HipHopDX's Top 25 Albums of 2015

HipHopDX's Top 25 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
This one has the distinction of being an album that will require time to unpack and grasp with more listens. It has such a diversity of sounds, vibes and subject matter that it sets itself apart from Rocky’s previous works.
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Action Bronson - Mr. Wonderful

Action Bronson - Mr. Wonderful
March 24, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
16 reviews
User Score
71
110 reviews

Mr. Wonderful isn’t everything for everybody, but it seems to belong completely to Bronson.

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Big K.R.I.T. - It's Better This Way

Big K.R.I.T. - It's Better This Way
October 14, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
69
2 reviews
User Score
68
13 reviews

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

With Dark Sky Paradise, Big Sean is prepared to leave his mark.

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Curtiss King - Raging Waters

Curtiss King - Raging Waters
September 29, 2015
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

Dr. Dre - Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre - Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre
August 7, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
User Score
75
203 reviews

Compton is Dre’s eye-witness proclamation of his past, present and future wrapped in a slick post-Obama package. 

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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
At 28, he’s very much hitting his stride in Rap, using every transitional moment to add one more compelling chapter to his narrative.
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Future - DS2

Future - DS2
July 17, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
70
190 reviews
In a weird twist of irony, Future’s regression from star-to-be to savage has made him bigger and better than he’s ever been.
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Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge - Twelve Reasons To Die II

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge - Twelve Reasons To Die II
July 10, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
17 reviews
User Score
73
15 reviews

Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$

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

As a whole, there’s very little that’s progressive about B4.Da.$$ but it’s a distinguished retread and the most polished project the young emcee has put out to date.

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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

To Pimp A Butterfly is ambitious in its attempt to inspire a generation to change the world for the better and poignant enough to actually do so.

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Kirk Knight - Late Knight Special

Kirk Knight - Late Knight Special
October 30, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
66
4 reviews
User Score
75
13 reviews

Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth

Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth
January 20, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
User Score
78
175 reviews
In place of frustration and petulance lives a warmth present for the first time in Fiasco full-length history; as if he’s reached a new checkpoint in the development of his patented simple-complexity; as if making music is again fun for him.
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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

GO:OD AM showcases maturity beyond Miller’s years, the result of which is a cohesive project that is as cohesive as it is profound.

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Migos - Yung Rich Nation

Migos - Yung Rich Nation
July 31, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
67
8 reviews
User Score
67
20 reviews
The three blood relatives are more adventurous and creatively expansive than ever. However, a little bloat within the tracklist and below average guest spots hurt the album but, gratefully doesn’t hamper the overall entertaining listening experience.
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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

Buzzing Atlanta based duo Rae Sremmurd offer more than enough reason to wild out on their Interscope debut SremmLife.

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Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz - Home Sweet Home

Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz - Home Sweet Home
November 13, 2015
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
78
2 reviews

Scarface - Deeply Rooted

Scarface - Deeply Rooted
September 4, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
79
8 reviews

Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder - Indie 500

Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder - Indie 500
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
70
3 reviews
User Score
73
4 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

The vast majority of the album features strong production and some of the best lyricism Game has ever spit.

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The Game - The Documentary 2.5

The Game - The Documentary 2.5
October 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
79
37 reviews

The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness

The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness
August 28, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
72
20 reviews
User Score
71
312 reviews

This isn’t an album as much as it is a burgeoning pop epic that’s likely to develop into something more ostentatious. Beauty Behind The Madness is The Weeknd’s superstar coming out party.

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Travis Scott - Rodeo

Travis Scott - Rodeo
September 4, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
61
16 reviews
User Score
75
188 reviews
Be it increased confidence, clout or just spending more time with generation defining musicians, he has found a way to stay true to his sound while all along exploring newfound sonic and musical territory.
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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

Ty delivers a light, layered debut, with more depth than we thought could be drawn out of the trap&B sound he helped usher into the mainstream.

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Vince Staples - Summertime '06

Vince Staples - Summertime '06
June 30, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
21 reviews
User Score
83
445 reviews
No I.D. and company have helped him make music that’s both uncomfortable and lived-in, and Staples sounds more himself inside of it than ever before.
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