Is it just me or is this slowly becoming the year of music when it comes to the Gods of Rap? It’s like everyone just had a behind the scenes sesh and sat down and all were like “let’s see who can drop the biggest bangers of the year”.  I mean it feels like every week we are hearing a new contender and even the OG’s are getting in on the action.  Before we talk about the latest star entering the ring, let’s do a quick recap of some of the power moves that have occurred this year so far.

  • Migos – Culture II (I know I had Walk It Talk It on repeat for at least a month or 2 & we can’t forget about Motorsport besides the controversial drama behind with two of the stars on the track that also appear late on this list, it still makes everyone in the club hype!)
  • Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy (I know no one can forget about Rap’s very own breakout superstar Cardi B.  I mean I could go on about each track, but by now I am sure you have all hear your fair share.  Whether you love her or hate her, one thing is for sure is that she is breaking records.  She now holds the record for the woman artist with the highest first week album streams on Apple Music.  She broke 2 Guinness World Records, Most simultaneous Billboard US Hot 100 entries by a female artist and Most simultaneous Billboard US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10 entries by a female artist. With numerous other awards, nominations, and certifications, this album is still on the rise.)
  • J cole – KOD (A completely solo album with no features minus his alter ego  “kiLL Edward” KOD easily topped the charts of 2018 with his loyal fans and hard hitting lyrics)
  • Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys (Post Malone has had a big year.  And no I am not referring to him escaping death about 3 times this year.  I am talking about his album.  From Paranoid to Rockstar featuring 21 Savage this album made the charts.
  • The Carters – Everything is Love (We can’t mention top charters without mentioning Bey and Jay Z.  The gifted us with a joint album while “On The Run II” Tour.  Let’s be honest, anything these 2 touch turns to gold.)
  • Eminem – Kamikaze (Em dropped a surprise album after being criticized for his last album Revival.  He came back swinging on this album even calling out a couple of rappers which eventuall y sparked a feud with MGK.  One we know after this album is that Shady is back. Back again.)
  • Travis Scott – Astroworld (This album quickly rose to number one after dropping and despite Nicki Minaj’s claims that it only rose due to Stormi and Kylie promoting and bundles being sold, we can’t deny that it is a hit.  When Sicko Mode comes on, we can’t help but move our shoulders.)
  • Nicki Minaj – Queen (This album promoted Nicki to come out with her own station Queen Radio which is a must listen too.  We all know that since Nicki has come out in the game she has delivered numerous insta captons for all of us boss ladies and Queen is no different.  With her first single from the albulm Chung Li going RAA Gold.)
  • Drake – Scorpion (Per usual, Drake gave us all we needed for the summer, year and more.  From God’s Plan and Nice For What to In My Feelings which prompted the challenge that flooded our timelines. No surprise that Drizzy did it again and debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts and scored 1 billion streams in it’s first week. )

Now for the latest present presented by our very own Lil Tunchi aka Mr. Carter aka Lil Wayne who decided to finally grace us with an album after a long and sad 7 years without him.  The Carter V debuted September 27th on the OG’s birthday which he announced in a surprise promo.  This album still shows the old Wayne while presenting a softer, more in tune Wayne and completely raw Wayne. Don’t Cry featuring XXXTENTACION, (may he rest in peace and whom was also having one hell of a year before being murdered in Deerfield Beach, Fl and shot dead)shows this when he talks about losing his way and how he is finding it back by rapping “don’t call it a comeback, it was dark, now the sun is back”. To be honest, I may have shed a tear or 2 while listening to this album.  If you have ever been through some type of hardship through your life and didn’t know if you could make it or if you are currently going through I recommend The Carter V.  Can’t be broken, Mess, and What About Me are just a few that hit home.  Maybe not all the literal lyrics, but the overall concept of acceptance, growth,  battling those things that lie beneath the surface and creep out in the moments alone and not letting it hold you back.   This album seems like an ode to his journey in the rap game and life, how he has risen and fallen and how he is still one of the biggest names in the game no matter how long he is gone from the game.  Which brings up the question was he ever really gone?  Wayne is a staple in the game and a fighter and like this piece of art describes through each track he will never back down no matter what.

Like I previously said, this seems to be the year for rap.  I am so in for all this tea and am waiting for the next album to drop. Okkkuurrr.   Until then catch me either in the club shaking it to I like it, in the gym on the treadmill sprinting to Uproar, or at a stop light in the car singing to my past Post Malone’s song Better Now.

 

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