At the end, West finds something resembling hope at the conclusion of a dark and fucked-up album. Lil Yachty - NBAYOUNGBOAT (feat. Two years ago, Anderson .Paak’s breakthrough album turned him into one of the most impressive rising stars in hip-hop. The Harlem rapper explains how he grew up too quick, living a life where the only options left for him were being involved with drugs and violence and robbery. Starting as a playful hip-hop moniker, Glover’s Childish Gambino persona has evolved into something completely unexpected with his Grammy-winning third album, Awaken, My Love. He customizes fast cars—full-size and remote control—and cooks. The highlight of that release comes on "Rose in Harlem" a song that acts as a biography of her making it out of her home neighborhood. LISTEN TO THE PLAYLIST + BONUS TRACKS :) https://soundcloud.com/patrickcctv/sets/best-sadboy-rap-of-2018 Here I have my most coveted series. “No songs, no interviews, no anything,” he said. Few rappers did that like Mac Miller, a writer who could define and analyze his own worst moments. Thankfully, Kendrick Lamar is the perfect mentor (and collaborator) for .Paak. Quite possibly the greatest hype track ever written solely dedicated to cartoon references. Zatin)49. With "God's Plan," he played up his nice guy schtick with a truly touching philanthropic music video. It’s a massive dump of 24 songs, which indicates that they could have maybe used some discretion while pairing down that final album. We have got the upsurge of many Indian rappers from the Underground culture who are literally killing the music Industry with their raw and real desi hip hop sound. And every day, there’s a nearly non-stop flood of new tracks from big names and new voices alike. Hell yes. And that’s why his music is always so airy and playful. “The Mint” has Earl developing a loose underground sound, one that plays with tempo and textures in ways that he never has before. This year, the two finally made good on that promise, releasing the melodic and thoughtful "High" featuring John's iconic hook. Copied to clipboard. Update: Dive into the best new hip hop with our list of 2020's top rap songs. Unlike the Billboard hip hop charts, this list of 2016 rap hits is voted on by fans from everywhere. But in the soul-searching gospel of "Violent Crimes," West examines the inherent evil of men. Even though his influence and genre can be heard all over mainstream American music, his sound, especially on the buttery "Peligrosa," will make everyone forget about "Despacito.". Way back in 2016, Young Thug shared a photo of himself with Sir Elton John. SOB x RBE & ShredGang Mone)38. It’s a horrible loss to music that he died so young from the problems he wrote about his entire career. "Kids See Ghosts" is one of the moments on the joint album from Kid Cudi and Kanye West album of the same title where each part contributes to make a transcendent hole. Love him or loathe him, but no artist has commanded the spotlight in 2018 quite like Kanye West. When he died shortly after the release of Part One, he had just defined himself as much more than a Soundcloud oddity. No longer was the momentum merely upheld by a dance-genre with talented MCing to suit (a la jungle or grime) or one singular rap movement like Road Rap, but it was now a multitude of styles. Instead, one could look to the likes of California, New York City, Detroit, and even other smaller scenes that’d rarely become national conversation topics for rap, and see intriguing new talents. Bryson Tiller) 7. Bugzy Malone)17. Watch Queue Queue Sheff G - Play For The Members14. Although on its surface, it sounds like a track ready for mass consumption, Staples layers it with his own dark and poignant realism, weaving in lines like, “My black is beautiful but I’ll still shoot at you, dawg.”