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. The album—a project that is equal parts the story of an American gangster and an indictment of the current state of hip-hop—is focused, precise and deliberate. “Daytona” is layered and self-aware—scoffing at the class of RapCaviar emcees its competing against while simultaneously celebrating itself and using all its creative talents to paint a picture of a high-profile drug kingpin that’s as glamorous as it is dark, gritty and dangerous.

Listen to “Daytona” on Apple Music and Spotify.