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!!
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!
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.
This is what the world needed right now…K-Beta connecting with DJ J-Scrilla for this fire yet, deeply personal and introspective track. Which really, in turn, makes it even more personal. This make is some extremely powerful material that Beta is talking about here, and Scrilla utilizing this Styx loop over these drums really conveys the point.
Can’t wait to hear more.
I didn’t get to post this video a week ago, but I am still going to be sharing it because it’s that kind of dope people need to hear. You’ve got Rigz and Milano Constatine paying homage to the legend Big L with this short but compelling joint. Constatine laces a nice beat for Rigz who really represents. This joint goes hard.
Don’t confuse talent with pride, that’s just your ego / At once side you can dunk a little, but lack a free throw.
Reks and Little Vic get busy over a fresh production for the single, Reversed Latin. The lyricism and cadence of each emcee is complimentary, making this short track packed with quotables such as this one from Vic.
You ain’t got no fucking power here / Try to wrestle my thoughts , leave em’ cauliflower ear
Muggs and Eto linking up proves to instantly be an ill combination. Muggs is lacing up something that can best be described as sinister, with this latest production, and only made more so with the visuals. Eto, meanwhile, is making an early push for busiest emcee in the business. He is bringing a gritty fire to this track.
Hells Roof is the forthcoming album, and this has all the trappings of something great.
First single from Waterr and Farmabeats new project which is dropping on 02/22/2019. This is smooth and yet haunting at the same time. Waterr and guest Ty Farris navigate the dark corners of Farmabeats’ production, with survival tactic and the differential for what it takes to make it in the hustle.
I just listened to this album last night and was reminded how much I love Locksmith’s flow. His introspection and observational lyricism puts him in a class by himself. He and Benton are a really great pairing.
We always promote Nutso and his music. 2018 was a really quiet year for one of our favorite artists but he’s already setting a dope tone for the new year. If you haven’t been in the know…get familiar!