This was a fun year for rap and hip hop. Although my list of the year’s best is comprised mostly of your perennial heavy hitters, that’s not to say that there weren’t a few surprises along the way in 2015. For instance, the Noisey Atlanta series from earlier this year not only provided insight into the trap music scene, but in turn helped illuminate trap influence in contemporary hip hop, and maybe even provided some influence itself on releases later in 2015. So it was fun to hear more of that, or at least give it the attention that it commands.
Drake dropped a surprise mixtape, and instead of delivering a studio album later in the year as promised, he issued a collaboration with Future. Death Grips finally got around to releasing Jenny Death after god knows how long, in order to complete The Powers That B. The middle of the year saw a surprise debut album from Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, which (for me, at least) got clouded in the new A$AP release along with listen #661 of Earl’s LP which dropped in March. Then there was the Lolawolf EP, a new Doomtree record, and just so many other things that get lost in the shuffle in any given rap year.
I’ll try to do better next year in staying on top of this ever-evolving world of hip hop, but for now here’s The Infuerno‘s top 10 of 2015.
10. Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap
🔑 track: “My Way (feat. Monty)”
9. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
🔑 track: “Know Yourself”
8. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
🔑 track: “Jump Off the Roof”
7. Death Grips – Jenny Death (The Powers That B)
🔑 track: “Centuries of Damn”
6. Travi$ Scott – Rodeo
🔑 track: “3500 (feat. Future and 2 Chainz)”
5. Drake x Future – What A Time To Be Alive
🔑 track: “Big Rings”
4. The Internet – Ego Death
🔑 track: “Get Away”
3. Pusha T – King Push: Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude
🔑 track: “F.I.F.A.”
2. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside
🔑 track: “Faucet”
1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
🔑 track: “Alright”