In Suave We Trust Presents…. “The Top 50 Albums of 2018”

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!?


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50. Camila Cabello – Camila

 Favorite Tracks: All These Years, Havana and In The Dark

 

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49. Saint JHN – Collection One

 Favorite Tracks: 3 Below, Surf Club, Roses, Reflex, and GOD BLESS THE RATCHETS

 

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48. Towkio – WWW.

 Favorite Tracks: Symophony, Hate to Love, 2 Da Moon and Forever

 

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47. Mick Jenkins – Pieces Of A Man

 Favorite Tracks: Barcelona, Understood and Soft Porn

 

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46. Joey Purp – QUARTERTHING

Favorite Tracks: 24K Gold/Sanctified, Elastic, QUARTERTHING, Look At My Wrist, and Fessional/Diamonds Dancing

 

 

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45. Rae Sremmurd – SR3MM

 Favorite Tracks: Up In My Cocina, Perplexing Pegasus, Buckets, 42, Powerglide, Chanel, Changed Up and Guatemala  

playboi carti44. Playboi Carti – Die Lit

Favorite Tracks: Long Time, R.I.P, Shoota, Poke It Out, Home (KOD), Fell In Luv and Pull Up

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43. Dave East Paranoia II

Favorite Tracks: Talk To Big, Prosper, Powder, Corey, I Can Not and I Found Keisha

 

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42. Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys

Favorite Tracks: Paranoid, Spoil My Night, rockstar, Psycho, 92 Explorer and Candy Paint

 

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41. Buddy – Harlan and Alondra

Favorite Tracks: Real Life S**t, Black, Hey Up There, Trouble On Central, Trippin’, and Find Me 2


 

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40. A$AP Rocky – Testing

 Favorite Tracks: Distorted Records, A$AP Forever REMIX, Tony Tone, Praise The Lord, Buck Shots and OG Beeper

 

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39. Kali Uchis – Isolation

 Favorite Tracks: Tyrant, Nuestro Planeta, Feel Like A Fool, and After The Storm 

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39. Jorja Smith – Lost & Found 

 Favorite Songs:  Lost & Found, Wandering Romance, Lifeboats (Freestyle), and The One

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37. Teyana Taylor – K.T.S.E.

Favorite Tracks: Gonna Love Me and Rose In Harlem 

 

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36. Denzel Curry – TA13OO

Favorite Track: Clout Cobain, Cash Maniac, Sumo and Percs

 

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 35. Leon Bridges –Good Thing

 Favorite Track: Bad Bad News and You Don’t Know

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 34. Drake – Scorpion

Favorite Tracks: Survival, Nonstop, God’s Plan, Mob Ties, Sandra’s Rose, Is There More and Jaded

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 33. Currensy, Freddie Gibbs, and the Alchemist – FETTI

 

Favorite Tracks: The Blow, Bundy Sincere and Location Remote

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32. Blood Orange – Negro Swan

Favorite Tracks: Saint, Hope and Charcoal Baby

 

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31. Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts

Favorite Tracks: 4th Dimension, Freeeee, and Reborn

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30. Vince Staples – FM!

Favorite Tracks: Run The Bands, Don’t Get Chipped, Feels Like Summer, and Tweakin 

 

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29. Tom Misch – Geography

Favorite Tracks: Before Paris/Lost in Paris, South of the River, Movie, It Runs through Me, and Water Baby

 

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28. Jeremih &Ty Dolla Sign – MihTy

Favorite Tracks: The Light, FYT, Goin Thru Some Thangz, Surrounded and Intimate

 

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27. Royce Da 5’9 – Book of Ryan

Favorite Tracks: Cocaine, Caterpillar, Boblo Boat, Summer On Lock, and Woke 

 

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26. Octavion – Spaceman

Favorite Tracks: Stand Down, Build, Break That, Lightening, and Move Faster

*GET FAMILIAR WITH THE BOY*

 

