The year in hip hop.

What has been going on throughout 2018.
And some thoughts about the past year.

Issue 41

The Donald Trump year is about to end. Donald has reached the front pages each and every other day. He even had an impact on hip hop by being referenced to in multiple songs. Kanye also connected with Trump which stirred up major news articles and debates online. Anyhow... the newsletter is introduced by something rather distanced from the genre, I have to admit. It’s due to my feelings towards the year in hip hop. I can’t say I’m over the moon with feelings regarding the progress in hip hop this year. I can’t say that “that album” was extra ordinary, or any new rappers that will change my listening habits radically. To be frank, 2018 wasn’t my favourite year in hip hop. 

I have to admit that I look forward to a new year in hip hop. When I look back in 2018 I mostly think about the new mumble/drug/bass heavy rappers such as 6ix9ine, Lil Peep, Lil Pump, Smokepurrp and affiliates racking up the majority of the attention and they’re not my preferable sub-genre. I wonder, is this how the stubborn 90’s-00’s, “Golden Era” hip hop fans who still play Wu-Tang on the daily, felt when trap and R&B started influencing the boom rap? And if so, I worry. I worry to not progress my hip hop listening. I worry that I will become a “grumpy old man” at the age of 28 by claiming that new hip hop isn’t “the good stuff”.

I will muster up and I look into 2019 determined to accelerate my variety in artists and new sub-genres to explore more hip hop than any year previously, determined to not lose grip on the hobby I enjoy the most. 

With that said. There were still a couple of great tracks released in 2018 (more than 100 added to the playlist!) and these were my favourite ones.

Til’ next year.

Creator
William Bengtsson
William Bengtsson
Track 17
Ride

Pillow T. was new to be prior to this song. With just a handful of songs public on Spotify, he seems to deliver quality over quantity. Calm banger.

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Track 16
SWITCH IT UP

Denzel Curry released his album this year and received fantastic reviews. This track is the most energy-filled track of them all.

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Track 15
RIP Dump

YoungBoy Never Going Broke Again released this track as a salute to his lost friend and does it in a calm and nice way. He creates the best melodies.

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Track 14
December 24

Earl Sweatshirt surprisingly released an album recently. He's been off the grid for over 2 years. He exposes his thoughts throughout the past, rough years.

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Track 13
GOTTI

6ix9ine received some hate in the intro of this email but I can't deny him from a place on this list with this track which is super smooth and nice.

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Track 12
Armed and Dangerous

Juice WRLD has had a massive year. His Lucid Dreamz hit the charts massively and has started working with some of the biggest artist out there.

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Track 11
1999 Wildfire

Brockhampton has delivered each year since they came together and formed one of the more powerful bands today. I love how they make it work for a genre that otherwise is a "one person act" usually.

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Track 10
Chanel (Go Get It)

Young Thug could've easily been as popular as Travis Scott but due to his shitty label he's never gained enough attention. This track is phenomenal.

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R.I.P Mac Miller (1992 - 2018)
”It is what it is til it ain't”

Bonus clip from when Mac Miller, who passed away earlier this year, performs at NPR, live in their office. It's a great performance by an amazing artist.

Track 9
Pretty Little Fears

6LACK released his album and it received great reviews. But this song, with J. Coles best verse ever, stands out from the rest. Soothing and beautiful.

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Track 8
No Shame

Future and PARTYNEXTDOOR created this low-key banger for the movie Superfly (which I haven't seen). It's pure class delivery by both artists.

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Track 7
Jet Lag

Future and Juice WRLD released a collaboration album which was decent. But this standout track was genius. The base line is seriously epic. 

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Track 6
Cudi Montage

Kid Cudi and Kanye West also released a collaboration album - but it was absolutely fantastic. The guitar is a sample from an unreleased Curt Kobain demo.

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Track 5
The Games We Play

Pusha T, member of one of the greatest rap duos of all times, released a short album alone and this track was minimalistic, cold and grimey as hell.

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Track 4
Drip Too Hard

Lil Baby and Gunna are two of my favourite rappers this year and I got ridiculously excited when I saw they released an album this year — with THIS!

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Track 3
WEIGHT

Brockhampton have two tracks, yes. Almost three, since this track is divided into two fantastic parts. I love the background story of teenage troubles combined with the symphonies.

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Track 2
About Me

Young Ceo linked up with Youngboy Never Going Broke Again to create this fantastic track that has that perfect bounce and nasty sound to it.

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Track 1
Praise The Lord (Da Shine)

Skepta and A$AP Rocky on a grimey, grime like, fast-paced banger together. This is all I wish for in hip hop.

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Thank you for this year
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