Netflix‘s hit series, The Get Down, has quickly become a cult favorite with music fans. Loosely based on Hip Hop‘s humble beginnings in the late 70s, its soundtrack is just as colorful as the scenes portrayed throughout by director Baz Luhrmann. A mix of classic Hip Hop, R&B, Disco, Gospel, Funk and original tracks written and performed by executive producer Nas, the mood is celebratory, yet also heartfelt during the latter part of the album. Other contributing artists include Miguel, Raury, Nile Rodgers, Janelle Monae and Jaden Smith. Listen below via Spotify.
2015 was such a great year for music that I ended up writing about way too many albums that resonated with me. Here is my list of personal favorites in no particular order.
Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth
His best work in years, Lupe‘s masterpiece divided into four seasons includes clever punchlines and discusses social issues accompanied by a medley of instruments including violins and atypical banjos.
Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone
Dedicated to society’s fixation with cell phones, Ms. Badu analyzes their affect on relationships over futuristic Funk on a project sparked by Drake‘s “Hotline Bling.”
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Already earning countless accolades including 11 Grammy nominations, Kendrick documents his battles with inner demons while exposing racial inequality and promoting Black pride on a unique fusion of Jazz and Funk.
Logic – The Incredible True Story
A space travel concept album that takes place in the future makes an intriguing listen filled with rapid-fire flows and stellar production influenced by Yeezy, Outkast and golden era Hip Hop.
The Internet – Ego Death
The mature and developed effort by the former Odd Future act wows longtime and new fans with Grammy-nominated sensual and airy R&B melodies.
Phony Ppl – Yesterday’s Tomorrow
The nine member band exhibit alluring and state-of-the-art instrumentation that dazzles on this mellow Jazz, Hip Hop and R&B laced work.
Tyler, The Creator – Cherry Bomb
Tyler showcases a vast range of beautiful production (based on his favorite musical genres) that includes strings, electric guitars and xylophones as he encourages listeners to soar to new heights.
Freddie Gibbs – Shadow of a Doubt
Gangsta Gibbs displays bold versatility on a hard as steel album that touches on old drug habits and features unexpected guests like Gucci Mane.
Kali Uchis – Por Vida EP
Kali‘s candy coated voice perfectly complements this well-executed smooth and nostalgic R&B album that sounds like it escaped from the 60s.
Travis $cott – Rodeo
A dark and melodic ode to indulging in libations and the Hollywood lifestyle, Rodeo channels elements of his mentor’s most influential album – 808s and Heartbreak.
Dr. Dre – Compton
Dr. Dre‘s return to Hip Hop brings Compton to life with a rich and pictorial West Coast soundtrack assisted by both legends and newcomers.
Mick Jenkins – Wave[s]
Mick Jenkins urges present day society to seek more truth and provides listeners with awe-inspiring bars and overall good vibes.
A$AP Rocky – A.L.L.A.
A kaleidoscopic and experimental approach to his sophomore effort finds Flacko not only rapping over organs and guitars, but harmonizing on tracks from time to time.
Puff Daddy – MMM
Puffy and his formerly absent Family make sure the hustler’s spirit lives on thanks to his latest gem dedicated to Money Making Mitch from Paid in Full.
Pusha T – Darkest Before Dawn
Dense lyricism and an unconventional assortment of first-class beats compose an album so resplendent it is sure to pique fans’ interest in 2016‘s King Push.
Tame Impala – Currents
Tame Impala‘s third studio album filled with colorful psychedelia will have you floating on feel-good notes perfect for mood lifting or scenic drives.
Snoop Dogg and Pharrell – Bush
Snoop and Pharrell team up to create 1970s inspired grooves that pay homage to some of California’s finest assets: women, weed, and weather.
Miguel – Wildheart
Miguel‘s sexy collection of love songs is fiery and well-produced, yet also manages to simultaneously emit honesty and rawness.
After receiving acclaim for his Indigo Child project and gaining support from acts like Andre 3000 and Miguel, the 19 year young Raury drops his debut studio album called All We Need. The work features Big K.R.I.T., RZA, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), and Key!. Production by Danger Mouse, Daytrip and Raury himself. Stream the entire album below.
A$AP Rocky tackles the dangerous pitfalls of celebrity in his latest video. Off of his outstandingly multifarious A.L.L.A. (At Long Last A$AP) album, the work includes collaborators Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronson. Watch the latest addition to Rocky’s solid video catalog below.
Talib Kweli recently dropped a new surprise album called Fuck The Money. The 11-track album features Miguel, Patrick Stump, Ab-Soul and South African rapper Cassper Nyovest. Stream the project below via Audiomack and download free here.
Fresh off of his exceptional Wildheart album, Miguel drops visuals for two of its tracks. “NWA” features the R&B star cruising with West Coast legend Kurupt throughout the streets of LA. “….goingtohell” (produced by Cashmere Cat) makes a dramatic statement in an art gallery. Check out both videos below.
Thanks to NPR, you can now stream Miguel‘s new album, Wildheart. The long-awaited album is due out June 30 and his latest work since 2012’s Kaleidoscope Dream. Features include Lenny Kravitz, Kurupt and production from DJ Premier and AK Paul.
Check out the latest from Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky featuring Miguel and Rod Stewart called “Everyday.” His new album, A.L.L.A., created in London is heavily inspired by 1960s psychedelic music and is due in stores June 2.
Forbes released their Top 5 Wealthiest Hip Hop artists list. (Read More)
Drake opened a new Toronto sports club and dedicated it to his grandparents. (Read More)
Bobby Shmurda spoke from jail again: “I’m innocent.” (Read More)
Offset of Migos is reportedly facing charges for fighting in jail. (Read More)
Republican Dr. Ben Carson used a Gospel version of Eminem‘s “Lose Yourself” to announce his run for president. (Read More)
A rep for Chris Brown issued a statement on his alleged fight during a basketball game in Las Vegas. (Read More)
Christina Milian confirmed her relationship with Lil’ Wayne and says he inspired a new song. (Read More)
Miguel has been sued 2 years after landing on a fan at the Billboard Music Awards. (Read More)
Originally supposed to be the first single off Big Sean’s Hall of Fame dedicated to his long-term ex-girlfriend, this intense and creative video directed by Ellis Bahl is definitely worth watching.