Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror fans!

My vlog series “The Book of 7” Episode 12 is out now! YouTube link below! In this episode I take you along to SeaWorld’s Howl O Scream and to Reverie’s Listening party at a Funeral home!!!

Thank you for checking out my vlog. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow me on social media @7octoberz on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! Also follow me on YouTube and IGtv to watch my podcast Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue or you can listen now on all streaming platforms!


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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror fans!

My vlog series “The Book of 7” Episode 10 is out now! YouTube link below! In this episode I take you behind the scenes of The Happiness of Pursuit Hip Hop festival!!!

Thank you for checking out my vlog. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow me on social media @7octoberz on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! Also follow me on YouTube and IGtv to watch my podcast Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue or you can listen now on all streaming platforms!



Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror fans!

My vlog series “The Book of 7” Episode 8 is out now! YouTube link below! In this episode I take you along for the ride on my adventures to LA and more!!!

Thank you for checking out my vlog. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow me on social media @7octoberz on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! Also follow me on YouTube and IGtv to watch my podcast Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue or you can listen now on all streaming platforms!




Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror fans!

My vlog series “The Book of 7” Episode 4 is out now! YouTube link below! Join me on this episode as I show parts of my daily life. Then I take you to a Spooky Music Video Shoot and end the episode with amazing footage of the Santa Ana, CA 2Mex show!

Thank you for checking out my vlog. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow me on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on YouTube and IGtv to watch my podcast Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue.




Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror fans!

My vlog series “The Book of 7” Episode 3 is out now! YouTube link below! Join me on this episode as I take you with me to the THOP Fest Launch Party in Ontario, CA, my day to day and share my new track “Sapphire” that will be droppin July 14th!!! Tune in on the journey!

Thank you for checking out my vlog. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow me on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on YouTube and IGtv to watch my podcast Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue.




Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror fans!

My vlog series “The Book of 7” Episode 2 is out now! YouTube link below! Join me on this episode as I took a mini vacay for my birthday and caught a ghost on camera!

Thank you for checking out my vlog. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow me on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on YouTube and IGtv to watch my podcast Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue.




Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror fans!

Check out my new vlog series, “The Book of 7”, where I share my journey as an Artist and as a person! Hope y’all join me!

Thank you for checking out my vlog. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow me on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on YouTube and IGtv to watch my podcast Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue.




Artist: Hanzo Bladez

Album: Birds of Prey

Release Date: May 20, 2020

Buy/Stream: Bandcamp

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Hanzo Bladez’ debut EP, “Birds of Prey”. The intro is hard as fuck with a clip from The Crow movie. It definitely sets the tone for this grimey project and the theme! The EP cover is dope as well, there is a graveyard with a mic, the crow and hands coming out of the grave! The EP consists of 7 deadly venomous tracks with an approximate running time of 22 minutes. Hanzo self produced some of his track, but also features production from Enels and Iron Lungz. One of the stand out tracks to me was, “The Feared One”! Hanzo goes in bar for bar and the beat is crazy with the dope scratches and sample.

Then there is the following track, “Drum Machine” with a more melancholy beat as Hanzo raps about legacy and making music with the greats! This project brought me back to that 90’s grimey rap. It is a very nostalgic EP. It’s great to continue to hear this sound being nourished! From top to bottom this a great body of work. It is a very dope project. Go check it out and support that lyrical grimey Hip Hop!


Thank you for reading my EP review! Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, iTunes,, Google Play Music to listen to my audio content under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue




Event : Nightmare At Phantasy

Organizers: Phantasy Lounge & Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue

Date/Location: Sunday March 8, 2020 at the AC Lounge

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

I wanted to share the experience and Spooky night that went down on March 8th at the AC lounge. It marked a unique experience for Hip-Hop and Horror lovers! The emcees and producers brought horror to life that night! The crowd vibed off the performances and got lost in the “spooky energy.” Honestly, you had to be there to feel it and embrace every lyric and beat inside your mind. This event allowed people with different tastes to come together and see these two genres collide! There were 7 emcees and 7 producers who teamed up to sample a horror themed song and do their own unique spin on it.


