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Top 5 Albums of 2018

Top 5 albums of 2018

5: Post Malone – Beerbongs and Bentleys

Hit machine Post Malone’s last album Stoney was not rated very highly, but this album is a massive come back for the artist. With massive singles which include ‘Rockstar’, ‘Psycho’ and ‘Better Now’ which were massive hits, each having their number one spot in the charts, Post Malone’s content and song writing has gotten a lot better and this propelled his album to selling 450,000 equivalent album sales in its first week and has made Post a huge figure in the industry and not a one hit wonder.

4: Travis Scott – Astroworld

This album received great praise as Scott isn’t the most well-known artist in the world, but this album became his second number one and sold an incredible 537,000 equivalent album sales, the second highest of the year behind Scorpion. All 17 songs on the album made it into the top 100, which includes ‘Sicko Mode’, the biggest single to come out of the album with Drake as the feature. This album became platinum status just over a month after coming out and is filled to the brim with quality music.

3: Pusha T – Daytona

One of the shortest albums on this list, Daytona only has 7 tracks and lasts 21 minutes, however this does not detract from the overall quality of the album, which features amazing instrumentals which were produced by Kanye. There is some fantastic lyricism from Pusha T (which is what he is well known for) and he doesn’t waste any opportunity to fire shots on this album, namely at Drake with the song ‘Infrared’ where he calls out Drake and his label mates. Overall this album is quite cliché for Pusha T, but he does not fail to deliver consistent quality throughout.

2: Noname – Room 25

Chicago rapper Noname built her name up this decade with her last mixtape ‘Telephone’, a lowkey and beautiful mixtape. With this album, she remains in that same vein, and has some gorgeous jazzy instrumentals with some great features, whilst sticking to her guns. The lyrics are very quotable and sharp, and there is a lot of emotion in the verses, even though they feel very spoken word, and the hooks to the songs are extremely catchy. Lots of topics are covered in this album, such as family, death, relationships, politics, you name it and it is more than likely on this album. An incredible effort by an artist who is waiting to blow up.

Honourable mentions that didn’t quite make it to the list:

Kanye West – Ye
Brockhampton – Iridescence
Kali Uchis – Isolation
Nas – Nasir
J.Cole – K.O.D

1: Kids See Ghosts – Self Titled Album

Following up his release Ye this year, Kanye West teamed up with fellow musician and friend Kid Cudi, to create an album that got massive praise from fans of both artists, and critics such as Anthony Fantano who gave it a 10. The album has a wide range of instrumentals, and features artists such as Pusha T who Kanye had produced an album for before this came out. This album is a part of a series of albums which Kanye had produced this year, all containing 7 tracks, and this album is no exception, with the run time only being 23 minutes long. The verses feel empowering, and the subtle vocals in many of the instrumentals brings this album together, and Kid Cudi feels rawer and more inspired than he has in the last decade and helps make a cohesive project with Kanye. This album has great content and overall musical sound throughout, of which there is a large variety of sounds, and doesn’t waste a single beat or verse.

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