With the exception of a handful of projects, 2014 turned out to be a major dud in the World of Hip Hop, perhaps one of the worst years ever for the genre. However, 2015 started with a bang and hasn’t let up since. It seems like every few weeks a new major Hip Hop release is dropped and not a single one has disappointed. In fact, the projects we’ve received from artists thus far have been some of the best Rap music I’ve heard in years. So the question derived from all this, who’s doing it the biggest in 2015?
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
The mixtape that dropped out of nowhere and turned out to be better than any Hip Hop ALBUM that has come out in a long time. This tape was an absolute banger, so much so that at one point every single song on the project were on the Billboard top 100. Now that is just an absolutely unheard of achievement.
Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
Big Sean completely shattered the image of his former self within the realm of Hip Hop with this album. Sean’s first two albums were fun but average and pretty cheesy. This album though, this came out of the studio of one of Hip Hop’s elites. I don’t think anyone knew Sean Don could rap like this. Sean showed major maturity on this album and produced some major bangers on the way.
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Wow. First listen reaction: one of the best albums I’ve ever heard, and it only got better with every listen. We all know Kendrick doesn’t like us calling TPAB a classic so soon, but I just can’t help it. This album is way different then anything we’ve heard from Hip Hop in a long time and it was incredible. It was groovy, it told a story, it was multi-layered with themes, it was catchy, and it was full of unparalleled lyrics.
Wale – The Album About Nothing
TAAN was certainly one of the more highly anticipated albums Hip Hop fans have been waiting for over the past year. How one Earth does a rapper find himself able to create an entire album with the Comedic genius, Jerry Seinfeld. With Jerry narrating the album and acting as Wale’s conscience, The Album About Nothing turned out to be an album about everything. Whether or not you consider yourself a fan of Wale, I think any fan of Hip Hop will find themselves enjoying this unique album.
Other honorable mentions:
Future – 56 Nights
Young Thug – Barter 6
Tyler, The Creator – Cherry Bomb