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Favorite Albums of 2015 List

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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 FiascoTetsuo & 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.

LogicThe 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 JenkinsWave[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 DaddyMMM

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.

 

Hip Hop News 6/8

Apple unveils one-stop-shop music service at WWDC15. (Read More)

Hip Hop reacted to to officer involved in McKinney, Texas incident.  (Read More) 

New Jersey State Police used tear gas and made arrests at Summer Jam. (Read More)

Chance The Rapper‘s Surf LP got over 618,000 album downloads and 10 million single downloads in its first week. (Read More)

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Ice Cube announced N.W.A. reunion concert. (Read More)

Rae Sremmurd‘s Slim Jimmy split his leg open during his GovBallNYC show. (Read More)

Kid Cudi dissed Angie Martinez on Twitter, and she responded.  (Read More) 

Hip Hop News 6/1

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have announced they are expecting another child.

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Ye also lectured at LA Trade Tech College for their graduation.

Young Thug  honored his idol Gucci Mane by getting the same ice cream face tattoo.  (Read More)

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A music video shoot with French Montana, Busta Rhymes and Ja Rule ended in arrests this weekend. (Read More)

Iggy Azalea  canceled her first headlining tour. (Read More)

Action Bronson‘s NXNE performance was pulled amid complaints over his “consensual rape” song. (Read More)

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Joe Budden is a wanted man after missing court. (Read More)

Suge Knight is getting his trial delayed with help from Michael Jackson‘s former attorney. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 5/25

Drake replaced “Madonna” with “Rihanna” during his HAW performance. (Read More)

Eminem will executive produce the Southpaw soundtrack and you can hear a preview of his new song below around the 0:50 mark. (Read More)

Lil’ B will be giving a lecture at UCLA on Thursday. (Read More)

Juicy J is doing well after being rushed to the hospital. (Read More)

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Akon‘s company is helping bring solar power to Africa. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 5/22

Lil’ B says James Harden‘s wrist move is his and threatened his dreaded Based God curse (Read More)

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50 Cent is taking Rick Ross to court over a sex tape:

Fabolous will be dropping his Friday Night Freestyles  as a mixtape with DJ Clue. (Read More)

Beanie Sigel wants to get back in the studio with Jay Z. (Read More)

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Melle Mel addresses his issues with Grandmaster Flash. (Read More)

A documentary about legendary LA Hip Hop Club Elements has launched a Kickstarter campaign. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 5/21

Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood” video beat Vevo’s single-day streaming record with 20.1 million views. (Read More)

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Marina Abramovic apologized for claiming Jay Z stole her ideas and left her with nothing after “Picasso Baby.” (Read More)

Lil’ Wayne and Wiz Khalifa are now getting paid to DJ parties. (Read More)

Young Buck blamed Snoop Dogg for failing a drug test. (Read More)

Chinx‘s family is raising money to help cover his funeral costs. (Read More)

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OG Maco inked a deal with Motown/Capitol Records. (Read More)

Grandmaster Flash joined Baz Luhrmann‘s Netflix series The Get Down(Read More)

Hip Hop News 4/22

DJ Skee says Jay Z & Beyonce album is almost done, will be exclusive to Tidal. (Read More)

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Waka Flocka claims he’s running for president. (Read More)

Tidal sinks from the top 750 within Apple’s app store and Kanye West deletes tweets in support of the streaming service. (Read More)

Vic Mensa inked a deal with Roc Nation. (Read More)

Lil Wayne has more choice words for Young Thug: “Suck my dick.”  He also made fun of Drake‘s infamous make out session with Madonna.

Rich Homie Quan responds to Young Thug calling him “B*tch Homie Quan.” (Read More)

Bobbi Kristina is beginning rehabilitation but the quality of her life will not be known for years to come. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 4/13

Madonna made out with Drake at Coachella. (Read More)

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Nelly arrested for possession of meth, marijuana and guns. (Read More)

Kanye West did an impromptu performance in Armenia and jumped in Swan Lake.

J. Cole will give fans a private performance for his top listeners on Tidal(Read More)

Game allegedly attacks man who serves him legal. (Read More)

Beyonce‘s mom remarried over the weekend. Jay, B and Solange were in attendance. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 4/10

Cash Money drama galore: Lil’ Wayne disses Young Thug saying: “Y’all let him know I said fuck ‘em, ” and “stop listening to ni–as who pose naked on album covers.”

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Wayne also sent shots at Rich Gang last night. but Young Thug still says he looks up to him and calls him his idol. (Read More )

Kanye West: “I’m not a celebrity. I’m an activist.” (Read More)

Drake gets his own search engine. (Read More)

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Jay Z will host a party in Las Vegas during the Mayweather & Pacquiao fight weekend. (Read More)

Charles Hamilton put up 184 of his old projects up for free download. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 4/8

Wale‘s The Album About Nothing tops the Billboard 200 chart and Ludacris lands at #3. (Read More)  

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Amazon may have revealed A$AP Rocky‘s May release and will also feature Mos Def(Read More)

Christina Milian confirms she’s dating Lil’ Wayne.  (Read More)

Kanye West and a paparazzo he attacked have settled a lawsuit with a handshake and an apology. (Read More)

Tyler, The Creator will be releasing his own magazine and launching his app tonight. (Read More)

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Lil’ Kim‘s ex is going to trial for 6 murders. (Read More)

The “Help Bail Out Suge Knight​ Fund” has been removed from GoFundMe. (Read More)​