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PopMatters' Best Hip Hop Albums of 2015

PopMatters' Best Hip Hop Albums of 2015

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14. Open Mike Eagle - A Special Episode Of

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

13. LE1F - Riot Boi

LE1F - Riot Boi
November 13, 2015
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

11. Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$

Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$
January 20, 2015
Critic Score
70
22 reviews
The album is strikingly similar in tone to the mixtapes; he’s not trying anything different, but rather continuing what’s worked well for him.

10. Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth

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

Tetsuo & Youth finds Lupe Fiasco returning to the ambitious abandon that defined his first two albums.

9. Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife

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

8. Future Brown - Future Brown

Future Brown - Future Brown
February 24, 2015
Critic Score
71
16 reviews

7. Future - DS2

Future - DS2
July 17, 2015
Critic Score
77
19 reviews
On this 18-track affair, the Future who first rapped his love for codeine on the “Lemonade”-esque piano notes of “Dirty Sprite” has reemerged with a new technical flair. No Man’s Land is wrong. This minimal paradise is all Future’s.

6. Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too

Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too
April 7, 2015
Critic Score
82
23 reviews
They might have to destroy pop to save it, but if anyone has a vision for a great new musical world, it’s Young Fathers.

5. Jay Rock - 90059

Jay Rock - 90059
September 11, 2015
Critic Score
74
7 reviews

4. Heems - Eat Pray Thug

Heems - Eat Pray Thug
March 10, 2015
Critic Score
69
14 reviews
At some point, all the music’s dissonance and divergence just makes it more vital and interesting. Without Das Racist, Heems’ limitless creativity has completely erupted, and as messy as it all is, it’s a little beautiful, too.

3. 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

Never in any danger of overstaying his welcome, Kgositsile shows an overall maturity on Outside that suggests great things in his future.

2. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

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

Summertime ‘06 is the kind of coming-of-age story that’s common to hip-hop, but Staples delivers his account with a furious passion and refreshing insight. That the album is wall-to-wall with catchy, hard-hitting bangers is almost just a consolation prize.

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

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

To Pimp a Butterfly is the result of one man’s sprawling journey, but it’s meant to empower us all to take our own. It’s a rare record that gives us a call to action, something to act on after the beats drop out and we’re left in silence.

Original Source: http://www.popmatters.com/feature/the-best-hip-hop-albums-of-2015/
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