We’re reaching the tail finish our annual year-end protection (do not clap!). It’s commonplace lately, so, very similar to Every.Other.Damn.Site, we too, curate our “greatest ” 2018 lists, revisiting every little thing from the most well liked hip-hop songs, to the hottest albums, to the collaborative album development that was distinctive to 2018 and past. We additionally use the reflection that comes with every little thing “year-end” to look inwardly– should you’re not an inanimate or intangible object, that normally means self-examination and goal-setting for the brand new yr to return. If you’re a web site, although, self-examination may imply rounding up some good ol’ information. That’s precisely what we have executed.
We’ve executed it years prior, too, should you’re not hip. It’s an attention-grabbing train, tentimes affirming what we might already know– who had large break-out years, who maintained a spot within the fixed rotation information, who made a comeback, and who disappeared from view– all this kind data is clearly mirrored in our checklist under. A fast re-visit final yr’s checklist and rating reveals you that XXXTentacion was not but fairly as widespread as he would turn into in 2018 (and in the end/sadly, his passing solely pushed his identify additional into view). Our beloved mascot (jk, jk) (he is merely our beloved) Drake, ranked primary final year– a lot to the shock nobody. Drake has ranked primary on this yearly have a look at information because the starting time (aka after I began doing this characteristic in 2013). Beyond Drake’s consistency on the checklist (however you may wanna see the place he ranks this yr, I swear), every year displays a wave newcomers within the game– if we refer once more to that 2013 inaugural checklist, you may discover a younger ASAP Rocky at spot quantity ten. In 2014, Young Thug made his debut onto the checklist at quantity 9; from there he persistently moved up the checklist every year, as his identify held an increasing number of weight. In 2015, Migos made their debut on to the checklist, whereas Lil Uzi Vert adopted swimsuit in 2016.
This yr, as you may quickly see under, we’re greeted with just a few recent faces to the checklist, in addition to some mainstays, and, surprisingly sufficient, even an OG (attempt to guess who). This checklist additionally displays the actual fact that there have been sure artists *cough cough* who did their greatest to remain within the headlines, whether or not or not it’s by way of social media trolling and antics that nature, or by way of interviews and PR stunts. It’s additionally a mirrored image who was sizzling, who was embroiled in beef, who was quieter than ordinary. Basically, this checklist names is the yr at a look.
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Editor’s Note: the information we used for this yr’s checklist relies solely on inner information, from artist identify clicks and tag clicks, to artist pageviews. Thus it is primarily based across the behaviour all our customers!! Whatever you guys are checking for probably the most on the location, these artists make up our Top Artists the Year.
30. Kendrick Lamar
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This yr was a comparatively quiet one for the Compton native, mirrored in his rating useless final at our checklist 30. To put it in perspective, final yr the rapper confirmed up at #7– a yr when DAMN. was launched, a lot mentioned, a lot adored, and Kendrick equally so. Still, even with out dropping a correct album, Kendrick remained in conversations, if solely as a result of his acclaim and skillset. He did lead the cost on the Black Panther soundtrack too, one the most important films the yr.
29. Rick Ross
Ricky Rozay has been eyeing his return to music for a minute now, with Port Miami 2 within the works. However, in 2018, he took the yr f from releasing a brand new album, maybe busy shedding pounds, bigging up his companies like Wing Stop and having a household. He did not rank in any respect final yr, however we additionally did not go deep into 30 artists final yr, we capped our checklist at 15.
Does Tupac’s identify on our checklist shock you? While there are various younger artists popping out the woodwork in any respect seconds the day, and every is doing their greatest to garner as a lot on-line consideration as attainable, Pac is somebody who will all the time be revered as, not just one one of the best to ever do it, however as a determine who died too quickly, with a loss of life nonetheless shrouded in thriller. The information that centered round Pac this yr tentimes needed to do with memorabilia, Suge Knight, tributes in some kind or one other and a conspiracy principle right here and there for good measure.
27. Mac Miller
Mac Miller launched what can be his last album, Swimming, this yr, after taking a two-year hole from albums and going by way of a break-up publicly. The rapper, as you nicely know, handed away from an unintended drug overdose in November 2018.
26. J. Cole
J. Cole is usually a divisive determine amongst rap followers, however he tends to get love on our website. Still, he is by no means one to get embroiled too deep into rap beef or stunts for a headline, and whereas he positively had a giant year– there is no doubt about that– with Okay.O.D, options, and a tour, he nonetheless wasn’t high-key sufficient to maneuver up past spot #26.
Each Migos member had extra shine as solo artists and people this yr than ever earlier than. While we’re nonetheless antsy for a solo album from Offset, the generally-agreed-upon-underrated member Takef delivered his personal, The Last Rocket, to a extra constructive reception (one would possibly say) than Quavo’s personal effort. Takef’s recognition continues to be on an upwards trajectory, the rapper didn’t rank as a solo artist on final yr’s checklist.
