On OVO Sound Radio's 14th episode, Drake premiered a Nas remix of Future's "March Madness." Nas definitely killed it and I hope this means new music is coming from him soon.
It has been a pretty great year for hip-hop and R&B fans. Kendrick Lamar delivered yet another classic album. Dr. Dre delivered his final album and it was impressive. Janet Jackson returned with a very cohesive effort. Adele returned from her four-year hiatus to dominate the charts and that's just the beginning. As 2015 comes to an end, it is important to reflect on those projects that made a lasting impression. The following list represents my favorite hip-hop and R&B albums/mixtapes from 2015. Unlike my Top 40 list, I also tried my best to rank these albums based on their merit. I hope you enjoy the list and these projects as much as I did. I'll see you in 2016!
To hear me talk about these projects in detail, check out Episode 18 of my podcast!
1. To Pimp A Butterfly- Kendrick Lamar
2. Ego Death- The Internet
3. Surf- Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment
4. 25- Adele
5. Rodeo- Travi$ Scott
6. Summertime '06- Vince Staples
7. Beauty Behind The Madness- The Weeknd
8. You Should Be Here- Kehlani
9. Wildheart- Miguel
10. Tetsuo & Youth- Lupe Fiasco
11. Dark Sky Paradise- Big Sean
12. If You're Reading This It's Too Late- Drake
13. DS2- Future
14. The Album About Nothing- Wale
15. Compton- Dr. Dre
It's that time of year again! This is one of my favorite posts of the year as I get to look back at all the music we've received and pick my favorites. While the American Top 40 and the Billboard Hot 100 charts list the most popular and commercially successful songs in the country, my list is much more of a journey. Focusing solely on hip-hop and R&B, this list captures my favorite songs from those released in 2015. After making it through this list, I guarantee you will be abreast of the hottest songs from this year. So without further ado, enjoy my Top 40.
(You can listen to each song via the Spotify stream or click the song title for Apple Music.)
1. "Alright (feat. Pharrell)"- Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
2. "Hotline Bling"- Drake
3. "Trap Queen"- Fetty Wap, Fetty Wap
4. "Back To Back"- Drake
5. "F*ck Up Some Commas"- Future, DS2
6. "All Day (feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)"- Kanye West, SWISH
7. "Special Affair"- The Internet, Ego Death
8. "All I Ask"- Adele, 25
9. "Piano Song"- Eryn Allen Kane, Aviary: Act 1
10. "Warm Enough (feat. J. Cole & Noname Gypsy)"- Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Surf
11. "Don't"- Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L
12. "Can't Feel My Face"- The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness
13. "B*tch Better Have My Money"- Rihanna, Anti
14. "Blessings (feat. Drake)"- Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise
15. "Hello (feat. Andre 3000)"- Erykah Badu, But You Caint Use My Phone
16. "White Iverson"- Post Malone
17. "Oh My Dis Side (feat. Quavo)"- Travi$ Scott, Rodeo
18. "Know Yourself"- Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late
19. "Caretaker (feat. SZA)"- D.R.A.M., Gahdamn! EP
20. "Classic Man (feat. Kendrick Lamar) [Remix]"- Jidenna
21. "March Madness"- Future
22. "Lift Me Up"- Vince Staples, Summertime '06
23. "No Sleeep (feat. J. Cole)"- Janet Jackson, Unbreakable
24. "The Line"- dvsn
25. "These Walls (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat)"- Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
26. "Jungle"- Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late
27. "Diamonds Dancing"- Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive
28. "Deep (feat. Lil Wayne)"- Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise
29. "The Matrimony (feat. Usher)"- Wale, The Album About Nothing
30. "Let It Burn"- Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show
31. "Girl (feat. KAYTRANADA)"- The Internet, Ego Death
32. "Weight In Gold"- Gallant
33. "The Way (feat. Chance The Rapper)"- Kehlani, You Should Be Here
34. "a beautiful exit"- Miguel, Wildheart
35. "Antidote"- Travi$ Scott, Rodeo
36. "Summertime"- Vince Staples, Summertime '06
37. "How Much A Dollar Cost (feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley)"- Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
38. "100 Grandkids"- Mac Miller, GO:OD AM
39. "Exchange"- Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L
40. "Vice City (feat. Black Hippy)"- Jay Rock, 90059
"Scholarships"- Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive
"Say It"- Tory Lanez
"Heaven Only Knows (feat. Chance The Rapper, Lido & Eryn Allen Kane)"- Towkio, .Wav Theory
"Madonna (And Other Mothers In The Hood) (feat. Nikki Jean)"- Lupe Fiasco, Tetsuo & Youth
"Company (feat. Travi$ Scott)"- Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late
The soundtrack for the new Creed movie starring Michael B. Jordan is pretty dope. It features music from Nas, Future, Donald Glover, Jhené Aiko, and more. Check it out on Spotify above.
