We're reaching the tail finish of our annual year-end protection (do not clap!). It's commonplace as of late, so, very like Every.Other.Damn.Site, we too, curate our "better of" 2018 lists, revisiting all the pieces from the most popular hip-hop songs, to the hottest albums, to the collaborative album development that was distinctive to 2018 and past. We additionally use the reflection that comes with all the pieces "year-end" to look inwardly-- should you're not an inanimate or intangible object, that normally means self-examination and goal-setting for the brand new yr to come back. If you're a web site, although, self-examination might imply rounding up some good ol' knowledge. That's precisely what we have achieved.
We've achieved it years prior, too, should you're not hip. It's an fascinating train, oftentimes affirming what we might already know-- who had huge break-out years, who maintained a spot within the fixed rotation of stories, who made a comeback, and who disappeared from view-- all of any such data is clearly mirrored in our record beneath. A fast re-visit of final yr's record and rating reveals you that XXXTentacion was not but fairly as widespread as he would turn into in 2018 (and finally/sadly, his passing solely pushed his title additional into view). Our beloved mascot (jk, jk) (he is merely our beloved) Drake, ranked primary final year-- a lot to the shock of nobody. Drake has ranked primary on this yearly have a look at knowledge for the reason that starting of time (aka once I began doing this characteristic in 2013). Beyond Drake's consistency on the record (however you will wanna see the place he ranks this yr, I swear), annually displays a wave of newcomers within the game-- if we refer once more to that 2013 inaugural record, you will discover a younger ASAP Rocky at spot quantity ten. In 2014, Young Thug made his debut onto the record at quantity 9; from there he constantly moved up the record annually, as his title held an increasing number of weight. In 2015, Migos made their debut on to the record, whereas Lil Uzi Vert adopted swimsuit in 2016.
This yr, as you will quickly see beneath, we're greeted with a couple of recent faces to the record, in addition to some mainstays, and, surprisingly sufficient, even an OG (attempt to guess who). This record additionally displays the very fact that there have been sure artists *cough cough* who did their greatest to remain within the headlines, whether or not or not it's by social media trolling and antics of that nature, or by interviews and PR stunts. It's additionally a mirrored image of who was scorching, who was embroiled in beef, who was quieter than ordinary. Basically, this record of names is the yr at a look.
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30. Kendrick Lamar
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This yr was a comparatively quiet one for the Compton native, mirrored in his rating useless final at our record of 30. To put it in perspective, final yr the rapper confirmed up at #7-- a yr when DAMN. was launched, a lot mentioned, a lot adored, and Kendrick equally so. Still, even with out dropping a correct album, Kendrick remained in conversations, if solely due to his acclaim and skillset. He did lead the cost on the Black Panther soundtrack too, one of many largest films of the yr.
29. Rick Ross
Ricky Rozay has been eyeing his return to music for a minute now, with Port of Miami 2 within the works. However, in 2018, he took the yr off from releasing a brand new album, maybe busy shedding pounds, bigging up his companies like Wing Stop and having a household. He did not rank in any respect final yr, however we additionally did not go deep into 30 artists final yr, we capped our record at 15.
Does Tupac's title on our record shock you? While there are various younger artists popping out of the woodwork in any respect seconds of the day, and every is doing their greatest to garner as a lot on-line consideration as attainable, Pac is somebody who will at all times be revered as, not solely among the finest to ever do it, however as a determine who died too quickly, with a loss of life nonetheless shrouded in thriller. The information that centered round Pac this yr oftentimes needed to do with memorabilia, Suge Knight, tributes in some type or one other and a conspiracy concept right here and there for good measure.
27. Mac Miller
Mac Miller launched what can be his remaining album, Swimming, this yr, after taking a two-year hole from albums and going by a break-up publicly. The rapper, as you nicely know, handed away from an unintended drug overdose in November of 2018.
26. J. Cole
J. Cole could be a divisive determine amongst rap followers, however he tends to get love on our web site. Still, he is by no means one to get embroiled too deep into rap beef or stunts for a headline, and whereas he undoubtedly had an enormous year-- there isn't any doubt about that-- with Ok.O.D, options, and a tour, he nonetheless wasn't high-key sufficient to maneuver up past spot #26.