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25. Flatbush Zombies – Vacation In Hell

Favorite Tracks: HELL-O, Vacation, Headstone, Facts, Ask Courtney, and Crown

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24. Benny The Butcher – Tana Talk 3

Favorite Tracks: 97 Hov, Rubber Band & Weight, Joe Pesci 38 and Broken Bottles

 

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23. Masego – Lady Lady

Favorite Tracks: I Had A Vision, Old Age, Just A Little, Lady Lady, Tadow

 

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22. Ariana Grande – Sweetener

Favorite Tracks: Blazed, Everytime, God Is A Woman, Borderline, Pete Davidson

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21. Lupe Fiasco – Drogas 

Favorite Tracks: Drogas, Manila, WAV Filies, Haile Selassie, Alan Forever, Stronger, and  XO


TOP 20!!!

 

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20. Anderson .Paak – Oxnard

Favorite Tracks: The Chase, Tints, Who R U?, 6 Summers , Trippy, and Cheers

 

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19. Kendrick Lamar/Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album

Favorite Tracks: All The Stars, Kings Dead, Pray For Me and Big Shot

 

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18. 6LACK – East Atlanta Love Letter

Favorite Tracks: Pretty Little Fears, Nonchalant, Sorry, Switch, Seasons, and Stan

 

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17. Meek Mill – CHAMPIONSHIPS

Favorite Tracks: Intro, Trauma, Uptown Vibes, On Me, What’s Free, Going Bad and 24/7

 

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16. Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

Favorite Track: Pynk, Americans, I Got The Juice, and Make Me Feel

 

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15. The Carters – Everything Is Love 

Favorite Tracks: SUMMER, APESHIT, LOVEHAPPY, BLACK EFFECT AND FRIENDS

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14. The Internet – Hive Mind

Favor Tracks: Come Together,La Di Da, Bravo, Come Over and It Gets Better (With Time)

 

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13. SiR – November

Favorite Tracks:D’Evils, Never Home, War, Better, That’s Alright and Dreaming of Me

 

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12. Smino – NØIR

Favorite Tracks: KOVERT, KLINK, TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD, HOOPTI, FENTY SEX, AND PIZANO

 

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11. Tierra Whack – Whack World

 

 

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10. Saba – CARE FOR ME

Favorite Tracks: Broken Girls, Life, Prom/King and Logout

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9. Noname – Room 25 

Favorite Tracks: Montego Bae, Don’t Forget About Me and Prayer Song

 

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8. J. Cole – KOD

Favorite Tracks: KOD, Photograph, ATM, Motiv8, Brackets and 1985

 

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7. J.I.D – DiCaprio 2

Favorite Track: Slick Talk, Off Deez, 151 Rum, Off Da Zoinkys, Tiiied, Skrawberries, Hot Box and Hasta Luego

 

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6. Jay Rock – Redemption

Favorite Tracks: King’s Dead, Win, The Bloodiest, OSOM, Wow Freestyle, and Redemption


TOP 5!!!!!

 

 

 

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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! 


 

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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!


 

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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!


 

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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.

https://insuavewetrust.com/2018/06/04/pusha-t-daytona-review-stream/


 

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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. 

https://insuavewetrust.com/2018/08/21/travis-scott-astroworld-album-review/

 


 

 

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. 

 

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Jorja Smith – Lost & Found (Album Review)

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Jorja Smith has ARRIVED. After a long three years Jorja Smith finally steps into spotlight all whiles taking her first steps into Super Stardom.  It’s crazy that in a matter of a year or so Jorja went from the gorgeous Starbucks barista to singing the hook on “Get It Together”, one of my favorite songs and a stand out track on  Drake’s ‘More Life’ album (playlists) in 2017. This was just the beginning though for a big year for Miss Smith. This led her to appearances on the soundtracks to “Black Panther” and Issa Rae’s hit TV show “Insecure.” She also could be found on some major singles with Stormzy and Kali Uchis where she displayed her versatility. With her debut album, “Lost & Found,” the 20-year-old singer attempts to prove she can carry a complete project of her own!


