HipHopDX's Top 25 Albums of 2015 (So Far)

HipHopDX's Top 25 Albums of 2015 (So Far)

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Action Bronson - Mr. Wonderful

Action Bronson - Mr. Wonderful
March 24, 2015
Critic Score
72
17 reviews

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

BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul

BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul
February 17, 2015
Critic Score
74
19 reviews

For some critics, Ghostface might be waning. With Sour Soul at least he’s proven it’s fitting to catch him glimpses.

Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise

Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise
February 24, 2015
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

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

Curren$y - Pilot Talk III

Curren$y - Pilot Talk III
April 4, 2015
Critic Score
74
4 reviews

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
February 12, 2015
Critic Score
78
24 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.

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
Critic Score
77
25 reviews
His self-expression is supported by an album mostly produced by him (a.k.a.. randomblackdude) and Left Brain, where the entire production is minimal, dark and contains rare interludes. It's the glue that holds all his confessions and retrospective bars together.

Fashawn - The Ecology

Fashawn - The Ecology
February 24, 2015
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

Heems - Eat Pray Thug

Heems - Eat Pray Thug
March 10, 2015
Critic Score
69
14 reviews

Eat Pray Thug is a remarkably moving opus condemning ethnocentricity and wallowing in relational grief.

Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon

Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon
May 4, 2015
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

They make poignant soul that’s fresh sounding at all angles. Most importantly, Choose Your Weapon stands on its own as one of the year’s best albums.

Ibeyi - Ibeyi

Ibeyi - Ibeyi
February 17, 2015
Critic Score
74
16 reviews
At 20, Ibeyi have produced an album that belies their youth. It’s poignant, haunting, and often consumed with death.

Jazmine Sullivan - Reality Show

Jazmine Sullivan - Reality Show
January 13, 2015
Critic Score
81
8 reviews

Sullivan’s long time away from music has given her a new outlook on life and Reality Show is all the better because of it.

Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$

Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$
January 20, 2015
Critic Score
70
22 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.

Kehlani - You Should Be Here

Kehlani - You Should Be Here
April 28, 2015
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

Kehlani’s debut album You Should Be Here is a fine start in the young performer putting together the pieces of a career that could possibly exceed that of the one-time Fugees member.

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
37 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.

Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth

Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth
January 20, 2015
Critic Score
75
14 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.

Oddisee - The Good Fight

Oddisee - The Good Fight
May 5, 2015
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

Open Mike Eagle - A Special Episode Of

Open Mike Eagle - A Special Episode Of
February 3, 2015
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

Phony Ppl - Yesterday's Tomorrow

Phony Ppl - Yesterday's Tomorrow
January 23, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review

Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife

Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife
January 6, 2015
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

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

Ratking - 700 Fill

Ratking - 700 Fill
March 4, 2015
Critic Score
65
5 reviews

Tech N9ne - Special Effects

Tech N9ne - Special Effects
May 4, 2015
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

Tyler, the Creator - Cherry Bomb

Tyler, the Creator - Cherry Bomb
April 13, 2015
Critic Score
64
21 reviews

For better or worse, Tyler is consistently trumping the opinions of tastemakers. Cherry Bomb is less theme-based than past releases; rather an amalgam of the artist’s varied ingenuity to date.

Vic Spencer - The Cost of Victory

Vic Spencer - The Cost of Victory
January 30, 2015
Critic Score
77
1 review

Young Thug - Barter 6

Young Thug - Barter 6
April 16, 2015
Critic Score
70
14 reviews

Barter 6 is the definitive mainstream strip club album of the modern era. This album may take clear mechanical cues from Weezy F Baby but the spirit is more Mystical’s Let’s Get Ready or Ying Yang Twinz’s United State of Atlanta.

Original Source: http://hiphopdx.com/editorials/id.2853/title.the-top-25-albums-of-2015-so-far
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