. Matt is the Culture Editor at Esquire where he covers music, movies, books, and TV—with an emphasis on all things Star Wars, Marvel, and Game of Thrones. Baby Blue - WITH ME//AGAINST ME (feat. “Get off of my dick or fund my lifestyle.” While he didn’t end up retiring (the GoFundMe was actually pulled down by the site), he did release a song with the same kind of sentiment. And their excellent new joint track “Potato Salad” only deepens the mystery. Taking the phrase from classic American mafia, Takeoff casually brags in his first verse, “Not Toby, but we slave for it / No Kunta Kinte, but we slave for it / I waited some days for it” in a brilliant Roots reference. The case in point is “FUN!,” a song that like its title includes buoyant production from Kenny Beats. Cadell - Roman19. What you need to hear from the most dominant genre in music. Among releases from Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Nas, and Kanye himself, Teyana Taylor lands among the best of the West-produced albums in the summer of 2018. In includes some of Tyler’s most impressive wordplay, with an assault of references, jokes, and brags. The sheer scope of Donald Glover’s body of artistic work is so incredible that he even made it into a gag in his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live. On "I Might Need Security," he gets angry, and he channels that emotion into real action in his community. It’s been nearly four years since Earl Sweatshirt’s sophomore album I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. 2 marks a bittersweet reminder of the artist we lost too young. Yes, this list is intended to be read entirely in the voice and cadence of Blueface. E Mozzy)30. Mist - Uber (feat. Rich Blue - Hands Hands42. On his first proper studio album, Joey Purp arrives to make a statement. Much of this is thanks to the incredible beat from Kanye West, but also the legitimate romanticism that the song inspires. Migos didn’t hold anything back releasing Culture II on the anniversary of their groundbreaking major label debut. They're culture. By Billboard Staff. On "Coco Chanel," she comes back with fire, making spitting the lines that we remember back from her early days. Headie One - The One2. Two months after his first nomination for Best Rap Album at the Grammys, Tyler, the Creator returns with an absolutely dizzying boast track. 1 God's Plan Drake Also appears on these Year End Charts 2 I Like It Here his flow and lyricism take center display, with focus on clever turns of phrase like this excellent Mad Max reference: “Had to back-back out the gas pack / Had to back track, hit the drank, having flash backs / Hit the gas like Mad Max / All the bad brats like ‘Hustleman, goddamn.’”. An interesting trend in this phase of emotional hip-hop is a return to melodic and guitar-based music. There’s a reason Noname has been called one of the greatest rappers alive. Update: Dive into the best new hip hop with our list of 2020's top rap songs. I think that life is beautiful.”. There’s been an immense shift in the genre as we find it now past 40 years of Rap, Hip-Hop, or however you’d like to call it, with multiple generations and movements across the nation pushing and expanding the field in as many directions as one can track — perhaps too many. Saba goes in hard right away in the first verse, rapping: “They want a barcode on my wrist / To auction off the kids that don't fit their description of a utopia (black) / Like a problem won't exist if I just don't exist / If I grew up without a single pot to piss in / Pardon me for venting / Congress got the nerve to call itself religious / Rich just getting richer, we just tryna live our life.” He offers vivid critiques of the black experience, one that comes in a flow that Saba switches up in the moment—sometimes a breathless rapid fire, sometimes slow, thoughtful and analytical. Including records by Meek Mill, Bbymutha, ... Earl Sweatshirt has a lot weighing on his mind, and Some Rap Songs … NyNy - Arco (feat. Songs like “Heirlooms & Accessories,” “Black Sambo,” and “Baker’s Dozen” showcase the Empire rhymer’s incisive, poetic summation of the state of Blackness in 2018.— Andre Gee 19. Mozzy - Dead Homies (feat. This is a time when hip-hop is taking great strides to address addiction, anxiety, and mental illness in full force. But after the success of that pivot, he does so again with the jarring and brilliant “This Is America.” The song, and its accompanying video, is a surreal critique of race and violence in this country. Just listen to the opening verse of “Self” for proof of the depth and dexterity of Noname’s lyricism. K-Trap - Edgeware Road (feat. It's worth the inclusion because Psalm One likens herself to an oasis in the wilderness. Over a lost, melancholy guitar, he raps Orange is the New Black references and admits, “I play my albums front to back and make it feel important.”