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The Best Hip-Hop Tracks of 2015

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It’s tough being a hip-hop fan in your mid-30s.

Your formative years took place entirely during the genre’s “renaissance” – roughly 1992-2000, when classics dropped weekly and before ringtone rap, singles-driven albums and J-Kwon came in and stunk up the whole joint. You know what quality and effort sound like.

Some hip-hop heads – the portly dudes rocking the graying dreads with the bald spot in the middle who haven’t let go of military fatigues and actually wear backpacks to shows – don’t wanna hear shit about shit when it comes to rappers born during the Clinton presidency. But I can’t play The Infamous Mobb Deep on repeat forever, which is why I’m glad I can adapt to the genre’s changing landscape.

There will always be shitty mainstream rap (Nicki Minaj and her girlfriend Meek Mill still have careers, after all). But things have gotten better; a decade ago, there were no Kendrick Lamar types in contention for Album of the Year. Skilled rappers who routinely crack the Top 40 these days openly genuflect to their predecessors – J. Cole made a whole track knob-polishing Nas; Drake (whose “singing,” which sounds like a sack of kittens being passed through an industrial-grade wood chipper, belies a decent flow) admitted there’d be no him without Phonte.

The genre’s improvements have made my annual tradition of shoehorning the best tracks of the year onto an 80-minute CD-R a little harder. Digital players have obviated the need for discs, but I still use 80 minutes as a guide so no trash sneaks in. Since I’ve bumped 243 rap tracks from 2015 at press time, whittling them down to 17 of my favorites was hard.

Some years I struggle to fill the playlist; this year, I could actually create two equally good ones. Pusha T’s Dec. 18 album could make me rethink everything, but I doubt it.

  1. “Mural” – Lupe Fiasco: Considering the amount of energy Wasalu has sunk into online bitchery, it’s astounding that dropping his best album in eight years is the quietest thing he’s done. Tetsuo & Youth is criminally underrated, and “Mural” is an 8-plus-minute, hook-free tour de force that might be the best album-opening salvo since “Triumph.” Logic also flipped this sample of Cortex’s “Chanson D’Un Jour D’Hiver” a while back, but Lupe rendered it obsolete.

  1. “The Blacker the Berry” – Kendrick Lamar: K-Dot’s third album was easily the year’s most disappointing; the dopest flow and most resonant lyrics in the multiverse can’t make up for Ambien-esque production. The only reason this edges out “How Much a Dollar Cost” is because it’s one of two beats this year (with “Lift Me Up”) that made me wanna curb-stomp someone’s grandmother like dude in American History X.

  1. “Come and See Me” – Ludacris (feat. Big K.R.I.T.): When I dropped about $2,500 on an after-market stereo system for my new SUV, I used the dope bass lines on this Mike Will Made It track to tweak everything just how I like it. As far as popcorn rap is concerned, Luda’s comeback album Ludaversal could’ve been a lot

  1. “Canal St.” – A$AP Rocky (feat. Bones): The guiltiest inclusion on this list. Rocky’s the most basic rapper in his basic crew, and I’ll likely never check for his flow. Bones’ (another basic rapper) “Dirt” sample is the reason this was in rotation for so long – neither rapper really deserved Klimeks’ moody, piano-driven production.

  1. “Suicide Doors” – Skyzoo: I’ve been stanning for Skyzoo since his 2006 debut with 9th Wonder, Cloud 9: The Three-Day High. He’s one of the most consistent proletariat emcees in the game, and I purchase a hard copy of everything he puts out. Definitely peep all of Music For My Friends. (N/n: I enjoyed Rick Ross’ “Crocodile Pythons” better when Sky did it the first time.)

  1. “On Me” – The Game (feat. Kendrick Lamar): As is the case with most double albums, The Documentary 2.5 would’ve been much better if the fat were trimmed and the best tracks from both discs were placed onto one. “On Me” gets high marks mainly for that sample of Erykah Badu’s “On & On.”

