Jay Rock & H.E.R React To Making Obama's 2018 Favorite Songs List

Barack Obama lately shared his listing favourite songs, films, and books the 12 months. The former president has a wholesome stability all kinds music. He’s beforehand included artists like Jay-Z and SZA on the listing — the previous made it once more alongside Beyonce as The Carters — however what could have shocked many was his decide Jay Rock and H.E.R. While the 2 artists had a giant 12 months in 2018, to be included on Obama’s year-end listing his favourite songs is a serious accomplishment. Both Jay Rock and H.E.R took to Instagram to share their pleasure.

Kendrick Lamar beforehand made Obama’s favourite songs listing 2017 with “HUMBLE.” however this 12 months, he seems on the playlist alongside Jay Rock. Obama dubbed “Wow Freestyle” as one his favourite songs the 12 months. Rock shared a screenshot Obama’s listing on his Instagram, captioning the put up, “WOW!!!! I respect the love Mr President @barackobama !!!”

H.E.R. additionally shared a screenshot Obama’s listing on Instagram and thanked the president for the inclusion her music “Could’ve Been” ft. Bryson Tiller. “Look mama i made it 😩 thanks @barackobama,” she wrote. 

Obama’s playlist additionally contained Chance The Rapper and Joey Purp’s “My Own Thing,” J. Cole’s “Kevin Heart,” Cardi B’s “I Like It” ft. J Balvin and Bad Bunny, Khalid & Normani’s “Love Lies,” and The Carters’ “Apeshit.”

Kanye West Is "Satisfied" After Kim Kardashian's Christmas Party "Nip Slip"

During her time within the highlight, Kim Kardashian has suffered many wardrobe malfunctions. Some have been intentional and others have been definitely not deliberate. The manner that Kim has realized to govern her intercourse attraction to generate gross sales is actually second to none. Perhaps solely her sister Kylie is competing for the crown. When she suffered a “nip slip” at her household’s Christmas get together this week, it is secure to say that she wasn’t anticipating it. Kanye West was so glad that it occurred although and he determined to precise his satisfaction with Kerwin Frost.

Frost documented what went down on the get together and he captured the second Kardashian suffered an “oops” second whereas sledding down the hill. Her outfit might not have been essentially the most acceptable for tobogganing. Given the truth that her robe determined to uncover her chest for a second earlier than she adjusted, she was most likely hoping she wore snow pants and a sweater. 

Kanye West Is "Satisfied" After Kim Kardashian's Christmas Party "Nip Slip"
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When Kerwin Frost approached Kim and Kanye after the “nip slip,” Kanye was very happy to deliver it up in dialog. Kim was fairly sly as she stepped apart to “alter” however Ye could not include himself. “Wait a second, now you gotta ask her a ridiculous query” barged Kanye. “She had a nip slip on the Christmas get together. I used to be ready for the nip slip and now I am glad,” he mentioned earlier than strolling f.

Would you anticipate the rest from the famous person? Check it out on the 21:25 mark.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s Season Is Over Thanks To Quad Injury

This season has been a yr to overlook for the New York Giants. They at the moment sit useless final within the NFC East due to an abysmal report 5-10. Adding to those woes is large receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s quad harm which has compelled him to sit down out the final three video games. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, OBJ will miss a fourth straight sport on Sunday, that means his season has come to an finish.

Beckham was having a fairly good season for the group till his harm. In 12 video games he registered 1,052 receiving yards on 77 receptions and added six touchdowns, in keeping with Sports Illustrated. He even threw for 2 touchdowns his personal, which was a giant assist to the Giants as quarterback Eli Manning has struggled at occasions this season.

The Giants tackle their divisional rival, the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in a sport that might decide who wins the division. Although for the Giants, the sport is meaningless contemplating they’ve already secured the final spot within the division. 

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Returning To Original Site

Woodstock is considered as one probably the most legendary music festivals all time. Sure, Coachella is lit however Woodstock was a whole expertise. The pageant happened in August 1969 and it has been the subject so many conversations since then. Of course, folks recall the psychedelic rock that got here out the live performance and the insane issues folks lived out throughout their acid journeys and we’re now closing in on the 50th anniversary all that. 

