Exclaim!'s Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums of 2015

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums of 2015

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10. Jazz Cartier - Marauding in Paradise

Jazz Cartier - Marauding in Paradise
April 15, 2015
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

9. Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$

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

Despite a few kinks and unnecessary tracks, B4.Da.$$ is a great album that revisits what we've come to know as classic deliveries, bass lines and cadences.

8. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul

BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul
February 17, 2015
Critic Score
74
19 reviews
Yes, there's much to love here if you're a fan of either Ghost or BBNG, but at 30 minutes, this album hurriedly finishes without giving its concepts enough time to bloom.

7. Oddisee - The Good Fight

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

6. 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

On I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, Earl forgoes youthful cheap thrills to tell the tale of the kid who'd rather stay inside to hone his craft.

5. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf
May 29, 2015
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

Surf succeeds on multiple levels: as a rap album, as a soul album, as a showcase of musicianship and as proof that the industry ladder can be ascended without a label or sales.

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

A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP
May 26, 2015
Critic Score
74
27 reviews

A.L.L.A makes the best and most natural use of a diverse cast of cameos since Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

3. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

Vince Staples - Summertime '06
June 30, 2015
Critic Score
83
21 reviews

Summertime '06's coming of age tale is complemented perfectly by production that finds the nuance in Staples' stories and matches it, couching Staples' rhymes in a way that the streets can understand best

2. 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

This is a refined, looser, freer Drake. Between only a couple hiccups, If You're Reading This It's Too Late weaves personal raps, 6-side boosts and absorbing production in cohesive fashion.

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

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

Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly ... will likely be one of 2015's most discussed, dissected and debated album releases, regardless of genre.

Original Source: http://exclaim.ca/music/article/exclaims_top_10_hip-hop_albums-best_of_2015
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