Doble Philo collaborated with Carinoe, and rocked the floor with a Spanish flow of murderous words that went perfect with the spooky Friday the 13th beat. Then, Yazi went up next and spread her high energy vibes. She casted a spell with her lyrics that got the crowd going. The spookiness was definitely felt as the Candyman beat of Speak Ez played throughout the venue. Legion X came up on stage and put on a show with his dope costume along with PottieMouth’s eerie Exorcist beat to add more fuel to the performance. Smalls Uno aka Sire Spooky joined forces with Mike Mackey to conjure up an eerie remix of the Phantasm beat! Mike Mackey wore a mask of an old man to symbolize the Tall Man from the movie, very dope! Then Boxcutta Maxx performed along side Shrmpboy and killed their own creepy version of Halloween.

Master Villain shocked us all with a detailed killer story. As Verde went all in with the Suspiria beat that bewitched us all in, and made us feel as if we were in a scary movie! Fade Green used his creative mind by getting the audience involved in his performance. He had the crowd participate in providing him random words to use for his epic freestyle . DJ Root’s Nightmare on Elm street beat allowed every word that Fade said to flow smoothly, and it made you feel as if you had to watch your surroundings as if something was coming out to get you!


It was a very dope event and something new for the San Diego Hip Hop scene! Nothing like this has been done before where Horror meets Hip Hop, definitely a night to remember! Clips of horror movies were playing on the different screens in the background. There were cardboard cut outs of Freddy Krueger and Pennywise the Clown surrounding the venue. There were also prizes given out to the top 3 best duo’s and for the audience there was a raffle for some horror icon Funko’s, horror socks and Ouija!!! There was also some live art painting by the talented Daniel Peters. Also some art vendors and some video games available for people to play and mingle with friends and strangers. If you didn’t attend you missed out! Below is some footage of the event.





Testimonials about the Event:

“I thought the video games were a nice touch. I had the chance to interact with people I knew and didn’t know. The costumes were dope too. I really enjoyed the old school scary movies playing too. I wanted to go home and watch a few. I think the artists that performed with different producers was a great idea. I’ve never seen anything like that and that was the highlight of the night for me!” – Anthony Braxton

“The event was really unique. I was inspired by everyone in costume and the horror movies playing on the screen. It was a real interactive event with the games and art for sale. I loved the element of the raffle and contest for the talent. Matching up producers with different artists really set this event apart. It was dope to see how the pairs worked together to create horror themed performances. The vibe was fun, and to be honest different from other hip hop events. I felt the people who came all came from different walks of life and brought a genuine energy to the event.” – Kristina

“7 Octoberz (Gaby’s) events never disappoint! This last Horror n Hip Hop theme party she brought 7 producers and 7 emcees together and everyone gave a hell of a show! The detail and creativeness that 7 Octoberz brought to this event was amazing! Keep up the amazing work, can’t wait for more!” – Emeriam

“It was a horror meets hip hop event. With both attendees and performers in costume, it gave it a Halloween feel. It was different, but definitely dope! A nice change of scenery.– Sick Rick

“If you didn’t get a chance to go to the AC Lounge on March 8th. U should be a lil Mad at yourself. 7 Octoberz had a super dope show that day. Some of the most cool Hip Hop artists of San Diego were there. U had Fade Green, Legion X, Boxcutta Maxx, Smalls Uno and Yazi. I could go on & on & producers as well with a good ear for dope music. In my opinion it was Genius of her. I’ve been to many shows at the AC lounge, but 7 Octoberz had Street Fighter, Super Smash bros etc. & raffles prices. It made it that much more exciting to be there! I had no idea what I was going to get into when I went because it’s 7 Octoberz & if u follow her page you’ll know what I’m talking about. I was lucky enough to win a pair of Gremlin socks that day. I just hope more shows could be more exciting. I felt like it was Halloween in March & I’m an October baby. It made it that much more fun for me to attend! It was an experience! – Halo the Kid

“As an artist getting into character is an important factor. Creativity wasn’t an issue 7 Octoberz hosted Halloween in March 8th 2020. Full moon was out the vibe was bloody! A random selection between rapper and beat producers was selected to murder a live performance within Halloween topics. Gory classics on tv screens and Bloody Marys at the bar. Rappers Producers and DJs were all wearing costumes it was Spooky! The show was fire🔥. One Hell of a night. 😈 -Johnny Rayos
Thank you for reading my event write up. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play Music to listen to my audio content under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue”.

