Top 30 Albums of 2018! (Hip-Hop and R&B)

Top 30 Albums of 2018! (Hip-Hop and R&B)

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30. Apollo Brown & Locksmith – No Question Review
29. The Alchemist – Bread Review
28. Big KRIT – Thrice X, Trifecta & Double Down Reviews &
27. Bun B – Return Of The Trill Review
26. Freddie Gibbs – Freddie Review
25. Reason – There You Have It Review
24. Vince Staples – FM! Review
23. Jorja Smith – Lost & Found Review
22. Black Thought – Streams Of Thought Vol. 2 Review
21. Black Thought – Streams Of Thought Vol. 1 Review
20. Ghostface Killah – The Lost Tapes Review
19. Nick Grant – Dreamin’ Out Loud Review
18. Black Milk – FEVER Review
17. Evidence – Weather Or Not Review
16. Buddy – Harlan & Alondra Review
15. Freddie Gibbs & Currensy – Fetti Review
14. Payroll Giovanni & Cardo – Big Bossin’ Vol. 2 Review
13. Phonte – No News Is Good News Review
12. Maxo Kream – Punken Review
11. Blood Orange – Negro Swan Review
10. Royce da 5’9″ – Book Of Ryan Review
9. Jericho Jackson – Self-Titled Review
8.Mick Jenkins – Pieces Of A Man Review (Collaboration With Granddad Woolly)
7. Apathy – The Widow’s Son Review
6. Masta Ace & Marco Polo – A Breukelen Story Review
5. Benny The Butcher – Tana Talk 3 Review
4. Denzel Curry – Taboo Review
3. Lupe Fiasco – Drogas Wave Review
2. Saba – Care For Me Review
1. Avantdale Bowling Club – Self-Titled Review

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Oisín Metcalf says:

Great list man, here’s mine:

10. Some Rap Songs
9. Oxnard
8. FM!
6. Avantdale Bowling Club
5. Badkid
4. Dear Annie
3. Wizville
2. November
1. TA13OO


Leuk, Negro Swan, Project 0, MUDBOY, Marlowe, Elevators: act 1 & 2, CARE FOR ME, White Bronco, DiCaprio 2, Swimming, ASTROWORLD, Carter V, Paraffin, Hell or High Water, Joy as an Act of Resistance, Mona Lisa, Harlan & Alondra, TESTING, Zwart, Daytona
(Leuk & Zwart are two Dutch albums which are also worth mentioning if you want some foreign pop rap)

Generic Username says:

If you like Avantdale Bowling Club, you’ve gotta check out the new Ambrose Akinmusire album…perfect blend of jazz and rap.

DXzotic says:

No Planet Asia???

Dedrick Grandstaff says:

1- Payroll Giovanni
2- Pusha T
3- Jim Jones
4- Conway

joshdimichele18 says:

My top 5 are:
1. Taboo
2. DiCaprio 2
3. A love letter t you 3
4. Carter 5
5. Die lit

Generic Username says:

I pretty much gave up on hip hop over the last few years, but this list introduced me to some great new music (Saba, Maxo Kream, etc). Thanks for that!

robbe hajnal says:

no j.i.d. ? :/

Ethan Frey says:

My List for 2018
1: Kids See Ghosts – KSG
2: Vacation In Hell – Flatbush Zombies
3: TA1300 – Denzel Curry
4: Testing – A$AP Rocky
5: Daytona – Pusha T
6: Oxnard – Anderson Paak
7: ye – Kanye
8: Astroworld – Travis Scott
9: Apologies In Advance – Sylvan LaCue
10: Arcstrumentals Vol. 2 – Erick Arc Elliot

Honorable Mentions – DiCaprio 2, Weather Or Not, Surrender Your Soul, Carter 5, Beware The Book Of Eli, Drogas Wave, Victory Lap, Stream Of Thought Vol. 2, On The Rvn EP

Matija Kovačević says:

Damn, so many records I didn’t listen to on your list, I guess I gotta dig up more music next year. Great list Luke!

Casey Pyles says:

Where’s the Indy list at??

Justin Hughes says:

Happy New Year, Luke! Good list. TA1300 scores very high, quite possibly album of the year in my book. Zeltron always delivers!

Ben Varney says:

Glad you showed pieces of a man some love, dope album. Gonna check that maxo cream, must’ve missed your review on that one

Christopher Mezidor says:

Top ten rap albums of 2018 in no particular order:

1. Denzel curry – taboo
2. Mick Jenkins- pieces of a man
3. Saba – care for me
4. Roc marciano- rosebud’s revenge 2: the bitter dose
5. Playboi carti – die lit
6. Phonte – no news is good news
7. Freddie Gibbs, curren$y, alchemist – fetti
8. Earl sweatshirt- some rap songs
9. Reason – there you have it
10. Evidence – weather or not

Honerable mentions:
1. Vince Staples- fm
2. Freddie Gibbs – Freddie
3. Kodak black – dying to live
4. 21 savage – I am > I was
5. Elzhi and krysis- Jericho jackson
6. JPEGMAFIA – veteran
7. Reason – there you have it

Hands down 2018 has been one of the best years for music! So many great albums drop and I hope the momentum keeps going in 2019

Eymon Miller says:

