50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far

Including Janelle Monáe, Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack and more

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Cupcakke, 'Ephorize'

Cupcakke, 'Ephorize'

"Coochie guaranteed to put you to sleep so damn soon/Riding on that dick, I'm reading Goodnight Moon," Chicago rapper Cupcakke promises on her outrageously great third LP. Elizabeth Harris is a Lil' Kim for our times, spooling out raunchy rhymes with a personal and political edge over eclectic beats. The reggaeton-tinged "Crayons" celebrates gay sex and takes on homophobia, and Cupcakke gets introspective on "Self Interview," admitting, "Most of the people already skipped this song because it ain't about sex and killing." It's their loss. J.D.

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