If Earl Sweatshirt, Cardi B, Kids See Ghosts and Travis Scott dominate over the end-of-the-year charts of mainstream hip hop, this is a list of the best of the underground hip hop made in 2018. Politics and storytelling through the new tendencies in sound of rap/grime/trap.

  • Hprizm – Magnetic Memory
  • Armand Hammer – Paraffin
  • $ilkMoney – I Hate My Life and I Really Wish People Would Stop Telling Me Not To
  • Vdon & Adonis – This Thing Of Ours
  • Pink Siifu – ensley
  • Pouya – FIVE FIVE
  • Novelist – Novelist Guy
  • Chip – Darth Vader
  • Leikeli47 – Acrylic
  • Retro X – Heroes