Of course it’s that time of year again; Grammy Season is quickly approaching.
However, we’re pretty sure that everyone has their own top album choices of the year. Some people may argue that Travis Scott’s “Rodeo” earn hottest album of the year while others feel like “To Pimp a Butterfly” deserves the title.
Well a member of our A&R team, Rich Nice, put together what he thinks are the Top 10 albums of the year.
Make sure to throughly analyze this list and give us an idea of what your Top 10 consists of in the comment section below.
Top 10 albums of 2015
1.Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
To Pimp a butterfly embraced many sounds to create one unique of its own. Nothing sounded like this. The Compton MC seamlessly spat over Jazz heavy beats with a spoken word flow on some tracks while on other he elevated the classic G-Funk sound we have grown to associate with LA. Listeners are consumed by the funk on “King Kunta” the infectious 2nd single off TPB that might make your drunk uncle dust off his moves at the cook out. Kendrick penned this generations fight song with “Alright” and perfectly captured the plight of those doomed to the revolving door prison system on “Institutionalized”
2.Future-Dirty sprite 2
2015 Belonged to Future after dropping a prolific series of mixtapes through out the year. Future announced his official Album DS2. The chemistry between Future and Metro Boomin is unmatched anywhere in today’s music and brings the best out of the ATL rapper. Future set the summer on fire with one of the most anticipated albums of the summer. The album was truly inescapable at any club, cook out or pool party. Future captured the essence of turn up with “Real Sisters” Fuck Up Some Comas” “Trap Niggas”. Gucci should also thank Fewch for spike in flip flops.
3 Drake-If you’re reading this it too late
Drake may have dropped IYRTIL by surprise but with his track record the fact that it had banger after banger was definitely not surprising. Drake had millions wanting to run through the 6 with their woes. With Tracks like “10 Bands” “6 man” and Ladies favorite “Jungle the T-dot native provided the heat to get us through one of coldest winters on record.
Travis Scott dropped on of the years most anticipated albums and it definitely lived up to the hype. Scotts reliance on Autotune and vocal manipulation gave the album a twisted sound reminiscent of Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreaks but remained True to Scotts intended sound. “Antidote” sounded unlike anything on the radio. Stand out tracks included the Kanye assisted “Piss on your Grave”, “3500” featuring Future & 2 Chainz and wasted anthem Maria I’m Drunk with Young Thug and pop superstar Justin Bieber.
- Game Documentary 2
The Game captured the West Coast song only as he can. The documentary captured of all the things we expect from a west coast Gangsta rap album from the early 90s funk, booming Drums and lyrics that vividly paint the California Gang lifestyle. A perfect example of this the Will I AM produced “Don’t Trip” featuring legends Ice Cube and Dr Dre. Kendrick Lamar blessed the project with his verse on “On Me”. While produced by Canadian producer Noah “40” Shebib the lead single “100” is perfect Cali cruising music.
- Big Sean Dark Sky Paradise
Big Sean came with the haymakers this time around. The Detroit rapper gave his fans hit after hit. Who could forget little Riley Curry belting out the chorus to Blessings during the NBA Finals? IDFWU gave a voice to those spurned by bad relationships while The TY Dolla $ign and Chris Brown assisted “ Play No Games” gave life to those who needed advice to escape the friend zone. The song
- Dr. Dre Compton
After years of teasing a new album The Doctor finally gave his fans a fix, his first project in 16 years and it was well worth the wait. Dre’s production shows no signs of rust or being dated. It is everything you could ask for from the West Coast Pioneer, heavy booming speaker-blowing drums blended effortless with silky smooth melodies and funk. Kendrick flamed the tracks “Genocide” and “Deep Water” The Game spit effortlessly on “Just Another Day. Lets hope we don’t have to wait another 16years to get our ears blessed with another Dr. Dre Record
- Fetty Wap
Fetty Wap’s album featured all his of mega radio hits “Trap Queen”, “679” “Again” and “My Way.” In addition to the fan favorites Mr 1738’s Debut feature “Jugg a track made popular after Beyonce lent her cosign to it. Fetty’s unique voice and flow and catchy hooks carry the album. There’s no denying the hits on this album, as it the Paterson Born rapper run is unprecedented and borderline unstoppable. From the looks of it the Panthers and Big Zoo are going to finish off 2015 without taking an L
- Wale “The Album About Nothing”
While this album maybe about nothing its definitely has substance. Wale takes on serious issues throughout the album. Sneaker violence is addressed in his ode to kicks “White shoes”, the Pitfalls of love and marriage with help from Usher on “Matrimony” and along side J Cole “The Pessimist” Folarin addresses Black on Black violence. Wale doesn’t step out of his comfort zone on this project and stays in his lane. “The Album About Nothing gives his core fans everything you would expect from a Wale project Sneaker culture references, a slow song for the ladies along with witty and introspective bars.
- Dreams Worth More than Money
Worth More than Money was one of the year’s most solid projects. An Album that could have easily been doomed upon arrival due to countless push backs due to legal issues. Instead the album showcased the Philly native’s perseverance and hit making ability. The Lead single Check whipped clubs into a frenzy causing Djs across the country to bring back from the top over and over during their sets. Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown lent their talents to the radio friendly All Eyes on You” other standout cuts include “R.I.C.O.” the controversial song at the heart of the Meek and Drake battle and “I Got the Juice”