  1. “Latino Pt. 2” – Joell Ortiz (feat. Bogeda Bamz, Chris Rivers & Emilio Rojas): Great posse cuts are few and far between these days (“Banned From T.V.” was a long time ago), so it’s refreshing to hear a bunch of underground Boricuan spitters bodying an !llmind beat. Also, !llmind is the dopest Pinoy since Pacquiao in his prime, before the homophobic bullshit.

  1. “Chicken” – Mark Battles: Indie Indy (see what I did there?) rapper Battles released his first proper album Numb after a prolific mixtape output starting in 2011. Dude has bars, but “Chicken” has a warm place in my heart for the looping sample of Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds.” I’ve rocked with Phil hardbody since the 1980s, and I’ll accept no slander for it.

  1. “Cars” – Curren$y: I ignored Curren$y as lazy New Orleans rap for the longest, but “Pot Jar” from Pilot Talk III album made me dig into his considerable oeuvre, which consists of 214 albums, 580 EPs and about 34,594,273 DatPiff mixtapes. The inky-dark melody on “Cars” was like audio crack, making it my most-played track in 2015.

  1. “Lift Me Up” – Vince Staples: Staples made some distressing comments about 1990s hip-hop that I forgave because: a) he’s been of legal drinking age for about 17 seconds, and b) he’s a pretty talented young scrub. I didn’t like his debut album Summertime ’06 as much as critics did, but “Lift Me Up” is solid stab-a-nigga music. It’s been a minute since I caught myself singing a repetitive hook to myself. “Liftmeupliftmeupliftmeupliftmeuuuup.”

  1. “Tuxedos” – Benjamin Starr (feat. Mile): Another great 2015 discovery, the South Kakalak rapper is more beastly on the mic than most of his peers, and his debut album Free Lunch is a more palatable version of To Pimp a Butterfly.

  1. “Paper Trail$” – Joey Bada$$: Joey gets a lot of props for having a throwback NYC sound without being a complete anachronism, and DJ Premier is my personal G.O.A.T. producer. They do great work together (see: “Unorthodox”), and “Paper Trail$” has a fantastic beat that builds.

  1. “Deep Water” – Dr. Dre (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Justus & Anderson .Paak): If you told me last spring that I’d be nodding to a 2015 Dr. Dre album, I would’ve bust you in the head with a sack of bottle caps, a la Homey the Clown. But Compton was one of my favorite LPs this year, despite useless weed holders like Justus & King Mez. K-Dot snapped on “Deep Water” and every other track on the album he features.

  1. “Rearview” – Freddie Gibbs: Gibbs (HO!) gets eternal props for growing up in Gary – the dingleberry hanging off the taint that is Indiana – and crafting a respectable underground career. Dude flows like he’s connected to an IV full of Lean, but he does it over Madlib and other hot producers. Also, check out “Diamonds.”

  1. “The Future” – Kirk Knight (feat. The Mind): Knight is part of Joey Bada$$’s Pro Era crew, so his debut album Late Knight Special – which Knight produced in its entirety – features that old-new-school New York sound. “The Future” sounds like something from Blue Sky Black Death, and I dig it.

  1. “Neighborhood Dope Dealers” – Durag Dynasty: Just Blaze is a top-five G.O.A.T. producer (the Nag Champa-burning set hates it when I say he’s better than J. Dilla), and Planet Asia’s been extraordinarily underappreciated for a decade and a half. Justin is one of few producers who can body a beat-free track.

  1. “Do What I Do” – Scarface (feat. Nas, Rick Ross & Z-Ro): ‘Face is better at dropping individual gems than he is at full albums. The first half of Deeply Rooted is full of heat rocks, but it falls hard in the second. It just beat out “Steer” because Nas swooped through and murdered everyone else on the track, as he’s wont to do.


