2018 has left us with some of the greatest music that we will ever hear. Artists took their musical abilities to new heights, and made sure that their visuals were along for the ride. We compiled a list of our favorite visuals that released this year and why we thought they were so fye. Read below to see if some of your favorites are listed.
15. Clozuré - Two, Three | Dir. Director P
This impromptu music video shot in a dorm living room at Clark Atlanta University shows that you can make something out of nothing. The group Clozure, eloquently dressed, equally show their talents as they sing to their audience and young women surround them.
14. Teyana Taylor ft. Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon - Gonna Love Me (Remix) | Dir. Teyana Taylor
Teyana Taylor remixed the second track from her sophomore album and featured Wu-Tang Clan members, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon who didn't appear in the visual. She portrays Black love on camera with both Method Man and Ghostface. With every detail from Taylor directing the video herself, to the du-rags, hair scarves, kickback party, and the Kim Porter tribute, every part of this video screams Black excellence.
13. Travis Scott ft. Gunna - Yosemite | Dir. Nabildo
Astroworld is a word that you have gotten familiar in 2018 whether you like it or not. Travis Scott delivered the visual of himself and Gunna on an Astroworld themed jet as Scott looks at his younger self venturing through what Astroworld use to be. It's almost a foreshadowing of Travis; future as in the second part of Stargazing, he raps "Told the dogs I'd bring it (Astroworld) back, it was a seal of fate". And on November 17, 2018 in his hometown of Houston, Texas, he did.
12. J. Cole - Kevin's Heart | Dir. Scott Lazer
Kevin Hart went through marital controversy in the fall of 2017 as it was reported that he cheated on his wife, Eniko, who was then pregnant with their son, Kenzo. When J. Cole released his album in April of 2018, many fans thought Cole was taking shots at Hart as there is a song on the album called, "Kevin's Heart". To their surprise, Heart knew about the song and even appeared in the video.
11. A$AP Rocky X Tyler The Creator - POTATO SALAD | Dir. AWGE
A$AP Rocky and Tyler, the Creator have one of the most unlikely hip-hop friendships imaginable. Tyler, a colorful creative from California and Rocky the pretty boy from New York, teamed up for this visual in Paris, France. They boast about their jewels, satchels, and their lavish lifestyles while also kicking it with Jaden Smith.
10. Lil Yachty ft. Ugly God - Boom | Dir. Glassface
Southern rappers, Lil Yachty and Ugly God take us back to our childhood with this cartoon inspired visual as they race through the scene and mini versions of themselves play with race car tracks and video games. The highly animated visual shows up that rap videos can be fun.
9. Drake - I'm Upset | Dir. Karena Evans
If you are a fan of Degrassi, your stan heart was fill with so much glee as you say Drake, we mean Jimmy, link up with his old classmates as they celebrate their high school reunion. Jimmy's classmates were presents dancing in the hallway, selling weed to the principle, and riding with Drake in his Lamborghini. We even saw Rick get his much needed revenge.
8. Drake - In My Feelings | Dir. Karena Evans
Shoutout to Shiggy for making "In My Feelings" one of the hottest songs of the summer. Drake re-payed him by making sure Shiggy left a memorable mark on the video as well. We see him dancing on the streetcar with a woman as well as playing a production assistant at the end of the video making sure Drake was ready for set. The video also features Phylicia Rashad and Lala Anthony.
7. Cardi B - Money | Dir. Jora Frantzis
Queen Belcalis has been on fire this entire year and just because it is December, she is not using that as an excuse to slow down. She pays homage to several female rappers including herself throughout the video.
6. Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar - Wow Freestyle | Dir. Jack Begert
Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar are a power duo. This video gives us VHS vibes as well as mind-blowing trippy visuals. In one take, we see Kendrick moving at a normal pace while Jay Rock, the later moving slowly, but somehow they both manage to stay on the same frequency. The robotic arm has been significant to hip-hop videos lately and the "Wow" video shows us why.
5. Aminé - REEL IT IN | Dir. Aminé and Jack Begert
Aminé has always given us color-popping self directed videos, and "Reel It In" is no different. He enlisted social media star Rickey Thompson to help carry the hilarious storyline of the visual as Aminé recreates an early 2000's-esque video.
4. A$AP Rocky ft. Moby - A$AP Forever | Dir. DEXTER NAVY
A$AP Rocky always takes us to the next level when we are watching his music videos. We are always stunned trying to figure out what effect was just used and how in the world did they get the camera to do what it just did.
3. Wiz Khalifa ft. Swae Lee - Hopeless Romantic | Dir. TK McKamy
Wiz Khalifa always has the power to take us on a trip, and Swae Lee's vocals helps us careen through the hills of the beautiful women found in this video.
2. Travis Scott ft. Drake - Sicko Mode | Dir. Dave Meyers
Sicko Mode has every video effect possible in this video, but Travis and director Dave Meyers takes us through the depths of Houston as we see the pieces of life that made Travis Scott who he is.
1. J. Cole - ATM | Dir. Scott Lazer
J. Cole and director Scott Lazer teamed up again to make this very colorful and eye popping experience. Between the mountains of 100's on the way, to the Busta Rhymes inspired movements, Cole helps us remember that it's okay to act out in these visuals and show our sporadic side.