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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

May 26, 2015
Critic Score
74
28 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.

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.

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

Big K.R.I.T. - It's Better This Way
October 14, 2015
Critic Score
63
3 reviews

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.

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

August 7, 2015
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

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

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.

Future - DS2

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
77
19 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.

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.

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
38 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

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.

Mac Miller - GO:OD AM

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
72
13 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.

Migos - Yung Rich Nation

July 31, 2015
Critic Score
65
9 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.

Oddisee - The Good Fight

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

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.

Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz - Home Sweet Home

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

Scarface - Deeply Rooted

Scarface - Deeply Rooted
September 4, 2015
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder - Indie 500

Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder - Indie 500
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

The Game - The Documentary 2

October 9, 2015
Critic Score
70
12 reviews

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

The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
71
24 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.

Travis Scott - Rodeo

September 4, 2015
Critic Score
62
16 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.

Ty Dolla $ign - Free TC

November 13, 2015
Critic Score
73
14 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.

Vince Staples - Summertime '06

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
83
21 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.
Original Source: http://hiphopdx.com/editorials/id.3154/title.the-top-25-albums-of-2015
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