Now that 2015 is all wrapped up, it is now time to reassess and discuss the best of Hip Hop in 2015. One of the many big debates this year was “Who had the hottest album?” This is always a great debate, however, to eliminate the heated arguments and back & forth bickering we can look directly at sales numbers. As a wise man once said, “Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.” So let’s take a look at Billboard’s Top Ten Rap Albums of 2015.
With 2015 all finished up, it’s the perfect time to recap the year with Uncle Murda. His new track, “Rap Up 2015” is a year-in-review record that speaks on the year’s hottest topics. The New York emcee drops bars on topics that include Drake’s battle with Meek, Game’s run-in with Stitches, Tyga’s relationship with Kylie Jenner, and much more.
If you want a fresh review of 2015 or in need of a good laugh, press play below.
Brooklyn bred emcee Fabolous dropped The Young OG Project last year on Christmas, his first studio album since 2009. This year for the holidays he drops the visual to one of the album’s hottest tracks, “She Wildin.” This remake of Nas’ “Oochie Wally,” featuring Chris Brown, is a passion themed track with a House Party themed visual.
This House Party vibe is just in time for the New Year celebration. The Gerard Victor-directed video has a dope 90’s throwback feel to it and is sure to get you on your feet.
Watch the new video below and be on the lookout for The Young OG Project 2, dropping in February.
Western Pennsylvania emcee Jay La’Mont is a young man with a very wise mentality. The 20 year old rapper knows that it is going to take more than just some clever bars to take him to the next level. The Johnstown native is working hard to not only create great music, but to build his Genius Society movement as well. Jay recently dropped his Before The Genius EP which was well received. Below you can watch a video to one of the standout tracks from the EP, “Stay Positive.”
Jay is known for his trippy lyrics and positive vibes, but many don’t realize that he is also the guy behind many of the beats that he is dropping 16’s on. His Kanye West like talents have already placed him in a lane of his own. With that being said, it is not a real shocker that Kanye is one of Jay’s musical influences. However, Jay La’Mont’s musical influences are very broad, which is another great example of why his music does not fit in any particular niche. His wide-ranging influences include artists like Kanye West, Travis Scott, Wiz Khalifa, Wale, Snoop Dogg, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. You can also catch him on any given day vibing to the sounds of George Clinton, Prince, and Eric Clapton. “I’m into music period. All of it is incorporated into my music,” said Jay. “It’s hard to really define my sound because it is so diverse.”
The Before The Genius EP is definitely an eargasm waiting to happen. The 12-track EP features production by Jay and it includes dope tracks like “Fly Away,” “Said And Done,” and “Open Your Mind.”
“I wanted to create music that would reflect the brand,” said Jay, “Before The Genius is the beginning of our story, from there I am going to continue to build on this. Soon I’ll be dropping the next chapters to the story.” “This is going to be crazy, almost like a movie.”
Stream Before The Genius by Jay La’Mont below. Also, if you are in the Pittsburgh area, be on the lookout for a special event featuring Jay, details are listed below.
Money being a main motivator in life is a common mindset and a frequently depicted topic in all forms of music. This subject matter is given an experimental twist in becoming the centerpiece of “The Mentality,” a new promotional single from Boston artist/producer Latrell James. After giving his fans some time to delve into the coming of age concept of his well-received debut project, Twelve, James kicks off his next chapter of music with an offering that makes its monetary-focused intentions engagingly clear. Backed by the simplistic yet gleaming self-production (alongside his brother Tedd Boyd), James utilizes a laid back flow to express his infectious “when that money dialing in I should go” message and as the delivery speeds up, James offers wise words on how people’s assumptions and attitudes come into play when the almighty dollar is at stake.
As Ty Dolla $ign prepares himself for the upcoming Purple Reign tour with Future, he drops two blockbuster remixes to his standout Free TC track, “Blasé.” The two remixes feature an all-star cast that includes Diddy, Juicy J, French Montana, A$AP Ferg, Jeezy, and T.I.
Check out both remixes below. Also be on the look out for the Purple Reign tour to hit a city near you. You can find the full list of dates, venues, and cities below.
Jadakiss delivers the latest visual from his new album Top 5 Dead Or Alive. “Aint Nothing New” features R&B singer Ne-Yo and Los Angeles emcee Nipsey Hussle. The exclusive “director’s cut” video shows exactly how Jada always keeps it 11o% in the streets and further proves why he never sold out to sell himself.
New York emcee Maino has continued to find ways to stay relevant in today’s rap scene. The Brooklyn native recently found success with the remix to his single “Harder Than Them,” which featured Dave East, Manolo Rose and Uncle Murda. This weekend Maino decided to honor Hip Hop’s golden era by remixing Mack Wilds’ recently released single “Love In The 90z.” Take a listen below.
The evolution of Rick Ross has been a certified tutorial for those wanting a Boss status. Rozay has shown us this year exactly how to be the “Biggest Bawse” and to finish the year out he gifts us his 8th LP, Black Market. This project by Ross has the potential to be the record of the year. It features some of the best at what they do. On this album Ross get the assist by artists like John Legend, CeeLo Green, Nas, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, Future, and Mary J. Blige. If those few names alone don’t spark an interest in listening to the album below, you might want to check your pulse.
Black Market further proves the fact that Renzel is in a lane all by himself, but don’t take my word for it. Stream the new album below. You can also purchase the album here.
Today, Method Man dropped his visual for “The Purple Tape” from his fifth studio album, The Meth Lab. The J57 produced “The Purple Tape” features Raekwon, Inspectah Deck and Meth’s son, Raekwon…yup, two Raekwons one track.
The video, which was directed by the Last American B-Boy, shows Meth and his team rocking out to the purple theme. Method Man currently has autographed limited edition copies of The Meth Lab for sale here.