We're reaching the tail finish of our annual year-end protection (do not clap!). It's commonplace lately, so, very similar to Every.Other.Damn.Site, we too, curate our "better of" 2018 lists, revisiting every part from the most well liked hip-hop songs, to the hottest albums, to the collaborative album development that was distinctive to 2018 and past. We additionally use the reflection that comes with every part "year-end" to look inwardly-- should you're not an inanimate or intangible object, that normally means self-examination and goal-setting for the brand new 12 months to return. If you're a web site, although, self-examination might imply rounding up some good ol' knowledge. That's precisely what we have completed.
We've completed it years prior, too, should you're not hip. It's an fascinating train, oftentimes affirming what we could already know-- who had massive break-out years, who maintained a spot within the fixed rotation of reports, who made a comeback, and who disappeared from view-- all of such a data is clearly mirrored in our checklist under. A fast re-visit of final 12 months's checklist and rating exhibits you that XXXTentacion was not but fairly as widespread as he would change into in 2018 (and finally/sadly, his passing solely pushed his identify additional into view). Our beloved mascot (jk, jk) (he is merely our beloved) Drake, ranked primary final year-- a lot to the shock of nobody. Drake has ranked primary on this yearly take a look at knowledge for the reason that starting of time (aka once I began doing this characteristic in 2013). Beyond Drake's consistency on the checklist (however you may wanna see the place he ranks this 12 months, I swear), annually displays a wave of newcomers within the game-- if we refer once more to that 2013 inaugural checklist, you may discover a younger ASAP Rocky at spot quantity ten. In 2014, Young Thug made his debut onto the checklist at quantity 9; from there he persistently moved up the checklist annually, as his identify held increasingly weight. In 2015, Migos made their debut on to the checklist, whereas Lil Uzi Vert adopted swimsuit in 2016.
This 12 months, as you may quickly see under, we're greeted with a number of contemporary faces to the checklist, in addition to some mainstays, and, surprisingly sufficient, even an OG (attempt to guess who). This checklist additionally displays the very fact that there have been sure artists *cough cough* who did their finest to remain within the headlines, whether or not it's via social media trolling and antics of that nature, or via interviews and PR stunts. It's additionally a mirrored image of who was sizzling, who was embroiled in beef, who was quieter than regular. Basically, this checklist of names is the 12 months at a look.
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30. Kendrick Lamar
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This 12 months was a comparatively quiet one for the Compton native, mirrored in his rating lifeless final at our checklist of 30. To put it in perspective, final 12 months the rapper confirmed up at #7-- a 12 months when DAMN. was launched, a lot mentioned, a lot adored, and Kendrick equally so. Still, even with out dropping a correct album, Kendrick remained in conversations, if solely due to his acclaim and skillset. He did lead the cost on the Black Panther soundtrack too, one of many largest films of the 12 months.
29. Rick Ross
Ricky Rozay has been eyeing his return to music for a minute now, with Port of Miami 2 within the works. However, in 2018, he took the 12 months off from releasing a brand new album, maybe busy reducing weight, bigging up his companies like Wing Stop and having a household. He did not rank in any respect final 12 months, however we additionally did not go deep into 30 artists final 12 months, we capped our checklist at 15.
Does Tupac's identify on our checklist shock you? While there are numerous younger artists popping out of the woodwork in any respect seconds of the day, and every is doing their finest to garner as a lot on-line consideration as potential, Pac is somebody who will at all times be revered as, not solely among the finest to ever do it, however as a determine who died too quickly, with a dying nonetheless shrouded in thriller. The information that centered round Pac this 12 months oftentimes needed to do with memorabilia, Suge Knight, tributes in some type or one other and a conspiracy concept right here and there for good measure.
27. Mac Miller
Mac Miller launched what could be his remaining album, Swimming, this 12 months, after taking a two-year hole from albums and going via a break-up publicly. The rapper, as you effectively know, handed away from an unintended drug overdose in November of 2018.
26. J. Cole
J. Cole is usually a divisive determine amongst rap followers, however he tends to get love on our website. Still, he is by no means one to get embroiled too deep into rap beef or stunts for a headline, and whereas he undoubtedly had a giant year-- there is not any doubt about that-- with Okay.O.D, options, and a tour, he nonetheless wasn't high-key sufficient to maneuver up past spot #26.
Each Migos member had extra shine as solo artists and people this 12 months than ever earlier than. While we're nonetheless antsy for a solo album from Offset, the generally-agreed-upon-underrated member Takeoff delivered his personal, The Last Rocket, to a extra optimistic reception (one would possibly say) than Quavo's personal effort. Takeoff's recognition remains to be on an upwards trajectory, the rapper didn't rank as a solo artist on final 12 months's checklist.
24. Wiz Khalifa
Good ol Wiz Khalifa. He does not really want to do a lot within the rap sport, apart from be himself, to stay cherished: that's, chill with dangerous bitches/date them, roll up and smoke, and snigger. Still, he additionally blessed followers with Rolling Papers 2 this 12 months, and he is given many followers a lesson in well being by pursuing Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai over the course of the 12 months.
