10 Most-Read DJBooth Articles of 2018, Ranked

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Most-Read DJBooth Articles of 2018

Rankings, rankings, rankings. 

We love a good ranking, a well-ordered list, and a reason to argue. While the year is over, the rankings are far from it. To celebrate another amazing year of music writing here at DJBooth, we’ve pulled a list of the 10 most-read features of 2018. 

This list spans all feature articles—no news briefs, rankings, or album reviews—published from January 1 to December 25. 

Thank you all so much for reading, sharing, and engaging with us. 

And now, the list:

10. Roscoe’s Wetsuit: Searching for the Meaning of Childish Gambino’s “This Is America”

“This approach of secrecy reminds me of the phrase 'Roscoe’s Wetsuit.' Throughout the script for Because the Internet, Roscoe’s Wetsuit is mentioned as a social media saying with no source to elucidate the meaning. The Boy asks again and again but never finds out the meaning. Roscoe’s Wetsuit is a metaphor for how Glover wants us to interact with his art, through interpretation and dialogue.” —Yoh

9. The Kids Aren't Alright: XXXTentacion, 6ix9ine & the Art of Manipulation

“There's a common thread between XXXTentacion and 6ix9ine beyond their newfound commercial success and legal and unrelenting behavioral issues.” —Matt Wilhite

8. Drake Was Right, He Really Shouldn’t Have Given Pusha-T His Time

“Rap beef of this caliber doesn’t allow for leisure to the losing; there’s no breather while being beaten. Since the release of Pusha-T’s 'The Story of Adidon' six days ago, a response has been awaited. The only way to combat venom is with venom, and Pusha-T bares the fangs of an eyelash viper.” —Yoh

7. A Letter to My Unborn Niece: 13 Life Lessons from JAY-Z

“Much like the uncle who I aspire to be, the best thing about JAY-Z's lyrics is that they're always there when you need them most. These are for you when that time comes.” —Yoh

6. Tyler, The Creator & Earl Sweatshirt Are Finally Comfortable

“I trust that my friend is making due down in North Carolina. Even if I’ll always wonder what EarlWolf might’ve sounded like, Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, The Creator are their own people in 2018. Just two Black boys growing up. We ain’t got time for much else.” —Dylan “CineMasai” Green

5. 10 Disses on Eminem's 'Kamikaze' Album That No One Noticed

“If the Amish community had internet, they would be PISSED.”—Drew Landry

4. Infamous Breaks Down the Making of Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar’s “Mona Lisa”

“'He started writing to the beat, and it turned into the story,' Infamous recalls. 'I heard it and I was like, "Oh, shit, this is crazy." Then he did a second verse and at the time, his engineer was a dude named Omar Loya. Wayne was talking about trying to get a feature on the song. Everybody was kinda like, "Maybe Nas would be crazy because it’s a storytelling song." Omar was the one who said, "Kendrick would be cool."’”—Donna-Claire Chesman

3. Mac Miller's 'A Celebration of Life' Concert Felt Nothing Like a Concert

“At Los Angeles’ magnificent Greek Theater, a venue that comfortably seats nearly 6,000 people, Malcolm McCormick’s posthumous tribute felt much more like a heartfelt gathering of long-lost friends, where distant strangers could empathize with the emotions of their neighbor and comfort each other with fond memories of their fallen companion.” —Kenan Draughorne

2. These Rappers Are Not Rich, Bro

“Hip-hop will always have secrets, fabrications, and assumptions when it comes to money, but balancing the glory stories with hard truths will hopefully ensure the next crop of artists are learning from and not repeating the mistakes of those who came before them.” —Yoh

1. I Really Wanted to Hate Hobo Johnson… But I Couldn’t

Hobo Johnson

“At first, I did hate it. His corny jokes got on my nerves, as did that godforsaken mustache. But by the end of the video, something weird happened… I liked it. I liked it a lot. I didn’t think I would like it so much. Johnson embodies everything I hate. He’s a pretentious hipster with enough quirkiness and irony to put him on the cover of Flannel Magazine. But he's endearing. Fuck it, consider me a fan.” —Drew Landry


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