The Best Hip Hop Music of 2018

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The best hip hop music of 2018 can be found here. This is a comprehensive list of the top songs of the year.


2018 was a great year for hip hop, with a number of artists releasing new music that pushed the genre in fresh, exciting directions. From Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. to J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only, here are the best hip hop albums of 2018.

Best Hip Hop Albums of 2018

The best hip hop music of 2018 includes a variety of popular artists and styles. This year’s list includes some great albums that have been highly praised by critics. Some of these albums are sure to be classics that will be remembered for years to come.

J. Cole – KOD

KOD (an acronym for Kids on Drugs, King Overdosed and Kill Our Demons) is the fifth studio album by American rapper J. Cole. It was released on April 20, 2018, through Dreamville Records, Roc Nation and Interscope Records. The album’s production was primarily handled by Cole himself, with additional production from Ron Gilmore, Frank Dukes, T-Minus and Mark Pelli.

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, earning 363,000 album-equivalent units in its first week. Of that sum, 174,000 were pure sales. This became Cole’s fifth US number-one album. The album also topped the charts in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. KOD received widespread acclaim from critics upon release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 87 based on 23 reviews. Praise was directed at its themes and commentary on addiction and society as well as Cole’s lyrics and Cleveland-based production.

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. was one of the most anticipated albums of 2017, and it more than lived up to the hype. Released in April, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and quickly became one of the year’s most acclaimed releases. DAMN. is a complex, deeply personal album that finds Kendrick Lamar at the top of his game, and it’s easily one of the best hip hop albums of 2018.

Best Hip Hop Songs of 2018

It’s been a great year for hip hop music and there have been a lot of great songs released. In this article, we’re going to countdown the best hip hop songs of 2018. This list includes songs from a variety of artists including Drake, Cardi B, and Kendrick Lamar.

J. Cole – “ATM”

On his fifth studio album, KOD, J. Cole tackles some serious topics. The track “ATM” is no exception. Over a minimal, spooky beat, Cole raps about the dangers of materialism and the allure of easy money. It’s a catchy tune with a powerful message, and it’s one of the best hip hop songs of 2018.

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

“HUMBLE.” is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. It was released on March 30, 2017, through Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. The song, produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, features a spitfire verse from Kendrick Lamar that many believe is aimed at fellow rapper Big Sean.


In conclusion, the best hip hop music of 2018 was a mixture of old and new styles, with some artists revitalizing the genre and others staying true to its roots. There was a little something for everyone, and it looks like hip hop is only going to become more popular in the years to come. Thanks for reading!

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