LivengoodLivin’s Picks For Best in 2018

2018, Best Of A Lot

2018, “whew chille” what can I say? A lot in pop culture and in music dropped this year. Has quality been “over saturated?” To a certain extent yes but still many great creative projects dropped this year so below will be my favorite (best) in multiple categories:

Favorite Albums/Mixtapes
  • KOD – J.Cole
  • Care For Me – Saba
  • Victory Lap – Nipsey Hussle
  • DiCaprio 2 – J.I.D.
  • I am > I Was – 21 Savage
  • Championships – Meek Mill
  • Black Panther Soundtrack
  • Oxnard – Anderson .Paak
  • The Carter 5 – Lil Wayne
  • Swimming – Mac Miller
  • Hive Mind – The Internet
  • Role Model – Young Dolph
  • Room 25 – Noname
  • East Atlanta Love Letter – 6lack
  • Glockoma – Key Glock
  • Redemption – Jay Rock
  • The Shift – Alex Vaughn
  • Nasty – Rico Nasty
  • Ella Mai – Ella Mai
  • I Used To Know Her (Whole Series) – H.E.R.
  • Creed 2 Sountrack
  • Milky Way -Bas
My Pick for favorite: KOD/Hive Mind
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J.Cole drops a dope narrative on his take on millennial drug culture!

This one was very tough for me but J.Cole and The Internet are two of my favorite artists so both of these project really hit home for me. KOD was a powerful narrative driven album from J.Cole on society’s current millennial drug abuse problem, and the call for for mental health care in America. I relate to this album on a personal album and listen to it daily.

Hive Mind by The Internet can be best described as “A Jimi Hendrix guitar solo with three shots of Hennessy and a plate of soul food.” Literally, I play to album almost every day at some point just to relax my nerves, well done!

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Hive Mind captured my mind with chill music and dope themes.
Favorite Movies
  • Avengers: Infinity Wars
  • Halloween
  • Birdbox
  • Black Panther
  • Aquaman
  • Incredibles 2
  • Deadpool 2
  • Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse
  • Creed 2
  • White Boy Rick
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Dragon Ball Super:Broly
  • Ocean’s Eight
My pick: Incredibles 2
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Incredibles 2 captured the hearts of millions in this long awaited sequel!

This might be the kid inside of me but Incredibles 2 has finally released! I was literally a kid again when this movie dropped and it didn’t disappoint. Great animation, superb voice acting, and a good story made this my favorite film of 2018. Now, please go see this movie asap!

Favorite TV/Netflix Show Or Special
  • Daredevil
  • Power
  • Big Mouth
  • Dave Chappelle Stand Ups
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Luke Cage
  • Insecure
  • Seven Deadly Sins
  • Orange Is The New Black
  • Bokjack Horseman
  • Black Mirror
  • Stranger Things
  • My Hero Academia
  • Dragon Ball Super
My Pick: Big Mouth
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Take a “Bubbabawf” and treat yourself to Netflix hit series Big Mouth!

Big Mouth was the best written show of 2018 hands down! Big Mouth is a hilarious take on teenage puberty and a must watch for any person with a Netflix account! From multiple hormone monsters, the shame wizard, and angsty lead characters, Big Mouth was superb in almost every way!

Favorite Video Games
  • God Of War
  • Red Dead redemption 2
  • Spider-Man
  • NBA 2k19
  • Super Smash Bros. Ulimate
  • Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
  • Far Cry 5
  • Dragon Ball Fighter Z
  • Assassin’s creed Odyssey
  • Soulcalibur 6
My Pick: God Of War
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The story of Kratos and Arteus is a masterpeice in God Of War.

While red Dead redemption 2 was a masterpiece in it’s own respect, God Of War was arguably the best game I’ve played in 5 years. The series revamp was a total departure from past games with added RPG elements, deep character driven story, different combat structure, and total shift in tone. It was an ode to the growth of series protagonist Kratos as a whole who guide his son Arteus (Who’s actually Loki) to releases his deceased wife ashes in the land of the titans while being a father to Artues. God Of War was a movie with a controller and a must play for any video gamers.

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