23. 21 Savage
21 Savage could have ranked greater if he have been extra energetic within the first half of the 12 months. On the flip aspect, his withdrawal from the highlight and mini-hiatus from music made his new music that rather more thrilling, and all of the extra appreciated. This really 21's first time rating, too, which solely proves simply how a lot the followers missed him.
22. Meek Mill
Meek Mill had fairly the tumultuous 12 months, music apart. From jail to social justice reform, to a return to type with Championships, the rapper has achieved rather a lot in 2018. All of those efforts have positioned him to have a tremendous 2019, whereas persevering with down the trail of social consciousness. Last 12 months he popped up on our checklist at #9, however this 12 months he enters at #22.
21. Machine Gun Kelly
Well, it is fairly apparent why Machine Gun Kelly is right here, amirite?? The rapper had a extremely publicized beef and confrontation with one other more-famous white rapper, Eminem. He additionally has a job in Bird Box, however no, that has nothing to do with this. It's protected to say MGK was nowhere to be discovered on final 12 months's checklist.
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We've arrived on the 2nd of two Migos members, and sure, there might be extra additional down (!). Quavo does not get as a lot media protection as Offset as a result of he does not have a relationship that is on the market for the world to see (or, an ex, relatively), though there have been rumours (*cough* Saweetie *cough*). Nonetheless the rapper delivered his jam-packed solo effort, Quavo Huncho.
19. Lil Baby
Lil Baby is being heralded because the rap rookie of the 12 months throughout many a web site. The Young Thug offspring had one hell of a 12 months, together with a Drake co-sign after which two collabs with the person, two equally dope initiatives (Harder Than Ever and extra not too long ago, Street Gossip), in addition to a collaborative album with Gunna. This sort of prolificness is one thing he does yearly, but it surely was in 2018 that extra of the skin world took good. His rapping accomplice, one younger Gunna, surprisingly sufficient doesn't seem on this checklist (why you guys play Gunna like that although??? Fire off a fast opinion within the feedback, Gunna vs Baby?).
18. Travis Scott
Travis Scott had a fairly monumental 12 months of his personal, past releasing the much-anticipated Astroworld to the pleasure of followers all over the place, and creating an insane tour to go together with it, he turned a daddy in 2018 and solidified his relationship with the youngest Kardashian-Jenner for the sake of the general public. He's remained an in-demand determine in terms of hip-hop, and that in all probability will not change as we head into 2019.
17. Young Thug
Thugger had a little bit of a bizarre 12 months, within the sense that we did not really obtain a correct full-length effort from the YSL boss, however we did obtain a smattering of small and/or crew-oriented releases, and an inventory of options, that stored followers satiated. Thug additionally landed himself on tour with the seemingly-opposed J. Cole, meshing with the likes of EarthGang within the course of. Last 12 months he confirmed up on our checklist at #12. Here's to hoping he provides us a brand new studio album within the New Year.
16. Lil Uzi Vert
Much like the remainder of us, it appears you too have been continually checking for any indicators of recent music/life in terms of the Philly native Lil Uzi Vert. Yet, it has not arrived. Lil Uzi Vert principally spent all of 2018 being bizarre on social media (in the easiest way potential) and teasing followers about Eternal Atake. This alone proved to be sufficient to earn him a spot simply exterior of the highest 15.
15. Tory Lanez
Tory Lanez is a staple on HNHH and also you guys appear to agree. The singer-rapper additionally had a 2018 that consisted of not one, however two new albums. Tory made certain his presence was felt when it got here to music launch this 12 months, even embroiling himself in some good ol' normal beef with Joyner Lucas.
Our third and remaining Migos member locations the best in our checklist this 12 months. This in all probability doesn't come as a shock, given his highly-publicized relationship with Cardi B, fathering her youngster, and most not too long ago, trying to win his woman again with a collection of outrageous gestures. He has but to drop his solo album, however the gossip about his alleged dishonest is sufficient to hold him within the information persistently. Still, music could be higher, agreed?
Future is in an analogous boast as Young Thug in terms of music releases in 2018, that means, he did not ship a typical full-length solo effort, however relatively went the collaborative/EP route. We not solely bought Beast Mode 2 with Zaytoven, we acquired a shock album with up-and-comer Juice WRLD. He additionally curated the SuperFly soundtrack, and had a child or two (truthfully undecided), which ensured he was not solely on the playlists however within the tabloids too.
12. Iggy Azalea
Iggy Azalea is seemingly getting ready herself to have a spectacular 2019, after having fairly a number of Ls served to her over the past couple of years, it solely appears proper. The Australian rapper is now boo'd up with Playboi Carti, had her bawdy refined and perfected with slightly assist from a surgeon, and is readying new music.
