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After a phenomenal 2017, the culture was in an incredible in 2018. Hip hop felt bigger than ever before, with its music dictating fashion, movies, TV shows and pop culture overall around the world.

In 2018 we would see the rise of Lil Baby and Gunna, two rappers who would play a huge role as we headed into the 2020s; rap fans would see Travis Scott solidify himself at the top of the music world with his epic Astroworld; and we would also get the legendary Wyoming sessions from the GOOD Music crew.

Off the back of that, Drake would drop another blockbuster and get into a war of words with Pusha T, and with Kanye by proxy. Nipsey Hussle dropped his long-awaited debut album, and we also saw the rise of the Griselda crew as they began their takeover of the underground with two stellar releases from Benny the Butcher and Westside Gunn.

From Saba’s Care for Me to Westside Gunn’s Supreme Blientele and Pusha T’s Daytona, here are the top 25 best hip hop albums of 2018.

25. Lil Baby & Gunna – Drip Harder

Released: October 5, 2018

Label: YSL, Quality Control, Motown, Capitol

Singles: “Drip Too Hard”, “Close Friends”

Features: Lil Durk, Nav, Young Thug, and Drake

24. J. Cole – KOD

Released: April 20, 2018

Label: Dreamville, Roc Nation, Interscope

Singles: “KOD”, “ATM”

Features: Kill Edward

23. Drake – Scorpion

Released: June 29, 2018

Label: Cash Money, Republic, Young Money

Singles: “God’s Plan”, “Nice for What”, “I’m Upset”, “Don’t Matter to Me”, “In My Feelings”, “Nonstop”, “Mob Ties”

Features: Jay-Z, Ty Dolla Sign, Michael Jackson and Static Major

22. The Carters – Everything Is Love

Released: June 16, 2018

Label: Parkwood, Sony, Roc Nation

Singles: “Apeshit”

Features: Pharrell, Quavo, Offset, Ty Dolla Sign

21. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter V

Released: September 28, 2018

Label: Young Money, Republic

Singles: “Uproar”, “Don’t Cry”

Features: Reginae Carter, Swizz Beatz, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Ashanti, Mack Maine, Travis Scott, Nivea and late XXXTentacion

20. Freddie Gibbs, Curren$y & The Alchemist – Fetti

Released: October 31, 2018

Label: Jet Life, ESGN, ALC, Empire

Singles: N/A

Features: N/A

19. PRhyme – PRhyme 2

Released: March 16, 2018

Label: PRhyme, INgrooves

Singles: “Era”, “Rock It”, “Flirt”

Features: 2 Chainz, Big K.R.I.T., Dave East, Rapsody, Roc Marciano, Yelawolf, Chavis Chandler, CeeLo Green and Denaun Porter

18. Czarface & MF DOOM – Czarface Meets Metal Face

Released: March 30, 2018

Label: Get On Down, Silver Age

Singles: “Nautical Depth”, “Bomb Thrown”

Features: Vinnie Paz, Open Mike Eagle, Blacastan and Kendra Morris

17. Freddie Gibbs – Freddie

Released: June 22, 2018

Label: ESGN, Empire

Singles: N/A

Features: 03 Greedo. Cassie Jo Craig and Irie Jane Gibbs

16. A$AP Rocky – Testing

Released: May 25, 2018

Label: ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds, RCA

Singles: “ASAP Forever”, “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)”

Features: Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi, Skepta, French Montana, Kodak Black, Dev Hynes and FKA Twigs

15. Lupe Fiasco – Drogas Wave

Released: September 21, 2018

Label: 1st & 15, Thirty Tigers, The Orchard

Singles: N/A

Features: Nikki Jean, Crystal “Røvél” Torres, Damian Marley, Elena Pinderhughes, Simon Sayz, Bishop Edgar Jackson

14. Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap

Released: February 16, 2018

Label: All Money In No Money Out, Atlantic

Singles: “Rap Niggas”, “Last Time That I Checc’d”, “Dedication”

