50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far

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

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Rae Sremmurd, 'Sr3mm'

Rae Sremmurd, 'Sr3mm'

We Say: A 27-song record of all new material is not the kind of thing you'd associate with a pop-friendly hip-hop duo that had its first hits just four years ago. ... Where recent marathons like Migos' gratuitous Culture II felt more about streaming algorithms than art, Sr3mm rarely wears out its welcome. The project's spiritual predecessor, Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, marked the beginning of the end for André 3000 and Big Boi's creative partnership; but Swae and Jxmmi's solo turns crackle with promise — and there's nothing matching their electricity when they're in the zone together. M.G.

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