2015 has been a huge year for hip-hop and music overall. The releases of many sophomore albums, debuts, mixtapes, etc. becomes very hard to highlight songs in a lane where everyone deserves their own spotlight. I truly think hip-hop has evolved into a form where each music artist has created their own sound while still instilling the principles and values of hip-hop.
It is very easy to drop a 10 song list off Drake’s discography this year alone. but heres some songs I enjoyed who may or may not have hit the Billboard charts. Some of these are smaller artists you have probably never heard of, some of these are growing, and some of these are already onto their sophomore album. Got a New Years Party today? Maybe these suggestions will help!
Without further ado and in absolutely NO particular order, here we go.
10. Gettin Throwed – Two Fresh ft. Towkio & Joey Purp
The SAVEMONEY collective members hop on the Two Fresh melodic beat with faints of a light piano on top of the touches of snares. The chill vibe tossed onto the chorus will keep you bumping this song. SAVEMONEY is on the rise with these two as they are next up following their fellow members Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa.
9. Heir to the Throne (Freestyle) – Vic Mensa
What? You put a freestyle in this list?! Yes, I did. Vic proves his emcee capabilities by going absolutely bananas on the vocals. With the 2014 XXL Freshman class and signing to the Roc, Vic Mensa’s rise with collaborations like Kanye West are no coincidence. With an inaugural sound, Vic is not only a wordsmith but can sing his own chorus. A true embodiment of talent – I’m excited for the debut album from Vic in 2016 titled Traffic.
8. PEACE – Kami Kurisu ft. Vee Miyagi
An extremely promising up and coming local Chicago artist I found off a fellow friend at Waffles and Vibes has the sound of an invigorating artist with punching vocals over the mellow beat to make a well mixed song. The production is definitely fresh and a good rhyme over it is not foul either. It is worth a listen.
7. Want it All – CALEBORATE ft. G. Eazy
An artist rising from the Berkeley area with a newly released album, Hella Good, creates a vibing sound over the piano powering through an insane production filled with snares and high hats. An cohesive production and rhythm featuring G. Eazy who adds a sick cadence to bring together a well-versed collaboration between the two. I’ve been bumping this and the rest of his album for the end of 2015.
6. I Know You – Towkio
If you peeped my last post, you know I’m a huge fan of Towkio. The eccentric rap star’s sound is propelling forth with a full steam of energy. With one of the best mixtape projects out this year, Towkio’s uptempo rap is kept up with a vibrant sound that is only righteous to the form we know best from Towkio. Yes, this song is not from 2015 but it was tagged along with his mixtape .WAV Theory that dropped this year. Oh well, sue me.
5. Fade Away – Logic
Following the release of his debut album Under Pressure, Logic releases an extremely cohesive sophomore album titled The Incredible True Story. Now, theres a lot of albums that have singles that are topping off the charts while some of the other singles are just subpar and sometimes not well mixed into the album. Not a lot of albums I can truly listen to all the way through, but this is one of them. This is highly regarded in my ranks as I can only push a few through that list as a fully conceptual album and consistent musicality and score throughout every song. Please please please – give this a run. You’ll punch yourself for not listening to this and the album.
4. The Force – SuperDuperKyle
Through a recommendation of a friend, I found SuperDuperKyle and he is ripping this track with a sonically pleasing sound featuring futuristic sounds off the Star Wars Blaster and uniting that with a vibing flow. A unique force of his own – he definitely got “The Force” with this one off his new album Smyle.
3. Black Friday – Kendrick Lamar
Yes, K Dot dropped a full album in 2015 which is absolutely phenomenal for the concept and message it conveys. I strayed away from a pick off the album only because this was a super dope collaboration between himself and J.Cole! The backstory behind this is that both K Dot and J. Cole exchanged beats off each others songs. In Kendrick’s case, he received “A Tale Of 2 Citiez” off of Jermaine’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive (which is a freaking masterpiece without a single feature and all in house production by Jermaine himself) while J. Cole received Kendrick’s “Alright” to which both absolutely go HAM! It was a surprise drop on Black Friday between both parties and its safe to say that they are both bangers for sure. Go take a listen if you have not already.
2. Jazz – Mick Jenkins
An artist whose mixtape is one of the most accomplished I have ever seen. The concept and theme surrounding The Water[s] is truly one that embodies a universal human message. With a baritone voice and crushing rhymes over sonically pleasing production, Mick is on his way to an amazing 2016 year as he releases his debut album The Healing Component aiming for summer 2016. The album is set to provide an in-depth into the idea of The Water[s] and bring a full circle to the concept stretching from within. Mick is going to blow up – trust me. He is going to hit the industry like Kendrick did with Section 80 and his potential with the first album is going to be unmatched.
1. Untouchable – Pusha T
Pusha T. One of my favorite rappers and a force to be reckoned with, he has been in the game longer than Kanye. Coming off one of the best albums in 2014, MNIMN, Pusha T built a wave for the next album King Push. Many expecting King Push that was slated for 2015 release instead received his latest project, Darkest before Dawn. The latest project features the likes of Kanye, A$AP Rocky, J. Cole and more and follows suit to the a truly dark and gritty album of its kind – darker than MNIMN. With the sampling of BIG and a Timberland production, Push shows why he is the King.
Thank you all for reading! I am back from my holiday hiatus so I’m very excited to share more things with you all. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
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