The volume of quality albums that came out were at its best in years, a couple of XXL Freshmen made stellar debuts, Kendrick Lamar conquered the sophomore slump, Drake and Meek Mill were in an epic beef that produced the first diss song to be nominated for a Grammy and that's just a few highlights. The beginning of the year started strong with Big Sean and K. Dot releasing impressive projects that are still in heavy rotation. Kanye West dropped some true gems with "All Day" and "Only One" plus was featured -- and produced -- on more projects than he has in years. Dre made his return and released a new album -- his first in 16 years -- featuring songs like the King Mez and Justus-assisted "Talk About It. No matter what type of music lover you are, there's a song in hip-hop for you this year. You want to dance?
The 15 Best Hip Hop Tracks Of 2018
Now lets get something straight right away, these songs are in no particular order. There was a lot of great hip hop music released in and I did my best pick 25 tracks that I felt truly made their mark for the genre. I'm sure I left out some of your favorites sorry Young Thug fans and I know I could have probably listed 5 drake songs, but I think this rounds things up nicely as we get ready for a new year of great music. Drake - "Hotline Bling" I'm still waiting for Adele to jump on the remix. Still can't believe this won't win a grammy. Drake made the whole world believe he could be a tough guy. It's also really funny to ask people what they think Future is saying in most of his songs.
Dot's "Alright" or the turn-up "March Madness". No one would accuse "Flex" of being a lyrical marvel, but Quan's upbeat crooning on the hook made this song a playlist staple over the summer, effortlessly rising to No. Any civilian on their worst behavior got down to the pill-popping and blowing-money-fast record, which recently went platinum. Big Sean , "Blessings" featuring Drake One of Drake's continuous achievements is his effortless ability to coin new cultural catchphrases with almost every song he releases. With braggadocious bars and CN Tower-sized confidence, Drake is never not working on excellence, especially as the man of his city, and perhaps, the whole rap game. Drake's self-reflection even landed punk and instrumental covers from Toronto rock group Dilly Dally and the Toronto Symphony, obviously by-products of hashtag winning.
The past year has been an incredible 12 months for hip-hop. The entire year has been bursting with quality tracks, mixtapes and albums. There's been quality from the mainstream and the underground, from trap rap to more experimental sounds. Many critics proclaimed to be one of the best years for rap music in years, and some have even went as far as saying it's been one of the best years ever. With everything that has been released in , it's hard to narrow the year down to a list of individual songs. After careful deliberation, we managed to come up with 20 different songs that we believe sum up the year in hip-hop music.