It's out with the old and in with the new for 2018. Last year was a fantastic year for hip-hop, with female rappers finally getting their dues, a host of terrific albums released and young rappers pushing the genre into new territory that old heads don't appreciate. Whatever your thoughts, there were some amazing songs released and I did my best to collect them every Saturday for the Hip-Hop Saturdays playlist.
For two years I've selected the best 12 tracks of the week for your enjoyment, but towards the end of 2017 I realised some of the tracks I've been posting just haven't had the longevity I'd hope. So this year I'm replacing Hip-Hop Saturday's with The Weekly Rap. As it suggests, each week I'll collect the 10 best hip-hop releases and organise them in one easy playlist for you to stream at your pleasure.
So without any further waffling from me, here are the 10 best tracks of the first week of January 2018 for your listening pleasure.