“Best Rap Albums of 2015…So Far” by Blade Brown
I can honestly say that I am pleasantly surprised by the amount of quality albums released this year. In an era where its hard to even debate why rap music is even good, there have been some solid projects to come out this year. Granted, there still is some bullshit out there that gets radio play. But for the most part, this has been arguably the strongest year for rap music in the past decade. While there are still some releases I have yet to get a chance to hear, I’ve heard enough for me to make a list of my favorites of the year so far.
Keep in mind that this list, especially the top five is constantly shifting in my head. And with another half of the year to go, the list may look completely different when December rolls around.
7. King Los “God, Money, War“
5. Big Sean “Dark Sky Paradise“(Read Blade’s review here)
I had very low expectations for this album due to the pure wackness of the last album. But I was proven completely wrong as Sean knocked this out of the park. With the recent release of the Martin inspired video for “Play No Games“, I’m sure this album is gonna pick up more steam throughout the summer.
4. Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp A Butterfly“(Read Blade’s review here)
Those of you who read my review may be wondering why this is sitting at #4 if I gave it a perfect 10/10 rating. While I stand by my rating, and I believe in time it will be recognised as the masterpiece that it is, this album is 100% mood music. The overall message and vibe of the album is not something you can just pop in and ride around to. While it takes nothing away from its quality, my top 3 picks definitely get more spins.
3. Vince Staples “Summertime ’06“
No ID has done it again. After executive producing my favorite album of last year (Logic’s Under Pressure) he drops another gem with 22-year-old Long Beach California MC Vince Staples. After a handful of mixtapes (Stolen Youth produced entirely by Mac Miller) and 2014’s critically acclaimed Hell Can Wait EP, Vince’s debut is nothing short of superb.
2. ASAP Rocky “A.L.L.A.“ (Read Blade’s review here)
The sophomore album from ASAP Rocky is superior than his debut in every fashion. The production, as always is nearly flawless. The album almost hit my #1, but that horrid L$D song can’t be justified in my opinion. Even tho its only one song, and even its placement fits in the overall cohesiveness of the project, it’s just awful on the ears. Luckily, the rest of the album is pure heat.
1. Wale “The Album About Nothing“ (Read Blade’s review here)
There aren’t too many film or television projects that the great Jerry Seinfeld attached himself too. So its incredible that a musician, let alone a rapper from DC would be able to get him to do a joint project with him. “The Album About Nothing“ is Wale at his best and as of now, the best album of the year.
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