Top 15 Albums/Mixtapes of 2015

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!

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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

 

Honorable Mentions:

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Unbreakable- Janet Jackson

T R A P S O U L- Bryson Tiller

But You Caint Use My Phone- Erykah Badu

SremmLife- Rae Sremmurd

What A Time To Be Alive- Drake & Future

-AO

 

 

 

Top 40 Songs of 2015

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

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

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

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

Here's a playlist so you can listen to all of the songs and if you want to hear me discuss each song in detail, check out Episode 17 of my podcast!

Honorable Mentions:

"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

-AO

Drake & Future's Collaborative Mixtape Is Now Available

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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

iTunes: Link

-AO

Vince Staples- "Señorita (feat. Future & Snoh Aalegra)" (Music Video)

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.

-AO

Drake Announces Second Annual 'Houston Appreciation Weekend'

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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.

-AO

Drake Announces The 'Jungle' Tour

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.

-AO

Ciara- "I Bet" (Music Video)

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.

-AO