By Ryan McBrearty ‘19
In 2018 there were many new upcoming rappers trying to make it big in the music industry. Many of them succeeded and became famous. Rap is a lifestyle for many people, especially for many of the rappers in the industry now. These three rappers changed the year 2018 for the better. They either released new songs, new albums or even went on tour for their fans. Here’s a list of my top three favorite rap artists in 2018.
Jarad Ethan Higgins born Dec. 2, 1998, better known by his stage name Juice Wrld, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Juice Wrld is one of the newer rappers in the industry, fand is only being 20 years old.
His career started in his freshman year of high school producing his first track “Forever” which released first on Soundcloud under the name JuicetheKidd. He recorded all of his tracks on his cellphone and still continued to upload through his sophomore year. His name changed from JuicetheKidd to Juice Wrld because it referred to him “taking over the world.”
Juice Wrld made it on the Hot Billboard 100 with his songs “Lucid Dreams” and “All Girls Are The Same.” His first official album “Goodbye and Good Riddance” received a lot of praise around the country. Juice produced many hits and gained a lot of popularity early in the industry.
I personally love Juice Wrld and the way he makes music in general. The flow of his music is just soothing and I could honestly listen to it all day. I can’t wait to see him release more music and make more albums.
Juice Wrld made a name for himself in the year 2018, and many people can’t wait to see what else he has for his fans in 2019.
2.Lil Uzi Vert
Symere Woods, also known as Lil Uzi Vert, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter born in Philadelphia. Lil Uzi Vert originally gained fame after the release of his first album “Luv Is Rage.”
His single “Money Longer” gained a lot of attention when it debuted on the Hot Billboard 100 at number 92. This would be Uzi’s first song to make it on the Hot 100. Another track that made it on the list have been “XO Tour Llif3,” which peaked at number seven.
Released on Sept. 18, 2018 he dropped a new single called “New Patek” and the fans went crazy for it.
“After not releasing any music for over a year, Lil Uzi returned with New Patek and made all his fans excited for the upcoming release of ‘Eternal Atake,’” said senior Thomas Tavrides. “It’s rumored that he will be dropping his next album before the end of the year.” He’s been teasing his fans about it all year and hyping them up for his new songs.
Lil Uzi Vert just doesn’t know how to create a bad song. I love almost every single song he has dropped. The day he drops his new album “Eternal Atake,” I’ll be listening to it nonstop.
Uzi has proven to the rap industry that he’s not playing around and is putting himself at the top.
Jacques Berman Webster II, known professionally as Travis Scott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He’s been blowing up on social media this year with his new album “Astroworld.” His top hit “SICKO MODE” debuted on the Hot Billboard 100 at number one and continues to remain at the top.
His other albums consist of “Rodeo” and “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight.” “Rodeo” was Travis Scott’s first major album which features the hit “Antidote” which was number 20 on Billboard in 2015. “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” was released in Sept. 2016, and generally received positive reviews. The following year, Travis Scott released a collaborative album with rapper Quavo titled “Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho.”
Travis Scott, in my opinion, is the best performer of 2018 and is currently traveling around the country on his tour. Many fans love Travis Scott.
“Travis Scott is my favorite rapper,” said Ian Conlon. “His new album “Astroworld” is awesome and I love every single song.”
Travis Scott is my favorite rapper of 2018 because he knows how to write good music for people and knows exactly what they want. He hyped up his album “Astroworld” for over 2 years, and I patiently waited for it to come out. The day he dropped the album it was the only music I listened to for a week straight. My favorite album from him has to be “Rodeo” with songs on it like “3500,” and my favorite Travis Scott song “90210.”
Overall, Travis Scott has easily been the most popular rapper in the industry this year, and people can’t wait to see what he produces next year.
I can’t wait see what the year 2019 has to store for these rappers. Overall, these three rappers have a lot of potential in the future. I really hope to see a song with the three rappers in the near future because honesty that would be the greatest song on the planet.