2018 has been arguably one of the greatest years for music generally, everyone’s getting paid and almost all the big players released an album, EP, LP or whatever project. If you consider yourself a music lover whatever genre it is there had to be a great project for you. This made it so much harder to compile a list of 10 projects that sum up the great year for music 2018 was. So I decided to make the most honest list I could, based not on sales or popularity but the holistic quality of projects from start to finish. In no particular order these projects made the cut.
- Victory lap
This was the LA rapper’s debut album after releasing a string of mix tapes for 13 years. Nipsey Hussle’s experience clearly showed as he went about each track with great breath of self-awareness with subject matters about celebrating life and where he’s at currently. As if this year couldn’t get any better, he received a Grammy nomination for ‘Album of the Year’ yesterday.
This is the Canadian artists’ debut album. This was a genre bending project with similarities to Khaled’s ‘American Teen’ project last year. The level of originality and freshness on this project was light-years ahead of the r&b game especially with a generic pattern starting to appear in that genre.
- Care for me
This was the Chicago rappers sophomore project and checked on all boxes in terms of what had come to be expected from him; a marvel of craft, musicality and emotion. Giving in depth insight on matters that affect not only him but the society at large. A great concept with absolutely zero skips. He just might be coming for Kanye’s and Chance’s crown as king of Chicago.
Hell yeah our very own Khaligraphs project made the cut. Khali has been on a quest to put Kenyan hip hop on the global market. He went about this in such a Jay-z-esque masterstroke by putting the project on all popular platforms including Boomplay considering it’s what most Kenyans use. This gave us the opportunity to listen to the project the right way. He equally went hard on assembling great features from KO to Mr. Eazi to the very phenomenal Fena who KILLED her feature (she should really use that flow more)
- Strings and Bling
Heading South, Nasty c did his thing. A complete album that could easily compete with the best of the best on a platform like the Grammy’s. The project showed the Durban rapper coming into his own and start to firmly sink his talons into both Africa and the much stronger American market after appearing on both Sway and Ebro in the morning and also touring all across Africa including the 254.
- Lady Lady
This was the debut album by the Jazz, hip hop, R&B maestro Masego. The Jamaican-American artist continues to create his own lane defying the norms and is starting to curve a niche for himself in an increasingly popular genre
- North’s best
This is Lil Mosey’s first major label project, the rapping teen has been gaining notoriety with his versatility and ability to create great crossover tracks in the new wave like a JUICEWRLD. The project has great production with little or no skips at all. A great listen
- A Beautiful November
The Youtube star finally dropped his long awaited project that has been doing reasonably well for an independent artist. He embarks on trying to revive a fast dying sub-genre in contemporary R&B. The project is smooth, sultry and perfectly creates the vibe he clearly wanted it to
- Last Day of Summer
The Atlanta songstress makes a bold entrance into the mainstream music scene. The most popular song on the album ‘Girls need love’ giving off strong SZA vibes and all through the project she seems to leans towards the female spokesperson lane for sexually liberated women again like SZA and may I even say does it better
This being the ‘wonky-funk’ artists’ sophomore album she continues to establish herself as a mainstay in the soul, R&B and electronic genre. She experiments a bit more and finally gives the fans that Kwabs feature (I called this would happen).
Now as much as this list may piss off a lot of mainstream fans. The quality of this projects is undeniable and have great replay value. So who made y’all list?