Top 10

10 earl sweatshirt – some rap songs
9 earl sweatshirt – some rap songs
8 earl sweatshirt – some rap songs
7 earl sweatshirt – some rap songs
6 earl sweatshirt – some rap songs
5 earl sweatshirt – some rap songs
4 earl sweatshirt – some rap songs
3 earl sweatshirt – some rap songs
2 earl sweatshirt – some rap songs
1 earl sweatshirt – some rap songs

Ezequiel Renovato says:

Didn’t listen to a bunch of Hip Hop this year but here’s my list in no particular order
Busdriver – Electricity is in our side
Lupe Fiasco – Drogas Wave
Evidence – Weather or Not
Phonte – No News is Good News
Jean Grae & Quelle Chris – Everything’s fine
Jericho Jackson – Jericho Jackson
Milo – Budding Ornithologists
Denzel Curry – Ta13oo
Murs – A Strange Journey into the Unimaginable
Pusha T – Daytona
Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts

YouYouYou!!! says:

Thanks for the list of Boom Bap & Jazz Hop album albums. Time to update my playlist.


Was waiting for Jericho Jackson the entire time but I was like there’s no way this shit doesn’t get in the top 10

a. lathan says:

Dope picks home I played evidence album so many times a long with Benny the butcher love that phonate too my favorites this year
1.supreme blintile
2.Conway baclkkk tape
3.tana talk 3
4. Roc Marciano Rosebud’s revenge 2
5.pusha t Daytona
6. Black thought stream’s of thought vol 2
7.flee lord lord talk vol 2
8.nine king album
9. Kool Keith Dr octagon goosebumps 2018
10.evidence weather or not
I did a top 18 its on my IG page hope u have dope new year’s man

Jordan Scott says:

Nice list man. Plenty of new recommendables for me also. I’ll be back and add another 10 after I’m set on my list.

1.) Black Thought & Salaam Remi – Streams of Thought, Vol. 2
2.) Black Milk – FEVER
3.) Evidence – Weather or Not
4.) Travi$ Scott – ASTROWORLD
5.) Roc Marciano & DJ Muggs – KAOS
6.) Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs
7.) Westside Gunn – Supreme Blientele
8.) Freddie Gibbs – Freddie
9.) Denzel Curry – TA13OO
10.) JPEGMAFIA – Veteran

11.) Benny – Tana Talk 3
12.) Pusha T – DAYTONA
13.) Roc Marciano – Rosebudd’s Revenge 2: The Bitter Dose
14.) Chris Orrick (Red Pill) – Portraits
15.) Conway – Everybody is F.O.O.D.
16.) Meyhem Lauren & Harry Fraud – Glass
17.) Curren$y – Parking Lot Music
18.) The Doppelgangaz – AAAGGGGHHHHH!!
19.) Vanderslice – The Best Album Money Can Buy

Aaron Walls says:

My top 10 –
10) Andy Mineo – I: The Arrow
09) Andy Mineo – II: The Sword
08)Joell Ortiz & Apollo Brown – Mona Lisa
07)Conway The Machine – Everybody Is Food 2: Eat What U Kill
06)Currency & Freddie Gibbs – Fetti
05)Evidence – Weather Or Not
04)Benny The Butcher – Tana Talk 3
03)Skyzoo – In Celebration Of Us
02)Royce Da 5’9 – Book Of Ryan
01) Black Eyed Peas – Masters Of The Sun Vol. 1

nae nae says:

You look like Mero my G.

Corbano says:

Glad to see Bun B’s album on here. Underrated album this year. Those Black Thought and Gibbs projects were fantastic as well. Great list, gonna check out the one’s I hadn’t heard of yet.

Gustavo Galeana says:


paul banks says:

My Top 30 Albums of 2018 are:
30. Skyzoo – In Celebration of Us
29. Apollo Brown & Locksmith – No Question
28. Armand Hammer – Paraffin
27. Grandmilly & Shozae – Adventureland
26. Roc Marciano – Behold A Dark Horse
25. Vinnie Paz – The Pain Collector
24. Milo – Budding Ornithologists Are Weary Of Tired Analogies
23. Mach-Hommy – Duck CZN: Chinese Algebra
22. Ghostface Killah – The Lost Tapes
21. Nowaah The Flood & DirtyDiggs – Private Stock
20. Masta Ace & Marco Polo – A Breukelen Story
19. DJ Muggs & Roc Marciano – Koas
18. Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist – Fetti
17. Mosik & Koncise – The Dots
16. Rast RFC – I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
15. Smoovth & Giallo Point – Medellin II
14. The God Fahim – Dump Gawd: Dream Killer
13. $auce Heist & DirtyDiggs – Diamond Dust Shoes
12. Westside Gunn – Supreme Blientele
11. Roc Marciano – RR2: The Bitter Dose
10. Jimmie D & Nicholas Craven – Rockhead Paradise
9. Black Milk – Fever
8. AA Rashid – Dogfood
7. Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz – Mona Lisa
6. Bishop Nehru – Elevators: Act I & II
5. Chris Orrick – Portraits
4. Marlowe (L’Orange & Solemn Brigham) – Marlowe
3. Apathy – The Widow’s Son
2. Hermit & The Recluse (KA & Animoss) – Orpheus vs. The Sirens
1. Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs

Deion Reed says:

Wait no push t

Jalen says:

Low-key I look at your list to listen to shit i missed this year to listen too

Darren Kennedy says:

Should check out Kool G Rap & 38 Spesh – Son of G Rap , dope project!

Nick Moss says:

Nice to see so many things that got so little love here. You’re literally the only person I recall even mentioning Apathy, Black Milk, or Bun B.

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