. On that release he moved from rap to a falsetto-led collection of soul and R&B. It’s like a tour of the city from his perspective, name dropping all the major areas where shoppers and tourists and families didn’t want him around. 12/17/2018. GlokkNine - Jit48. "If you had a second chance in life what would you do?" And on "Stay Woke," his first new track since being released, he uses his moment to carefully outline the horrors of mass incarceration. " God's Plan " by Drake came in at number one, spending a total of eleven consecutive weeks at the top position of the Billboard Hot 100 throughout 2018. There’s a lot going on in hip-hop, and to help you sort through all of it, we curate the best hip-hop songs of 2018 so far. DaBoii - Back 2 Skoo SOB x RBE - All Facts Not 1 Opinion 4. There's a perfect balance at play on SOB X RBE tracks. / They tried to tell me I lost, nigga, I shook that (shook)," he raps. AzChike - Licked Up (feat. The video places black dancers and the Carters in front of white artwork in the Louvre in Paris. sings in the chorus, "I remember late nights all alone / I remember long talks with my cousin through her phone / RIP all of my niggas dead and gone / Give it all to bring you back and to bring my niggas home." While there is no guarantee that any of those we’ve focused on this year will remain as prominent in the next, here we have 50 selections of rappers and their most distinctive material to focus on. With popular hip-hop artists like Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Cardi B churning out new hits produced by the biggest rap producers today, it's hard to pinpoint the best rap songs of 2018, as well as the best rap albums of 2018.New rap songs are innovative, catchy, and - in recent history - often … Drake's response to Pusha's "Infrared" was good, but "The Story of Adidon" took this feud to a mythical status. Lastly, it takes a tremendous amount of time to curate, write, edit, and format this list. 5," Lizzo flips what's historically male musicians objectifying the female body. His sound has defined a new generation of ambitious beat-making. On top of that, his writng have never been sharper, touching substance abuse with the lyrics, “Tiptoein' over glass, brodie go too fast, told him slow up / Know I use too much of everything at hand / Except the difference is now I control it.” Here he drives it forward over a fascinating reverse looping beat and a sideways flow. Be it the controversial (both in origin and intent) UK Drill, the afro-swing movement, or the rapidly developing left-field underground movement, England was finally producing a rap scene that, while reflective of US trends on occasion, could also manage to sound like its own individual voices the likes of America have not resembled. Dee Aura - Ice Cap Shawny Bidladen - Letter to Shoota (feat. On April 25, Meek Mill was released from prison, where he was sentenced two to four years for parole violations. 2015 will be fondly remembered as the year hip-hop got its groove back. With the year winding down, XXL looks back on the best, biggest and most memorable hip-hop songs of 2018. And on 1999 Wildfire, the group does something they’ve never done before, putting together a puzzle of melodic R&B throwbacks with Joba and Dom McLennon trading verses around Abstract’s hook. Headie One - The One 2. From the "Shallow" to "The Middle" to the highest of "High Hopes," music was captivating at all levels in 2018. LD)15. As a combined force, the Carters are an establishment of their own, one that’s capable of challenging the likes of the NFL and the Recording Academy. Desiigner - Hood27. Tay-K - After You 5. Jay Critch - Robin Hood48. We may earn a commission from these links. Artists Mentioned. It comes at a perfect time, when his reggaetón style is at the forefront of popular hip-hop music. Diplo - Wish (feat. Shortly after that, the two started working on a collaboration, and a song featuring Thug and Elton John's vocals from "Rocketman" has been rumored ever since. Playboi Carti - Fell In Luv (feat. And in “Life Is Beautiful,” he speaks directly to his listeners in second person. Jay Rock asks in the opening of the title track from his excellent new album. But, like a hazy hangover, the Brooklyn rapper recounts a night out as if it's a morning drained of dopamine. Maybe this is your answer