Hip Hop Dependency: Best Albums Of 2018

Well, here we are!   Our Top 10 albums from 2018.   I literally listened to hundreds of projects this year so giving you a top ten was no easy task considering not only the number of albums but also the quality.  And these lists are always prone to spark debate and conversation, but that’s part of the fun, isn’t it?  I simply wanted to shine a light on my favorite joints this year and in part give my definitive salute as a fan to these artists and their body of work.   Here we go…Enjoy!!

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2018 Hip Hop Dependency Artist Of The Year: Recognize Ali

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It’s been five years since we actually did and end of the year segment where we lauded particular artists and albums for their efforts.   2018 has felt like the right time and place to bring that back our Artist Of The Year accolade.  Recognize Ali embodies the dope movement we saw this past year.  He put out five albums, all of which are dope, none of which are identical.  They are distinctive in sound and all offer something great to hip-hop fans of all walks.  He was also probably featured more times than anyone else this year on projects from others.   In short, his immense talent matched an unrelenting work ethic that was matched by few others this year.

It is when talent and work ethic reach such high levels that we feel compelled to do something special to share that unique gift with our audience.  So please listen to the man’s music…pass the word along to others and read this interview he so graciously granted us.  It’s a great read! We’ve also included a few of our favorite Recognize Ali cutz for your listening pleasure at the end.  Enjoy!

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2018: Best EPs

So here is a list of my favorite EPs from 2018.   I easily could have extended this list to 25 projects and been really comfortable about that.  However, I really wanted to showcase what I consider to be the best projects in a year where there was so much greatness to consider.  In the end, there were no votes, judges, or etcetera.  This was simply a matter of personal preference.  I hope you enjoy these projects as much as I did.

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Single You Out: Grieves – Games (ft. Greater Than)

Grieves is back with some newness, and I have actually been sharing a lot of craft about town locally these days.  He just has that knack for hitting on feelings and issues that everyone has gone through at some point.  A maestro of emotion we shall call him.  So enjoy this new cut with his brethren Greater Than as they involve that crazy chick we have all grown to love to hate haha.

Single You Out: Ca$ablanca – Anarchy ’99 / The Wynd / Rush Hour (ft. Supreme Cerebral)

Late last night, I was speaking on Twitter about how Ca$ablanca is one of the hardest working talents in hip-hop and there’s no better way to solidify that point with this post.

I have here three incredibly dope yet different singles he has put out within the last month…and since I am little behind in posting I am going to share them all with you so you get the full effect as to what he is capable of as an artist.  As a matter of fact I am missing a couple of tracks from this period.

We’ve got a solid an eclectic production sampling here from The Architect, Chapter 19, and Rob Deniro along with guest bars from Supreme Cerebral.

 

Single You Out: Recognize Ali x C-Lance – God Of Doom

Recognize Ali and C-Lance join forces for this illness entitled God Of Doom.  And Ali sounds so good over this Lance production.  The track has a certain intensity to it which leads to a very aggressive flow from our emcee.   I really like the viciousness we have here.  And the cuts from Tone Spliff only accentuate that.

Lance and Ali have a project coming out that will undoubtedly be a must-cop for this year.

And if you haven’t done so, make sure you check out our 2018 Artist Of The Year Interview with Recognize Ali.  It’s must reading!

Single You Out: Supreme Cerebral – Set Trip

Supreme Cerebral does not stop dropping that fire.  He is quickly becoming one of the hardest working emcees in the game dropping consistenly and ferociously.   And speaking of ferocity…that’s exactly what you get with this Vinyl Villain induced track.  This track’s destiny lands as the second single from The Ultimate Mind, set to drop in either June or July.

Single You Out: Billy Danze – Ain’t Gone Do Shit (ft. Lil Fame x Teflon) (Prod Quincy Tones)

Oh this joint is that fiya!  Quincy Tones laced something epic in my mind here!  This beat and that sample are just a ridiculously dope combination.  It’s perfect some lyrical roughness from Billy Danze, Lil Fame, and Teflon to rock over.   It’s very gully.

And I am super excited for this Danze project, 6 Pack, to drop.  I have always felt his verse and long since thought we needed a solo effort from him, and thus we have been duly rewarded.

Enjoy this record!