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue -“2018 Top Rap, R&B Albums and Top Horror films & TV Series”

As 2018 comes to a close, I can say it was a great year for hip hop and the culture! We were blessed with so much dope music! At one point I have to admit; it became hard to keep up with projects that seemed to be dropping almost every week.

Rap definitely made its presence known in 2018! Even movie soundtracks were curated or produced by hip hop artists. From Black Panther, The Grinch, Creed II, to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse just to name a few.

There were also amazing podcasts, shows and interviews that were impactful for hip hop culture. From Joe Budden’s Podcast and his deal with Spotify. To his new revolt show “State of the Culture”. Genius also brought their ‘A’ game with dope interviews, By: Rob Markman just to shout out a few. We were even serenaded early on this year with great rap and r&b albums that set the tone for what was to come!

In the era where music is dominated by streaming, singles and the life expectancy of a record depleting quickly after release due to competition, there were albums that managed to standout for me. These albums became my soundtrack to 2018!

It was difficult to come up with my top 2018 rap list, but I was able to get it done! I selected these albums due to the following: the great content, lyricism, replay value, catchy hooks, flow, cadence and the cohesiveness of the album. I separated my top 20 rap albums into two categories: mainstream rap and lyrical/underground rap. They are not listed in any particular order.

By no means am I saying rappers cannot be lyricists, but I found it easier to separate my list this way to show the rap albums that were radio played vs. the ones that were more for the streets, streamed by die-hard fans or most likely overlooked due to so much content being released this year.

I will briefly cover why the top 10 mainstream rap albums made my list. I would have gone into the other albums selected, but I could go on forever!  Next year my goal is to review albums/movies/tv-series’ throughout 2019, so by the end of the year there is no need for me to cover why I selected those projects. 😈🎙

Rap Section:

Top 10: 2018 Mainstream Rap albums : 

1. Pusha-T – Daytona 

Pusha be that dude that is always bringing his lyrical skills to every project. He is always criticized for his songs being about drugs, but he always manages to do a refreshing new take on what he calls luxury street rap! His lyrics use drug references and metaphors to tell a story, he is always bringing those bars, punchlines and double entendres. This year he made waves with his diss track that was aimed at Drake, “The Story of Adidon”. We all know who took that “W” in that battle, if that is what you want to call it given Drake never responded! Yes Drake still dominated the game as he aways does, but Push proved why he is an OG in the rap game. Pusha-T’s album was short with only 7 tracks, but it worked in his favor. I replayed the album like 3 times and I still have his album in rotation. The lyrics, cohesiveness and Kanye’s production/samples were on point! Definitely the best project from all the G.O.O.D Music releases that dropped this year next to Teyana’s. Congrats to Push on his Grammy nomination well deserved!


2. Mac Miller – Swimming 

R.I.P Mac! Hip Hop lost Mac Miller this year, still can’t believe he is no longer here :(..He blessed us with a beautiful and soulful album! It’s like he foreshadowed that this would be his last album. A lot of his songs in this album were very personal about self care and growth. My favorite track on the album, 2009 just gets me every time! The lyrics are simple, but the melody is so melancholy. You can tell it was created with feeling. Overall  I loved the album for being very introspective, the soulful melodies, positive message and the dope live instrumentation! Wish he could have been here to celebrate his Grammy nomination!


3. Reason – There You Have It

TDE’s new signee definitely proved why he was chosen to be part of the camp! I was happily surprised at how dope this project was. The track Situations with the Usher ” U Don’t have to Call” sample was crazy!!! Overall the production and samples were great! Enjoyed the storytelling, he went in with his street lyricism and dope punch lines!


4. Cozz – Effected

Dreamville label did their thang this year! Cozz’s second album Effected had an old school LA vibe, it makes sense he is from South Central so he had to represent! Loved the production and sonically it was wavy. This is one of those albums that each track you can just play in your car, have it on replay and just vibe to it! 


5. J. Cole – KOD (J. Cole bodied all his features this year by the way!)

KOD dropped early in the year, April to be exact and each song I still have in rotation. The KOD tour was amazing! I love that J. Cole interacts with his fans, explains the backstory to his lyrics and speaks on the significance of each song. I have been lucky enough to see him perform live twice and every time it is a dope experience! I can honestly say his body of work and personality bring his albums to life! He is this generations best Rap performer! Once again he delivered a solid project. He used trap beats to show his versatility and that lyricism can still be done on those type of tracks. He also delivered a positive message to the youth about mental health, lust and drug use/abuse. Again with no features only Kill Edward lol! 