for that, a crack era. The Best Rap Albums of 2018. Tints is a stunning celebration of this balance, a song that could work as a major radio single but also a statement from a young artist who refuses to fall into that cliche slump after success. With popular hip-hop artists like Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Cardi B churning out new hits produced by the biggest rap producers today, it's hard to pinpoint the best rap songs of 2018, as well as the best rap … Future has released two mixtapes, one of which was with Juice WRLD, who had only released his debut album five months prior. In the second verse, they outline the origins of Brockhampton in a Tolkien-esque skin, and by the third verse it all manages converge into a satisfying conclusion. Hermit & The Recluse - Atlas29. His sound—a warm mix of funk, R&B, and hip-hop—along with his dynamic, effervescent live show, made him among the most exciting emerging musicians. 's seductive club choruses are the perfect packaging for forceful, dangerous verses. Tone Glow’s 50 Best Rap Songs of 2018. Lil Yachty is less of a rapper and more of a big kid who someone gave some cool beats and a microphone. He proves nothing is off limits, continuing to be one of the most punk rock rappers out there today. A decade-long beef sizzling in the subtext of hip-hop, exploded into the most vicious diss track in years with Pusha T's "The Story of Adidon." That combined with the high-brow, jazz-influenced beats gives Noname an air of true intellectualism without ever feeling pretentious. It’s a question to which we might never have an answer. was his favorite of the G.O.O.D. Update: Dive into the best new hip hop with our list of 2020's top rap songs. As Leikeli47 has explained, the title of her new album, Acrylic, comes from a defining characteristic of black neighborhoods. We and our partners use cookies to personalize your experience, to show you ads based on your interests, and for measurement and analytics purposes. Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee play around in those upper registers that make for truly addictive pop-rap. Valee - Juice & Gin12. NyNy - Arco (feat. MoStack)36. By Billboard Staff. Featuring popular hip hop artists like the Migos, Kayne West, and Lil Uzi Vert, the best rap songs of 2016 includes instant classics, like "Bad and Boujee" and "All the Way Up." Deem Spencer - “i was talking to God”21. And "66" almost feels like the music equivalent of the movie Blank Check, in which Yachty is some teen who randomly got a bunch of money, “High school, servin beans,” Yachty raps, “dropped out, now I’m rich, flexin’ ‘till I’m 66.” He goes on to discuss his Bentley truck that he bought “ain’t no rentin’." It's a beautiful and powerful verse, one that's shocking to hear on a soundtrack for a Disney movie. It's a flawless melding of two generations of pop stars, one that on paper could have been a disaster, but is genius given the talent of both musicians involved. Always the poet of Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface’s wordplay lends itself surprisingly well to writing love songs. Blueface - Next Big Thing41. GoldLink. On “Iron Mike,” Leikeli47 proves she’s among the best emerging New York rappers, with a vivid boast track that details long nights in the studio and the work she put in to become who she is. Meek Mill is currently incarcerated for violating probation—a sentence that's caused mass outrage, even causing Jay-Z to pen a New York Times op-ed. Not All Heroes Wear Capes is proof that he has no shortage of audacious ideas, but his crowning achievement of the album is the jarring and perilous banger “Don’t Come Out the House.” 21 Savage’s whispering flow anchors a frenetic and menacing track that pulses like a arthouse thriller. 'Bis adds to the sinister vibe with a visual portrait of "little green men with big eyes." There’s a grim irony to Mac Miller’s "Self Care" after his tragic death at the age of 26 in September. DaBoii - Back 2 Skoo SOB x RBE - All Facts Not 1 Opinion4. DaBoii)43. By the final act of these three movements, Patrick Paige II seems to be on the other side of this conflict, ending the song with a newfound feeling of empowerment: “I move mountains and move boulders / I cross borders, don’t take orders.”