2018, uk hip hop, grime, ocean wisdom, dabbla. fliptrix

Blatantly Blunt’s favourite 18 UK projects of 2018.

In Grime, Hip Hop by Nick Russell

2018 has been a memorable year for music either sides of the Atlantic, both in the underground and mainstream.  But within the UK, there were countless highlights from artists across hip hop, grime and everything in between. We’re not going to break down the year in songs, but here’s BB’s founder Nick Russell‘s break down of his favourite UK projects released in 2018. Thanks to everyone who’s been with us as we enter our 12th year as a blog, and make sure you stay locked for more goodness in 2019!

  • Parallax – Auditory Vision – Dope lyricism, tight flows, powerful concepts all over authentic hip hop production on this impressive full length debut from an emcee who evidently takes pride in the intricacies of his craft. 
  • Dabbla – Death Moves – A welcome second album from the well rounded emcee who provides more props for his sterling reputation, delivering a potent blend of cheeky lyricism, solid beats and lyrics which effortlessly sit outside the box whilst keeping it authentic.
  • Griz-O & Oh91- Out of Bounds – an impressive grime project from England’s West Country, which go hard both on the vocal and beats. Griz-O delivers reflective and insightful bars back to back with screw face inducing production provided by Oh91.
  • Skatta & Y-Etizm – Flavourz – a truly unique grime project which showcases two talents, each on their a-game. Skatta on the vocals and Y-etizm on the beats organically fuse forces as they impress throughout the six track of just 2.5 mins each.   
  • Ocean Wisdom – Wizville – a high profile, impressive follow up album to his debut, which shows Ocean’s impeccable reputation as he enlists talent which span the breadth of the UK hip hop and grime soundscape. 
  • Foreign Beggars – 2 2 Karma – The Beggars continue to break boundaries with their sound on this forward-looking, chaotic yet polished album showcasing unmistakable talent from their team and introducing major talent of tomorrow.
  • Eyez – ‘Square One’ – A well fitted pairing with Z Dot on production to let the Derby grime MC unleash his raw talent on the mic,  delivering a focused flow and rollicking delivery with one of the UK’s best beat smiths. 
  • Jay3 – Cold Blooded – Ferocious bars and dark concepts from this promising grime talent who we predict to be making waves in 2019. Not for the feint of heart, this project leaves nothing to the imagination at delving inside Jay3’s mind.
  • Manga Saint Hilare – Outsiders Live Forever – Lyrically intricate grime bars delivered in a non conventional manner which cement Manga’s name as one of the most unique and refreshing talents in grime music. 
  • Sneakbo – Brixton – The South London rapper comes of age on this monumental album which shows how to combine authentic street rap whilst still delivering a range of emotions over hard hitting production. 
  • Jamie Isaac – (4 20) Idler – The only non rap album on the list, the South Londoner’s entrancing voice combined with laid back, infectious contemporary jazz production makes this a project that can’t be left alone after just one listen.
  • Fliptrix – Inexhale – The High Focus head once again cemented his reputation, delivering a considered range of styles, laid out over classy production which stretched the scope of what we’ve come to expect from the Brighton based artist and entrepreneur. 
  • Scran Cartel (Benny Diction & Mnsr Frites) – Blue Plaque Candidates – a quirky yet professionally delivered concept album of food based subject matter, which showcased a range of flows, lyrical skills and perspectives on all things related to grub.     
  • Ghetts – Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament – The grime pioneer packed a punch this year, keeping it authentic whilst showing he’s able to produce a diverse sounding project that left little uncovered of his scope as an MC.   
  • Dirty Dike – Acrylic Snail – the title’s as eccentric as the album, as Dike reminds us that he’s still delivering that zany and brutal rap music on this artistically filthy album, warmly received by his hungry fan base who waited patiently for his first album in 3 years.
  • C.A.M – Persian Rugs EP – the East Londoner continues to impress on this, his second EP which showcases his potent delivery and lyrical content whilst manoeuvring his smooth flow through some dope beats throughout.
  • Sonny Green – Unfinished Business A powerfully insightful EP from the Essex artist and actor, who delivers thought provoking content on progressive grime production which provides wisdom and promise.  
  • Micall Parknsun & Mr Thing – Finish What We Started – two veterans combine forces on this unfiltered project which holds keeps it 100% underground, provide a perfect example of why they’re both going strong deep into their careers.