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PopMatters' 10 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2018

PopMatters' 10 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2018

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10. Migos - Culture II

Migos - Culture II
January 26, 2018
Critic Score
21 reviews

While not all of these 24 songs are equally impressive, nothing about Culture II feels like they're going through the motions. And as often as they seem to be stretching out one musical approach while fixating on the luxuries of success (cars, diamonds, plentiful cash), there's very little about Culture II that feels shallow.

9. Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
20 reviews
Whatever it is that attracts us to blunt, vengeful gangsta rap, Cardi B has perfected it here.

7. Jay Rock - Redemption

Jay Rock - Redemption
June 15, 2018
Critic Score
10 reviews

5. Kanye West - ye

Kanye West - ye
June 1, 2018
Critic Score
32 reviews

Although not a masterpiece like My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, ye shares an abbreviated, yet complete look at Kanye, both the highs and the lows.

5. Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS

Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS
June 8, 2018
Critic Score
21 reviews

I think it is safe at this point to say that Kids See Ghosts will be remembered as the climax and most enduring record of Ye Season, one that keeps giving with each and every replay.

4. Denzel Curry - TA13OO

Denzel Curry - TA13OO
July 27, 2018
Critic Score
7 reviews

3. Rico Nasty - Nasty

Rico Nasty - Nasty
June 15, 2018
Critic Score
5 reviews

2. Saba - Care for Me

Saba - Care for Me
April 5, 2018
Critic Score
9 reviews

Although delivered as a plea, Saba's message is necessarily uplifting and therapeutic. Though everything is grey, bleak, dull around him, a care for himself and for his neighbors brings a clarity and vibrancy enough to enjoy the present and fight for a better future.

1. Noname - Room 25

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

Noname's Room 25 is vintage neo-soul and future rap hand in hand; a soulful sanctuary for those turned off by the austerity of mainstream mumble rap.

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