. Dee Aura - Ice Cap Shawny Bidladen - Letter to Shoota (feat. 12/26/2018. In this woozy trap ballad he sings, “I was always high up on the lean / Then this girl came here to save my life.” It’s a reference Kylie Jenner, with whom he recently had a kid and inspired him to quit codeine. It's a visceral attack on a new era of rappers finding pop stardom like Post Malone. By Billboard Staff. Likely recorded when he was out on probation, Mill's verse touches on everything from Nicki Minaj to his beef with Drake, "I made a milli from rappin' and I ain't look back / I brought that Dawn in my hood, they was like, "What's that?" Obvious standouts are the Pharrell-produced "Stir Fry" (which technically came out last year, so we can’t include it here) and “Made Men.” On the latter, the beat is a glittering and classy late-night boast. The melodic vocal gymnastics of Rae Sremmurd are usually something most rappers don't mess with. 2020; 2019; 2018; 2017; 2016; 2015; 2014; 2013; See More Year-End Charts. Listeners can’t get enough. The second act of the song tracks his rise to stardom to its peak, which in his mind is a relationship with Jenner, who’s both his saving grace and one of the biggest celebrities in the world. Future. But her support remains the same no matter what we’re experiencing. Drakeo the Ruler - Ion Rap Beef (feat. Together, Cudi and West make something completely unlike each of their solo output, where the moody stoner anthem finds a perfect equilibrium with unchecked ego. Travis Scott’s “Stargazing” comes as a declaration of love and sobriety. Baby Blue - WITH ME//AGAINST ME (feat. These albums have songs like “I Cannot Fucking Wait Until Morrissey Dies” and “Libtard Anthem.” But beneath that abrasive provocateur is a compelling lyricist, and when he tones it down a bit, like on "Macaulay Culkin," that writing truly shines. Juice Wrld's “All Girls Are the Same” is an excellent example of our era of the vulnerable rapper. HOT RAP SONGS 2018. In what was one of Hip Hop’s most meaningful years in a … As hip-hop has statistically taken over as the dominant genre of popular music, it's sometimes difficult to find the line between R&B, pop, and rap. Dee Gomes x Lil Tjay x King OSF - Replay50. YoungBoy Never Broke Again)28. Does WANG$AP exist? Author: Now, as many young stars in his position realize, he must find a balance of the art and the fame. The surgical summer officially began on May 29, 2018. Look, when it comes to the Nicki Minaj / Cardi B beef, we here at Esquire are on Team Cardi. While often Brockhampton songs can feel like various scattered sections, “Wildfire” shows a group that’s learning to exist as a tight ensemble without a key member. Jay Rock - King’s Dead (feat. Roc Marciano - The Sauce9. Migos. 03 Greedo)23. … You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io, The 10 Best Episodes of Television of 2018, Metro Boomin – “Don’t Come Out the House”, Anderson .Paak feat. To conclude 2018, we acknowledge that this has been one of the more fruitful years for rap this decade. Ahead of Certified Lover Boy, we’re counting down the best Drake songs of all time, including ‘Marvins Room’ ’Hotline Bling' & ‘God’s Plan’. SAINt JHN incorporates all of it, with the woozy, low-end beat and the melancholy sing-song flow so popular. After riding a tumultuous conceptual downturn in 2014, hip-hop rediscovered and redefined its creative headspace. GlokkNine - Jit45. Music, movies, TV, unmade cartoons, writing—the list of his talents goes on and on. In it, he touches on the hypocrisies of the entire entertainment and media industry, rapping “I ain't takin' no more calls, might think 'bout callin' it quits / Press is tryin' to block my blessings, no more talking to Vince / NPR and XXL, man, I can't tell which is which.” He follows that by calling out his own record label, along with the Grammys for snubbing his 2017 critically acclaimed album Big Fish Theory. The latest signee to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Trippie Redd)13. Even Pusha said her K.T.S.E. It’s tragic, it’s universal to everyone, and it’s honest. We’re watching in real time as Chance the Rapper navigates the complicated relationship between being a hero and being a celebrity. Yhung T.O. Take this song for example, where Juice Wrld agonizes over how he can’t fall in love. And since this is Drake, fans took it and packaged the idea into the pervasive God's Plan Starts Playing