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And just like that, 2018 has come to an end. This year was intense, in all aspects, spectrums, and perspectives....

And just like that, 2018 has come to an end. This year was intense, in all aspects, spectrums, and perspectives. Culturally and artistically, however, 2018 saw some major transformations, some which of which took place in Canada's very own capital city, Ottawa. To elaborate, the cultural scene in Ottawa has been undergoing some major shifts which are extremely beneficial to the city. From new restaurants, to clothing brands, to cereal pop ups, to media outlets, it's safe to say that business is booming. And this is attracting a lot of attention.

In 2017, we started to see a spark of recognition finally start being given to Ottawa artists. In 2018, that very same spark managed to turn into a tremendous flame because in 2018, Ottawa artists were not only legitimizing themselves by improving their branding, their image, and of course, their craft, but the city noticed. Other bigger cities, such as Toronto, were also starting to notice.

That's why, here at CityinThree, we decided to pay homage to Ottawa and put together this list of the 20 best urban songs to come out of the city in 2018. We looked at some of the top dogs, the underdogs, the up and comings, and the OGs to be as inclusive, diverse, and respectful as possible. Then again, this is a list that can be reworked, reworded, and rewritten, so my fellow music lovers, Ottawans, and creatives in general, what songs made it on your list in 2018?

These are the songs that made mine.

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NTHN - Too Late

Why? This song was amazing. To put it simply. There's no way this list could have been written without including this song. If anything, it might even be safe to say that this song put NTHN on an even bigger platform and gained him so much of the support he has now.

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Lia Kloud & Jeff Sanon - Left Out

This collaboration was a long time coming and it most definitely satisfied once it was released. There's nothing better than actually seeing Ottawa artists supporting each other and working together but to add onto that, the fact that this song was actually amazing makes it all the more better.

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Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine - Better Off

2018 was an amazing year for Elijah Woods and Jamie Fine and their music showed that. "Better Off" got a ton of radio play this year and one listen is all it takes to know why. There's no doubt that this was one of the best songs to come out of the city this year and I'm interested to see what they drop in 2019.

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Sammy Keyes - Keys

Sammy Keyes deserves all the recognition he gets. His track "Keys" really blew up this year especially within the city. It was great to see an Ottawa local gain so much attention outside of the city so big ups to him.

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Lia Kloud - No Luck Just Gifted

When Lia Kloud dropped this song, she immediately went viral within the city. One of the few female rappers we have in the city, Lia is gifted and this song was evidence of that. To this day, it's still a banger and a historical moment in Ottawa culture and music.

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SixOneTrey - Cuban Links

SixOneTrey really went off on his track "Cuban Links"; after many teasers and a lot of built up anticipation, the Ottawa rapper finally dropped the track over the summer and it delivered.

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D.R.E.W - Henny & Colada

It's honestly amazing to see so many females in Ottawa doing their thing artistically and that much is true for D.R.E.W. On her track "Henny & Colada", she gives us Dej Loaf vibes but with her own twist and the track honestly comes together perfectly.

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Arty Warhol - Put You On

There's a reason why Arty Warhol has been gaining recognition not just locally, but internationally. The Ottawa rapper dropped his track "Put You On" in 2018 and it was a banger to say the least. The song has more singing than some of his other tracks but that's just what makes it unique and earns it a place on this list.

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RunAway Randy Freeman - Ten Toes Down

Honestly, every track Randy Freeman drops is a banger. He has a natural, raw talent but my favorite song of his this year was definitely "Ten Toes Down". The song is just an absolute rager and it makes you want to get lit with your squad.

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Vi - <3

Vi is really one of my favorite artists in the city and the music she dropped this year was incredible. That said, "<3" topped my list as it gave me Birdie and Billie Eilish vibes with a personalized Vi twist. I hope Vi blows up in 2019 just so I can get to hear more of her music.

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Jeff Sanon - Butterflies

Did y'all really think I would write up this list without shouting out Jeff Sanon's "Butterflies"? There's a reason why this song blew up and you'll only find out once you listen to it. Offering a sound not often heard from artists in Ottawa, Jeff kills it on this afro-inspired beat.

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Night Lovell x $uicideBoy$ - Joan of Arc

Do I really need to explain? Night Lovell murders any song he touches and he killed it on this track. I'm really looking forward to the EP he drops in January 2019.

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Black iRI$H - MARS

To put it frankly, I just really love this song. It's just so chill, it almost gives me Lil Yachty vibes due to the beat but Black iRI$H offers a completely different sound. I can actually picture myself bopping to this on a road trip and singing along to the catchy lyrics... "yea me and Elon Musk, we goin' to Mars"...

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JUWN - Queens

When JUWN dropped his EP, saying I was impressed would be an understatement. Every single song on that tape was great but personally, I found "Queens" stood out to me the most; it's just the perfect RnB track.

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Omari Mydz - Gimme Your Love

Omari Mydz really put in work this year and dropped a lot of music. That said, his track "Gimme Your Love" made my list because the sound it offered was different and unique showing his versatility as an artist. It gives me Michael Jackson x The Weeknd vibes and it's just an overall total vibe.

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Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine - Ain't Easy

Like I said earlier, these two killed it this year. Elijah Woods and Jamie Fine took over Ottawa with "Ain't Easy" and this song could be heard literally everywhere. I'm not complaining though because the song is actually really *that* good.

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GG Chevy x HBRFleezy - No Hooks

Honestly, heavy trap songs like this are usually a hit or miss with Ottawa rappers but GG Chevy never misses the mark. In a collab with HBRFleezy, "No Hooks" is just one of those tracks I can actually picture myself getting lit to with my friends at the club.

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J Chinnasz - Bloor

I won't lie, "Bloor" was one of my favorite tracks this year. It was just such a mood and it was so chill, I actually listened to it over and over so many times this year. Personally, I find it is still one of J's best songs to date.

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Prosper & GPM Ft. Doressa - Looking In The Mirror
This song is great because it's gives me a bunch of 90's and early 2000's vibes. Considering the theme of the song, it's great to know that Propser, GPM, and Doressa could still kill the track; amazing bars aside, Doressa's voice never fails to impress me.

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Cashtro Crosby - Hold The Cash

Last but certainly not least, "Hold The Cash" was an absolute banger. What's dope about Cashtro Crosby's musical style is that yes, he's an Ottawa rapper, but his sound is still unique and it actually sounds professional; something that could be heard on "Hold The Cash".