The summer solstice has come and gone, as we’ve come to settle on 2018’s halfway point. By this time last year, albums from Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Migos, Future, SZA and more had dropped, setting the bar for an excellent top half. Thistime around, it feels a little different. Though many prominent voices have opted to stay behind the scenes, we’ve seen plenty of notable artists stake their claim.

So far, 2018 has been packed with memorable musical moments, from the strong output from Atlanta's new wave, to the G.O.O.D music helmed “Surgical Summer,” to the surprise rollout of J. Cole’s KOD. Though this recent week has been plagued by tragedy, we must look to the music to guide us through. In that regard, we’ve compiled a list of the best project of 2018 thus far, should you be looking to catch up.

Check out our official list below, and sound off. Did your favorite make the cut?

Authors:

Mitch Findlay

Narsimha Chintaluri

Alex Zidel

Aron A.

Rose Lilah