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Exclaim!'s Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums of 2018

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums of 2018

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9. cupcakKe - Ephorize

cupcakKe - Ephorize
January 5, 2018
Critic Score
8 reviews

8. Vince Staples - FM!

Vince Staples - FM!
November 2, 2018
Critic Score
14 reviews

Vince has managed to not only be acerbic but entertaining on his newest release. Its only drawback is its extremely short runtime.

7. Tierra Whack - Whack World

Tierra Whack - Whack World
May 30, 2018
Critic Score
5 reviews

6. Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD

Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD
August 3, 2018
Critic Score
20 reviews

Astroworld finally hit the Earth like a meteor, and it's an epic ride for the senses riddled with illustrious features, heavyweight production and is the most polished Travis Scott has ever been.

5. The Carters - Everything Is Love

The Carters - Everything Is Love
June 16, 2018
Critic Score
23 reviews
With incredible production and plenty of Easter eggs for fans to decode, the project more than lives up to its potential, with enough flame emojis to satisfy hip-hop heads and the Bey-hive alike.

4. Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS

Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS
June 8, 2018
Critic Score
21 reviews
Sitting at a painfully short seven songs, the project is every bit as good as it should be; this is genuinely the reintroduction to both artists the world deserves.

3. Noname - Room 25

Noname - Room 25
September 14, 2018
Critic Score
16 reviews

If Noname has one glaring weakness, it's a tendency to ramble without ever seeing the need to switch up her rat-tat-tat triplet flow. She does, though, have the rumpled, mellower-than-thou swagger to pull it off, and why complain when Room 25 is the prettiest rap record to come along in months?

2. Pusha T - Daytona

Pusha T - Daytona
May 25, 2018
Critic Score
21 reviews

DAYTONA, the long-awaited new LP by Pusha T, boasts a mostly sinewy and understated sound that'll leave hip-hop heads in revelry.

1. Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
20 reviews

While Cardi B's own relationship with Migos's Offset has been thrown into the spotlight, Invasion of Privacy feels like her Lemonade moment, one that magnifies her insecurities for public consumption.

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