Features: Stacy Barthe, YG, Puff Daddy, Kendrick Lamar, Buddy, TeeFlii, The-Dream, Cee-Lo Green, Marsha Ambrosius

13. Jay Rock – Redemption

Released: June 15, 2018

Label: Top Dawg, Interscope

Singles: “King’s Dead”, “Win”, “The Bloodiest”

Features: Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Sir, Dcmbr, Future, Tee Grizzley, J. Cole, Jeremih, and Mozzy

12. Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts

Released: June 8, 2018

Label: Wicked Awesome, GOOD Music, Def Jam

Singles: N/A

Features: Pusha T, Yasiin Bey, and Ty Dolla Sign

11. Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs

Released: November 30, 2018

Label: Tan Cressida, Columbia

Singles: “Nowhere2go”, “The Mint”

Features: Cheryl Harris, Keorapetse Kgositsile,Navy Blue, Standing on the Corner

10. Vince Staples – FM!

Released: November 2, 2018

Label: Blacksmith, Def Jam

Singles: N/A

Features: Kamaiyah, E-40, Jay Rock, Kehlani, Earl Sweatshirt, Buddy and Tyga,

9. Benny the Butcher – Tana Talk 3

Released: November 23, 2018

Label: Griselda, Black Soprano Family

Singles: “Joe Pesci 38”, “Broken Bottles”

Features: Conway the Machine, Westside Gunn, Keisha Plum, Meyhem Lauren, Melanie Rutherford and Royce da 5’9″

8. Mac Miller – Swimming

Released: August 3, 2018

Label: REMember Music, Warner Bros.

Singles: “Small Worlds”, “Self Care”, “What’s the Use?”

Features: Dâm-Funk, Dev Hynes, Snoop Dogg, Syd, Thundercat, and JID

7. JID – DiCaprio 2

Released: November 26, 2018

Label: Dreamville, Interscope, Spillage Village

Singles: “Hasta Luego”, “151 Rum”, “Off Deez”

Features: 6LACK, ASAP Ferg, BJ the Chicago Kid, Ella Mai, J. Cole, Joey Badass and Method Man

6. Saba – Care for Me

Released: April 5, 2018

Label: Saba Pivot, LLC

Singles: “Busy”, “Life”

Features: Chance the Rapper, Kaina and theMIND

5. Noname – Room 25

Released: September 14, 2018

Label: N/A

Singles: N/A

Features: Ravyn Lenae, Smino and Saba, Yaw, Adam Ness, Phoelix, Benjamin Earl Turner

4. Denzel Curry – Ta13oo

Released: July 27, 2018

Label: PH, Loma Vista

Singles: “Sumo”, “Percs”, “Clout Cobain”, “Vengeance”, “Black Balloons”

Features: Twelve’len, GoldLink, Nyyjerya, JID, JPEGMafia, ZillaKami

3. Westside Gunn – Supreme Blientele

Released: June 22, 2018

Label: Griselda, Empire

Singles: N/A

Features: Anderson .Paak, Benny the Butcher, Bro AA Rashid, Busta Rhymes, Conway the Machine, Crimeapple, Elzhi, Keisha Plum, Jadakiss and Roc Marciano

2. Travis Scott – Astroworld

Released: August 3, 2018

Label: Cactus, Jack Grand Hustle, Epic

Singles: “Butterfly Effect”, “Sicko Mode”, “Yosemite”, “Wake Up”

Features: The Weeknd, Kid Cudi, Frank Ocean, Drake, James Blake, Philip Bailey, 21 Savage, Swae Lee, Gunna, Nav, Quavo, Takeoff, Juice Wrld, Sheck Wes, and Don Toliver

1. Pusha T – Daytona

Released: May 25, 2018

Label: GOOD Music, Def Jam

Singles: “If You Know You Know”, “What Would Meek Do?”

Features: Rick Ross, Kanye West, Tony Williams and 070 Shake

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