It’s that time of the year again. The REAL comparative hip hop list! Ok, maybe not that since I only do this once a year and don’t actually review albums. What is different this year is not the quality of music, but the quantity of music. There were several artists who release multiple albums. Personally, I had a hard time keeping up, but here we go.
#25. KENDRICK LAMAR - TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY
I actually didn't like this LP, but it is creative.
#24. APATHY - WEEKEND AT THE CAPE
An interesting listen to say the least.
#23. FASHAWN - THE ECOLOGY
Fashawn is a really good lyricist, but I wasn't feeling the production.
#22. BLUEPRINT - KING NO CROWN
Blueprint makes the list once again but this effort is definitely no "The Architect".
#21. REDMAN - MUDFACE
#20. EMC - THE TONITE SHOW
Milwaukee's Best without Punchline. Stricklin might the busiest MC you never heard of.
#19 RAEKWON - FLY INTERNATIONAL LUXURIOUS ART
Another mediocre album from a veteran MC. I'm seeing a pattern here.
#18. ERICK SERMON - ESP
The Green-Eyed Bandit is back! Very 90ish album. Sometimes that's good. Sometimes not. "ESP" is more on the "not" side.
#17. KOOL KEITH & L'ORANGE - TIME? ASTONISHING!
The hands down winner of the Weirdest Album Title of 2015. Pretty good. That's about it.
#16. BLACK OPERA - PROTECT THE CODE
L'Orange is French I believe, and these artsy fartsy brothers are that, Nigerian, Madagascan, and a whole lot of other stuff. Lyrically there's room for improvement.
#15. VERBAL KENT - ANESTHESIA
Verbal Kent is an underated emcee. Decent album.
#14. TALIB KWELI & 9TH WONDER - INDY 500
Old school-ish album. Rhapsody is a good addition to it for sure.
#13. GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW - A Thoughtiverse Unmarred
When I mentioned this album to other heads, they all responded "huh?" Doesn't matter, the flow is tight.
#12. CZARFACE - EVERY HERO NEEDS A VILLIAN
For the longest time, I thought Czarface was Scarface's alter ego. Oh wait, I still do.....
#11. APATHY - WEEKEND AT THE CAPE
I liked the flow of this LP. There were a couple of songs that made me scratch my head though.
#10. YOUR OLD DROOG - KINISON
YOD was busy in 2015. And all works were good.
#9. KA - DAYS OF DR. YEN LO
So weird, but so good. A definite must-listen-to.
#8. YOUR OLD DROOG - THE FINEST
This is an EP and not and LP so it shouldn't even be on the list. But it's good. So sue me.
#7. METICULOUS - THE METICULOUS LP
Meticulous is a dope emcee. I wish the beats were a bit better, but dope is dope.
#6. MoSS - MARCHING TO THE BEAT OF MY OWN DRUM
LOVE this album. There are just a couple of songs on here that rub me the wrong way.
#4. STATIK SELEKTAH - LUCKY 7
Pleasantly surprised by this album. Although, I shouldn't be....it's Statik Selektah, right?
#4. KENN STARR - SQUARE ONE
This is a classic head-bob album. The lyrics and beats are in full sync.
#3. ODDISEE - THE GOOD FIGHT
This album had the same effect on me as the #1 album on this list, but it just wasn't as strong to me as that one was. One of Oddisee best works though.
#2. GHOSTFACE KILLAH - SOUR SOUL
Great album. One of the most unique production you're going to hear for '15. The only thing that kept this LP from being #1 was all of the "help" Ghostface got from guest rappers and even that is minor.
#1. RAPPER BIG POOH & APOLLO BROWN - WORDS, PAINT, PICTURES
I love this EP. Everything you want in a hip hop album; beats, lyrics, samples, message. Almost as impressive is how Big Pooh carries most of this album without guest emcees.