6. Jim Jones – Wasted Talent

Jim Jones beat me to the punch and created a dope concept that was based on one of my all time favorite movies ‘A Bronx Tale’. He sampled scenes from the movie which I loved! He managed to bring that New York grittiness back in this album. In the era of trap beats it was refreshing to hear that old school NY sound. Jim Jones pulled it off nicely!


7. J.I.D – Dicaprio 2

Once again another Dreamville project that went hard! J.I.D is one of the  rappers I consider to be in the newer generation era of rap. He gives me hope rap and hip hop will be alive for years to come! Even though he has been in the rap game for about 8 years give or take, I feel he has started to reach the fame and recognition in the mainstream that he deserves! This album definitely puts him on the map and shows off what he has to offer! Can’t wait to see him evolve as an emcee! His flow, cadence and lyricism are on another level!


8. Denzel Curry – TABOO

Denzel has easily become one of my favorite rappers of this generation. His dark production, lyrics and sound is something I gravitate towards. Especially being a horror fan and hip hop lover! Denzel is reminiscent of the 90’s horror-core era! Taboo was a mixture of a dark and light side of Denzel Curry’s wicked mind! Even his visuals for “Clout Cobain” was dark, but he delivered a great message. I won’t do any spoilers so check out this album and his music video if you haven’t done so!


9. Bas – Milky Way

Bas another Dreamville signee who dropped a unique sounding album. It had an exotic vibe to each track. Of course my favorite track was one of the singles, “Tribe” ft. J. Cole. As mentioned J. Cole killed every feature this year and this is no exception! This album has a relaxing feel, poetic lyrics and wonderful melodies! Bas style of rap reminds me a bit of Wale, so if you are a Wale fan and never heard Bas check him out!


10. Benny the Butcher – Tana Talk 3

I admit I been sleeping on the Griselda camp, but better late than never! Glad I was put onto this album. The GxFR crew: Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine and Benny the Butcher are bringing back that gritty, drug/gangster rap! This album is the definition of pure lyricism, punchlines, dope production and great storytelling! Benny lives up to his rap name! It’s surgical rap each word cuts you like a blade, he is a dope spitter! The rest of his crew had dope albums this year as well!


11. Bonus: Meek Mill – Championships

This year Meek literally made it to the championships! He was released from prison and dropped an album that was inspired by his situation and experience in the prison system. From beginning to end you can hear and tell this project was highly influenced by his prison time and how it affected his relationships. He used his voice to speak on issues about mass incarceration that is targeted toward the black community, black on black crime, the gang mentality used to keep the black community controlled, police brutality, fake friends, street PTSD and of course his trap bangers. He proved that even in your lowest moments you can rise and come back stronger! This album is proof of that!

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Honorable Mentions:
Logic -YSIV
Freddie Gibbs – Freddie
Jay Rock -Redemption
Buddy – Harlan & Alondra
Mozzy – Gangland Landlord
T. I. – Dimetrap
Flatbush Zombies – Vacation in Hell.
There were many more, but had to cut the list short.

Top 10: 2018 Lyrical/Underground Rap Albums:

1. Canibus – Full Spectrum Dominance 1 


2. Apathy – The Widows Son


3. Canibus – Full Spectrum Dominance 2

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4. Vinnie Paz- The Pain Collector

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5. Joell Ortiz & Apollo Brown – Mona Lisa


6. The Underachievers – After the Rain


7. Jedi Mind Tricks – The Bridge and the Abyss


8. Locksmith & Apollo Brown – No Question


9. Locksmith – Ali

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10. Conway the Machine – Blakk Tape


Honorable Mentions:
Evidence – Weather or Not
Royce da 5’9 – Book of Ryan
Black Thought- Streams of Thought Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
Hermit and the Recluse – Orpheus vs. the Sirens

2018 Best Verses/Lyrics:


To change it up a bit I wanted to also share my top 10 favorite verses/lyrics of 2018. As mentioned there was so much dope projects that dropped that I might not have mentioned here, but it doesn’t mean they were forgotten. This list might included verses/lyrics that might not have made it to my list of best 2018 albums.

I thought in this section I would also include my favorite verse from a poem I wrote this year and performed it at my first open mic. 

