Welcome to HHM’s Top 15 Albums Of 2015. There’s a lot album list but we feel like we are set apart from each one because we don’t listen with a industry ear. Comment your opinions and who was overlooked below:
15. A$AP Rocky – “At.Long.Last.A$AP”
Rocky put together a good album even with the passing of his best friend and partner A$AP Yams. It just didn’t live up to the hype of his debut album which made it a disappointment in many views. But if you listen to this album without that thought this album is good and well put together.
“Canal Street”, “L$D”, “Back Home”
14. Dom Kennedy – “By Dom Kennedy”
Dom Kennedy put together summer 2015 in one album. He makes some of the best weather music and By Dom Kennedy was just that. Lemonade and shorty that’s 2 bad sounds like a beautiful summer afternoon.
“Alhambra”, “Lemonade”, “2 Bad”
13. Dave East – “Hate Me Now”
Dave East blew up on the scene in 2015 after being signed to Nas’ imprint Mass Appeal. Dave East dropped an album that sounds exactly like where he’s from, Harlem, USA. He keeps his street mixed with lyrical, entertaining bars.
“KD”, “Demons”, “Dumb Shit”
12. Rae Sremmurds – “ScremmLife”
Ear Drummers couldn’t miss in 2015. With Mike Will Made It providing the platform and the beats for the duo they had a number of smashes that you would catch yourself singing or humming along with by mistake….and if you were in the club? Forget about it. The album is put together very well and has something for everyone.
“No Flex Zone”, “This Could be us”, “Up Like Trump”
11. K Camp – “Only Way Is Up”
K Camp made the best album out of all the XXL Freshmen of 2015. He put together one of the most cohesive albums of the year from the rhymes, beat selection to concepts. It’s really one of the sleepers of the year. Don’t knock it until you bump it.
“Change”, “I’m Good”, “Above Water.
10. Joey Bada$$ – “B4.DA.$$”
Joey Bada$$ dropped his debut project last January and you can turn it on it now and find new things to be impressed by. Joey has grown on each project and with his debut he didn’t hold back at all. From bars to substance.
“Paper Trail$”, “Piece Of Mind”, “Hazeus View”
9. Travi$ Scott – “Rodeo”
Travi$ Scott had his break out year after standing behind Kanye and Tip for some time. Travi$ has the style and sound you have been hearing in recent Kanye records and made an album. No telling who came up with the sound but it made for a amazing ride at this Rodeo.
“90210”, “Piss On Your Grave”, “Apple Pie”
8. Logic – “The Incredible True Story”
Logic followed up HHM’s number 1 album of 2014 with another amazing project. His sophomore album wasn’t as good as Under Pressure but he still put together an amazing project that will stand the test of time as he takes you on a trip to the future.
“Upgrade”, “Intermission”, “The Incredible True Story”
7. Mac Miller – “GO:OD AM”
Mac Miller really disappeared after all his success leaving people to wonder and what does he do in 2015? Drop arguably his best work yet. Something great to start your day every am.
“Brand Name”, “Two Matches”, “Weekend”
6. Big Sean – “Dark Sky Paradise”
Big Sean finally got it right on his third album. His first two albums were just ok and didn’t live up to expectations but with Dark Sky Paradise he hit the mark he has been aiming for his whole career. You won’t be able to find a weak element in this one.
“Blessings”, “Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)”, “Player No Games”
5. Future – “Dirty Sprite 2”
The only person that could match Future’s year is maybe Fetty Wap or Drake. Future became a downright star in 2015. He took over hoods across the states from Atlanta to New York to Los Angeles. When Future dropped DS2 it was quiet for every other rapper for at least a month.
“Lil One”, “Stick Talk”, “Slave Master”
4. Wale – “The Album About Nothing”
When will the hate stop for Wale? He’s constantly put behind artists he’s better than because of his attitude? Once you get pass that and listen to the music you can’t overlook how good it is and with narration from Jerry Seinfeld how could you count this as a lost.
“The White Shoes”, “The Pessimist”, “The God Smile”
3. The Game – “The Documentary 2 & 2.5”
The Game had a very eventful and comeback year. With no 50 Cent he dropped part 2 of his debut album and we all know sequels are never as good as the first but Game basically made two amazing albums. One geared towards the masses and one strictly from his hometown that transcended to everyone.
“On Me”, “Gang Related”, “Quiks Groove (The One)”
2. Drake – “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”
Best year of his career? Surprise release in the middle of the night and still went gold in a week? Yeah, Drake’s 2015 was really something to remember. He accused of having a ghostwriter from Meek Mill and responded with a Grammy nominated diss track. What else can you say? You can argue with your woes who won that battle.
“Know Yourself”, “10 Bands”, “Preach”
1. Kendrick Lamar – “To Pimp A Butterfly”
Kendrick did the most with his voice in the position he was in. That’s why he is number one, he put together an exquisite album sonically. With all the things still going wrong in the Black community Kendrick put a microphone in the middle of every hood and screamed. He didn’t just preach…he had people of every culture singing along to “King Kunta” even if they never seen the series “Roots” which is nothing short of amazing if you thing about it.
“King Kunta”, “How Much A Dollar Cost”, “You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)”
Written by Jay O argued by The Kentzo.