This summer time, the long-lasting pageant will probably be turning fifty-years-old and there isn’t any higher solution to have a good time than to convey it again to the place it started. It all occurred on a dairy farm exterior New York City and in response to Billboard, Woodstock will return to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in August. 

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Returning To Original Site
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Ticket costs and performers haven’t but been introduced for the upcoming pageant however contemplating the magnitude the anniversary, we’re anticipating the organizers to drag out all of the stops. The live performance will probably be arrange by Live Nation and INVNT, who’re promising performances from high-prile artists right now and the previous.

The CEO Bethel Woods issued the next assertion: “Fifty years in the past, folks gathered peacefully on our website impressed to vary the world by way of music. As the stewards this historic website, we stay dedicated to preserving this wealthy historical past and spirit, and to educating and provoking new generations to contribute positively to the world by way of music, tradition, and neighborhood.”

La La Anthony Has Us Seriously Thinking She's Pregnant

It looks like a excessive chance that there could also be one other child on the way in which for La La and Carmelo Anthony. This could also be a attain, however comic Amy Schumer posted a video her throwing up on the facet the street on Christmas (on account of the truth that she’s anticipating) and La La’s remark could have instructed the world that she too is with youngster.

 “I’m with u! Merry Christmas babe!” La La wrote, Bossip

La La and Carmelo have already got one 11-year-old son, Kiyan, however we’ would not be shocked if a brand new years decision is so as to add one other Anthony to the combination.

“I nonetheless be taught that it’s not a straightforward job, and in the future you suppose you’ve gotten all of it figured it out and the following day you have no idea what the hell you’re doing,” La La beforehand acknowledged when speaking about parenting. “That’s simply what being a mom is, and I attempt to not put an excessive amount of strain on myself and attempt to be the most effective mother I will be and lead by love — that’s the way in which to do it.”

We’ll need to see if La La responds to the claims or not, solely time will inform. 

Ariana Grande Cancels New Year's Eve Performance Due To Illness

Ariana Grande has gone by way of quite a bit this 12 months. From the passing her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller to a failed engagement with Pete Davidson, there have been many obstacles for the pop star to step over on her option to happiness. She seems to be again heading in the right direction with the discharge “thank u, subsequent” nevertheless it would not be a correct finish to 2018 if nothing detrimental occurred in her life, proper? At this level, it solely is smart that she’s needed to cancel her upcoming New Year’s Eve efficiency as a result of an ongoing sickness. 

TMZ is reporting that Ariana will not be headlining the New Year’s Eve festivities in Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan resort tomorrow. She was pressured to drop the date after a continued bout with bronchitis, says the publication. The last-minute cancellation will show tough to discover a alternative for however we’re certain the promoters the occasion have one thing in thoughts.

Grande reportedly has plans to reschedule at a later date. Obviously although, she want to hit the stage in Vegas earlier than NYE 2019. This is simply the newest battle Ari has gone by way of this 12 months, which has certainly confirmed to be one the worst in her total existence.

NBA Sent Out League-Wide "Anti-Tampering" Memo Following LeBron's Comments

The preliminary report on tampering within the NBA involved GMs and their displeasure with the league’s passive stance. The memo modified so many palms in so little time that NBA decision-makers are being pressured right into a zero-sum sport. According to ESPN’s famous NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that an anti-tampering legislature is being handed round to curve the extent incitement generated by LeBron James’ passing commentary in regard to taking part in with Anthony Davis the New Orleans Pelicans within the foreseeable future.

As beforehand famous, when requested in regards to the prospect taking part in with AD, LeBron James remarked that it will be “superb,” quick going into any particulars. After receiving backlash from the media, LeBron James used his subsequent rendezvous with the press to make clear his stance. “Ask me if I would prefer to play with Jimmy Butler,” James issued as a problem to the reporters at his behest a couple of days later. “Say it proper now. Ask me about Kyrie Irving, Giannis. Ask me about Embiid, Ben Simmons. Go forward, all them. Luka Doncic. Ask me proper now.”

However clear the said objectives tampering are to the bare eye, there isn’t any understandable definition making the rounds – and till the NBA sits down and places it into detailed writing, small market groups are nonetheless going be at a loss. Where do you draw the road on tampering? Was LeBron ever within the flawed when he postured in direction of Antony Davis, remark beneath?