‘3’ By: G Lyric:

“Anubis vibes, I’m a jackal
Not easily rattled
Fuck the forbidden apple
Knowledge freed me from these shackles
My brain on a different channel
Always see things from a different angle
Obsessed with three’s, pyramids and triangles” 

Top 10 Verses/Lyrics of 2018:

  1. Janelle Monae – Django Jane:
    “Black girl magic, y’all can’t stand it
    Y’all can’t ban it, made out like a bandit
    They been tryin’ hard just to make us all vanish
    I suggest they put a flag on a whole ‘nother planet
    Jane Bond, never Jane Doe and I Django, never Sambo 
    Black and white, yeah that’s always been my camo
    It’s lookin’ like y’all gon’ need some more ammo

    I cut ’em off, I cut ’em off, I cut ’em off like Van Gogh”

  2. Black Thought – Twofifteen (whole song he goes in!):
    “Who the technical culprit? I don’t mess with no vultures
    I’m electrical voltage, not the regular dosage
    Too obsessive compulsive, I’m a fuckin’ explosive
    Mixed message in a bottle, I left with the postman
    I’m that arachnophobia, black petroleum
    Ceremoniously holy when at the podium
    Even though it’s hotter than weapons-grade plutonium”
  3. Pusha-T – The Games We Play:
    “This ain’t for the conscious, this is for the mud-made monsters
    Who grew up on legends from outer Yonkers
    Influenced by niggas straight outta Compton, the scale never lies
    I’m two-point-two incentivized
    If you ain’t energized like the bunny for drug money
    Or been paralyzed by the sight of a drug mummy
    This ain’t really for you, this is for the Goya Montoya

    Who said I couldn’t stop, then afforded me all the lawyers
    The only kingpin who ain’t sinkin’
    Chess moves are made, my third eye ain’t blinkin
    Stay woke, nigga, or get out”

  4. Canibus – The Odds (Both albums were lyrically amazing!! that is why he is my #1 fav MC):
    “Hypnotized by the magic practice
    Pragmatic practicalist poetry in motion by accident
    And cry like I never asked for this
    The experiment for buzz, that’s what Hip Hop was
    I stutter and s-s-s-shit on you cuz
    The great Pun breath control vernacular
    Ginger extract with cold press
    Canibus oil so elaborate

    Asymetric incription eyeballs can’t see”

  5. J. Cole – Pretty Little Fears:
    “Beautiful black child, come and share your black cloud
    For your vibe and your smile, I don’t mind a lil’ rain
    I’m your dog, ears perk up at the sound of your name
    Count on your main, wildfire, can’t handle your flame
    Download your shame, wild high, come drown in your fragrance

    You that red pill that a nigga found in the Matrix
    Before I had you this shit was fantasy
    You plant a seed to grow some roots, a branch and leaves
    Becomes a tree of life until our nights are filled”

  6. The Underachievers – Channeling:
    “I learned a lot from the other side
    Destroyed and built my mind
    Showed me the drunken side, the different way the colors vibe
    But every chapter in your life changes like the season
    Can’t depend on a drug when its controlling how you feelin’

    Can’t depend on getting high just to give your life meaning
    Everything in moderation but a nigga couldn’t see it
    Been abusing different things and convinced myself I need it
    ’til it went from a pleasure to a nigga just fiendin’
    But you know that we could weather the storm
    Learn to perform with the heart
    Like throwing darts, a nigga hittin’ the mark
     dont regret I always learn from the dark”

  7. Apathy – Hypnosis:
    “Through your stargate, supernovas onto your star shape
    Elders try to tell us that we can’t escape our fate
    Were far from the days where they stargaze
    Now we man ships that absorb cosmic rays
    Over the radio, talkin’ hoes into fellatio

    Sapiosexual so I kicked the golden ratio
    Transmittin’ like the last man livin’
    So my writtens hold more weight than King James editions
    Charles Dickens and Lord Francis Bacon
    Believe in the creator but I don’t believe in Satan
    I believe the Devil’s a Homosapien
    And Heaven and Hell exist in your cranium”

  8.  J. Cole – Sojourner:
    “Born into pain, alcoholic veins
    Over-analytical brain a product of the shame
    And runnin’ from a past, that’s checkered like the game
    Somewhere ‘long the way somebody snatched my peace and main
    Maybe that’s the reason I spent decades seekin’ fame