SIXTH MAN: “All Good, Pt. 2” – Illa J (feat. Moka Only & Ivan Ave): We’ve absolutely hit critical mass with folks rapping over ancient Dilla beats. (Blame Nas for jumping on “Gobstopper” to create his most unnecessary track ever.) But I don’t mind Dilla’s little brother rapping over a Dilla-esque beat in 2015. This is a better Slum Village track than anything on Slum Village’s incredibly weak album from June.

Dustin Seibert

Dustin J. Seibert lifts heavy weights and plays all his video games on hard mode to find peace. He has a better ear for hip-hop than anyone else you know. He writes like the English language is going outta style because the steaks in his freezer are dependent on it.

  • kid video

    Glad to meet another Curren$y fan…dude stay gettin slept on…good list overall.

    • CamCamtheGreat

      #JetLife

      • Curren$y is cool, but my #jetlife is about football. J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!

        • kid video

          How you feel about the other JETS….lol

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bTQrPK3yQU

          • You see… That’s that BS.

          • Cleojonz

            Don’t you blaspheme my Jets. I loved them!

            • QuirlyGirly

              Me Too! I loved this song and “You Got It All”

        • Nick Peters

          The Steelers are winning out

          • No. Ain’t happening.

            • Nick Peters

              Whose going to beat them? And that’s before we even get to the Patriots and bills

              • The Bengals will have a full week to scheme for McCarron. Plus we got a trip to Jerry World that’ll be easy for the Jets.

                • Nick Peters

                  Huh? You mean the Broncos?

      • Pinks

        J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS

      • Til’ the next life….alrighttttt

    • Evil Genius

      I’m still listening to his new joint ” Canal Street Confidential” not sure if i like it yet. Have you listened to it?

  • It occurs to me, after reading this list (and others like it) I’m not a huge fan of hip hop. Like…Hip Hop is a part of my life, and I love it…but I know like 7 of these artists, and only like 3 of the songs, and I’ve only actively HEARD one of them, because my uhh…friend >_> put me on toe Tetsuo & Youth. Anyway, my playlist is filled with R&B and showtunes.

    • Dustin John Seibert

      Showtunes, eh? You might have to go your own way on that one :)

      • I go my own way in every facet of my life.

    • I get down to the Little Shop of Horrors soundtrack from time to time. No judgies for the showtunes.

      The cool thing about hip-hop is that isn’t monolithic. There’s a niche for nearly everybody so I always enjoy lists like this that take me out of my comfort zone.

    • Oluseyi

      I stan all day, everyday for hip-hop—twice on days ending in “-day”—but more as a concept than as actual music. I love hip-hop, I just don’t like most of it.

    • That’s how I’ve been feeling about hip-hop over the past few years. It’s played so heavily in my formative years (and even on the periphery of my adult life) because that’s just how it was (and is). I’m not a deep a s s, dyed-in-the-wool hip hop head, though–and that’s OK. I’ve come to terms with it. :)

    • Pinks

      r&B and reggae for me. I can’t get with a lot of what’s popular today. Except Future, because #futureislife

      • Future is awful :( he makes my ears sad.

        • Pinks

          I didn’t feel one way about him until this latest album. Seeing him perform it live and have the crowd be so into it was part of my being enamored, but when I hear his older stuff I usually cringe and skip the track. I also think he’s probably a terrible person, but his music always gets me hype lol

          • 2011k

            That’s where I am with Future. And he does seem kinda depressed. I had to take a step back when I first heard the #Stripper&Percocet song and really listen to what he was saying.

      • I wonder if Future has someone on his payroll who checks in on him in the middle of the night. You know, come through and put a mirror under his nose to check that he’s breathing? He seems a bit depressive and his songs always seem like a cry for help.

        • Pinks

          lmao..not the mirror under the nose!

          I listened to the background of each track on his latest album and he actually sounded like he had some sense, but you could tell there was some darkness there amidst all the h0es, drugs and music. Anyone who brags about taking a p iss and seeing codeine coming out clearly has some issues lol

          • There is a lot of darkness there.