The rumors were true. Drake and Future have collaborated to make a new mixtape. What A Time To Be Alive was premiered on OVOSOUND Radio's 6th episode earlier tonight and is now available on iTunes. The mixtape is absolute FIRE. Drake and Future play off each other wonderfully and as summer officially comes to an end tomorrow, let this tape heat up your autumn. #FBGOVO
Future has released the music video for his Drake-assisted song, "Where Ya At." The video is full of energy as DJ Esco and Metro Boomin back Future up with some nice dancing. Drake also makes an appearance to perform his verse. Dirty Sprite 2 is available now.
Future's new album, Dirty Sprite 2, is now available for stream on Spotify. Make sure to check out Future's collaboration with Drake—"Where Ya At." It's definitely one of the standout songs on the album. Stream it above and go get it now.
Vince Staples is prepping the release of his debut album, Summertime '06. The first single, "Señorita," features Future and Snoh Aalegra and Vince has delivered some very impressive visuals for the track. It's creative and warrants your full attention from the moment it starts. Look out for Vince's debut album on June 30th. Enjoy.
Drake has announced that he is holding another 'Houston Appreciation Weekend'. It will take place this weekend from Thursday through Sunday and will feature many interesting events including a softball game and a "Tings on Tings Party." The weekend will come to an end with Drake's "Jungle" Tour featuring Future. Check out the schedule above and get tickets to the celebrity softball game here. Enjoy.
Chicago's Vic Mensa recently inked a deal with Roc Nation and he couldn't be more excited. He sat down with the L.A. Leakers over at Power 106 and delivered a dope freestyle over Future's "F*ck Up Some Commas." Check it out above and enjoy.
Drake has announced the "Jungle" Tour—a short tour that takes place this summer in a few sports arenas and at the Governor's Ball Music Festival. The tour kicks off in H-Town on May 24th and runs for about two weeks with six shows. Future will also be joining him so check out the dates above and get tickets here when they go on sale Saturday, April 18th. Enjoy.
Just to warn you, this video is as NSFW as you can get without not actually being NSFW lol. Ciara has released the music video for her song "I Bet," a song that seems that seems to be pretty clearly related to her split with Future. The visuals feature the sultry Ciara showing off her goodies (no pun intended) and dancing around, showing Future what he's lost. Her album, Jackie, is set to come out this spring. Check out the video above and enjoy.
Check out Travi$ Scott's new music. He just announced a 23-city tour to promote his upcoming album, Rodeo, and the jury is still out on whether these songs will appear on the album. Enjoy.
Ciara has released a new song, "I Bet," that seems to be clearly geared toward her ex, Future. Check out the track above and stay tuned for more information on her upcoming studio album. Enjoy.
P. Reign dropped off the visuals for his song with Drake and Future, "DnF." The video features Drake and P. Reign having a relaxed time in St. Maartens with some beautiful ladies. Check it out above and peep the behind-the-scenes video here. Enjoy.