The past year has been a stellar yet unpredictable year for hip-hop. Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha-T, and JPEGMAFIA are but a few of the artists who have put out formidable albums in 2018, and the fact that none sound at all alike only demonstrates how fertile and stratified the genre has become.
This playlist celebrates the lopsided and fidgety end of hip-hop that’s uncomfortable with any genre restraints. It’s both a celebration of this year’s most innovative artists as well as some all-time greats. From Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s scruffy crooning to DJ Screw’s heady and slurred psychedelia, these are sounds stretched out and mangled.
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