Hottest Hip-Hop Songs 2018
It’s about that time. The time of year where we start making lists: whether it is your holiday shopping to-do list, your personal gift wishlist, or your year-end music favorites, lists are bountiful this time of year. We’re kicking off List Season with the big one: our Top 50 Hottest Songs of 2018.
To create this list, we had to look at the past year of hip-hop through a magnified lense and from a bird eye’s view, changing our scope to ensure we cover all our bases. There are many factors we took into consideration for the songs that ranked in this year’s list, hotness, obviously, among them: regardless of the critical merits or lack thereof, we have to consider the general impact and breadth of any given song. How hot(tttt) was it? How did it affect the hip-hop community at large? However, we don’t limit ourselves to surface-level ideas such as hotness alone. We also consider the artistry of a song, the value and impact of that song on a smaller scale, one that might be offset to the mainstream scale. Our personal favorites are taken into consideration, as we have several meetings as a team discussing all the picks for this list. Finally, we want to think about the year as a whole and what music defined it.
50. Machine Gun Kelly – Rap Devil
Legend states that Machine Gun Kelly wandered to a midwestern crossroads beneath a blood moon, offering a locket of man-bun in offering, and found himself face to face with a malevolent force of eldritch nature. “Give me the power to defeat my enemies,” said Kelly, probably. And thus, “Rap Devil” emerged, imbuing Kelly with the force to give Eminem the biggest slap of his career. Held aloft by the sturdy foundations of a song structure (unlike many diss tracks), in which a dope beat and memorable hook coalesce, Kelly takes the piss outta Em with the attention to detail of a lifelong fan. And though the narrative has since shifted in Em’s favor, Kelly’s return fire turned a tepid Labor Day into an unholy massacre.