24. Wiz Khalifa
Good ol Wiz Khalifa. He does not actually need to do a lot within the rap sport, apart from be himself, to stay beloved: that’s, chill with unhealthy bitches/date them, roll up and smoke, and chortle. Still, he additionally blessed followers with Rolling Papers 2 this yr, and he is given many followers a lesson in well being by pursuing Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai over the course the yr.
23. 21 Savage
21 Savage might have ranked greater if he had been extra lively within the first half the yr. On the flip aspect, his withdrawal from the highlight and mini-hiatus from music made his new music that rather more thrilling, and all of the extra appreciated. This truly 21’s first time rating, too, which solely proves simply how a lot the followers missed him.
22. Meek Mill
Meek Mill had fairly the tumultuous yr, music apart. From jail to social justice reform, to a return to kind with Championships, the rapper has completed lots in 2018. All these efforts have positioned him to have a tremendous 2019, whereas persevering with down the trail social consciousness. Last yr he popped up on our checklist at #9, however this yr he enters at #22.
21. Machine Gun Kelly
Well, it is fairly apparent why Machine Gun Kelly is right here, amirite?? The rapper had a extremely publicized beef and struggle phrases with one other more-famous white rapper, Eminem. He additionally has a task in Bird Box, however no, that has nothing to do with this. It’s protected to say MGK was nowhere to be discovered on final yr’s checklist.
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We’ve arrived on the 2nd two Migos members, and sure, there will probably be extra additional down (!). Quavo does not get as a lot media protection as Offset as a result of he does not have a relationship that is on the market for the world to see (or, an ex, fairly), though there have been rumours (*cough* Saweetie *cough*). Nonetheless the rapper delivered his jam-packed solo effort, Quavo Huncho.
19. Lil Baby
Lil Baby is being heralded because the rap rookie the yr throughout many a web site. The Young Thug fspring had one hell a yr, together with a Drake co-sign after which two collabs with the person, two equally dope initiatives (Harder Than Ever and extra lately, Street Gossip), in addition to a collaborative album with Gunna. This kind prolificness is one thing he does yearly, however it was in 2018 that extra the surface world took good. His rapping associate, one younger Gunna, surprisingly sufficient doesn’t seem on this checklist (why you guys play Gunna like that although??? Fire f a fast opinion within the feedback, Gunna vs Baby?).
18. Travis Scott
Travis Scott had a reasonably monumental yr his personal, past releasing the much-anticipated Astroworld to the pleasure followers in every single place, and creating an insane tour to go together with it, he grew to become a daddy in 2018 and solidified his relationship with the youngest Kardashian-Jenner for the sake the general public. He’s remained an in-demand determine with regards to hip-hop, and that most likely will not change as we head into 2019.
17. Young Thug
Thugger had a bit a bizarre yr, within the sense that we did not truly obtain a correct full-length effort from the YSL boss, however we did obtain a smattering small and/or crew-oriented releases, and a listing options, that stored followers satiated. Thug additionally landed himself on tour with the seemingly-opposed J. Cole, meshing with the likes EarthGang within the course of. Last yr he confirmed up on our checklist at #12. Here’s to hoping he offers us a brand new studio album within the New Year.
16. Lil Uzi Vert
Much like the remainder us, it appears you too had been continually checking for any indicators new music/life with regards to the Philly native Lil Uzi Vert. Yet, it has not arrived. Lil Uzi Vert mainly spent all 2018 being bizarre on social media (in one of the simplest ways attainable) and teasing followers about Eternal Atake. This alone proved to be sufficient to earn him a spot simply outdoors the highest 15.
15. Tory Lanez
Tory Lanez is a staple on HNHH and also you guys appear to agree. The singer-rapper additionally had a 2018 that consisted not one, however two new albums. Tory made certain his presence was felt when it got here to music launch this yr, even embroiling himself in some good ol’ common beef with Joyner Lucas.
Our third and last Migos member locations the very best in our checklist this yr. This most likely doesn’t come as a shock, given his highly-publicized relationship with Cardi B, fathering her baby, and most lately, trying to win his woman again with a sequence outrageous gestures. He has but to drop his solo album, however the gossip about his alleged dishonest is sufficient to preserve him within the information persistently. Still, music can be higher, agreed?
Future is in an identical boast as Young Thug with regards to music releases in 2018, which means, he did not ship a typical full-length solo effort, however fairly went the collaborative/EP route. We not solely bought Beast Mode 2 with Zaytoven, we acquired a shock album with up-and-comer Juice WRLD. He additionally curated the SuperFly soundtrack, and had a child or two (truthfully undecided), which ensured he was not solely on the playlists however within the tabloids too.
12. Iggy Azalea
Iggy Azalea is seemingly making ready herself to have a spectacular 2019, after having fairly just a few Ls served to her during the last couple years, it solely appears proper. The Australian rapper is now boo’d up with Playboi Carti, had her bawdy refined and perfected with a little bit assist from a surgeon, and is readying new music.