Each Migos member had extra shine as solo artists and people this yr than ever earlier than. While we're nonetheless antsy for a solo album from Offset, the generally-agreed-upon-underrated member Takeoff delivered his personal, The Last Rocket, to a extra constructive reception (one may say) than Quavo's personal effort. Takeoff's recognition remains to be on an upwards trajectory, the rapper didn't rank as a solo artist on final yr's record.
24. Wiz Khalifa
Good ol Wiz Khalifa. He does not really want to do a lot within the rap recreation, apart from be himself, to stay cherished: that's, chill with unhealthy bitches/date them, roll up and smoke, and giggle. Still, he additionally blessed followers with Rolling Papers 2 this yr, and he is given many followers a lesson in well being by pursuing Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai over the course of the yr.
23. 21 Savage
21 Savage might have ranked greater if he had been extra lively within the first half of the yr. On the flip aspect, his withdrawal from the highlight and mini-hiatus from music made his new music that rather more thrilling, and all of the extra appreciated. This really 21's first time rating, too, which solely proves simply how a lot the followers missed him.
22. Meek Mill
Meek Mill had fairly the tumultuous yr, music apart. From jail to social justice reform, to a return to type with Championships, the rapper has achieved rather a lot in 2018. All of those efforts have positioned him to have a tremendous 2019, whereas persevering with down the trail of social consciousness. Last yr he popped up on our record at #9, however this yr he enters at #22.
21. Machine Gun Kelly
Well, it is fairly apparent why Machine Gun Kelly is right here, amirite?? The rapper had a extremely publicized beef and disagreement with one other more-famous white rapper, Eminem. He additionally has a task in Bird Box, however no, that has nothing to do with this. It's protected to say MGK was nowhere to be discovered on final yr's record.
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We've arrived on the 2nd of two Migos members, and sure, there will likely be extra additional down (!). Quavo does not get as a lot media protection as Offset as a result of he does not have a relationship that is on the market for the world to see (or, an ex, somewhat), though there have been rumours (*cough* Saweetie *cough*). Nonetheless the rapper delivered his jam-packed solo effort, Quavo Huncho.
19. collaborative album with Gunna. This sort of prolificness is one thing he does yearly, however it was in 2018 that extra of the surface world took good. His rapping companion, one younger meshing with the likes of EarthGang within the course of. Last yr he confirmed up on our record at #12. Here's to hoping he provides us a brand new studio album within the New Year.
16. outrageous gestures. He has but to drop his solo album, however the gossip about his alleged dishonest is sufficient to hold him within the information constantly. Still, music can be higher, agreed?
Future is in an identical boast as Young Thug with regards to music releases in 2018, which means, he did not ship a typical full-length solo effort, however somewhat went the collaborative/EP route. We not solely acquired Beast Mode 2 with Zaytoven, we obtained a shock album with up-and-comer Juice WRLD. He additionally curated the SuperFly soundtrack, and had a child or two (actually unsure), which ensured he was not solely on the playlists however within the tabloids too.
12. Iggy Azalea
Iggy Azalea is seemingly getting ready herself to have a spectacular 2019, after having fairly a couple of Ls served to her during the last couple of years, it solely appears proper. The Australian rapper is now boo'd up with Playboi Carti, had her bawdy refined and perfected with a bit assist from a surgeon, and is readying new music.
Coming in at #11 is the trio themselves, Migos. Despite their particular person successes and profession arcs over 2018, they nonetheless work greatest when they're of their group format, and that is most likely nonetheless the popular solution to obtain them. Migos kicked off 2018 with a brand new album, Culture II, and for the rest of the yr they continued to carry their high-energy ad-libs to residing rooms around the globe, making them much more of a mainstream fixture this yr. Despite rising their presence worldwide, they ranked on this record at #three final year-- as a result of our customers are clearly forward of the curve and likewise, the unique Culture dropped in 2017.