50 Cent Donates $3M Towards Academic Enrichment In Low-Income Areas

50 Cent’s Christmas season has consisted loads flexing for the ‘Gram, however that does not imply he hasn’t been balancing it out by doing good. The rapper lately personally wrote a large verify for G-Unity Foundations to distribute to different non-prit organizations. Fif shared a photograph himself signing f on a $3M verify that he mentioned will go in direction of educational enrichment in low-income areas.

“I wrote a verify immediately for G-Unity basis to distribute to different non-prit organizations. that target educational enrichment in low revenue areas I be ok with it,” he wrote. “Positive Vibes.”

The rapper’s donation appears to stability out all the flexing he is executed over the previous few days. Fif lately bought a brand new Ferrari — which he claims will solely be pushed on Wednesdays — and posted a brief clip himself washing the entrance the automobile with a bottle Le Chemin Du Roi, saying, “that is what wealthy n***as do once we ain’t obtained nothin’ to do.”

The rapper additionally spent the vacations revisiting his feud with Floyd Mayweather. Shortly after spreading “optimistic vibes” with the $3M verify, he obtained again on his BS and continued to taunt the boxer over making an attempt to jock his model, his studying skill and never donating something “exterior giving hoes the bag.” Needless to say, Fif’s been conserving us entertained this vacation season. 

Chris Brown Calls Himself "One Of The Greats," Says He'll Have A Movie One Day

There’s one thing to be stated for a way individuals get extremely praised and acknowledged after they’ve died. We’ve seen it occur a number of instances this yr with the passing Mac Miller, Aretha Franklin, Kim Porter, Stan Lee and extra. It’s not that the acts weren’t praised once they have been alive, however as soon as they handed all these nice issues and have been stated about them which naturally makes individuals assume: Why did not we inform them once they have been alive?

Chris Brown’s newest share to Instagram touches on that thought with a caption that forecasts a film being made about his profession “saying how he was one the greats and stared adversity within the eyes and stood tall it doesn’t matter what they threw at him.” Chris boasts as being a musician that “made music that mattered and helped so many individuals consider of their talents.”

He added: “It’s fairly unhappy that every one this stuff can be acknowledged when IM GONE! BUT FOR NOW, IMA REMAIN HUMBLE/CREATIVE (MYSelf) And in the end elevate my CONSCIOUSNESS.”

Do you guys agree with Chris’ opinion himself and his profession? Let us know within the feedback.

Rajon Rondo Could Be Out For A Month After Finger Surgery

The Los Angeles Lakers are having a reasonably stable season thus far because of the addition LeBron James. Although it appears as if the group is having a mid-season damage disaster. On Christmas Day, James went out with a groin damage and is predicted to overlook a number of video games. James is not the one one who will likely be out for some time although. Rajon Rondo is now anticipated to overlook near a month motion, based on ESPN.

Rondo injured a finger on his proper hand through the Lakers recreation in opposition to the Golden State Warriors Tuesday. This is the second time Rondo has injured his taking pictures hand this season and would require surgical procedure which is what is going to make him unable to play. The Lakers level guard had surgical procedure on the identical hand earlier within the season and had missed 17 video games as a result of it. He had simply returned to motion on December 21st. 

Rajon Rondo Could Be Out For A Month After Finger Surgery

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It will likely be a tough go for the Lakers with out LeBron and Rondo. Last evening was the group’s first recreation with out LeBron all season. The Lakers ended up dropping the sport in opposition to the Sacramento Kings by a rating 117-116. 

With Rondo on the sidelines, Lonzo Ball would be the Lakers start line guard for the close to future.

Jay-Z, Beyonce, & Kids Gift Brooklyn Park Bench To Hov's Grandmother

Some presents are simply value far more than others. Not in financial worth however in how a lot they really imply. Sure, getting an costly current is all the time good however there’s nothing fairly like a present the place you’ll be able to clearly see tons thought has gone into it. Jay-Z and Beyonce determined to provide again to Hov’s grandmother this vacation season by gifting her one thing that cash (most likely) cannot purchase: her personal engraved park bench in Brooklyn.

Jay-Z’s grandmother can now take a stroll by Prospect Park in Brooklyn and sit down on her personal landmark. Hattie White was offered with the bench as Jay, Bey and the children got here by to rejoice with the 93-year-old root their household. According to Complex, the engraving on the bench reads: “Someone is sitting within the shade immediately as a result of somebody planted a tree a very long time in the past. With love and admiration to our root, Hattie White.”

