2018 Best Songs of the Year

“Apeshit” – The Carters

“Forever”- ASAP Rocky

“God’s Plan”- Drake

“Holding On”- Tirzah

“Mi Gente”- J Blavin

“Nice for What”- Drake

“Ridin”- Yung Bans

“This is America”- Childish Gambino

“Tints”- Anderson .Paak

“TSLAMP”- MGMT

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2018 Best Albums of the Year: Honorable Mentions

  • Ambrose Akinmusire- Origami Harvest
  • Angelique Kidjo- Remain in Light
  • The Body- I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer
  • Cat Power- Wanderer
  • The Coral- Move Through The Dawn
  • dad thighs- easy listening
  • The Internet- Hive Mind
  • Janelle Monae- Dirty Computer
  • Jay Rock- Redemption
  • Jeff Rosenstalk- POST
  • Jeff Tweedy- WARM
  • Mom Jeans- puppy love
  • Nipsey Hustle- Victory Lap
  • Teyana Taylor- K.T.S.E.
  • Tony Molina- Slumberland Records
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50. Robert Glasper / Kaytranada – The ArtScience Remixes EP

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A jazz pianist and a beat maker coming together to make music? It’s a combination that is as good as it sounds. I love Robert Glasper’s effortless piano playing and Kaytranada’s jovial beat style and this album melded both together well.

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49. Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth

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I don’t listen to a lot of jazz and I do a terrible job of seeking out any new jazz musicians so I feel a little guilty that I like and listen to Kamasi Washington really only because Pitchfork has clung to Washington so tightly as their one jazz musician they highlight. Oh well, he is an incredible saxophone player and hopefully in 2019 I will be motivated to finally seek more jazz out by myself.

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48. Anderson .Paak – Oxnard

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I will admit, this was not nearly as good as “Malibou” but I will also admit, I don’t think I will ever care what Anderson .Paak releases, I will enjoy it and stan it.

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47. boygenius- self titled

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There are a lot of stereotypical music review words to describe this album. Haunting, serious, beautiful, the list goes on. Not that all of those words don’t apply, but I think there is something that is taken away from it by using such mundane language. This album is above anything else super realistic in the sense that it sounds like the kind of music that everyone needs to listen to while reflecting on life, the past year, or any other major life event. This album can be all of those normal music review words, but I think there is something innately personal about it that allows every person who listens to find something unique to themselves and that is where the true power of this album lies.

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46. Oneotrix Point Never – Age Of

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I never did become as big of a fan of Oneotrix and Patch or Rubi, but I respect his craft a lot. Maybe my favorite memory of this album was listening to it at Duran’s and a customer walking by, asking Jay “is this really considered music?”

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