        • miss t-lee

          I hope homie gets some help. That lean addiction is no punk.

          • Yeah. I feel like he’s playing a different kind of Russian Roulette there.

            • miss t-lee

              He really is. Seeing many of my favorite rappers from Texas die behind that shizz, it’s really sad.

              • Julian Green

                I don’t believe for a second that Future is really doing as many drugs as he says he is.

                • miss t-lee

                  Um…ok….lol

        • LadyIbaka

          I’m honestly impressed that you think his music is depressive! I don’t understand a word he says. I wouldn’t tell you if he is speaking English or Chinese.

          • Hahaha! His style is kinda hard to understand, but under some of it, you’ll hear references to codeine and lean and drugs. Like, a lot of drugs.

      • miss t-lee

        I see it’s now the “in” thing to rail on Future.
        Meanwhile they get all of the eyerolls from me.

        • Pinks

          I mean, he doesn’t exactly make it hard. He goes so hard to talk about Ciara whenever he gets the chance, and it’s like bruh..just shut up and make more music that no one can figure out the lyrics to.

          • miss t-lee

            LOL
            I was meaning from the “not real music” perspective.
            However, he does seem to have f*ckboy tendencies outside of the music…lol

            • Pinks

              Oh yea,lol..well there’s always going to be those “not real music” types. It is what it is – he’s super hot right now. Shoot, at Made in America, meek was clearly in his feelings in his hometown talmbout “Yea I know everybody is all hype about future, but whatever, we in this bish, Philly waddup?!”

              His butthurt was permeating all through the crowd lol

              • miss t-lee

                HAHAHA.

          • tgtaggie

            I believe he’s honestly butt hurt that a square dude has his baby momma happy without having to f*ck her. Lol

            • Pinks

              that is the long and short of it.

            • Nik White

              He earned those feelings!

          • Oluseyi

            I love those YouTube videos where they put different words to the hooks of Future songs, and you honestly can’t say they’re wrong.

            https://youtu.be/O7TdO_UEc0g

    • Val

      Show tunes? Interesting. That’s a genre I’ve never considered. I might have to look into that. Do you have a favorite show tune?

      • You don’t like musicals? You know like The Wiz, Chicago, Rent, etc…

        • Val

          They’re okay. I just thought you might have some off the beaten path recommendations for someone new to the genre.

          • Oh I see. Well, I think it depends on what you’re into. There are musicals about everything. I didn’t see you asked me if I have a fav. Umm…That’s hard to say. I REALLY like Little Shop of Horrors. I LOVED Chicago. lol I like to sing along and act like I have THE voice for it you know?

          • Oluseyi

            The King and I. Mary Poppins. My Fair Lady. Dr. Doolittle (the one with Rex Harrison, not Eddie Murphy). Pollyanna. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Sound of Music.

            Basically any movie where emotions are expressed in elaborate musical numbers typically involving scenery and costume changes. LOL.

            For more recent stage musicals, not including adaptations of the above: Avenue Q, In the Heights, FELA (hope it comes back soon), Hamilton (haven’t seen that yet; it’s still sold out for months), Book of Mormon…

            • Val

              FELA sounds like a good starting point. Thanks.

              • Oluseyi

                My pleasure.

    • Cleojonz

      This is accurate for me as well. I don’t think I knew 7. Reading this list really made me feel kind of old, except that Scarface is on it and he is definitely older than me lol.

    • Siante

      Love showtunes. I was addicted to the songs from (the original) Dreamgirls for years. You couldn’t tell me I wasn’t a dreamgirl.

      • Unfortunately I didn’t grow up in a household where I had access to originals as a youngster, but thank goodness for film remakes. I realized I liked musicals, and as I got older, I have seen a few live shows when I can.

        • Siante

          aww sorry to hear that, my mom loves musicals so I’ve always been able to indulge my inner drama queen. I loved the original Sparkle too when I was younger- definitely worth it if you ever get a chance to Netflix it :-)

          https://youtu.be/Qz-R8jKP-84

          • I LOVED Sparkle. I worked at Blockbuster when I was a teenager…I got to see SO many movies!

