50 of the Best Hip-Hop Videos of 2018
Rappers' budgets must've been pretty fruitful this year, because it seems like everyone took the cinematic route with their visuals in 2018. From the heavens back down to the Louvre, it's clear money wasn't an object for the hip-hop artists who delivered one amazing music video after another. Let's review.
Azealia Banks and Migos took the opportunity to show off their stellar dance moves, something Offset has surely wanted to do for some time now. Childish Gambino did the same in the eye-opening video he dropped off in early May. Over 400 million viewers watched on he went from shooting someone in the head to hitting the Nae Nae, a valid interpretation of the world we live in today.
Per usual, Drake decided to tug at our heart strings. From handing out nearly one million dollars to casting Cosby Show favorite Phylicia Rashad as one of his leading ladies, Drizzy had everyone in their feelings, for sure.
Some of your faves got animated, Lil Pump and Kanye West got boxy, and others, like Lil Dicky and Chris Brown, switched bodies entirely. And you can't forget Cardi B, who hid a whole baby beneath a wedding dress.
Queens legend Nas and Philly newcomer Tierra Whack both put out 16-minute visuals for some of the shortest albums of 2018. Logic and Rich The Kid drew inspiration from Office Space and Breaking Bad, respectively, while a couple of their peers left us with cryptic visuals in light of their passing. Rest in peace, XXXTentacion and Mac Miller.
In a year filled with nonstop wins, losses and tragedy, rappers found a way to theatrically cover it all and then some in a matter of minutes. Below, XXL lists their best work (in alphabetical order) of 2018.