The Best Rap Albums of 2018 (So Far)

So far 2018 has given us Pusha T's minimalist, industrialised tone, Cardi B's pop-trap hybrids, Cudi's powerful wails, Kanye's wonderfully diced soul samples and an all-star send-off from Wakanda. Here's the best of the year's first six months. 

Various Artists, 'Black Panther: The Album'


Top 3 tracks: 

  • Redemption x Zacari & Babes Wodumo
  • Seasons x Mozzy, Sjava & Reason
  • I Am x Jorja Smith 

Kanye West & Kid Cudi, 'Kids See Ghosts' 


Top 3 tracks:

  • 4th Dimension
  • Kids See Ghosts
  • Reborn

Cardi B, ‘Invasion of Privacy’


Top 3 tracks:

  • Be Careful
  • Bodak Yellow
  • I Like It (feat J. Balvin) 

Rae Sremmurd, 'Sr3mm'


Top 3 tracks:

  • Perplexing Pegasus
  • Powerglide (feat. Juicy J)
  • Heat of the Moment

Pusha-T, ‘DAYTONA’


Top 3 tracks:

  • What Would Meek Do? (feat. Kanye West) 
  • Santeria
  • Hard Piano (feat. Rick Ross)

Playboi Carti, ‘Die Lit’


Top 3 tracks:

  • Lean 4 Real (feat. Skepta)
  • Love Hurts (feat. Travis Scott)
  • Shoota (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)

J. Cole, 'KOD'


Top 3 tracks:

  • 1985
  • Kevin's Heart
  • ATM

Kanye West, 'Ye'


Top 3 tracks: 

  • No Mistakes
  • Yikes
  • All Mine