In between keeping up with all of the feuds, drama and tragedies that dogged hip-hop in 2018, there was still time to enjoy numerous top-tier records, including Cardi B's wild debut, Lil Wayne's long-awaited Tha Carter V, and Vince Staples' electrifying FM!.
On their ninth album, the Minneapolis hip-hop duo continue to reflect on middle-aged life.
Thrilling major-label debut EP from New Orleans' beloved ambassador of bounce.
The producer/MC's first rap album since 2014 is a tense, often grim, always riveting affair.
Chart-topping fourth effort from the hip-hop crew blurs genres and sharpens their creative focus.
Impressive and entertaining debut from the Bronx rapper that balances her cartoonish boasts with unflinching vulnerability.
Fun, somewhat casual sparring match between superhero Czarface (7L & Esoteric and Inspectah Deck) and villan MF Doom.
Almost 12 years after Two/Three, Tadd Mullinix completes his hip-hop trilogy with help from a cast including Doom, Ghostface, and Georgia Anne Muldrow.
Infusing his rhymes with deep introspection and substance, Curry dives into darkness while maturing on album three.
Kool Keith reunites with the Automator and DJ Q-Bert for the first true sequel to Dr. Octagon's classic 1996 debut.
The third album from this innovational rapper finds him taking risks with warped lo-fi beats and jagged, dreamlike production.
Brief yet explosive collaboration between endlessly creative MC Homeboy Sandman and psych-rap maestro Edan.
On their first collaborative full-length, newly engaged couple Jean Grae and Quelle Chris reflect on staying normal and sane in today's society.
The outspoken rapper's complicated eighth set orbits around mental health and a difficult period of personal struggle.
Powered by Kendrick Lamar, the soundtrack to the culturally momentous Marvel Studios film features SZA, Future, and several South African artists.
This eponymous debut from Kanye West and Kid Cudi is a compact, lushly produced, and thrilling collaboration.
Culled from previously unreleased tracks, the posthumous sequel to this emo rapper's 2017 debut has an eerie significance in the wake of his untimely death.
The long-awaited fifth and final Carter volume exhibits the rapper on an upswing.
The sequel to the trio's 2017 triplet-trap breakthrough features an all-star guest list spanning 24 tracks.
After years of buildup, the South Central rapper makes his major-label debut without sacrificing his trademark authenticity.
Remarkable debut album from Chicagoan rapper/poet Noname, effortlessly blending introspection with humor over lush, jazzy arrangements.
Second solo album from the Little Brother and Foreign Exchange veteran confronts grim realities and celebrates new love.
Characteristically terse and trenchant work from the GOOD Music president, supported by grimace-inducing beats from Kanye West.
Second mixtape from Georgia rapper who blew up overnight with his first release just five months earlier.
Three-part third album that presents a disc of Sremmurd tunes alongside a solo offering from both Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee.
Second album by this Chicago rapper is an emotionally complex and painfully vulnerable reaction to the murder of a close family member.
Fascinating, innovative debut album from Turkish beatmaker Sami Baha, offering a global perspective on the trap phenomenon.
Ambitious full-length from Louisiana's Suicideyear, whose variation on trap is stark yet complex and emotion-rich.
Triumphant throwback to the trio's late-'90s focus on lyrical dexterity and boom-bap beats.
Hand in hand, hip-hop's reigning couple triumph over marital strife with confidence and style.
The Houstonian's third solo album, titled after his hometown's demolished theme park, contains some of his most vivid and vulnerable material.
Brisk third LP from the Long Beach emcee that overflows with addictive beats and thrilling bars.
The Scottish trio set out to make a "linear" third album but wound up with their least classifiable, most unique work yet.