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List Rules Vote up the best rap / hip-hop albums released in 2018. No mixtapes or EPs.

Hip hop heads, let's rank the best rap albums of 2018, which may also include the best rap songs of 2018. These are only studio albums, but we do have a list of 2018 rap mixtapes if you're interested in that. From popular hip hop artists, like Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Cardi B, Drake, and Chance the Rapper, this list of new rap albums will keep being updated as highly anticipated albums are released. What is the best hip hop album of 2018?

Starting the year off, Migos, Rich Brian, Nipsey Hussle, and Lil Skies, all had 2018 album releases. Even the Black Panther soundtrack is featured here! Other top rappers who are releasing their upcoming albums in 2018 include Nas, Lil Wayne, Pusha T, Travis Scott, Post Malone, and Nicki Minaj.

Which new rap albums of 2018 did you like the best? Feel free to add your favorite 2018 rap albums that are missing from this list. 

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Black Panther: The Album is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Black Panther: The Album Kendrick Lamar, SZA, The Weeknd

"King's Dead"

"All the Stars"

"Pray for Me"

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2,017 1,141
KOD is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
KOD J. Cole

"Photograph"

"ATM"

"Kevin's Heart"

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1,724 1,809
? is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
? XXXTentacion

"Sad!"

"Changes"

"Hope"

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1,126 501
Daytona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
ryantomicic added Daytona Pusha T

"Infrared"

"What Would Meek Do?"

"Santeria"

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Ye is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Ye Kanye West

"Ghost Town"

"Violent Crimes"

"Yikes"

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Culture II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Culture II Migos

"MotorSport"

"Stir Fry"

"Gang Gang"

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630 278
Kids See Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Kids See Ghosts Kanye West, Kid Cudi

"Feel the Love"

"Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)"

"Reborn"

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1,167 1,014
Beerbongs & Bentleys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
NakulPatel added Beerbongs & Bentleys Post Malone

"Rockstar"

"Psycho"

"Candy Paint"

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Book of Ryan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Book of Ryan Royce da 5'9"

"Caterpillar"

"Boblo Boat"

"Stay Woke"

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880 1,544
Invasion of Privacy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Invasion of Privacy Cardi B

"Bodak Yellow"

"Bartier Cardi"

"Be Careful"

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Amen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Amen Rich Brian

"Glow Like Dat"

"See Me"

"Cold"

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Testing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Testing ASAP Rocky

"ASAP Forever"

"Praise the Lord (Da Shine)"

"Calldrops"

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Nasir is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Nasir Nas

"Cops Shot the Kid"

"Bonjour"

"Everything"

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Life of a Dark Rose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Life of a Dark Rose Lil Skies

"Red Roses"

"Nowadays"

"Lettuce Sandwich"

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Vacation in Hell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Vacation in Hell Flatbush Zombies

"Leather Symphony"

"Facts"

"Crown"

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Victory Lap is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Victory Lap Nipsey Hussle

"Victory Lap"

"Last Time That I Checc'd"

"Dedication"

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360 273
Goodbye & Good Riddance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Goodbye & Good Riddance Juice WRLD

"All Girls Are the Same"

"Betrayal"

"Used To"

The Best New Female Artists

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656 609
Czarface Meets Metal Face is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Czarface Meets Metal Face MF Doom, Czarface

"Nautical Depth"

"Phantoms"

"Astral Traveling"

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Memories Don't Die is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Memories Don't Die Tory Lanez

"Shooters"

"Skrt Skrt"

"Real Thing"

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Lil Boat 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Lil Boat 2 Lil Yachty

"Baby Daddy"

"NBA YoungBoat"

"Mickey"

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PRhyme 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
PRhyme 2 PRhyme

"Era"

"Rock It"

"Flirt"

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Paranoia 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Paranoia 2 Dave East

"Talk to Big"

"Woke Up"

"Annoying"

The Best Country Albums of 2018

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SR3MM is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
SR3MM Rae Sremmurd

"Powerglide"

"Hurt to Look"

"Close"

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Until Death Call My Name is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Until Death Call My Name YoungBoy Never Broke Again

"Outside Today"

"Diamond Teeth Samurai"

"Right or Wrong"

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367 403
Die Lit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Die Lit Playboi Carti

"Love Hurts"

"Shoota"

"Poke It Out"

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450 616
Planet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Planet Tech N9ne

"Habanero"

"Fresh Out!"

"Kick It with Myself"

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Dex Meets Dexter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Dex Meets Dexter Famous Dex

"Pick It Up"

"Japan"

"Light"

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Activated is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Activated Tee Grizzley

"Colors"

"Don't Even Trip"

"Jettski Grizzley"

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199 70
Redemption is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Adam Luzader added Redemption

Jay Rock

"The Bloodiest"

"King's Dead"

"Redemption (feat. SZA)"

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313 585
Punken is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Punken Maxo Kream

"Grannies"

"Capeesh"

"Love Drugs"

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Light of Mine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Light of Mine Kyle

"iSpy"

"To the Moon"

"Playinwitme"

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Venom is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Venom U-God

"Epicenter"

"XXX"

"Legacy"

Cardi B Is The Biggest Name In Rap Right Now - Here's Why People Are Obsessing Over Her

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Fever is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Fever Black Milk

"True Lies"

"Could It Be"

"Foe Friend"

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Rich as in Spirit is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Rich as in Spirit Rich Homie Quan

"Changed"

"34"

"Think About It"

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Ice! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
1526346314129 added Ice! Lil Flexer

"Ice On My Wrist"

"Maverick Merch"

"Tha Fire Freestyle"

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Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Scorpion Drake

"God's Plan"

"I'm Upset"

"Nice for What"

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Kyoto is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Kyoto Tyga

"Temperature"

"King of the Jungle"

"Sip a Lil'"

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Care for Me is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
narwhal11 added Care for Me Saba

"Life"

"Busy"

"Smile"

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Edgewood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Edgewood Trouble, Mike WiLL Made-It

"Bring It Back"

"Come Thru"

"Rider"

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Bounce Backs Over Setbacks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Bounce Backs Over Setbacks Paul Wall

"Haters Stay Watchin'"

"Squad Goals"

"The Real Thang"

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Wizville is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
1519704292721 added Wizville Ocean Wisdom

"Eye Contact"

"Life"

"Brick or Bat"

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International Artist is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
International Artist A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

"Best Friend"

"Pull Up"

"MIA"

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Freddie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Freddie Freddie Gibbs

"Death Row"

"Weight"

"Set Set"

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Ephorize is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Ephorize cupcakKe

"Exit"

"Cartoons"

"Crayons"

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15 14
Rolling Papers 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2018
Rolling Papers 2 Wiz Khalifa

"Something New"

"420 Freestyle"

"Hopeless Romantic"