Photos the household gathering have been circulating on social media with followers The Carters commenting on the latest images the twins, Rumi and Sir. Of course, a touching second between Hov and his grandma has been a favourite because the rapper is seen leaning in to embrace his grandmother. 

Hattie White has been a serious affect on each Jay and Beyonce, talking on Lemonade about her life. 

Bizzy Bone Taunts 21 Savage & Migos With Shotgun In IG Live Session

The complete Bone Thugs vs. “The New School” saga is getting weirder by the minute. Just yesterday, Layzie Bone re-engaged with 21 Savage solely hours after the Zone 6 rapper fielded his ideas on what he believed to be a “wack try” at a diss file. 21 Savage wasn’t actually implicated within the ongoing Offset vs. Bone Thugs debacle till Layzie Bone selected to arbitrarily enter his identify within the contest – at which level 21 implied that Layzie Bone’s spouse is on a strict food regimen stick-to-the-bone pork chops. Then out nowhere, one other Bone Thug implicated himself in the way in which Bizzy Bone, along with his deliberate use a shotgun as a way to impress worry in 21, and the Migos trustworthy.

I implore you to watch the clip till the bitter finish when Bizzy Bone is totally startled when the cops present up at his door. In today in age, cops are fast to latch onto doubtful exercise circulating the Web, with social media quick changing into a “monitoring software” utilized by a number of tiers legislation enforcement, in the identical method, an employer retains tabs on their workforce. Say what you’ll, however Bizzy Bone simply elevated a potential fist battle to a gunfight in a single broad stroke. Keep it peeled.

Masika Kalysha On Wendy Williams' Rumoured Divorce: "Can We Get A Chart"

The marital happenings between Wendy Williams and her husband Kevin Hunter have had many folks throwing of their two cents, most notably 50 Cent who known as Wendy the “world’s most well-known facet chick.” Another individual has come within the combine and it is none aside from Masika Kalysha who simply needed to drop f a salty remark referring to Wendy’s previous notorious charts she’s offered on her discuss present. 

Masika commented on a publish that claimed Wendy’s divorce was attributable to her husband impregnating his mistress. “Now imma delete this very quickly bc I do not take pleasure in seeing different ladies damage by (and blamed for the actions ) the lads they entrusted in contrast to you do… however I used to be simply questioning @wendyshow can we get a chart for this,” she wrote.

If you may bear in mind, Wendy has proven charts tons celebrities child mamas and the drama that has ensued with every. Take a have a look at the one she did for Future right here. We’re fairly certain Masika was concerned in a single these charts that needed to do with FettyWap.

Someone within the remark part clapped again at Masika, defending Wendy for simply doing her job, however the former Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star got here by way of with some tea.

“News flash “actuality” television ain’t actuality sis it is an performing gig loosely based mostly f an individual that is been was a “character” to be embellished, augmented and closely edited,” she added.

Regional Rankings 2018: Best Cities In Hip Hop This Year

To some extent, the web has rendered bodily location meaningless. Collaborations are extra incessantly constructed miles, moderately than ft, aside. Sounds and flows are exchanged quickly between artists who bond over likemindedness moderately than bodily proximity. Groups and crews composed wildly assorted people kind on-line after which manifest IRL in a centralized location (simply take a look at Brockhampton).

But in recent times, the web’s impact on de-regionalization has been a bit exaggerated. The nice de-regionalizer, in any case, has at all times been fame. Having a centralized community studios, efficiency areas, and creatives is what’s at all times ensured that New York, LA, Chicago, and in fashionable rap’s case, Atlanta will preserve their standing as cultural strongholds. It’s invigorating to see extra grassroots scenes pop up with out comparable sources— take a look at final 12 months’s South Florida SoundCloud rap increase— however these are the exception, not the rule. More ten than not, stars bred in native scenes quickly outgrow them and nearly inevitably drawn to 1 hub or one other (extra ten than not, LA). 