Coming in at #11 is the trio themselves, Migos. Despite their particular person successes and profession arcs over 2018, they nonetheless work finest when they're of their group format, and that is in all probability nonetheless the popular solution to obtain them. Migos kicked off 2018 with a brand new album, Culture II, and for the rest of the 12 months they continued to carry their high-energy ad-libs to dwelling rooms around the globe, making them much more of a mainstream fixture this 12 months. Despite rising their presence worldwide, they ranked on this checklist at #three final year-- as a result of our customers are clearly forward of the curve and in addition, the unique Culture dropped in 2017.
10. Kanye West
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Kanye West had a fairly controversial 12 months. He's no stranger to controversy, however, dipping his toe within the politics pool may need been his most controversial transfer but, or else calling slavery a "alternative." Of course, he additionally make clear his psychological well being this 12 months, and by extension, helped begin a dialogue surrounding psychological well being. While Kanye couldn't appear to keep away from the media or twitter, we additionally bought a variety of music out of the GOOD Music founder. He helped give us new albums from Teyana Taylor, Nas and Pusha T, to not point out his personal album and a joint effort with Kid Cudi.
9. Cardi B
We did name it the Year of Cardi B, so it is in all probability no shock that she hits our high 10 this 12 months. Cardi B's get away started on the tail finish of final 12 months, which principally negated her from placement on the checklist final 12 months just because folks weren't checking for her. Now, Cardi B is maybe probably the most in-demand rap artist out proper now, whether or not it's for high-end journal options or for a verse. The New York native has completed all of this whereas protecting her id intact: that's, an over-the-top however loveable character who says what's on her thoughts, irrespective of the fee.
Eminem really hits the very same spot he hit final 12 months, coming in at #eight. Although he dropped Revival in 2017, this 12 months proved to be extra energetic for the OG, not solely with Kamikaze however with beefs and simply placing himself "on the market." That being stated, Eminem is Eminem, and thus, he'll at all times be somebody followers like to examine for.
7. 50 Cent
One spot greater than Em, we get a rapper Eminem co-signed early on. 50 Cent although, is extra centered on operating his Instagram account lately and placing out very good TV content material than essentially releasing music. It's not as if the rapper dropped a venture, or a lot of something, in 2018, however he nonetheless ensured he was entertaining as fuck.
6. Chris Brown
Are we shocked to see Chris Brown this excessive up? This could also be a easy case of, Chris Brown is Chris Brown. The singer didn't drop a physique of labor in 2018, however he dropped three physique's value in 2017, so this can be forgivable. This 12 months, we centered extra Breezy's lovely daughter Royalty, the singer's ongoing authorized troubles (of various types), and the squashing of beefs.
5. Lil Wayne
Weezy F returned this 12 months with the long-awaited Tha Carter V, and that alone could possibly be answerable for his excessive rating on our checklist. But, then once more, we additionally know the positioning and know that you just guys are day one Wayne supporters-- so certainly he would have ranked this excessive even when he did not drop something (and final 12 months, he did are available in at #6).
What's this?! Drake not at #1??? What's taking place, you guys??? While this checklist has modified codecs a bit over the 12 months, Drizzy has at all times ranked #1. Not this 12 months. This was the 12 months that Drake really bought knocked down a peg because of some beef with Pusha T, and whereas it did not essentially go away him "tarnished" (in some way every part simply slides off Drake), it did make us notice that the Six God is simply human.
three. Tekashi 6ix9ine
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A model new entry for the checklist, Tekashi 6ix9ine makes his debut this 12 months at #three. The rainbow-haired rapper gave his colleagues a run for his or her cash in terms of the way you "do" Instagram in 2018. He not solely made his presence felt on-line nearly each single day via outrageous Instagram posts and the instigation of beef, however due to his laundry checklist of authorized troubles, which have not too long ago come to a head by means of his arrest. He additionally dropped his album, DUMMY BOY, considerably haphazardly, which it appears you guys loved.
Another artist who enters this checklist for the very first time, XXXTENTACION claims #2. The rapper was tragically murdered, as you effectively know, in the summertime of 2018. Prior to his passing, he had laid the groundwork for a rabid fanbase, and it is solely continued to construct autopsy. Even as he releases music posthumously, with Skins dropping in early December, so too, does information floor about his controversial previous, thus protecting his identify and his presence alive.
1. Nicki Minaj
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Our #1 high artist on the positioning this 12 months is the Queen herself, Nicki Minaj. Nicki had a 12 months that was full of the limelight, and principally by her personal doing too-- if there was one factor Nicki assured in 2018, it was that you just noticed her in some type or one other on-line. She began her Apple Music Radio present, Queen Radio, across the identical time she dropped her album (additionally titled Queen-- do you sense a theme for Nicki this 12 months?). Nicki's radio present was a hotbed for gossip and no-holds-barred opinions on anybody and something. She beefed with Cardi B, a number of occasions. She connected with a brand new man, and made her relationship identified to the world. She did a variety of options. She bought much more thick than she was (!). Are you shocked that she ranks as #1 top-performing artist on the positioning this 12 months?