10. Travi$ Scott – Rodeo
9. A$AP Rocky – At. Long. Last. ASAP
8. Future – DS2
7. Wale – The Album About Nothing
6. Pusha T – King Push – Darkest Before The Dawn: The Prelude
“The struggle is real…the struggle is real…” Chilling.
The excruciating hunger pains and echoes of an empty stomach belonging to a Watts gang member, rings throughout Jay Rock’s newest effort. The harsh tales of a ghetto kid with retaliation on his mind, hate in his heart, a gun in his hand and a desperate need for money proves that the gangster lifestyle isn’t a glamorous one. The TDE OG’s brash voice resonating violent lyrics proves he’s the boss dawg in a world savage city.
The saying “third times the charm” is true for this Detroit MC. Big Sean’s latest project incorporates the witty & playful traits that made hip-hop fall in love with him, while exposing an introspective side that was once teased but is now heavily showcased on this album. Besides the humorous bars and funnier ad-libs, the “Blessings” artist proves he’s more than just a playful rapper as he spits life lessons on semi-gloomy production. This album proves that his place in music is more than good, no pun intended.
In 2015, F. Gary Gray directed the best rap-related movie for Hollywood while Dr. Dre produced the best sonic motion picture (Sorry, Diddy). The Doc plays as the main character by ripping the mic (quite well) on the majority of Compton, but everyone featured brings a fresh A-game to each song as if the beats were tailor made for his rapping peers. The West Coast legend’s first solo project in 16 years defines the meaning of a “producer,” for this album puts shame to anyone with terrible headphones.
Compton’s icon embraces his OG role in the sequel to his monumental debut album, and doesn’t disappoint. Game’s ability to change up roles on the mic from a proud father, storyteller, conscious lyricist to straight gang banger throughout 36 songs proves his versatility as an MC. The product of the good Doc proves that the N.W.A. family tree is strong on this double-disc album.
Creativity, ambition, experimentation, catchy hooks and hella hard rappin’ is what all hip-hop addicts are fiendin’ for, and Kendrick Lamar was the one to supply the best dope in 2015. Dissecting the philosophy of this album is as enjoyable as the soulful, yet funky beats he raps on. The lyricism and content will be something we’ll be mesmerizing for the next coming years. Whether it be barber shops, message board forums or the local barber shop. Go, Dot.
Top 11 Hip-Hop Songs (in no particular order):
“One Man Can Change The World” – Big Sean (Ft. Kanye West & John Legend)
“Alright” – Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Pharrell Williams)
“Vice City” – Jay Rock (Ft. Black Hippy)
“500 Homicides” – Lil Durk
“Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap
“Slaughtermouse” – Joe Budden
“All Day” – Kanye West (Ft. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, and Paul McCartney)
“Antidote” – Travi$ $cott
“The Blacker The Berry” – Kendrick Lamar
“You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said) – Kendrick Lamar
“The White Shoes” – Wale
Top 9 Hip-Hop Producers (in no particular order):
Noah “40” Shebib
Mike Will Made It
Most Anticipated Album of 2016: Pusha T – King Push