This, and never the web, is the rationale that we won’t actually name Kanye West a Chicago rapper anymore. It feels unfair to Chitown’s thriving underground, who populate their lyric with references to town’s distinctive landmarks, local weather, and sophistication divides, to lump in a man who hasn’t rapped concerning the windy metropolis at size since 2007’s Graduation. For some comparable instances: Lil Wayne has been a Miami rapper for no less than 10 years, Mac Miller was as definitive to L.A.’s present sound as anybody else since leaving Pittsburgh, and Freddie Gibbs has equally grow to be an LA émigré since leaving his hometown Gary, Indiana years in the past.

Keeping all this in thoughts, we current to you our Top 5 hip hop areas 2018. 


5. Memphis 

Regional Rankings 2018: Best Cities In Hip Hop This Year

Tay Keith – by HNHH

(2017 rating: N/A)

By retaining the rankings at 5, there’s at all times a free spot not occupied by any the Big four cities. Last 12 months, Toronto nabbed up the fifth spot with Drake’s More Life and The Weeknd’s Starboy breaking chart data left and proper, and Nav and Daniel Caesar sneaking in as town’s contemporary newcomers. This 12 months, Drake nonetheless dominated charts, nevertheless it was an f 12 months for almost everybody else within the metropolis. An enormous motive for Drake’s continued radio dominance in 2018? One Tay Keith. Of Drake’s 9 top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 this 12 months, the Memphis-based Keith produced three: Blocboy JB and Drake’s “Look Alive,” Travis Scott and Drake’s “Sicko Mode,” and Drake’s personal “Nonstop.” 

Keith rose alongside one other Memphis upstart, Blocboy JB, who obtained his first huge second within the highlight with the aforementioned “Look Alive,” however has endured in in style tradition this 12 months thanks partially to a superb album, SIMI, however principally his creation a dance that was stolen by the makers the wildly in style sport Fortnite. The “Shoot” transfer is now omnipresent in sports activities and wherever teenagers may be discovered, and it is a rattling disgrace that extra folks will not hear Blocboy’s exuberant voice as a result of it. 

The metropolis’s different breakout star this 12 months was Moneybagg Yo, a gruff-voiced rapper who’s been grinding on the mixtape circuit since 2012, however hit it huge this 12 months with two tapes and a debut album, Reset (to not point out the collab mission he put out with NBA Youngboy final November). Yo is not fairly a family identify fairly but, however you do not appeal to J. Cole and Future visitor spots if you happen to’re not blowing the fuck up. 

Let we neglect, Young Dolph continued to carry it down as effectively this 12 months, delivering the N****s Get Shot Everyday tape and the Role Model album. And guess who’ produced for each Moneybagg and Dolph this 12 months? You obtained it, Tay Keith. 


four. New York

Regional Rankings 2018: Best Cities In Hip Hop This Year

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(2017 rating: four)

Did anybody have an even bigger 12 months than Cardi B? Naysayers have been projecting a downtick after a breakout 2017 on the again “Bodak Yellow,” however Cardi shut down all her doubters by delivering a terrific debut album and two extra primary singles, to not point out limitless tabloid fodder. The lady was born to be a star, and as her current “Money” video exhibits, she’s not going to decelerate anytime quickly.

Virally talking, the subsequent huge factor out New York this 12 months was undoubtedly the currently-incarcerated Tekashi 6ix9ine, who would’ve made huge waves this 12 months even when he had not launched any music. The Bushwick native’s each transfer appeared calculated for mass outcry, and even after securing visitor spots from Nicki Minaj and Kanye West, continued to outshine his musical output. While we’re on the topic, Nicki additionally had a 12 months by which her f-record moments appeared to draw extra consideration than her album, Queen, which stored her within the dialog all through 2018.

In phrases those that have been in it “only for the music,” A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Jay Critch, and Dave East all stored their noses to the grindstones and had fairly-to-very profitable years. A$AP Rocky obtained weirder however no much less compelling on Testing. Looking ahead into 2019, Harlem teenager Smooky Margielaa will probably be one to observe. 


three. Chicago

Regional Rankings 2018: Best Cities In Hip Hop This Year

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(2017 rating: N/A)

The prevailing storyline in Chicago over the previous decade has been that two dominant scenes: drill and the after-school poetry indie rap scene. Years after Chief Keef first racked up his first million Youtube views and Chance The Rapper made 10 Day, we’re nonetheless seeing the scenes that they wrought distort and multiply in fascinating methods. The drill diaspora has splintered into one million attention-grabbing items, from G Herbo’s motor-mouthed versatility (his solely 2018 mission got here alongside Atlanta’s Southside) to Lil Durk’s continually-compelling auto-drill.

