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: Little Vic – Roy Demeo (prod. by Erick Sermon)

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I missed this Little Vic track from over a week ago, but it deserves A LOT of love.  This joint produced by Erick Sermon is sounding all sorts of epic!  Sermon’s production here is nothing short of remarkable.  I love the horn sample and the drums hit hard.   Vic then demolishes the track with wordplay that only he’s capable of putting together.   I mean he is flipping on names on this track that will have you rewinding and playing back again.  You can’t say that about too much material these days!

Single You Out: Diabolic x Vandeslice – Think Of That

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Oh yea!  Diabolic is back and as ruthless as ever when on the mic.  He has so many quotables it’s hard to keep up with and I have been a fan of his from probably over a decade ago.  And he feels right at home flippin’ on this production from Vanderslice.  That’s a good thing considering they have an album called Collusion dropping on April 12th.

Single You Out: Dirt Platoon – Hand To The Man (prod. by Low Cut)

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Some newness from the almighty Dirt Platoon and you know they are coming for heads on this track produced by DJ Low Cut.  This pairing of emcees continues to prove to be a great combination.   Low Cut has an outstanding knack for creating bangers and the Platoon has that certified roughness to make the most of the effort.

This track is off of the newly release Parimore EP.  You should definitely cop!

Single You Out: Cayoz Da Emcee x Mic Handz – Not Hiding (Prod. By: Sojourn)

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Some new music from The Animal Gang’s, Cayoz Da Emcee and Mic Handz rocking over some production from Sojourn.    I really like the choppy and staccato nature of the track.  The piano chops and the drums really hit hard and I like how they fade in certain parts of the emcees’ verses which are strong to say the least.  This is definitely a track to get you hype this Sunday morning!

Gripz x Rigz (Da Cloth) – Gimmicks (Prod Boger) (Video)

One of the artists we have repped with since our inception has been Gripz, and now he’s been upping the ante, linking up with one of our more recent stalwarts on the site, Rigz.  The two prove to be a dynamic combination for the track, Gimmicks.   Lots of well crafted bars on this joint with production laced from Boger.

This track is lifted from the forthcoming album from Gripz, GunPowder, dropping in a couple weeks time.

Grieves – Let the Devil In (Video)

Grieves has been steadily churning out dope singles over the course of the last few weeks, and I have to say I have been bumping quite a lot of his music, in general, to compliment my mind state as it is right now.  His music resonates with me.  What can I say?

Let The Devil In though is on another level.  The sentiment here is just dopeness.  He showcases a more unheralded lyrical talent here which I like, as he is known for his emotional content, and brilliant songwriting.  Here is a more raw look at the lyrical prowess of one of our favorite emcees.

Single You Out: Jack Jones – Ghost in a Shell (ft. Prince Po and Spectac)

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Audyssey (Mass Influence, Soundsci) is Jack Jones and he has a new album, The Fix,  out that I want to showcase with some immediacy.   I haven’t listened to the whole thing yet, but after hearing this track with Prince Po and Spectac, you are gonna wanna cop just like I did.  This joint has a high degree of lyrical integrity and meaning which is complemented by some dope yet therapeutic production from, Tris Ol’English’ Browne.

So let’s all reach a consensus and embrace the dope!  Don’t tell me you don’t love it!

M-Dot – Price Of Love (prod. by Jon Glass) (Video)

M-Dot has earned his spot and every accolade given not only by the God-given immense talent he has but by the infinite sacrifice that he has given in the name of music.  And you are going to hear that in every bar given on this joint, Price Of Love, produced by Jon Glass.

You can find this joint and many more dope goodies on the new compilation from Own Lane music, Stay In Your Lane Vol 1.

Sutter Kain & Appollo Valdez – Dark Midnight (Video)

Sutter Kain and Appollo Valdez have a project dropping this coming Friday entitled, Dark Midnight, that I am pretty excited about especially after witnessing this video.   Sutter Kain (DJ Bless) has always been a phenomenal producer that doesn’t get enough praise for his work.    He has a diverse repertoire but when it comes to delivering boom bap in lethal doses,  he shows the skill of a master craftsman.  Valdez shows an unquestionable talent, building off of his efforts from the project, Pull The Fuckin Trigger.   These are no amateurs…this is grown man talent and business and I am expecting unfiltered dopeness when the album drops…already pre-ordered.