- Ty DollA $ign – “Free TC”
If you need a hit with a catchy hook, check out Ty Dolla $ign. The modern day Nate Dogg and he doesn’t disappoint with his debut album, dedicated to TY’s brother Big TC. His brother – serving a life sentence for a murder that Ty Dolla $ign maintains he did not commit – Big TC appears from behind bars through endearing phone conversations along with big features from Kanye, Babyface, R Kelly & lots more. Free TC tops all expectations, as the man conquers the club, the bedroom, and the brain with this end-to-end classic.
- Jambo – “Die or Develop”
Need the inside scoop on Dublin street life? Look no further than the bouncer of Dublin – Jambo. He returns after 3 years since his debut album Intervention dropped, Jambo is known for his rhymes filled with heaps of conviction. He takes us on a journey over slick production & features from fellow Dublin MC’S G.I & Costello. Jambo has definitely developed on this hard hitting 14 track sophomore album.
- Future – “Ds2”
Dirty Sprite 2 is set up as a mixtape, while including all the essential elements of a perfect album, Future goes back to his early roots on this album with raw trap music and anthems like “Trap hittas & Where ya at” featuring Drake, serves as the albums only feature. Overall a very minimal album which Future owns from start to finish, DS2 is his strongest campaign yet.
- Vince staples – “Summertime 06”
An incredible album and one of the best I have come across in a long time. (Excluding of course, Nas legendary Illmatic”). The album is overseen by the legendary producer and Def Jam executive “No I.D”. The beats are on point and Vince’s story of a 13 year old growing up in gangland Los Angles is something magical. Vince could become a significant figure in Hip Hop scene very soon and I can’t wait to see what he will accomplish next.
- JME – “Integrity”
2015 has been the year of Grime and JME’s third album definitely doesn’t disappoint. From his flow to wordplay on this album JME is pretty much in his own lane & in my opinion the hardest working MC on the Grime scene. With no label, no press agent, no publisher, no manager – JME is truly a one-man powerhouse on a mission.
- The Game – “Documentary 2”
“The Documentary 2” is easily Game’s best release since the first instalment, he has that old hunger back – trust me, just take one listen to “el chapo!” With production from Dr. Dre, Dj Premier & Skrillex (to name a few) it’s gritty, soulful and head-noddingly powerful, The Documentary 2 is the perfect way to celebrate 10 years in the Game.
- Wale – The album about nothing”
This by far is Wale’s best work to date – who would of thought that Jerry Seinfeld narrating a rap album would work? Yes, only Wale! “White Shoes” and “The Matrimony” stick out best for me. He is now 4 albums deep and this is an ambitious and highly personal project. “The Album About Nothing”, is actually about a lot.
- Drake – “If you’re reading this it’s too late”
It’s been quite the year for Drizzy – he took down Meek Mill with ease and class in one of the most talked about rap beefs in recent years. Beat-wise, ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ is fire. Not much happens in most of the songs, but it just works, Nonetheless, this is Drakes best work yet, as it goes for straightforward bars over “Boi-1da” & “Noah “40” Shebib” bangers – a combo that undeniably works.
- Kendrick Lamar – “To pimp a butterfly”
This is probably one of the most important rap albums of all time because he really cares about his music enough to want to inspire a generation to change the world for the better Kendrick makes no attempt at the charts, or even hip hop radio which says it all really, it’s all about the message.
- Dre – “Compton”
It’s official, the West Coast is back in the building. 2015 in hip-hop was dominated by Los Angeles-based artists, with legendary producer Dr Dre releasing his allegedly final album – “Compton: A Soundtrack” inspired by the N.W.A movie, 16 years waiting on this album and for me it’s Dr.Dre’s greatest work to date.