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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Apollo Brown x Joell Ortiz – Grace Of God (Video)

Here’s another dope visual from Apollo Brown and Joell Ortiz’s new album, Mona Lisa. Ortiz divulges thoughts and experiences from his past encased in the skill and lyricism that we have come to expect. He goes in on the images that he used to emulate as a child, and gives praise that he made it out of all of the pitfalls if nothing but the grace of God. He reflects over an Apollo Brown beat that has it all. He makes musical harmony out of drums, horns, strings, and scratching. Definitely memorable off a really dope project.

Ras Kass – SOI3 (ft. K-Rino) (prod. Apollo Brown) (Video)

Man,  I love this reworking of a classic!  You’ve got K-Rino joining Ras Kass trading verses over an Apollo Brown reworking of the Diamond D classic remix of the original which is a sacred treasure of mine and many.

I really do love the addition of K-Rino to the track as he is one of the illest emcees, and also amongst the most underrated.  His bars here are primo.  Respect!

Can’t wait for the new project!

Apollo Brown x Joell Ortiz – Cocaine Fingertips (Video)

Apollo Brown and Joell Ortiz have a new collaborative album out called Mona Lisa which is quite dope.  This track, Cocaine Fingertips, is not just given the video treatment, but more or less the cinematic treatment.   Brown drops a tight beat in stealth mode with Ortiz painting some ill lines with his super refined flow, all mingled in this video between a Pablo Escobar-esque story line.

Very entertaining….COP THE ALBUM.

Single You Out: Apollo Brown x Locksmith – Litmus

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Apollo Brown and Locksmith launch the second single from their forthcoming album, No Question.    The unison of Brown and Lock is that of deep seeded soul colliding with profound lyrical talent.  The result has been amazing thus far.   This song is beautiful through and through and a testament to what two great artists can accomplish together.

This album has all the potential in the world and we will be blessed with it’s presence in about a month. (June 15th to be exact)

Apollo Brown x Planet Asia – The Aura (Video)

Who’s excited about this collaborative project from Apollo Brown and Planet Asia, Anchovies, dropping next Friday? I know I am. These two artists are at the top of their game right now. Brown gives us blessings in the subtlest of forms with a stripped down, yet impactful production. Asia CONSISTENTLY proves that he has one of the sharpest flows in the game without a let down.

REKS – H.I.P.H.O.P. (prod. by Apollo Brown) (Video)

Reks crafted this video single from his 2016 album, The Greatest X. The production hails from the mind of none other than Apollo Brown.

The acronym stands for H.er I.finite P.owers H.elp O.ppressed P.eople. The music stands for the genre that assist people through difficult times and struggle. As an artist, Reks expresses how the music became a vehicle of expression for him. Dope track from a dope album.

Ugly Heroes – Daisies (Video)

Ugly Heroes release a video for the track Daisies, from their much vaunted album, Everything In Between.

The realness in this song, this album, and this group, really relates to people.  There is such a human element to everything they do.  They are humbling and at the same time motivating.  As a listener and a fan they always inspire me especially during difficult times.

Enjoy.

 

 

Single You Out: Verbal Kent – Suitcase Switch (ft. Freddie Gibbs)

Verbal Kent is back with the backing of Apollo Brown and Freddie Gibbs for his new single, Suitcase Switch.  The production from Apollo Brown is absolutely beautiful.  It’s got so much soul packed into the span of four minutes.  Kent and Gibbs do an admirable job spitting some nice bars with their own divergent styles.  Kent keeps a rapid delivery while Gibbs relies on a more methodical approach to rocking the mic.  It all comes together nicely.

Verbal Kent’s new album, Anesthesia, drops on September 11th.