The 10 Best Albums of 2018

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The 10 Best Albums of 2018

Eli Schmitt, Writer

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10. Whack World by Tierra Whack

 

 

Whack World is an album brimming with character. Every song presents a different and interesting side of Whack, and with every song being exactly one minute the entire album feels like a teaser for something better in the future.

Favorite Songs: Black Nails, Flea Market, Hungry Hippo, Silly Sam, Sore Loser,

 

 

9. Die Lit by Playboi Carti

 

Backed by minimalistic and hard-hitting beats mainly curated by Pierre Bourne plus the high energy of Carti’s lyrics and ad-libs are a great combination. Die Lit is energizing, effortless and supremely catchy. All help to make it the best trap album of the year.

Favorite Songs: R.I.P, Lean 4 Real, Pull Up

 

 

8. Lush by Snail Mail

 

 

 

The indie breakout of the singer/songwriter Lindsey Jordan Lush is simple, elegant and easy to fall in love with. On Lush, Snail Mail gives us a glimpse of indie rock to come.

Favorite Songs: Pristine, Heat Wave

 

 

 

7. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe 

 

 

A landmark album for Monáe, Dirty Computer is an album about all the people who don’t conform to the norms of society. Whether is the bubbling pop of Pynk or the Prince-inspired Make Me Feel; Dirty Computer is the best pop record of the year.

Favorite Songs: Screwed, Pynk, Make Me Feel, So Afraid

 

 

6. Veteran by JPEGMAFIA

Glitchy, experimental, in your face; are just some ways one could describe Veteran. Whether is in the Ol Dirty Bastard sample on Real Nega or the uncomfortable glitches in Thug Tears; Veteran isn’t the easiest listen. Its an album that took me a while to warm up to but once I had, I loved almost everything about it.Favorite Songs: 1539 N. Calvert, Thug Tears, Rainbow Six

5. Care for Me by Saba

Another amazing release in the Chicago natives discography. Saba explores deep emotional distress coming from the death of his cousin, whose story is expertly told in the track PROM/ KING. On Care for Me Saba really shows just how talented he is whether its through rapping or production Saba is a force to be reckoned with.

Favorite Songs: BUSY/SIRENS, PROM/ KING

 

4. TABOO by Denzel Curry

 

TABOO is quite possibly the best concept album on the year; consisting of three-act each better than last. Denzel delivers wild and off the wall flows and funny lyrics all over this album. Not to mention some great features by JPEGMAFIA and J.I.D.

Favorite Songs: SIRENS, CLOUT COBAIN, VENGEANCE

 

 

3. Room 25 by Noname

 

 

Room 25 is an album that expands on everything that was great of Noname’s last album Telefone; the lyrics, the production, the flows. There is something so inviting and warm about this album that makes me want to come back to it time after time.

Favorite Songs: Window, Montego Bae, no name

 

 

 

2. Kids See Ghost by Kanye West and Kid Cudi

 

In a year of over bloated albums, Kids See Ghost another great example of brevity. Somehow in the insane year that was 2018, Kanye was able to focus and create an amazing album. psychedelic, rock, hip-hop and experimental music are fused together on one of years best albums. Not to mention that Kid Cudi hasn’t sounded this good in years.

Favorite Song: Reborn

 

1.Some Rap Songs by Earl Sweatshirt

 

 

Obtuse and odd Some Raps Songs is an album that is oddly beautiful. Short and compact songs filled to the brim with thoughtful lyrics and flows. An album that shows that a three-year hiatus isn’t always a bad thing.

Favorite Songs: Cold Summers, ontheway!, Veins, Riot!