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SPIN's 50 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2015

SPIN's 50 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2015

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50. Drake & Future - What A Time To Be Alive

Drake & Future - What A Time To Be Alive
September 20, 2015
Critic Score
70
20 reviews

These are creative guys bouncing off a group of similar ideas and seeing where the muse takes them. It isn’t always pretty. It isn’t really innovative.

49. Tech N9ne - Special Effects

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

48. RM - RM

RM - RM
March 15, 2015

47. Migos - Yung Rich Nation

Migos - Yung Rich Nation
July 31, 2015
Critic Score
65
9 reviews
For a group teetering on the verge — again — of being counted out, Migos have proved — again — that they have more than one trick up their sleeves.

46. BeatKing - Houston 3 AM

BeatKing - Houston 3 AM
July 1, 2015
Critic Score
70
1 review

45. Paris - Pistol Politics

Paris - Pistol Politics
September 11, 2015
Critic Score
60
1 review

44. Cavanaugh - Time & Materials

Cavanaugh - Time & Materials
November 19, 2015
Critic Score
67
3 reviews

43. DonMonique - Thirst Trap

DonMonique - Thirst Trap
July 21, 2015
Critic Score
68
1 review

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

Dr. Dre - Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre
August 7, 2015
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

Compton earns a lot of credit simply by not being a disaster or an embarrassment, but there’s only so much a 50-year-old rapper can say to a generation following their favorite artists on Snapchat.

40. Death Grips - The Powers That B

Death Grips - The Powers That B
March 31, 2015
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

Their squashed dynamics leave the dissonances in the gutter, and except for maybe “I Break Mirrors,” it’s hard to differentiate the highlights from the chaff. 

39. K Camp - Only Way Is Up

K Camp - Only Way Is Up
September 4, 2015
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

38. Public Enemy - Man Plans God Laughs

Public Enemy - Man Plans God Laughs
July 27, 2015
Critic Score
66
7 reviews

37. Milo - So the Flies Don't Come

Milo - So the Flies Don't Come
September 25, 2015
Critic Score
79
4 reviews

36. Blackalicious - Imani Vol. 1

Blackalicious - Imani Vol. 1
August 14, 2015
Critic Score
72
6 reviews

35. Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise

Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise
February 24, 2015
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
As a no-strings-attached Kanye, he's unlovable, but even with the above evidence he's hard to hate either.

34. Mick Jenkins - Wave[s]

Mick Jenkins - Wave[s]
August 21, 2015
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

There’s a lot to unpack in just half an hour of Wave(s) and this rising talent doesn’t plan to make it any easier as he learns to hone hooks.

33. Sicko Mobb - Super Saiyan Vol. 2

Sicko Mobb - Super Saiyan Vol. 2
April 1, 2015
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

32. LE1F - Riot Boi

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

31. Cannibal Ox - Blade of the Ronin

Cannibal Ox - Blade of the Ronin
March 3, 2015
Critic Score
69
11 reviews

Ronin is a very good album and a fun anachronism in 2015 between surprise Drake and Kanye releases.

30. Tink - Winter's Diary 3

Tink - Winter's Diary 3
July 30, 2015
Critic Score
71
5 reviews

29. Monster Rally & Jay Stone - Foreign Pedestrians

Monster Rally & Jay Stone - Foreign Pedestrians
January 27, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review

It’s not just the production, though — the record’s summery vibe has just as much to do with Stone, who skates over the beats with impressive nimbleness and rapid-fire wit. 

28. Shy Glizzy - For Trappers Only

Shy Glizzy - For Trappers Only
September 30, 2015

26. Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth

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

25. DRAM - Gahdamn!

DRAM - Gahdamn!
October 23, 2015
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

24. Cousin Stizz - Suffolk County

Cousin Stizz - Suffolk County
June 1, 2015
Critic Score
70
1 review

23. Future - 56 Nights

Future - 56 Nights
March 21, 2015
Critic Score
77
2 reviews

22. Dej Loaf - #AndSeeThat'sTheThing

Dej Loaf - #AndSeeThat'sTheThing
July 24, 2015
Critic Score
68
3 reviews

21. iLoveMakonnen - Drink More Water 5

iLoveMakonnen - Drink More Water 5
March 31, 2015
Critic Score
67
4 reviews

It’s the fifth entry in his Drink More Water mixtape series that proves he’s got more melodic facility of anyone else in the bunch.

20. Ty Dolla $ign - Free TC

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

19. Father - Who's Gonna Get Fucked First?

Father - Who's Gonna Get Fucked First?
March 17, 2015
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

18. Dr. Yen Lo - Days With Dr. Yen Lo

Dr. Yen Lo - Days With Dr. Yen Lo
May 16, 2015
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

17. Lizzo - Big GRRRL Small World

Lizzo - Big GRRRL Small World
December 11, 2015
Critic Score
75
8 reviews

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

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

Brush those lowlights aside and what remains is a glossy, surprising album, albeit one without the obvious radio hits of 2013’s studio debut Long.Live.A$AP.

14. Pusha T - King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude

Pusha T - King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude
December 18, 2015
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

We do know that Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude is a fabulous album, even though it’s merely a sample to whet our appetite for the real product, King Push, next spring.

13. Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife

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

As a whole, SremmLife brims with potential; it's clear with each breath that Slim and Swae are hungry.

12. Junglepussy - Pregnant With Success

Junglepussy - Pregnant With Success
November 17, 2015
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

10. Action Bronson - Mr. Wonderful

Action Bronson - Mr. Wonderful
March 24, 2015
Critic Score
72
17 reviews
It's the rare rap album that actually rewards its mixtape following.

9. Heems - Eat Pray Thug

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

In many ways, Eat Pray Thug is a prequel to Das Racist, filling in the biographical gaps of a seemingly inscrutable wiseass from when he had to cry before he could laugh.

8. Young Thug - Barter 6

Young Thug - Barter 6
April 16, 2015
Critic Score
70
14 reviews
For the first time on a Young Thug release, you get the sense that he’s sitting around waiting to ascend to the next level of his sound, for inspiration to strike, though with such a laid-back, inscrutable flow, he might have to activate that change himself.

7. Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap

Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap
September 25, 2015
Critic Score
65
12 reviews

6. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf
May 29, 2015
Critic Score
81
16 reviews
With its heavy sense of community, emotional uplift and quest for righteousness, the LP is far more appropriate for the chapel than it is for the club.

5. 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 paranoia is as thick as Drake's on the similarly inward If You're Reading This It's Too Late, from earlier this year. However, I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside is a much leaner, less showy effort (Drake is an actor, Earl decidedly is not), and Earl turns his pen on himself, too, not just everybody else.

4. 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
Sonically and thematically, this not-album is easily the harshest release of Drake's career, a brooding, unsettling listen with few respites offered from its sense of creeping dread.

3. Future - DS2

Future - DS2
July 17, 2015
Critic Score
77
19 reviews

Dirty Sprite 2 is a tremendous compendium of everything you want from a Future album in 2015.

2. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

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

Staples’ wickedly backward upbringing is the focus of Summertime ’06, which could well be the fiercest, most ferociously focused street-oriented double rap album since UGK’s Underground Kingz.

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
38 reviews
This album is mandatory listening; serious rap fans who shun Mr. West due to his interfering personality (or Wayne, Drake, Nicki, Jay and Em) don't have that out here because Kendrick doesn't pretend to be Hova or Yeezus — just another young black man that Uncle Sam's ready to fuck up.
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