From newcomers proving themselves, to veterans figuring out how to age gracefully; from expertly executed throwbacks, to thrilling innovation, here are the best rap albums of 2018.

“Havana” was the big hit, but the rest of Cabello’s debut solo album is subtler than that, modestly produced yet razor-sharp in its specificity.

As Armand Hammer, Elucid and billy woods have strung together a series of densely packed rap opuses weighing the perils of black existence under late capitalism and American racism.

From Cardi B to Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd, here are the best new albums that have been released so far in 2018.