Top Tracks of 2015
There really isn’t much to say here. These are 2015′ 100 best tracks. I did 100 this year because I hate sleep, love music, and adore all three of my reader (hey Tom how’s it going man!). It’s mostly rap and hip-hop, there is a fair share of trap, bass, house, and other such sundry. I might throw a youtube, soundcloud, or something playlist together of these 100 tracks when I finish up list week… we’ll see depends on if Tom reads this shit or not to be completely honest with you.
Track titles are all linked.
97. Kendrick Lamar-These Walls
Kendrick’s first installment on the list, not his last don’t worry. “These Walls” is one of the more understated tracks on To Pimp a Butterfly and thus it let’s Kendrick flex his lyrical prowess which we all know is substantial. Accompanied with the G-Funk and jazz influenced instrumental and the beautiful hook it more than earned its spot on this list.
89. Injury Reserve-ttktv
Injury Reserve on their debut album Live From the Dentist Office is at their best when they’re delivering clever wordplay and not taking themselves too seriously which is why the somber, laconic, “ttktv” stands out on the LP. It’s one of the more expertly crafted songs of the year.
77. Dr. Dre- For the Love of Money ft. Jill Scott, Jon Connor & Anderson .Paak
74. Y4NN-Clothes Off
Okay, if you say so. Noise low-fi keyboard, and knock… all the knock. I’m down. Also c’mon, with that sample though, “I like it when you.”
56. Sam Gellaitry- long distance
That horn section though!! Gellaitry on “long distance” masters the art of simplicity, the track is mostly just a drum kit, a horn section, and a dope ass sample.
54. NxWorries- Suede
Anderson. Paak has had one hell of a year. He’s been all over the place and basically out of no where. “Suede” is Paak at his best, raspy and playful. Coupled with Knxwledge the man who brought us Kendrick Lamar’s “Mamma” Suede and their duo EP Link Up & Suede are both a great listen.
50. Little Simz- Persons
39. Freddie Gibbs- Fuckin’ Up The Count
Freddie Gibbs is a man that knows what he’s good at. Am I going to get tired of drug raps and The Wire samples? Nope, never keep doing it!
25. Jimi Tents- Elmer Fudd ft. Moxie Raia
I’m not sure where the fuck Jimi Tents came from and I really have no clue where the hell Sedroc the producer came from. But I’m loving all this shit. Tents can rap his ass off and I’ve always been a sucker for a nice ethereal instrumental.
21. Kendrick Lamar-King Kunta
Kendrick doing Kendrick shit again. What’s the yams?
15. Young Futura – Gypsy Woman
Well that video happened. Doesn’t matter though, Young Futura do house rap to the fullest on this track. The catchy synths and the punchy flow are enough on their own to qualify this track for a top 15 position. On top of that though the clever lyricism is nothing to scoff at either.
14. Flamingosis- Summer Solstice
Do I really need to explain to you why murdering an Isley Brothers’ sample is so impressive? I mean this sample on top of that. Flamingosis is a man not to be fucked with. A man who really likes soul music and frisbee. It might be December but its like 70 outside so this should be the perfect summer track for you all.
13. Young Fathers- Shame
I’m pretty much done wondering how a bunch of dudes from Scotland got so damn funky while being raised on haggis and black pudding. But the boys of Young Brothers managed it. On their newest LP they returned to their low-fi roots that I loved so much on Tape 1 and Tape 2 and “Shame” is one of the best examples of it, and the best offering on White Men Are Black Men Too.”
12. The Underachievers- Moon Shot
Off the second half of Evermore Issa Gold and AK both go ultra hard on this banger of a beat also self produced. “Moon Shot” is one of the angrier tracks off Evermore and we all know how I appreciate a little youth rage.
