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YEAR IN REVIEW

FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2018

 
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BROCKHAMPTON comes out on top with studio debut “iridescence”

 

On September 21, Brockhampton released “iridescence,” their major label debut and first project without founding member Ameer Vann. On “iridescence” Brockhampton is as interesting as ever, delivering tight flows over UK grime-influenced production. But like the band’s story so far, this album also has its fair share of highs and lows.

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Cardi B makes waves with debut album “Invasion of Privacy”

 

At just 13 tracks long, “Invasion of Privacy” is one of 2018’s most solid, consistent albums. Featuring production from Boi-1da, Benny Blanco and DJ Mustard—as well as guest performances from the likes of Chance the Rapper, Kehlani, SZA and YG—the album effortlessly balances its trap, Latin and R&B influences, and gives listeners everything from strip club anthems to pop crossovers.

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“ASTROWORLD” is Travis Scott’s ode to Houston

 

“ASTROWORLD” is a collaborative work that brings together the joint efforts of hip-hop’s biggest names under Travis Scott’s creative direction. He handles much of the album’s production and enlists several of his peers to help create some of the best beasts on any hip-hop album released this year. Scott also calls on his A-list friends and Cactus Jack signees to provide features that take the album’s tracks to new heights.

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Despite its flaws, Drake’s “Scorpion” is still one of 2018’s top albums

 

This album is Drake at his worst—a man lacking in growth and self-awareness, and rapping on tracks that should have been throwaways. But “Scorpion” is also Drake at his best—proving once and for all his ability to craft the perfect pop song and cementing his position as one of hip-hop’s elites.

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Pusha T’s “Daytona” is the best rap album of 2018

 

Seven songs. Just 21 minutes. That’s all the time you get with “Daytona,” rapper Pusha T’s third solo album. From Pusha’s tight flows to the outstanding production handled entirely by Kanye West, “Daytona” is consistently good.

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