Pitchfork's Best Rap Albums of 2018

Pitchfork's Best Rap Albums of 2018

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Meek Mill - Championships

Meek Mill - Championships
November 30, 2018
Critic Score
73
12 reviews

Up until now, every Meek Mill album has been several shades less entertaining than it should have been, as the rapper’s fired-up screeds inevitably gave way to a dreary parade of grievances. Championships finally breaks that curse.

Tierra Whack - Whack World

Tierra Whack - Whack World
May 30, 2018
Critic Score
79
5 reviews
The surreal, audiovisual album from the Philadelphia artist is only 15 minutes long, but it is overflowing with hooks and a powerful sense of imagination.

Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs

Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs
November 30, 2018
Critic Score
83
19 reviews
With his latest record, the onetime teen prodigy reemerges as the face of a new sound and scene that blurs the line between avant-garde jazz and hip-hop.

G Herbo & Southside - Swervo

G Herbo & Southside - Swervo
July 27, 2018
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

The Chicago rapper’s latest project as his alter-ego named Swervo is all velocity. He delivers some of his starkest verses like a steamroller, almost completely desensitized.

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
81
20 reviews
Cardi B’s remarkable debut places her, without a doubt, in the pantheon of great rappers. It is both brazen and vulnerable, filled with wild amounts of personality, style, and craft.

Playboi Carti - Die Lit

Playboi Carti - Die Lit
May 11, 2018
Critic Score
71
9 reviews

The Atlanta rapper’s official debut is an album that works almost completely from its own lunatic script. It is a perversely infectious sugar high, rap that fundamentally recalibrates the brain’s reward centers.

Gunna & Lil Baby - Drip Harder

Gunna & Lil Baby - Drip Harder
October 5, 2018
Critic Score
70
7 reviews

Lil Baby and Gunna are one of the best new rap duos and their latest project develops a chemistry and brotherhood few others can lay claim to.

Benny The Butcher - Tana Talk 3

Benny The Butcher - Tana Talk 3
November 23, 2018
Critic Score
88
1 review

Leikeli47 - Acrylic

Leikeli47 - Acrylic
November 15, 2018
Critic Score
79
4 reviews

Acrylic celebrates black life and black love with song-length homages to her native Bed-Stuy and the person she became there.

Sheck Wes - MUDBOY

Sheck Wes - MUDBOY
October 5, 2018
Critic Score
68
8 reviews

MUDBOY delivers mosh raps with a cold, steely New York edge ... It’s its own coming-of-age album and the rare project from an über-hyped rap prospect that actually delivers on its promise.

Pink Siifu - ensley

Pink Siifu - ensley
August 14, 2018
Critic Score
80
1 review

Noname - Room 25

Noname - Room 25
September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
16 reviews
The Chicago rapper’s second album is a transcendent coming-of-age tale built around cosmic jazz and neo-soul, delivered by a woman deeply invested in her interiority and that of the world around her.

Pusha T - Daytona

Pusha T - Daytona
May 25, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

Daytona is Pusha’s best work as a solo artist, a tightly wound record that doesn’t recapture the highs of peak Clipse, but finally makes ideal use of the now middle-aged rapper’s considerable skills.

Jay Rock - Redemption

Jay Rock - Redemption
June 15, 2018
Critic Score
71
10 reviews

After a life-threatening motorcycle accident, Jay Rock returns with his strongest album yet, a collection of rap songs that highlight his struggle and journey.

Roc Marciano - Behold A Dark Horse

Roc Marciano - Behold A Dark Horse
September 17, 2018
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

cupcakKe - Ephorize

cupcakKe - Ephorize
January 5, 2018
Critic Score
78
8 reviews
The fearless Chicago rapper offers her best album yet, with terrific production and a barrage of raps that reveal Elizabeth Harris to be far more than her hilarious and absurdly raunchy one-liners.

Hermit and the Recluse - Orpheus vs. the Sirens

Hermit and the Recluse - Orpheus vs. the Sirens
August 18, 2018
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

In a twist, the Brownsville rapper projects the streetwise narratives of his youth through the lens of Greek mythology—an audacious move, but his hypnotic voice and evocative writing pull it off.

J.I.D - DiCaprio 2

J.I.D - DiCaprio 2
November 26, 2018
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
The East Atlanta rapper’s second album doesn't try to take on the world and is all the better for it, showing that J.I.D. has much more to offer than his formidable rapping chops.

JPEGMAFIA - Veteran

JPEGMAFIA - Veteran
January 19, 2018
Critic Score
82
3 reviews
It makes for a breathless album, one that takes white-hot riffs and the most distasteful parts of our national politics, chops them up, and somehow scatters them perfectly into place.

Armand Hammer - Paraffin

Armand Hammer - Paraffin
August 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

The latest release from billy woods and Elucid continues their hot streak. Even as they take on weighty societal issues, the pair maintain a light touch and a near-telepathic bond.

Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist - Fetti

Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist - Fetti
October 31, 2018
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

The tape is a short, sweet, and potent mix, an example of the good that can happen when seasoned vets link up and operate under the radar and outside of the major label system.

Vince Staples - FM!

Vince Staples - FM!
November 2, 2018
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
Vince has made an album that’s true to himself, one that represents his image of Long Beach, his love for the music of the West Coast, and that unleashes the complete personality of Vince Staples.

Rico Nasty - Nasty

Rico Nasty - Nasty
June 15, 2018
Critic Score
69
5 reviews

The ferocious 21-year-old shapeshifter comes through with one of the hardest rap records of the year.

Mick Jenkins - Pieces of a Man

Mick Jenkins - Pieces of a Man
October 26, 2018
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

Borrowing a title and sometimes a tone from Gil Scott-Heron, the Chicago rapper explores religion, consensual sex, and himself.

Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything's Fine

Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything's Fine
March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

Part biting satire, part cognitive behavioral therapy, their new collaborative album, Everything’s Fine, is a gorgeous consideration of how simply existing can beat the “fine” out of us.

Saba - Care for Me

Saba - Care for Me
April 5, 2018
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

The grief-stricken Chicago rapper’s latest is a marvel of craft, musicality, and emotion. Through Saba’s inner turmoil, he finds his most powerful and diaristic storytelling.

SOB X RBE - Gangin

SOB X RBE - Gangin
February 23, 2018
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

The four-man Bay Area rap crew delivers a breathless, irresistible, and highly defined record that hits your gut and your shoulders at the same time.

Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD

Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD
August 3, 2018
Critic Score
82
19 reviews
Travis Scott’s third album is inarguably his strongest to date. His skill as a curator helps sculpt a sticky, humid, psychedelic world with dazzling production and odd pleasures at every turn.
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