    • heyheyno

      I was about to type something similar. I’m thinking back to Brown Sugar now when she asked when did you first fall in love with hip hop. My answer would be I’m not sure if I even like it. Our relationship is complicated lol. I haven’t heard but one of these songs.

      • Yea, like I THINK I have a moderate amount of affection for Hip Hop…and then a list like this comes out, and I’m like “am I a Top 40 Hip Hop lover?” Who even are these people?

  • I admit that I’m becoming the old guy that doesn’t want to adjust to this new age of hip-hop. The kids can keep their skinny jeans and their Maclemore. I have to listen to most of these tracks, now.

    Quick question: You didn’t think Prisoner 1&2 was a better track than Mural? Lupe killed Mural but it’s not the track I throw on out of sequence.

    • Charles-Scott Harris

      Prisoner 1&2!! Goes so hard, use it for my last mile on the treadmill

    • Elle J.

      Im more of a Little Death and Adoration of the Magi kind of girl. Prisioner 1 & 2 are great too, but I feel Mural more

  • Mika

    I’m just going to sit this one out. Well because, I haven’t heard naan on this list, and well, I like future.
    -____-

  • kris b.

    My discoveries this year included (not all rap):

    Slakah the beatchild (no new music, just late discovery)

    The Internet (awesome trip hop/r&b)

    Logic

    Spzrkt and Sango

    Terrace Martin

    The Visioneers

    Fat Jon

    • uNk

      I remember listening to my Terrace Martin station on Pandora early last year and in one fell swoop came up on Spzrkt, Sango, Alina Baraz &Galimatias, Iman Omari and the Internet. Needless to say, it was a good day

      • kris b.

        These were Pandora discoveries for me as well. I wish I could let go of Pandora long enough to discover a new streaming service. Smh

      • 2011k

        Iman omari is everything. Love him

    • I love The Internet. Love their concept and sound.

    • Julian Green

      Hours Spent Loving You was fire!

    • Elle J.

      Bruh! You must have The Internet channel on Pandora. It introduced me to each and every one of those artist and I love them all!
      We’re here with it, we are here! lol

    • Conrad Bess

      Had to give you props for Slakah. He is dope for real

  • Charles-Scott Harris

    Finally! I loved everything Kendrick up until this last one, I like the positive message, but that doesn’t give a pass on making lack luster music… but everyone else is just riding this natural hair, dashiki wearing, bacon avoiding wave.. (nothing wrong with that) .. that I think they feel obligated to like this album.

    • Oluseyi

      To Pimp a Butterfly is great art, it’s just not good music.

      • I didn’t even think it was great art maybe a great attempt at art. It just didn’t work for me.

        • 2011k

          I think it was good art. Very, very low replay value though.

        • Scott

          Right, but if you try to say that to black they make it seem as you committed some sort of sacrilegious act.

          • I told my wife and homeboys who liked it that I thought it was overly dense for me.

            • Then again I like hyper dense music. To each their own.

            • Brooklyn_Bruin

              To me it’s dense without payoff.

              If you don’t know anything about history or politics or economics it sounds deep.

        • miss t-lee

          I listened in its entirety once. I’m good.

          • 2011k

            I’ve never heard it in its entirety. I always have to break it up, listen to it piece by piece. It’s too heavy and too much to digest for me. I love it as a statement, but I don’t love it as music.

            • miss t-lee

              That’s probably the best way to listen. I won’t try again though…lol

              • 2011k

                Me either! I’ll just wait for the next album and bump section.80 in the meantime, lol

                • miss t-lee

                  Again, I’m not a huge Kendrick fan. I like some songs, but I’m not all the way sold.

                  • 2011k

                    I feel that. Who do you listen to?

                    • miss t-lee

                      Rap? or otherwise?