11. Tyler, The Creator- Smuckers ft. Kanye West & Lil’ Wayne
Kanye loves dropping dirty ass verses on features in years he doesn’t drop a record; I’m fairly certain he’s still sending Rihanna apology letters for absolutely demolishing the “Diamonds” remix. I know I’m proud of me too for not making a Chris Brown joke their. Not to mention Tyler is still one of the best producers out and “Smuckers” shows everyone why.
10. Travi$ Scott- Oh My Dis Side ft. Quavo
2015 has been the year of the side A/side B track. It’s showed up all over the place but no one does it better than Scott on “Oh My Dis Side.” It’s hard to tell whether or not Oh My and Dis Side would be as amazing separately but the bleak dark trap style of Oh My complements so well with the upbeat horns and beautiful vocals of Dis Side.
9. Joey Bada$$- Big Dusty
“Big Dusty” may not be the most ambitious track on the surprisingly ambitious B4.DA.$$ but it is the best compliment of both the excellent production and strength of Joey’s flow and lyricism.
8. GOLDWATER-Throw it
What can I say about this track except for it was the more unexpected musical transitions I think I’ve ever heard. But GOLDWATER managed to make the transition from dark slow cloud production to uptempo bass effortlessly and back again. The song is simultaneously a banger and melodic and beautiful, and all that from the sample of a shitty Nicki Minaj line… aight GOLDWATER I see you.
7. Jay Rock- Gumbo
I keep telling people Jay Rock is not to be fucked with. Kendrick might be the leader of TDE and for good reason but Jay Rock is the OG. That dude has been putting out quality music for a long time and talk about a man who knows what he’s good at, “Gumbo” is an incredibly personal track and Jay Rock is best when he’s drawing from his life.
6. Pusha T- Untouchable
Biggy Samples and drug raps. Yup! I’m in. Reducing an MC as lyrically dynamic as Pusha to those two things is a little unfair of course but it is an adept assessment. But the stand out of “Untouchable” is witty the verses are, “No matter what the weight, I done ran it off/I’m walking on water, I took the sandals off/Tell A&E to turn the cameras off, Push.” Push.
5. Alexander Lewis x Medasin- Coexist
Sometimes you just need a nasty drop a dirty keyboard. Sometimes you need Medasin’s drum kit and whatever the fuck Alexander Lewis does to vocals to make them sound like this. Sometimes you just need some dope shit in your life, here take this.
4. Flamingosis- My Lady
So fucking smooth. It’s clear that Flamingosis listens to more music than all of us, I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a really unhealthy thing. But if he keeps making funky shit like this stay in your basement boy I do not care. “My Lady” is hella simple but it rarely takes a thousand musical lines and a hundred drum beats to make something beautiful.
3. Kendrick Lamar- Alright
Look I was born twenty minutes outside of DC in the suburbs, my mom has a nice job and I was always destined for college. My experience with the hood was on a weekend basis when I would go to my dad’s house in southeast but I could always go home to my town house Sunday evening. I know very little personally what it means to speak for the streets even though all the white people I meet assume I do because I’m black and like rap music. Kendrick gets that shit, and while I may not agree with the sentiment of “Alright” there is something so impressive about someone who can make incredible–and I do mean “incredible”–hip-hop with mainstream appeal that still has such a powerful voice cultural and socially.
2. whereisalex- S E P E R A T E
I’m done. Bye!
1. Open Mike Eagle- Dark Comedy Late Show
I love To Pimp A Butterfly as you will soon see. There is no single track on TPAB as honest, funny, and smart as “Dark Comedy Late Show.” Open Mike Eagle is having an incredible year. He dropped tons of great music and got signed to a multi-album deal with Mello Music Group. Nothing from the last year by Mike, or for that matter by anyone else, stands up to this track. Exile, as always, is fantastic but it is the lyrics that steal the show. Honestly don’t believe me? Here!
“I graduated college, I purchased all the extra books/I’m supposed to be living in a house with a breakfast nook/Joke’s on me, though/All this cheap alcohol and no Coke Zero”