The Top 10 Albums of 2018


As we say goodbye to the fantastic, star-studded year of music that was 2018, let's take a look at the best of the best in the past twelve months. From terrifying underground rap projects to sample-heavy R&B albums, this year has been a triumph for industry. Like all good things, however, there must be a ranking of the projects that stood out above all else, so, without further ado, this is my ranking of the top 10 albums of 2018.

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10


Room 25 - Noname


Lyricism - 10/10 (powerful, fast, deeply personal)


Production - 6/10 (lo-fi, melancholy, abstract)


Message/Cohesiveness - 8/10 (well-driven, easily identifiable)


SCORE - 8.0/10


*Best 2 songs: "Blaxploitation" & "Ace"

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9


2012-2017 - A.A.L. (Against All Logic)


Lyricism - 8/10 (polished, instrumentally driven vocals/snippets)


Production - 10/10 (beautifully lush samples, highly addictive synths)


Message/Cohesiveness - 7/10 (well-formulated, groovy, highly interpretable)


SCORE - 8.3/10


*Best 2 songs: "This Old House Is All I Have" & "Know You"

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8


Astroworld - Travis Scott


Lyricism - 7/10 (simple yet effective)


Production - 10/10 (hypnotizing, phsychadelic, catchy as hell)


Message/Cohesiveness - 8/10 (theme present throughout album)


SCORE - 8.3/10


*Best 2 songs: "Stargazing" & "Stop Trying To Be God"

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7


Veteran - JPEGMAFIA


Lyricism - 9/10 (macabre, highly-understandable, shocking)


Production - 10/10 (disturbing, dark, industrial)


Message/Cohesiveness - 7/10 (smooth, intense)


SCORE - 8.6/10


*Best 2 songs: "1539 N. Calvert" & "Baby I'm Bleeding"

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6


K.T.S.E. - Teyana Taylor


Lyricism - 8/10 (provocative, soft and glossy)


Production - 10/10 (uniquely driven by samples, especially for an R&B album)


Message/Cohesiveness - 8/10 (highly-sexual, compassionate, short and sweet)


SCORE - 8.6/10


*Best 2 songs: "Gonna Love Me" & "Hurry"

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5


Some Rap Songs - Earl Sweatshirt


Lyricism - 10/10 (impossibly complex, perfectly constructed)


Production - 8/10 (abstract, choppy, artistic)


Message/Cohesiveness - 8.2/10 (personal, incredibly heavy, identifiable)


SCORE - 8.7


*Best 2 songs: "December" 24th & "Nowhere2go"

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4


Whack World - Tierra Whack


Lyricism - 8/10 (cute at some points, dark at others)


Production - 8.2/10 (consistent, catchy, diverse)


Message/Cohesiveness - 10/10 (brilliant concept, 15 one-minute long songs that flow perfectly)


SCORE - 8.7/10