                    • 2011k

                      Rap and otherwise, lol

                    • miss t-lee

                      Current faves:
                      Rap–Scarface, Kevin Gates, Killa Kyleon, BeatKing, Propain.
                      Otherwise-Gary Clark Jr, Max Frost, Kali Uchis, Joywave, Vance Joy, Tuxedo

                • Pinks

                  GKMC for me. From front to back, I luh dat s hit

                  • 2011k

                    That was a dope album. It’s better than section.80 imo, but section.80 was my first experience with Kendrick’s music and nostalgia is a m’fer, lol

                    • Pinks

                      I’ve actually never listened to section 80. It’s on my list, which is impossibly long, lol

                    • 2011k

                      You should check it out! And if you ever do, let me know what you think please ?

                    • Pinks

                      If I remember I sure will!

                      Let me pull up spotify lol

                  • GKMC was too dense for me. *kanyeshrug*

                    • Pinks

                      Bruh, three comments down you said you like hyper dense music!

                      I loved the storytelling aspect of it.

                    • 2011k

                      Really? I’ve heard folks say that about TPAB, of course, but never GKMC. Care to explain? I like when you share your thoughts, lol

                    • GKMC came off very calculated. It was well done, but it didn’t seem like he enjoyed it. It felt like Grammy bait. In a weird way, I think Macklemore was the best thing to happen to him. Hip-hop showed him a lot of love, and you could hear the difference in his features.

                    • 2011k

                      So are you saying that if the Macklemore thing had never happened, K. Dot would have possibly gotten complacent and TPAB would be a very different album?

                    • I wouldn’t say complacent as much as he would have played it much safer. Like the whole live instrumentation concept for an album wouldn’t have been done.

                  • Section 80.

          • I listened a few times and started making the Josey Wales face so I just admitted that I didn’t like it.

            • miss t-lee

              LMAO

        • Oluseyi

          I mean, I disagreed with a lot of it, but as a fully conceived work that embodied a specific, coherent point of view on topical matters, I can respect the artistry of its creation and composition.

      • miss t-lee

        I’m glad to see I’m not alone.

      • ChiefbutnotA_Keef

        What is great art though? Does that mean the content was “great” or that a lot of effort was put into its creation?

        • Oluseyi

          That is an excellent question, and the answer is entirely subjective. For me, art can be great even if I don’t particularly enjoy it because I can see its structural formalisms and the effort put into its creation; but art can also be great because, despite a lack of structure and form, it resonates deeply and expresses beautifully to me as the observer/consumer/interactor.

          TPAB is the former for me. It may be different for someone else.

        • Evil Genius

          I don’t believe most of the radio rappers are trying to make art which is not a bad thing more like money makers.

      • Evil Genius

        Like everything Talib Kweli has release lol

        • Oluseyi

          The problem with Talib Kweli Green is that he is convinced that he is smarter than you, and instead of just making good, fun music, wants to browbeat you with his perspectives. Like, FOH.

          • Evil Genius

            All that knowledge and he cant even rap on beat smdh it kills me!

            • Oluseyi

              It’s his fixation on lyrical density. Too many words, because he thinks he’s Rakim?

              “I’ll take 8ball and MJG for $800, Alex…”

              • Evil Genius

                LOL i’ll take that and raise you up one Juicy J nuff said haha

                • tgtaggie

                  It’s “Academy Award winner Juicy J”. I still can’t believe they won an Oscar. Lol

                  • Evil Genius

                    I can lol he even tried to help young female college students get “scholarships”

                • Oluseyi

                  I can’t tell you how many times I played “Bandz a Make Her Dance” this year… They may be ratchet as hayle, but I’m here for Juicy J, 2 Chainz and other “get hype” music!

          • miss t-lee

            Like I loved him with Black Star and Reflection Eternal. A few songs here and there after that.
            An entire album of just him though? I’m good.