But maybe Keef’s largest stylistic fspring this 12 months has been Juice WRLD, a Chi-based teenager who’s leaned even additional into the bubblegum/emo melodic stylings that Keef’s ten trafficked in. That’s led Juice to huge chart and streaming success f “All Girls Are the Same’ and “Lucid Dreams,” in addition to collaborations with everybody from Future to Panic on the Disco’s Brendan Urie. 

As far Chance’s collaborators and stylistic fspring go, Saba, Mick Jenkins, and NoName have led the cost this 12 months with a ridiculously compelling album to every their names (although NoName is perhaps on the verge being referred to as an LA rapper now?). This scene’s undergone much less abrupt and drastic stylistic modifications than drill, however as a substitute finds every its artists burrowing deeper into their very own backstories and instrumental preferences, permitting for a wealthy tapestry individuality.

Somewhere in between each these exist Valee and ZMoney, two technically gifted flowsmiths who’re too bizarre for the mainstream and too flossy for the underground. With his GOOD signing, Valee’s the one who’s gotten extra shine so far, however each these nimble-voiced ChaseTheMoney devotees are skills to observe going ahead. 


2. L.A.

Regional Rankings 2018: Best Cities In Hip Hop This Year

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(2017 rating: three)

Probably probably the most constant metropolis in hip hop since NWA first put it on the map, LA at all times appears to churn out high quality music from each lifelong locals and up to date newcomers. Among the previous guard, Nipsey Hussle put collectively what felt like a career-spanning work with Victory Lap, which makes no concessions for crossover makes an attempt however clearly solidified him as one probably the most underrated skills the final decade. Aging simply as gracefully is Jay Rock, whose shock hit “King’s Dead” garnered extra consideration, however whose album Redemption assured that he’ll by no means lose his Watts realness, irrespective of how catchy he sounds doing it. Though significantly youthful, Vince Staples leveled up into much more an previous soul with FM!, a neighborhood-centric mini-album that is as clever as something that is ever come out LBC.

We misplaced Mac Miller this 12 months, however not earlier than he gave us Swimming, arguably probably the most wealthy and full assortment music in his discography. Mac might have been born and began his profession in Pittsburgh, however what together with his now-famous home studio and collaborations with a ton LA skills, he is made extra a mark on town’s breezy sound than nearly another Cali-based producer in current reminiscence. Speaking Mac’s LA associates, how about Earl Sweatshirt and The Internet persevering with to diversify the previous Odd Future diaspora? Some Rap Songs and Hive Mind are two 2018’s most interesting albums and present minds at work outdoors the social media-sphere in a really refreshing approach. Also in that vein is Anderson .Paak’s Oxnard, a barely disappointing sophomore album that nonetheless trounces most the competitors within the R&B/funk discipline. 

As far as newcomers go, 03 Greedo and Draeko The Ruler had profession years, earlier than each tragically headed behind bars earlier than the tip 2018. Two avant-garde stylists with an acute data LA traditions in addition to vibrant palettes hand-picked stylings from different areas, each dudes have been poised to make much more noise earlier than their premature jailing. Free each, ASAP. Also shout out to Shoreline Mafia, a collective we’ll be listening to way more from subsequent 12 months.

And final however not least, how about Tyga? Dude’s now the rap sport equal a cockroach, capable of survive any hunch or scandal. His singles “Taste,” “Swish,” and “Dip” all exceeded expectations and but once more silenced those that mentioned it was throughout for T-Raww.


1. Atlanta

Regional Rankings 2018: Best Cities In Hip Hop This Year

Lil Baby and Gunna – by HNHH

(2017 rating: 2)

In a uncommon prevalence, a banner 12 months for South Florida stored ATL out the highest spot final 12 months, however a wildly assorted and astonishingly dominant 12 months is sufficient to catapult Georgia’s hub again into full dominance. Where to start out? Let’s shout out the 2 fundamental breakout stars: Gunna and Lil Baby,  “Sold Out Dates” madness and Drip Harder chemistry. Both kicked f the 12 months with nice tasks in their very own proper, however neither may predict what’d come by 12 months’s finish: a visitor spot on a Mariah Carey track, not one however two Drake options, chart success, a second (nice) Lil Baby album. These two Young Thug devotees are each within the high 5 any 2018 breakout rappers listing, they usually simply so occur to be finest pals. 

