“Pull me up pull me up pull me up” – 10/50, SNDTRK ’18

The Carters shook the table when they dropped the long discussed and debated collab project Everything is Love. Fans of both artists had long rejected a joint project from the power couple. But once it arrived, every qualm was forgotten. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6-KdmF6wxM My personal favorite was the brooding melodramatic “FRIENDS.” A scathing read to somebody that they […]

“‘Click clack pa pa’/who yo man now” – 11/50, SNDTRK ’18

Gucci makes his first of two appearances on this list with the sleeper hit from his El Gato: The Human Glacier that dropped early this year. “Peepin’ out the Blinds” is the easy boast drippin of Gucci’s trap roots. Bombastic ad-libs and threats of violence reminds us he birthed all these kids.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ3S4r8kM1o  

“Diamonds and dreams come true for girls like me” – 12/50, SNDTRK ’18

Problema favorita Azealia Banks was set to deliver her highly-anticipated sophomore LP on the wings of this house-tastic track of new found love. “Anna Wintour” is Banks at her finest. Fast rhymes. Solid beats. And vocals that make you want to sing along with her. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au8QGTiPhEw But in same Ms. Banks fashion, her worst enemy […]

“Now that I got my s*it figured out..” – 13/50, SNDTRK ’18

2018 was the year I discovered Victoria Monet. I had seen her name float around the Twittersphere, but never listened to her mixtapes. This all changed with the release of Life After Love Parts 1 & 2 (to be discussed later with my POTY posts).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGlbLaAHSfs The author of some of pop’s favorite hits ushered […]

“Give it to you harder than before…” – 14/50, SNDTRK ’18

Everyone knows the state of R&B music is in a transitional period. With hip-hop influencing popular music in general, rhythm and blues has become harder to detect. At least the version I grew up with. Strong vocals paired with competent lyrics and bridges. That’s why I was taken aback by this song from a literal unknown named […]

“Better live your life/we’re running out of time” – 15/50, SNDTRK ’18

Yes. Marvel’s Black Panther dropped this year. What seems like light-years ago actually dropped in February. But the anticipation had been brewing since the Wakandan made his MCU debut. Before we received the film, we got the first single to the TDE-furnished soundtrack: “All the Stars.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQbjS0_ZfJ0 First impressions were mixed as no one expected a […]

“Two step with the one you with.” – 16/50, SNDTRK ’18

Toni Toni Toni. The eldest Braxton sibling had one helluva a year. An engagement to Brian “Birdman” Williams; a climatic season of her family’s reality show; and, a return to music with her Sex and Cigarettes LP.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjW7WzozgI0 While the album was not her best, the lead single left an impression. The mid-tempo “Long As I […]

“A little more of this, little less of that” – 17/50, SNDTRK ’18

Leon Bridges keeps a low profile as the purveyor of cool personified. His second album Good Thing found the Texas native crooning over polished R&B and jazz production, flexing he can do more than the 60s doo-wop of his debut. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cztfyj1dVgk With “Bad Bad News” Bridges rides a jazzy break-beat with a pseudo-political message — that sadly […]

“So sharpen up those claws…” – 18/50 SNDTRK ‘18

YouTube stars-turned-Beyonce protégés Chloe x Halle debuted with The Kids Are Alright, an eclectic R&B album for the youth and elder alike. The sisters’ vocal ability far surpasses most of their contemporaries, while exploring themes fit for women their age. Apart from the the heavily-popular “Happy Without Me,” and the theme to Disney’s A Wrinkle […]