    And fortune hopin’ that a proper portion would contain
    The sadness in my eyes, remember when I came
    In this music business, all their questions was insane
    “Why you never smile in your pictures?” I refrain
    From givin’ you the answer ’cause that answer wasn’t plain”

  9. Meek Mill – Stay Woke:
    “How can I pledge allegiance to the flag
    When they killin’ all our sons, all our dads?
    I come from a place, when you kill your own brother you can brag
    Like he got bodies, but that’s a fad, no, that’s a fact
    I’m screamin’ out at your corner, nigga, that’s a trap

    Screamin’ out at your homie, nigga, that’s a rat
    Catch a case with him, bet he crack”
    The odds against you and they double stacked, stay woke

  10. 070 Shake – I Laugh When I’m with Friends but Sad When I’m Alone ( This whole songs is emotionally amazing!):
    “Don’t be alarmed, it’ll get brighter, it’ll get better
    It’s ’cause we are fighters and tougher than leather
    The strong you is inside, but you just haven’t met her
    Only we control our storm because we are the weather
    Don’t get how I could love the things that really torn me

    Remember tellin’ myself that I was quittin’ in the mornin’
    And did you really try and help or was you tryna tell a story?
    It’s okay ’cause I got me and I don’t need you to feel sorry”

  11.  Bonus: YBN Cordae – Old Ni**as (This was a response to J. Cole’s 1985, I had overlooked this young rapper, but this record gave me hope that there are still younger rappers who got shit to offer the rap game and care about Hip Hop culture! I will be on the look out for YBN Cordae in 2019. I feel he has potential to become the next best rapper from the newer generation.):

    “Let’s take it back: when hip hop originated
    And old niggas said it was wack, they couldn’t take it
    And called it a lil’ trend, said it wouldn’t last
    Now, it’s the number one genre as the time passed
    Young niggas won’t listen and we know it, ha
    But old niggas always talk and never show it, uh
    You gotta practice what you preach and the classes that you teach
    We’ll eventually listen, my mind mentally prison, uh
    Lately, all my idols, they been failin’ me
    Catchin’ sexual assaults and some felonies
    Then, you want me to listen what you tellin’ me
    And wanna hate when we sing our lil’ melodies
    And other idols, they be broke, get your funds in order
    And Kanye West is a Trump supporter
    Then, we got R. Kelly and Bill Cosby
    Who still probably got lil’ girls in the Hills lobby
    And these supposed to be our heroes? Negro, please”

R&B/Soul Section:

I also have a top 10 list of R&B/Soul albums. Not only was it a great year for rap, but also R&B/Soul. There are so many new dope R&B artists bringing back that nostalgic 90s R&B sound like Brent Faiyaz, DVSN and CVIRO & GXNVS to name a few. As well as just great crooners and singers both old and new school artists. These projects made my list for the same reasons I listed above. The only addition as to why I also selected these albums was the vibe and feeling I felt when the artists sang with emotion and brought the lyrics to life!

Top 10: 2018 R&B or Soul Albums:

1. Kali Uchis – Isolation


2. The Internet – Hive Mind


3. Teyana Taylor – K.T.S.E.


4. 6lack – East Atlanta Love Letter


5. Jorja Smith – Lost & Found 


6. Russ – Zoo


7. SIR – November


8. Brent Faiyaz – Lost EP


9. H.E.R. – I Used to Know Her – The Prelude


10. Trevor Jackson – Rough Draft Pt. 1


Honorable Mentions:
They – Fireside EP
Ty Dolla Sign & Jeremih – Mih-Ty
CVIRO & GXNXVS – Now you Know EP
Nao – Saturn
Masego – Lady Lady
Leon Bridges – Good Thing
H.E.R.- I Used to Know Her Pt.2 EP

Horror Section:

The horror genre did not fall behind in 2018! There were great tv shows and movies that released this year. Netflix surprised me on the horror gems it dropped. I have created two lists: Top 10 favorite horror movies and Top 5 favorite horror tv shows. I also decided to make this section a little different and include my top 5 favorite horror movie quotes. Read below if you dare!😈

2018 Top 10 Horror Movies:

1. Hereditary – (SPOILER BELOW)


This film had a unique story/plot about the demons that get passed on to us, dark family history and also how we never really know our relatives. Everything about this movie was amazing! The pace was perfect it built up to what was to come, great acting, creepiness vibes thru the roof and graphic decapitation scene! 

