With the start of 2019 just a few days away, we wanted to bring in the new year by taking a look back at some of the biggest hip-hop tracks of the year. 2018 was another massive year for hip-hop, as the genre continues to be one of the most popular in all of music. Mega stars like Cardi B, Travis Scott, Kanye West, and Post Malone all put out huge projects that racked up millions of plays, but over all we saw quite a few artists put out great music this year and you can check out all of our picks below.
1. Travis Scott - Sicko Mode feat. Drake
I'm still not sick of this song to be honest. It's blasted on the radio 24/7 and yet I just can't turn it off. Travis is probably hip-hops biggest winner of 2018 just on the strength of Astroworld alone.
2. Pusha T - The Story of Adidon
There was a lot of beef between rappers and R&B artists in 2018 but the best beef of all (well it was more like a straight murder) had to be between Pusha T and Drake. "The Story of Adidon" was the finishing blow that left Drake silent for the rest of the conflict.
3. Meek Mill - What's Free (feat. Rick Ross & Jay Z)
This track is so hard. Meek Mill obviously takes the "Comeback of The Year" award after beating his case and this song is a personal favorite that I can't get enough of. This track also features the best Jay Z verse I have heard in quite some time!
4. Childish Gambino - This is America
Childish Gambino dropped one of the biggest songs of the year with a video that shocked a lot of people. Lets hope more artists can use their platforms to open some more eye balls in 2019.
5. Mac Miller - Self Care
I still can't believe that Mac Miller is no longer on this earth. His album "SWIMMING" which dropped earlier this year was a real masterpiece and it saddens me to know that we will never get a truly new Mac Miller project ever again. RIP Mac.. We miss you man.
6. Post Malone - Better Now
Post Malone is probably the biggest star in pop music at the moment. My favorite thing about this guy (besides his solid music) is the fact that he's just comes off as a genuinely nice guy that you would probably party with if given the chance. "Better Now" is just one of the many hits from his Posty's 2018 album Beerbongs and Bentleys.
7. J. Cole - ATM
J. Cole delivered another solid album in early 2018 with KOD and "ATM" was my favorite track from the project. J is one of the most consistent rappers in the game today and he continues to put out intelligent music that you can vibe with.
8. Jay Rock - Win
This by far is Jay Rock's biggest song in a long time and it's more than deserving of a spot on our list! It's also probably the best workout song of 2018 as well.
9. The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar - Pray For Me
You can't really argue with this one. Both The Weeknd and Kendrick continue to dominate the charts and when the two came together, this song became an instant addition to every "We Going Out" playlist in the world.
10. Travis Scott - Stargazing
Everything about this song is just sick. The beat and lyrics were meant for each other and I can't really think of a song that better puts you into party mode then "Stargazing."
11. Kendrick Lamar feat. Sza - All the Stars
Just about everything Kendrick touches seems to turn to gold and this TDE collab between standout singer Sza and King Kendrick himself was by far one of the biggest songs of the year across all platforms. It was also one of the best live songs I saw in 2018 without a doubt.
12. BlocBoy JB & Drake - Look Alive
BlockBoy JB and Drake teamed up on "Look Alive" which is still getting plenty of spins on the radio and in strip clubs alike. While nobody is winning any awards for being overly clever on this song, it still bangs just as you would expect it to making is an auto pick for this years top tracks.
13. Rae Sremmurd - Powerglide (ft. Juicy J)
This is another song that just brings energy into a room whenever it get's played. While I didn't like too many other tracks from Rae Sremmurd this year, "Powerglide" was a monster that eventually found its way to ESPN where they forcefully played it out faster than just about any other song I heard in 2018.
14. Sheck Wes - Mo Bamba
This song is ignorant as hell and really doesn't do much as far as pushing the hip-hop genre forward. However, it goes off like no other and its overall hype factor forces it on to our list with ease.
15. Cardi B Featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny - I Like It
While I am not the biggest Cardi B fan, it would be ridiculous to ignore the crazy year the queen of hip hop had in 2018. This song is corny but it's a hit sometimes the people want a corny hit to shake their asses to! "I Like It" delivers just that and has like 80 million streams to back it up.