2015 was a competitive year for hip hop. There were new MAJOR releases almost every week, many out of the blue,which made it hard to keep up. But despite the music floods, there’s so many great things to look back on.
First and foremost let’s give a huge shoutout to Kendrick Lamar for having the best hip hop album of the year (according to editors Adelle Platon and Dan Rys of Billboard) with his second album “To Pimp A Butterfly.” With runner ups that include Vince Staples (Summertime ’06) , Future (Dirty Sprite 2) and Drake (If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late), competition was at an all time high for the position.
A few more great albums released in 2015 included Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise, which featured many artists such as Chris Brown, Drake, Kanye West, Ariana Grande and productions by the great Mike Will Made it, whom also produced Rae Sremmurd’s SremmLife, which was listed as one of the 50 best albums of 2015 by Complex, Pitchfork, RollingStone, Entertainment Weekly and Stereogum. SremmLife was listed on LA Times’ 10 great pop albums of 2015 list.
At Long Last A$AP was also dropped in 2015, which was nothing less than what was expected of Rocky himself. Rocky lost a very close friend in January of 2015 (R.I.P Yams), and decided to dedicate the album in his honor. And lastly, Meek Mill with the anticipated “Dreams Worth More Than Money,” which sold over 247,000 copies in the first week.