Working backwards, youngest to oldest, we noticed thrilling sophomore and junior albums (roughly, give or take a couple of early tapes) from the likes Playboi Carti, 21 Savage, JID, Rich The Kid, and Key!, rappers who all have little or no in frequent besides for his or her space codes. JID arose to the spot town’ finest lyrical technician, Carti turned an avant-punk vibesmith, Rich The Kid lastly obtained his huge hit, 21 advanced far past his early “homicide music,” and Key! partnered with the most well liked producer 2018, Kenny Beats, for the 12 months’s most underrated album (777). 

Slightly above them sit guys like Young Thug, Future, and Metro Boomin, all whom had barely nontraditional years, whether or not on account of specializing in A&R duties, soundtracks, and even saying very temporary hiatuses or retirements. Off-year? Maybe by their loopy requirements, however any 12 months that provides us On The RvnSlime LanguageBeast Mode 2, and Not All Heroes Wear Capes is successful by another metric. Migos and Gucci Mane have been in comparable boats, neither having the sort world-conquering presence we have come to count on from them, however each with decently well-received albums to their names. 

The largest Atlanta surprises the 12 months? How about Trouble’s Edgewood and Childish Gambino’s “This is America”? The former has toiled within the trenches for years earlier than placing collectively a vivid and compelling full-length with Mike Will, and the latter spent the previous few years getting well-known for every part however rapping (see: Atlanta and Awaken My Love) earlier than using a firebrand video to a #1 single. 

As far as we are able to see, this metropolis will proceed to set the tempo for rap stardom and developments for the foreseeable future. 

Obama's 2018 Year-End List Names JAY-Z, Beyoncé & J. Cole Among His Favorites

At the top of yearly, former POTUS Barack Obama transforms into the position of a bonafide tastemaker and shares his favourite songs, books and films. While most retailers have already pushed out their lofty year-end lists (go to HipHopDX’s here and here), Obama has come by way of along with his personal.

Sitting within the prime spot is The Carters’ “APESH*T,” which comes from the facility couple’s joint album, EVERYTHING IS LOVE.

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In a Facebook post, Obama defined why his year-end record is essential to him.

“It offers me a second to pause and mirror on the yr by way of the books, films, and music that I discovered most thought-provoking, inspiring, or simply plain cherished,” he wrote.”It additionally offers me an opportunity to spotlight gifted authors, artists, and storytellers – some who’re family names and others who you could not have heard of earlier than.”

Obama additionally names J. Cole’s “Kevin’s Heart,” Jay Rock’s “Wow Freestyle” that includes Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper’s newest, “My Own Thing” that includes Joey Purp and Cardi B’s Grammy Award-nominated hit “I Like It.”

Among the films he cherished in 2018, the previous U.S. president names Barry Jenkins‘ If Beale Street Could Talk and the Marvel Studio blockbuster Black Panther.

As for books, Becoming by his spouse Michelle Obama is one other prime decide.

Check out Obama’s 2018 year-end music record under and the complete record here.

“APESH*T” – The Carters
“Bad Bad News” – Leon Bridges
“Could’ve Been” – H.E.R. f. Bryson Tiller
“Disco Yes” –  Tom Misch f. Poppy Ajudha
“Ekombe” – Jupiter & Okwess
“Every Time I Hear That Song” – Brandi Carlile
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” –  Ashley McBryde
“Historia De Un Amor” – Tonina f. Javier Limón and Tali Rubinstein
“I Like It” –  Cardi B. f. Bad Bunny and J Balvin
“Kevin’s Heart” –  J. Cole
“King For A Day” – Anderson East
“Love Lies” – Khalid & Normani
“Make Me Feel” – Janelle Monáe
“Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)” – Prince
“My Own Thing” – Chance the Rapper f. Joey Purp
“Need a Little Time” – Courtney Barnett
“Nina Cried Power” – Hozier f. Mavis Staples
“Nterini” – Fatoumata Diawara
“One Trick Ponies” – Kurt Vile
“Turnin’ Me Up” – BJ the Chicago Kid
“Wait by the River” – Lord Huron
“Wow Freestyle” – Jay Rock f. Kendrick Lamar