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.
Planet Asia is an originator and the style and vision he has shown have been the template for so many artists, and I think it’s about time people give credit to where it is due. He’s been cultivating his sound for almost two decades and remains a gold standard for me and my ear over the years. And he’s back at it, flipping his smooth style along with comrade, TriState, over another delicious treat from Dirty Diggs.
His new album, Keita, is in the works and we should hopefully be seeing that soon.
Who is doing smooth hip-hop better than the producer Dirty Diggs? Who has been a more prolific producer in 2018 other than, you guessed it, Dirty Diggs? The answer is no one. The man is next level and he linked up with an incredibly talented emcee, Nowaah The Flood for their collaborative project, Private Stock. On the track, The Gratuity, the duo links up with the legend Planet Asia. Smooth production + dope bars = fiya track!
One thing Dirty Diggs knows is how to do smooth. And he formulates another slick production this time for the emcee Waterr to do his thing over. The two execute on this perfectly and sound great together. That is a good thing considering the two have a collaborative project entitled, WIZARD of the CRYSTAL, dropping in just a few days. So make sure you stay tuned for that goodness.
I wanted to share some of this music from the Gasol Sauce project by emcees Sauce Heist, Jamal Gasol, and producer Dirty Diggs. I was pretty skeptical about dropping 18 bones on a project of this length. But what the tracks lack in length, they make up for in quality.
This is really good music! Blood Thicker Den Water is my favorite track as Diggs uses this violin sample to perfection as it wraps around and intertwines between Heist and Gasol’s tough sixteens.
I think you’ll agree with me on this one. Check out the track and consider copping the album if you are loving.
Sav Killz unleashes a hidden banger from the vaults that features an electric line up of emcees including Planet Asia and Killa Ben. Gold Chain Military in full effect! These gents are rocking over an instrumental crafted by Dirty Diggs. The strings over the drums give this track a hard hitting yet funky vibe. How this track was unreleased until now is beyond me. This track is ill. Banger & B-Sides 2 is coming!