Tracklist & Ratings

  1. LOST & FOUND (5/5)
  2. TEENAGE FANTASY (4.5/5)
  3. WHERE DID I GO (4.5/5)
  4. FEBRUARY 3RD (4.75/5)
  5. ON YOUR OWN (4.4/5)
  6. THE ONE (5/5)
  7. WANDERING ROMANCE (5/5)
  8. BLUE LIGHTS (5/5)
  9. LIFEBOATS (FREESTYLE) (5/5)
  10. GOODBYES (4.5/5)
  11. TOMORROW (4.5/5)
  12. DON’T WATCH ME CRY (4.75/5)

Favorite Tracks: Lost & Found, Wandering Romance, Lifeboats (Freestyle), and The One


 I obviously take my time when I review albums. Sometimes I know right away how I feel about a project. Most times I like a project and then revisit it several times in a period of two weeks sometimes to a month and I still enjoy a project. Sometimes I discover issues and I feel a different way. In my opinion it’s the best way to take in the music and give an accurate read if something is “Hot” or “Not.” I took my time with this one.

Jorja Smith justified the hype surrounding her with her debut album “Lost & Found.” “Lost & Found” finds the 20-year-old singer delivering 12 tracks circling around heartbreak.  This debut is a follow up to Jorja’s 2016 EP ‘Project 1’. You can see the growth from that project to ‘Lost & Found’. A few songs that stood out to me were “Lost &Found,” “Life Boats,” “The One” and my favorite track, “Wandering Romance.” “Life Boats Freestyle” was super dope. Jorja on here reminded me so much of Lauryn Hill. The way she sang and melodically rapped on a very backpack rap/soulful beat. I’m not too sure this was really a freestyle but none the less. This track was amazing. “The One” was another dope song that showcased some of Jorja’s best singing. You could literally feel her emotion from every lyric and note that was sung. The album titled track “Lost & Found” was an excellent choice as the opening track for this project. This song is extremely soulful and carries some feel-good vibes. Man do I love Jorja’s accent on here……sheesh. Wandering Romance was my favorite track on here. From the production, to Jorja’s singing and the overall feels generated from Jorja’s deep soul quenching words, this song is the best song on the album. I definitely am in a mood as I say this so maybe I am wrong but In my opinion this is the best song on this project.

There was a lot of good on the album. This project was carefully constructed and full of many different sounds. There were no features on this album and I feel that this was an excellent move by Jorja. This was a confident move that pays off as her songwriting decisions prove a clear command of her range. It looks as is the plan for ‘Lost & Found’ as a project full of love songs and heart break. Instead my view on this project was that it was a plethora of complex songs with concepts surrounding desires, emotional clarity and directness in love and self. Also I do have to mention the strongest moments of the album had to be the carefree and bouncy rapping of “Lifeboats” and the heartbreaking “Blue Lights”, a tale of cycles of racial profiling that places her powerful voice front and center.

That being said, I do not have any real issues on this project. Jorja Smith is really making a name for herself.  Throughout these 12 songs, Jorja shows a mastery of many different styles and ability to capitalize on her musical experiments. I obviously liked some tracks more than others but as a collective this debut album by the lovely Jorja Smith was amazing to say the least. 

 

Rating: 9.8/10

 

Song Of The Day 7/15/2018: Jorja Smith – Wandering Romance

 

Jorja Smith is the one! She has such an amazing and powerful voice. I can’t believe she’s only 20 years old. Today’s #SongOfTheDay is “Wandering Romance” off of Jorja Smith’s debut album ‘Lost & Found.’ This was my favorite track off the UK products amazing solo effort. Honestly there is a lot I want to say about this song but I’ll save it for the album review. I basically was in my feels and this song came on shuffle and i probably played it 10 times straight. Anyways enjoy!