Rolling Stone's 30 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2018

Rolling Stone's 30 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2018

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30. Kanye West - ye

Kanye West - ye
June 1, 2018
Critic Score
64
32 reviews
It could have been worse. But who thought that would ever be a standard Kanye West would settle for?

29. Roc Marciano - Behold A Dark Horse

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

28. Rico Nasty - Nasty

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

While her debut mixtape for Atlantic Records doesn't feel like a major creative breakthrough, it's a solid introduction to a dynamic, hard-charging voice in what Rico herself dubs "sugar trap."

27. Sheck Wes - MUDBOY

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

26. City Girls - PERIOD

City Girls - PERIOD
May 11, 2018
Critic Score
65
1 review

25. Migos - Culture II

Migos - Culture II
January 26, 2018
Critic Score
66
21 reviews

Culture II ultimately feels less like a celebratory howl from the mountaintop than a transitional inventory dump.

23. Meek Mill - Championships

Meek Mill - Championships
November 30, 2018
Critic Score
73
12 reviews
The ultimate result is an inspired release that hearkens back to the Roc-a-Fella days of the mid-Aughts, full of diaristic writing, song-cry beats and ridiculous skills.

21. Lil Baby - Harder Than Ever

Lil Baby - Harder Than Ever
May 18, 2018
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

20. JPEGMAFIA - Veteran

JPEGMAFIA - Veteran
January 19, 2018
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

19. Playboi Carti - Die Lit

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

18. Mac Miller - Swimming

Mac Miller - Swimming
August 3, 2018
Critic Score
75
19 reviews

If Swimming doesn’t quite achieve greatness, it connects. You can hear his pain and perseverance, even if he struggles to put it into words.

17. Saba - Care for Me

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

16. Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS

Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS
June 8, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

If Ye and Kids See Ghost are partially responses to bleeding-edge, teenager-approved modern rap music, it's pretty brave and fairly smart ... But the result feels more like when the Rolling Stones, Elton John or Robert Plant would make New Wave records in the early Eighties – it's cool, catchy, contemporary, but not exactly why we're here.

15. Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album

Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album
February 9, 2018
Critic Score
77
15 reviews
Above all, it's an affirmation of Kendrick Lamar's powers, a fascinating entry in a discography that is inarguably the decade's deepest.

14. Brockhampton - iridescence

Brockhampton - iridescence
September 21, 2018
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

13. J.I.D - DiCaprio 2

J.I.D - DiCaprio 2
November 26, 2018
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

12. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs

Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs
November 30, 2018
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

Some Rap Songs is the rare album by an immensely talented lyricist who deigns not to pull out any fireworks, opting to sink into the cushion’s of a therapist’s couch in the search for an honest work of art. It’s a delicate statement of restraint, and in this case the process shows more of the artist than ever before.

11. cupcakKe - Ephorize

cupcakKe - Ephorize
January 5, 2018
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

10. The Carters - Everything Is Love

The Carters - Everything Is Love
June 16, 2018
Critic Score
76
23 reviews
While the album doesn’t muster the ambitious and intense highs of its two predecessors, it is one of the most satisfying event-albums in some time, and it feels like a labor of love.

9. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter V

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter V
September 28, 2018
Critic Score
71
16 reviews

It’s an album full of fire and passion from an artist who doesn’t have anything left to prove.

8. Tierra Whack - Whack World

Tierra Whack - Whack World
May 30, 2018
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

7. Noname - Room 25

Noname - Room 25
September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

6. Rae Sremmurd - SR3MM

Rae Sremmurd - SR3MM
May 4, 2018
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

Where recent marathons like Migos' gratuitous Culture II felt more about streaming algorithms than art, Sr3mm rarely wears out its welcome.

5. Vince Staples - FM!

Vince Staples - FM!
November 2, 2018
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

4. Drake - Scorpion

Drake - Scorpion
June 29, 2018
Critic Score
65
27 reviews

There isn’t an incompetent song to be found here – it’s more consistent than the genre-hopping More Life – and every last one has its moments. This is a masterclass in pop-focused execution and an exercise in inoffensive ambition swirling into itself.

3. Pusha T - Daytona

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

In many ways, Daytona replicates Jay-Z and No I.D.'s 2017 rap highlight 4:44: two older men who simply practice their craft, their legacies already secure.

2. Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD

Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD
August 3, 2018
Critic Score
82
19 reviews

In the sixth year of his career, Astroworld marks the first time that his music has actually matched the aspirations of his art-crunk bluster, rock-star stage dives and aisle-crossing fashions.

1. Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

Invasion of Privacy flaunts so many different aspects of Cardi's game, it comes on like a greatest hits album, as undeniable as the excellent New Wave suit she rocks in the cover art. It's already tough to remember what it was like not having Cardi B around. Invasion proves she's here to stay.

Original Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/30-best-hip-hop-albums-of-2018-771909/
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