XXL's 20 Best Albums of 2015

XXL's 20 Best Albums of 2015

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A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP

A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP
May 26, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
27 reviews
User Score
75
282 reviews

On At.Long.Last.A$AP., he takes a creative risk and lets the fans reap the rewards. At long last.

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Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise

Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise
February 24, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
12 reviews
User Score
63
131 reviews

If Hall Of Fame finally closed the book on his Finally Famous chapter, Dark Sky Paradise marks his biggest step yet in turning that mainstream fame into widespread critical praise.

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Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf
May 29, 2015
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
83
15 reviews
User Score
76
246 reviews
The sum of all parts make for a stupefying sonic experience.
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Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
February 12, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
24 reviews
User Score
77
367 reviews

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is the sound of a man reaffirming what the world should already know in somber language.

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Drake & Future - What A Time To Be Alive

Drake & Future - What A Time To Be Alive
September 20, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
71
19 reviews
User Score
67
126 reviews

It’s cutting and honest and self-congratulatory and vindictive. It’s fantastically decadent and brutally real at the same time. It won’t be leaving the playlist any time soon.

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Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside
March 23, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
23 reviews
User Score
77
288 reviews

On the deeply atmospheric I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, Earl Sweatshirt has leveled up and grown into his talents as a rapper and producer. The unnecessary shock value buffer between he and his audience has been cast away leaving an impactful artist in its wake.

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Future - DS2

Future - DS2
July 17, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
70
190 reviews
It’s brutally beautiful. It’s unrelentingly hard. It’s his best work in years.
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Ghostface Killah - Twelve Reasons To Die

Ghostface Killah - Twelve Reasons To Die
April 16, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
19 reviews
User Score
76
60 reviews

Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$

Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$
January 20, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
69
22 reviews
User Score
75
195 reviews

B4.Da.$$ should be seen as a huge step forward and a platform for Joey to progress even further.

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Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
March 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
95
34 reviews
User Score
90
1336 reviews

Logic - The Incredible True Story

Logic - The Incredible True Story
November 13, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
66
5 reviews
User Score
72
93 reviews

Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth

Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth
January 20, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
User Score
78
175 reviews

After a turbulent mix of starts and stops, Tetsuo And Youth ... is an album that both meets fans’ exalted expectations of the Chicago native while surpassing them in the process.

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Mac Miller - GO:OD AM

Mac Miller - GO:OD AM
September 18, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
12 reviews
User Score
75
86 reviews

Mac shows a maturity beyond his years, all while tackling the highs and lows that come with the life of fame and fortune in the music industry.

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Oddisee - The Good Fight

Oddisee - The Good Fight
May 5, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
78
27 reviews

Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife

Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife
January 6, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
User Score
63
149 reviews

The Game - The Documentary 2

The Game - The Documentary 2
October 9, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
68
11 reviews
User Score
74
58 reviews

Travis Scott - Rodeo

Travis Scott - Rodeo
September 4, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
61
16 reviews
User Score
75
188 reviews

Rodeo has plenty of bangers and noteworthy collaborations that help bring out a futuristic trap sound that could bleed into the mainstream of hip-hop in no time.

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Ty Dolla $ign - Free TC

Ty Dolla $ign - Free TC
November 13, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
14 reviews
User Score
73
53 reviews

Vince Staples - Summertime '06

Vince Staples - Summertime '06
June 30, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
21 reviews
User Score
83
445 reviews
It is, simply, one of the best rap debuts of the year. And Vince Staples didn’t have to follow any mold to make it that way.
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Wale - The Album About Nothing

Wale - The Album About Nothing
March 31, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
65
9 reviews
User Score
67
18 reviews
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