Coming in at #11 is the trio themselves, Migos. Despite their particular person successes and profession arcs over 2018, they nonetheless work greatest when they’re of their group format, and that is most likely nonetheless the popular strategy to obtain them. Migos kicked f 2018 with a brand new album, Culture II, and for the rest the yr they continued to convey their high-energy ad-libs to residing rooms all over the world, making them much more a mainstream fixture this yr. Despite rising their presence worldwide, they ranked on this checklist at #three final year– as a result of our customers are clearly forward the curve and in addition, the unique Culture dropped in 2017.
10. Kanye West
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Kanye West had a reasonably controversial yr. He’s no stranger to controversy, however, dipping his toe within the politics pool might need been his most controversial transfer but, or else calling slavery a “alternative.” Of course, he additionally make clear his psychological well being this yr, and by extension, helped begin a dialogue surrounding psychological well being. While Kanye couldn’t appear to keep away from the media or twitter, we additionally bought lots music out the GOOD Music founder. He helped give us new albums from Teyana Taylor, Nas and Pusha T, to not point out his personal album and a joint effort with Kid Cudi.
9. Cardi B
We did name it the Year Cardi B, so it is most likely no shock that she hits our high 10 this yr. Cardi B’s escape started on the tail finish final yr, which mainly negated her from placement on the checklist final yr just because individuals weren’t checking for her. Now, Cardi B is maybe probably the most in-demand rap artist out proper now, whether or not or not it’s for high-end journal options or for a verse. The New York native has executed all this whereas preserving her identification intact: that’s, an over-the-top however loveable character who says what’s on her thoughts, regardless of the associated fee.
Eminem truly hits the very same spot he hit final yr, coming in at #eight. Although he dropped Revival in 2017, this yr proved to be extra lively for the OG, not solely with Kamikaze however with beefs and simply placing himself “on the market.” That being mentioned, Eminem is Eminem, and thus, he’ll all the time be somebody followers like to examine for.
7. 50 Cent
One spot greater than Em, we get a rapper Eminem co-signed early on. 50 Cent although, is extra targeted on working his Instagram account lately and placing out excellent TV content material than essentially releasing music. It’s not as if the rapper dropped a undertaking, or a lot something, in 2018, however he nonetheless ensured he was entertaining as fuck.
6. Chris Brown
Are we stunned to see Chris Brown this excessive up? This could also be a easy case , Chris Brown is Chris Brown. The singer didn’t drop a physique work in 2018, however he dropped three physique’s price in 2017, so this can be forgivable. This yr, we targeted extra Breezy’s cute daughter Royalty, the singer’s ongoing authorized troubles ( totally different varieties), and the squashing beefs.
5. Lil Wayne
Weezy F returned this yr with the long-awaited Tha Carter V, and that alone could possibly be answerable for his excessive rating on our checklist. But, then once more, we additionally know the location and know that you just guys are day one Wayne supporters– so certainly he would have ranked this excessive even when he did not drop something (and final yr, he did are available in at #6).
What’s this?! Drake not at #1??? What’s occurring, you guys??? While this checklist has modified codecs a bit over the yr, Drizzy has all the time ranked #1. Not this yr. This was the yr that Drake truly bought knocked down a peg because of some beef with Pusha T, and whereas it did not essentially go away him “tarnished” (in some way every little thing simply slides f Drake), it did make us notice that the Six God is barely human.
three. Tekashi 6ix9ine
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A model new entry for the checklist, Tekashi 6ix9ine makes his debut this yr at #three. The rainbow-haired rapper gave his colleagues a run for his or her cash with regards to the way you “do” Instagram in 2018. He not solely made his presence felt on-line virtually each single day by way of outrageous Instagram posts and the instigation beef, however as a result of his laundry checklist authorized troubles, which have lately come to a head by approach his arrest. He additionally dropped his album, DUMMY BOY, considerably haphazardly, which it appears you guys loved.
Another artist who enters this checklist for the very first time, XXXTENTACION claims #2. The rapper was tragically murdered, as you nicely know, in the summertime 2018. Prior to his passing, he had laid the groundwork for a rabid fanbase, and it is solely continued to construct autopsy. Even as he releases music posthumously, with Skins dropping in early December, so too, does information floor about his controversial previous, thus preserving his identify and his presence alive.
1. Nicki Minaj
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Our #1 high artist on the location this yr is the Queen herself, Nicki Minaj. Nicki had a yr that was full of the limelight, and largely by her personal doing too– if there was one factor Nicki assured in 2018, it was that you just noticed her in some kind or one other on-line. She began her Apple Music Radio present, Queen Radio, across the similar time she dropped her album (additionally titled Queen— do you sense a theme for Nicki this yr?). Nicki’s radio present was a hotbed for gossip and no-holds-barred opinions on anybody and something. She beefed with Cardi B, just a few instances. She connected with a brand new man, and made her relationship recognized to the world. She did lots options. She bought much more thick than she was (!). Are you stunned that she ranks as #1 top-performing artist on the location this yr?