meme. YG - Deeper Than Rap 3. In this second-half track from The Internet’s excellent Hive Mind, we don’t know who—or what—Syd is addressing. In the song’s second act, Big Rube—whose spoken word poetry can be heard on Outkast classics—delivers another inspirational message: “The easy path rarely leads to what our heart truly desires / In this life we must face many a worthy challenge for the outcome to satisfy us.” That’s something we can all be reminded of, no matter the context. The RG community (i.e. It’s a true American story, one that’s told with passion, dedication, and striking fidelity. The best of 2018! Together, their vocal styles mesh effortlessly, along with their dedication to the craft, which is never placed above celebrity status. No matter how much he gives back, no matter how much he’s proven to be a community leader making real change in his neighborhood, he can’t escape the critics. The Metro Boomin tag means emotive production no matter how simple or complex he makes a beat, with music ranging from boldly cinematic to sample forward to heavy low ends. Ghostface Killah, Method Man & Raekwon – Gonna Love Me (Remix), The Internet – “It Gets Better (With Time)”, Chance the Rapper – “I Might Need Security”, Tyler the Creator, A$AP Rocky – “Potato Salad”, Kid Cudi & Kanye West – "Kids See Ghosts", Vince Staples – “Get the Fuck Off My Dick”, SAINT JHN – "I Heard You Got Too Litt Last night", Tee Grizzley feat. He’s tattooed others, as well as his own arms and legs.” And that type of attitude is clear in his music, which is playful, curious, and multifaceted. Lil Peep connected with audiences for his open and honest discussion of his own anxieties and self-destructive addictions. 12/26/2018. “If you press log out, you get forgotten / What's a post, but a reminder just how boring our lives ar-ar-ar-are / Look at how much fun I'm havin' / Ain't no beauty in the absence, of broadcastin' to your followers.” In hindsight, that seems like such an insightful statement given what Chicago’s most prominent rapper did in late April. Youngs Teflon & Blade Brown), 7. And, honestly, good for Yachty: He creates music that’s become the epitome of pop rap, based not really on what he says, but how he says it. YG - Deeper Than Rap3. Anyway, free Meek Mill. Well, excuse me for including such an ominous track on 2010's best rap songs list. Pablito & Four50) YTO3 - Running Through O38. Queen Key - Ha (feat. He’s artistically hyperactive—he’s already released three albums this year of frenetic lo-fi rap. T Face - Hermione33. / When you call the police but the trigger's on you” There’s outrage, there’s pain, there’s confusion—but Mick manages to channel these feelings into a powerful question that people shouldn’t have to be asking in 2018 America. “I just want real love, guess it's been a minute / Pissed off from the way that I don't fit in, I don't fit in / Tell me what's the secret to love, I don't get it,” he raps on the track. Dee Gomes x Lil Tjay x King OSF - Replay. This marks the Top Dawg rapper's first release since a motorcycle accident nearly took his life. Some of the things he's said and done this year are unforgivable. One year after his tragic death at the age of 21, Lil Peep’s Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 41. of 50. Through it all, Ocean and Rocky seek clarity of mind freed from brands, Xans, and love. Meek Mill – "First Day Out Remix". Here the two rappers trade relaxed, playful verses: “They thought I was goofy and all mouses / Double C my luggage and fill them with Comme blouses,” Tyler raps. Here, producing team Finatic N Zac, Dean Blunt, and Rocky mix into Ocean's formula a sample of Lauryn Hill's "I Gotta Find a Peace of Mind." Like his label mate Kendrick Lamar (who appears on this song and throughout the album) it outlines themes of rebirth, faith, and redemption from their South LA neighborhoods. Lil Gray - Woosa // Money Counter34. He knows all too well the challenges of anxiety, depression, and life. “Where we from, they don't give, so we don't got shit / They leave us young niggas with no options,” Sheck Wes raps on "Wanted," a song about growing up in New York City. Tyler isn’t going to let you forget the year he had—no, he’s going to make you bask in it with him. Future - When I Think About It37. 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