            • Oluseyi

              Mos Def brought the fun with Black Star. And Mos’ penchant for fun appears more clear in his continuing evolution as a multi-format artist. I remember reading an interview he did a decade ago where he said his goal was to “do the things he loves while doing as little of the things he doesn’t.”

              Words to live by.

              • miss t-lee

                Amen. I can feel that.

      • Elle J.

        This comment stabs my heart man lol TPAB gave me anxiety for days, in a good way! But at least most can find a glimmer of appreciation in it, which eases my wound. It was epic in my world though!

  • Oluseyi

    Would have appreciated this as a playlist—Spotify, ?Music, YouTube Music, Google Play, whatever—so I can throw it into a player and listen to it in the background during the day, liking/adding the tracks that catch my fancy to my library.

    • I concur. Maybe we can crowd source to get this done like the president playlist.

    • Dustin John Seibert

      I’ll/we’ll keep that in mind for next time. I have all the files zipped up in Dropbox for my Facebook followers, but I couldn’t share it here cuz I don’t want Damon/Panama to catch that cease and desist.

      • Oluseyi

        *dap*

      • Evil Genius

        It was dope to see that list Freddie Gibbs Skyzoo and Curren$Y are a the top of my listt. Most people didnt even know Scareface came out with a album smdh

  • Pinks

    I’m not going to pretend like I’ve ever heard of any of these songs besides Kendrick’s. I am admittedly not a big hip-hop fan, so there’s that. I am compelled to press play on a couple of these, though.

  • Oluseyi

    So, after actually listening to all of the tracks (for an average of 1:30 each), I have to disagree. These are not the “best hip-hop tracks of 2015.” I do now clearly understand why Dustin hates today’s R&B, though. All of this music is moody, depressive and anachronistic, except for the Luda cut.

    We ain’t got be hard awwwwwwlll the time. Where’s the joy? Merry Christmas!

    • Evil Genius

      All you are saying is that you like pop rap which is cool…but radio rap is also moody and depressive and dumbed down

      • Oluseyi

        But the spectrum is broader than just pop/radio/”grimy underground cuts.” I really enjoyed Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s Surf; Lecrae’s Anomaly (from last year) and Stromae’s Racine Carrée (from 2013, but I just discovered it this earlier year; he KILLED at MSG in October).

        There’s so much more to hip-hop than we sometimes allow.

        • Evil Genius

          Exactly! The Radio is very limited rap has a lot of different styles just like the artist you mentioned the raido is old news IMO ..Surf was so dope i listen to all kinds of rap whatever my mood is.

    • Hey that moody depressing stuff was my soundtrack to high school! I trended more aggressive with it with MOP, the Beatnuts and the Alkaholiks.

      • Oluseyi

        Yeah, well I’m not in high school anymore, and I don’t need to pretend to be hard. I’m more contemplative, and the rest of the time I want to be surrounded by things women like (lol).

        • Val

          “…I want to be surrounded by things women like (lol).”

          You and Malik should talk. I think the two of you would have interesting and enlightening conversations.

          • Oluseyi

            I’d definitely have awesome conversations with Malik.

        • Personally I like to be surrounded by things like women. LOL

          • Oluseyi

            You’re just more direct than I am, because that is the goal. LOL.

      • kid video

        Another classic 90’s joint.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA2O4ERoBiU

        • miss t-lee

          Still one of my favorite beats.

  • Val

    I like hip hop in general and classic hip hop in particular. I’m sure there’s new hip hop that I’d like but since they don’t play the kind of hip hop I would enjoy on the radio I would have to work to hard to find it. So, no new hip hop for me.

    *goes to listen to Method Man and Mary J*

    • Trill Mickelson

      Basically. I’m not sure that I’ve listened to ten rap albums that were
      made after… let’s say like 2010. And shoot, ten albums might actually
      be a generous estimate.

      I’ll be bumping the albums of my adolescence and early adulthood like Things Fall Apart or Rhythm-al-ism for the rest of my life, and I’m completely fine with that.

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