually I haven’t done a Top 50 list since 2016…. 2017 was a very tough year with posting and 2018 was no better, by my standards at least. But best believe we’re getting things poppin‘ in 2019 and we are closing out 2018 with a bang. I present to you my Top 50 Albums for the year.
So the albums selected released between January 1st thru December 15th. I do not really follow the window that Grammy Committee does so please keep in mind the date range I mentioned. So yes next year I’ll be going from the December 15th of 2018 thru December 15th of 2019…. Also there is the possibility I may go from January 1st 2019 to December 31st 2019 since I like to post these rankings a few weeks into the new year anyway!
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But as you can see there were plenty of amazing projects that dropped this year! I would like to take the time to applaud all these artist for their work BUT I CAN ONLY GO WITH 50! This year I found myself struggling at times to make these picks and It was difficult to do. Some popular projects may not be ranked where some would like or they may not have even made the 50. Well, too bad. Tell your favorite artist to do better….
That’s enough shall we dive in!?
50. Camila Cabello – Camila
Favorite Tracks: All These Years, Havana and In The Dark
49. Saint JHN – Collection One
Favorite Tracks: 3 Below, Surf Club, Roses, Reflex, and GOD BLESS THE RATCHETS
48. Towkio – WWW.
Favorite Tracks: Symophony, Hate to Love, 2 Da Moon and Forever
47. Mick Jenkins – Pieces Of A Man
Favorite Tracks: Barcelona, Understood and Soft Porn
46. Joey Purp – QUARTERTHING
Favorite Tracks: 24K Gold/Sanctified, Elastic, QUARTERTHING, Look At My Wrist, and Fessional/Diamonds Dancing
45. Rae Sremmurd – SR3MM
Favorite Tracks: Up In My Cocina, Perplexing Pegasus, Buckets, 42, Powerglide, Chanel, Changed Up and Guatemala
44. Playboi Carti – Die Lit
Favorite Tracks: Long Time, R.I.P, Shoota, Poke It Out, Home (KOD), Fell In Luv and Pull Up
43. Dave East Paranoia II
Favorite Tracks: Talk To Big, Prosper, Powder, Corey, I Can Not and I Found Keisha
42. Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
Favorite Tracks: Paranoid, Spoil My Night, rockstar, Psycho, 92 Explorer and Candy Paint
41. Buddy – Harlan and Alondra
Favorite Tracks: Real Life S**t, Black, Hey Up There, Trouble On Central, Trippin’, and Find Me 2
40. A$AP Rocky – Testing
Favorite Tracks: Distorted Records, A$AP Forever REMIX, Tony Tone, Praise The Lord, Buck Shots and OG Beeper
39. Kali Uchis – Isolation
Favorite Tracks: Tyrant, Nuestro Planeta, Feel Like A Fool, and After The Storm
39. Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
Favorite Songs: Lost & Found, Wandering Romance, Lifeboats (Freestyle), and The One
37. Teyana Taylor – K.T.S.E.
Favorite Tracks: Gonna Love Me and Rose In Harlem
36. Denzel Curry – TA13OO
Favorite Track: Clout Cobain, Cash Maniac, Sumo and Percs
35. Leon Bridges –Good Thing
Favorite Track: Bad Bad News and You Don’t Know
34. Drake – Scorpion
Favorite Tracks: Survival, Nonstop, God’s Plan, Mob Ties, Sandra’s Rose, Is There More and Jaded
33. Currensy, Freddie Gibbs, and the Alchemist – FETTI
Favorite Tracks: The Blow, Bundy Sincere and Location Remote
32. Blood Orange – Negro Swan
Favorite Tracks: Saint, Hope and Charcoal Baby
31. Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts
Favorite Tracks: 4th Dimension, Freeeee, and Reborn
30. Vince Staples – FM!
Favorite Tracks: Run The Bands, Don’t Get Chipped, Feels Like Summer, and Tweakin
29. Tom Misch – Geography
Favorite Tracks: Before Paris/Lost in Paris, South of the River, Movie, It Runs through Me, and Water Baby
28. Jeremih &Ty Dolla Sign – MihTy
Favorite Tracks: The Light, FYT, Goin Thru Some Thangz, Surrounded and Intimate
27. Royce Da 5’9 – Book of Ryan
Favorite Tracks: Cocaine, Caterpillar, Boblo Boat, Summer On Lock, and Woke
26. Octavion – Spaceman
Favorite Tracks: Stand Down, Build, Break That, Lightening, and Move Faster
*GET FAMILIAR WITH THE BOY*
25. Flatbush Zombies – Vacation In Hell
Favorite Tracks: HELL-O, Vacation, Headstone, Facts, Ask Courtney, and Crown
24. Benny The Butcher – Tana Talk 3
Favorite Tracks: 97 Hov, Rubber Band & Weight, Joe Pesci 38 and Broken Bottles
23. Masego – Lady Lady
Favorite Tracks: I Had A Vision, Old Age, Just A Little, Lady Lady, Tadow
22. Ariana Grande – Sweetener
Favorite Tracks: Blazed, Everytime, God Is A Woman, Borderline, Pete Davidson
21. Lupe Fiasco – Drogas
Favorite Tracks: Drogas, Manila, WAV Filies, Haile Selassie, Alan Forever, Stronger, and XO
20. Anderson .Paak – Oxnard
Favorite Tracks: The Chase, Tints, Who R U?, 6 Summers , Trippy, and Cheers
19. Kendrick Lamar/Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album
Favorite Tracks: All The Stars, Kings Dead, Pray For Me and Big Shot
18. 6LACK – East Atlanta Love Letter
Favorite Tracks: Pretty Little Fears, Nonchalant, Sorry, Switch, Seasons, and Stan
17. Meek Mill – CHAMPIONSHIPS
Favorite Tracks: Intro, Trauma, Uptown Vibes, On Me, What’s Free, Going Bad and 24/7
16. Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer
Favorite Track: Pynk, Americans, I Got The Juice, and Make Me Feel
15. The Carters – Everything Is Love
