Finally, the top ten. I’d like to thank everyone who helped me with this list: Ron, Ronnie, Rontavious and Ron Quixote.
Before I proceed, I’ll give you a chance to go back and view 50-11.
10. Jazz Cartier-Marauding in Paradise
The biggest thing in Toronto outside of that Jewish guy is Jazz Cartier. Now this album caught me completely off guard. It’s a trap album through and through but have you ever heard a trap rapper reference Annie Hall while rapping over Toro Y Moi beats? Of course not.
If you’re interested, listen to the project in its entirety below.
9. Oddisee-The Good Fight
I’ve checked out Oddisee before but his music never really left an impression on me. But just like Phonte’s Charity Starts At Home, The Good Fight’s reality raps really resonated with me.
“I wanna the truth even when it hurts, but when I get it back I’d rather have the blow softened.”
8. Ty Dolla Sign-Free TC
Looka here, Ty is leading the new charge in R&B. You’re just gonna have to deal with it. Free TC is almost masterful in the way it takes you back to the 90s while still keeping up with the new wave. Plus the skits with his brother are really touching. The room gets dusty every single time I listen to “Miracle”.
7. Future-56 Nights
Future dropped a lot of heat this year but 56 Nights is by far his best to me. Might even be my favorite Future project period. He sounds perfect over the 808 Mafia production. It was meant to be. And this mixtape almost never happened.
6. Florence + The Machine-How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
This album is Florence Welch’s melancholy epic. Her boldest album yet
5. GoldLink-And After That, We Didn’t Talk
GoldLink came outta nowhere and made of the best albums of the year.
4. Hiatus Kaiyote-Choose Your Weapon
Possibly the best thing twitter has put me on all year. Such a great album from an unexpected group.
3. JMSN-JMSN (The Blue Album)
JMSN is an R&B singer who has been super talented but still flies under the radar for some reason. The Blue Album is BY FAR one of the best albums in that genre in years. Period. This album is raw and organic and captures a true soul sound. I highly recommend if you haven’t heard it already.
2. Vince Staples-Summertime 06
If To Pimp A Butterfly is about getting out the ghetto, Summertime 06 is about living in the hell within. This album is extremely rugged and aggressive, but honest as hell. Vince totally blew me away with this album. It’s by far one of the most diverse projects I’ve heard all year. It’s minimalistic in style but still very daring. No one else really took chances and rapped over instrumentals like these.
1. Kendrick Lamar-To Pimp a Butterfly
If you’ve been following me, you already know how I feel about this album. I think this album will always be relevant. I think it will be historically significant. And I think it’s scary how much better Kendrick Lamar gets with every album. To Pimp A Butterfly is my favorite album of 2015.
Well, that concludes it. Until 2016…