Last year has been a busy one in the music industry so let’s find out a Hip Hop retrospective of 2018 with the most important moments in the last 12 months.
5) Kanye shows support to Donald Trump
After his “slavery was a choice” comments, Kanye has further expressed his love for president Trump along with his admiration for the MAGA gear.
As a matter of fact, ‘Ye stood up on his ground and even mentioned that he plans on taking the MAGA logo to work with it and create a full clothing line. Naturally, everyone lost it but the artist actually took some time to explain his actions. (In his own words.)
4) More rappers losing their lives
Unfortunately, 2018 came with sad news as well. Young rappers such as XXXTentacion, Mac Miller, Fredo Santana, and Jimmy Wopo, among others have lost their lives in 2018 due to various reasons including drug overdoses, illnesses and gun violence.
3) Lil Wayne ending his beef with Birdman, Drake ending his beef with Meek Mill
Last year was also a year where lots of beefs ended including Lil Wayne’s feud with Birdman and Drake’s “situation” with Meek Mill.
When it comes to Lil Wayne, Birdman even issued a public apology while stating that he always wished for the best when it comes to his long time business partner Wayne. Drake even took things further and invited his former rival on stage for a live performance after Meek got out of jail.
2) 6ix9ine and his crew arrest
One of the biggest news of 2018 when it comes to Hip Hop was rapper 6ix9ine and his crew being arrested by the feds for robbery, racketeering and firearms charges.
After the arrest, Tekashi and several members of his entourage are facing life imprisonment, alongside his former manager Shotti. What’s more shocking is the fact that Shotti and his crew were planning to kill 6ix9ine before the arrest, after the rapper issued a public statement that he was going to fire them and seek other management opportunities.
1) Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer prize
2018 has an additional reason to be special for Hip Hop with Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer prize for his latest studio effort, DAMN.
This was the first time a non-classical or jazz musician since the awards began including music some 75 years ago. The Pulitzer board had the following to say about the album: “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”