Favorite Tracks: SUMMER, APESHIT, LOVEHAPPY, BLACK EFFECT AND FRIENDS
14. The Internet – Hive Mind
Favor Tracks: Come Together,La Di Da, Bravo, Come Over and It Gets Better (With Time)
13. SiR – November
Favorite Tracks:D’Evils, Never Home, War, Better, That’s Alright and Dreaming of Me
12. Smino – NØIR
Favorite Tracks: KOVERT, KLINK, TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD, HOOPTI, FENTY SEX, AND PIZANO
11. Tierra Whack – Whack World
10. Saba – CARE FOR ME
Favorite Tracks: Broken Girls, Life, Prom/King and Logout
9. Noname – Room 25
Favorite Tracks: Montego Bae, Don’t Forget About Me and Prayer Song
8. J. Cole – KOD
Favorite Tracks: KOD, Photograph, ATM, Motiv8, Brackets and 1985
7. J.I.D – DiCaprio 2
Favorite Track: Slick Talk, Off Deez, 151 Rum, Off Da Zoinkys, Tiiied, Skrawberries, Hot Box and Hasta Luego
6. Jay Rock – Redemption
Favorite Tracks: King’s Dead, Win, The Bloodiest, OSOM, Wow Freestyle, and Redemption
5. Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Cardi B had herself hell of a year! I found it difficult putting her ahead of so many good albums but I had to be honest with myself and to you all. (Yes I am specifically referring to putting her ahead of Jay Rock’s ‘Redemption’) Cardi B makes a strong case as the Music Industry’s MVP in 2018. “Bodak Yellow” took all the way off. She had two #1 singles in “Bodak Yellow” and “I Like That.” She was the 5th female rapper in history with a #1 album. On top of that half her album was on Billboard Top 200 at one point and she had amazing features. Cardi B is a star and you can make a strong case for ‘Invasion of Privacy’ being #1 on my list but its my list, so NAH! Anyways, Congratulations Cardi on your success and thank you for delivering an amazing album. She is already off to a great start in 2019! Expecting big things!
4. Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap
“Last Time That I Checc’d,” this was arguably Nipsey’s best project! Maybe? Probably not. Let me chill because the hardcore Nipsey fans probably want to kill me for not having “Victory Lap” at #1! For me this was a phenomenal album but not THE BEST OF 2018. IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST, hence it being at #4 out of 50. This project had amazing production to go with flawless lyricism. Nipsey has been slept on for so long but I’m glad that “Victory Lap” allowed the casual hip hop/rap fans to get really really familiar with what elite talent looks like!
3. Mac Miller – Swimming
Damn… the untimely passing of Mac Miller will forever hurt. He was such a good guy and was truly loved by everyone. ‘Swimming’ was my favorite album this year for many reasons but I would like to make one thing clear. I am a Mac Miller stan but i didn’t let that cloud my judgement here. Also, this wasn’t a sympathy pick. I truly believe Mac had a Top 5 album this year. I’m prepared to debate anyone. This album was flawless and displayed Mac really mastering his craft with production and just overall song making. This was a real emotional body of work as he was battling a lot. It did seem like he was overcoming these obstacles but unfortunately we lost a young talent who really was underrated as a producer and an artist. I’m getting emotional talking about this so I’ll stop here. R.I.P Mac and thank you for everything!
2. Pusha-T – DAYTONA
Outside of ‘Swimming’, ‘Daytona’ was the project I played on repeat daily since its arrival this past summer. This album could easily be #1 as well. Though it is only seven tracks, there was a lot of things occurring in all seven tracks. Production was flawless. I know you all hate the producer but I’m not gonna let his political views seal off my ears. All seven tracks were so well produced. And the sampling?! Forget about it. It was dope. As expected too, Pusha-T delivered! Push is an artist who understands what his winning formula is and never creates without it!
For more insight on what makes ‘Daytona’ a Top 2 project this year, check out the album review.
1. Travis Scott – ASTROWORLD
ASTROWORLD WAS THE BEST ALBUM OF 2018 WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT!!!! I initially wrote a crazy long argument but deleted it because I think I covered everything in my album review for ‘Astroworld’ explaining why its the best album this year. Production may be its biggest strength here over lyricism but no one is checking for Travis to be all miracle lyrical on tracks. Its his ability to make songs that make him an elite artist. On top of that numbers don’t lie… You see how much he sold and how long he had held on to the #1 album spot! He may be the favorite to win “Best Rap Album” and “Album Of The Year” at the Grammy’s if #6 thru #2 on this list don’t win. Out of all the albums on this list outside of ‘Daytona’ and ‘Swimming’, ‘Astroworld’ has the most replay value. So yes ‘Astroworld’ was the #1 album of 2018! If you disagree, hit me up we’ll talk about it.
Thank You For Reading! Please, Please, Please Provide Me With Your Thoughts and Criticism! It’s All Love. Also Please Share This List With Your Friends & Family. Hopefully I Did A Good Job With Rankings Or At LEAST I Have A Better List Than Other Publications.