2. A Quiet place 


Another original plot in the era of horror remakes! They added a new type of monster/creature to the horror universe, def a must see (Bird Box joke lol), just don’t speak or scream! 

3. Mandy 


Finally a movie that matches Nicholas Cage’s craziness lol.. and the scene where they played “Cielito Lindo” added an awesome touch to it!

4. Summer of 84 


80s serial killer movie with kids count me in! Nostalgia at its finest! It was a mix of Fright Night (the original), Stranger Things and Disturbia.

5. The Endless 


Cult, sci-fi horror and time loop = Awesomeness!

6. Terrifier 

Picture/Image By:Mario Frias 

Art the Clown makes Pennywise look like a friendly clown lol. This movie had a lot of gore and one of the scenes was graphic yet I could not look away and didn’t know if I should laugh or be shocked lol

7. Tumbbad 


Indian mythology about a demon god. Touches on greed, karma and a curse/boon passed through generations! Great foreign film!

8. Terrified 


Argentinian horror movie nothing like I have ever seen. Loved it! It had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going on and some good jump scares!

9. Overlord 


Nazi + War + Zombie like experiments = Horror Action top notch!

10. The House That Jack Built 


This film takes you inside a serial killers mind who has OCD and obsession with art. As well as the POV of a serial killer, a bit graphic, but not as gory as I expected.  The way the movie was filmed was cinematically remarkable! I admit this is the first Lars Von Trier film I’ve watched, but now I will have to check out some of his other films. Loved the dark humor. I found myself laughing at some scenes that normally one should not find amusing. 

Honorable Mentions:
The Ritual
Tales from the Hood 2
Suspiria (have NOT yet watched it, but I heard amazing things and love the original. I will be watching it once it releases digitally)

2018 Top 5 Horror TV-Series:

1. The Haunting of Hill House 


My favorite horror show hands down this year! Beautifully written, a new spin on Shirley Jackson’s book, great character development and a great cast!

2. Chilling adventures of Sabrina


Loved this show a darker version of Sabrina based on the comic books under the same name!

3. Eli Roth’s History of Horror


Eli Roth did his thing with this history of horror! He covered almost all the sub genres from Zombies, Slashers to monsters. It is a horror documentary style type series. Commentary from different horror directors, actors to special effects guru’s. A must watch for horror fans.

4. The Purge


I thought the whole purge storyline had been used up and no new fresh ideas would be good enough for a show, but I was happily surprised with this series. The character development was great, each episode I tuned in to see each storyline and what would happen to the characters. 

5. Into the Dark (currently still airing episodes on Hulu)


Honorable Mention:
Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 – still heartbroken that it was cancelled!

Top 5 favorite horror movie quotes of 2018: 

  1. “In this town, Michael Myers is a myth. He’s the Boogeyman. A ghost story to scare kids. But this Boogeyman is real. An evil like his never stops, it just grows older. Darker. More determined.”
    – Laurie Strode (Halloween)
  2. “You’re just meat. Without a soul, without a brain, without anything. Animal. You, you have no spirit- everlasting! No, no radiant light! I possess elucidations you will never know!”
    -Jeremiah (Mandy)
  3. “I’m just floating in this ocean of nothing and I wonder if this is it, if this is what death is, just out there in the darkness, just darkness and numbness and alone, and I wondered if that’s what she felt…”
    -Theo (The Haunting of Hill House Episode 8)

  4. “Some people claim that the atrocities we commit in our fiction are those inner desires which we cannot commit in our controlled civilization, so they’re expressed instead through our art. I don’t agree. I believe Heaven and Hell are one and the same. The soul belongs to Heaven and the body to Hell.”
    – Jack (The House That Jack Built)
  5. People, they wear masks their whole lives. Pretending that life has meaning. When you kill somebody all of that is gone. Halloween is the closest people come to admitting that we are defined by death.
    – Wilkes (Into the Dark Anthology Series: The Body Episode 1)

If you haven’t checked out these albums, songs or movies, hope this post encourages you to check them out! Once again as I said in the beginning of this post, 2018 was dope year for hip hop and horror!!! To 2019, that it may bring us more horror, lyrical rhymes and beautiful melodies!

By: Gaby Moreno

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