10. Kanye West
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Kanye West had a reasonably controversial yr. He's no stranger to controversy, however, dipping his toe within the politics pool may need been his most controversial transfer but, or else calling slavery a "selection." Of course, he additionally make clear his psychological well being this yr, and by extension, helped begin a dialogue surrounding psychological well being. While Kanye couldn't appear to keep away from the media or twitter, we additionally acquired a whole lot of music out of the GOOD Music founder. He helped give us new albums from Teyana Taylor, Nas and Pusha T, to not point out his personal album and a joint effort with Kid Cudi.
9. Cardi B
We did name it the Year of Cardi B, so it is most likely no shock that she hits our high 10 this yr. Cardi B's escape started on the tail finish of final yr, which mainly negated her from placement on the record final yr just because folks weren't checking for her. Now, Cardi B is maybe essentially the most in-demand rap artist out proper now, whether or not or not it's for high-end journal options or for a verse. The New York native has achieved all of this whereas retaining her id intact: that's, an over-the-top however loveable character who says what's on her thoughts, irrespective of the fee.
Eminem really hits the very same spot he hit final yr, coming in at #eight. Although he dropped Revival in 2017, this yr proved to be extra lively for the OG, not solely with Kamikaze however with beefs and simply placing himself "on the market." That being mentioned, Eminem is Eminem, and thus, he'll at all times be somebody followers like to test for.
7. 50 Cent
One spot greater than Em, we get a rapper Eminem co-signed early on. 50 Cent although, is extra targeted on operating his Instagram account as of late and placing out very good TV content material than essentially releasing music. It's not as if the rapper dropped a venture, or a lot of something, in 2018, however he nonetheless ensured he was entertaining as fuck.
6. Chris Brown
Are we shocked to see Chris Brown this excessive up? This could also be a easy case of, Chris Brown is Chris Brown. The singer didn't drop a physique of labor in 2018, however he dropped three physique's price in 2017, so this can be forgivable. This yr, we targeted extra Breezy's lovely daughter Royalty, the singer's ongoing authorized troubles (of various types), and the squashing of beefs.
5. Lil Wayne
Weezy F returned this yr with the long-awaited Tha Carter V, and that alone may very well be answerable for his excessive rating on our record. But, then once more, we additionally know the positioning and know that you just guys are day one Wayne supporters-- so certainly he would have ranked this excessive even when he did not drop something (and final yr, he did are available in at #6).
What's this?! Drake not at #1??? What's occurring, you guys??? While this record has modified codecs a bit over the yr, Drizzy has at all times ranked #1. Not this yr. This was the yr that Drake really acquired knocked down a peg due to some beef with Pusha T, and whereas it did not essentially go away him "tarnished" (one way or the other all the pieces simply slides off Drake), it did make us notice that the Six God is simply human.
three. Tekashi 6ix9ine
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A model new entry for the record, his album, DUMMY BOY, considerably haphazardly, which it appears you guys loved.
Another artist who enters this record for the very first time, XXXTENTACION claims #2. The rapper was tragically murdered, as you nicely know, in the summertime of 2018. Prior to his passing, he had laid the groundwork for a rabid fanbase, and it is solely continued to construct autopsy. Even as he releases music posthumously, with Skins dropping in early December, so too, does information floor about his controversial previous, thus retaining his title and his presence alive.
1. Nicki Minaj
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Our #1 high artist on the positioning this yr is the Queen herself, Nicki Minaj. Nicki had a yr that was full of the limelight, and largely by her personal doing too-- if there was one factor Nicki assured in 2018, it was that you just noticed her in some type or one other on-line. She began her Apple Music Radio present, Queen Radio, across the identical time she dropped her album (additionally titled Queen-- do you sense a theme for Nicki this yr?). Nicki's radio present was a hotbed for gossip and no-holds-barred opinions on anybody and something. She beefed with Cardi B, a couple of occasions. She connected with a brand new man, and made her relationship identified to the world. She did a whole lot of options. She acquired much more thick than she was (!). Are you shocked that she ranks as #1 top-performing artist on the positioning this yr?