You know how you can be really good at staying regimented at a task over an extended period of time but then struggle with the last mile? It seems I fell victim to the aforementioned. I’ve posted a monthly playlist every month over the course of 2015 but failed at month twelve of twelve. There is no December playlist from the Silent Prince.
I’m going to forego any excuses and instead run down the top five albums of twenty fifteen in no particular order and personal bias in full effect.
This album came out at the beginning of the year but only got my love later on. There was such an onslaught of music early in the year that this album got lost in the fold.
There are two elements in this album that qualify if for my top five: Refinement and feature. Let me explain.
If you go through Rocky’s catalogue, you’ll notice a trend: a play on titles and much like the names of each project building on the last so his sound improves and refines with each project. When you listen to the first tape to this album, you notice a kernel of greatest in the first and by the last are listening to a beautiful sculpted piece of work.
By feature I’m referring to the heavy use of Joe Fox on the latest project. A complete unknown on the streets of London, he was able to recognize talent and use him properly. To me, this is the sign an an individual who will have longevity in their career because he can leverage what’s new but build on their solid foundation.
Probably the most listenable of my list, this album is sonically beautiful. It seems simple on the outset but being able to craft simple requires the utmost of talent. Being able to pick away until you’re left with just the beautiful core of an idea.
Continue listening to this album over and over and you start picking up subtleties that will put this album on your spin list for years to come.
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
The most palatable of Drakes projects, this mixtape signalled his current domination. We’ve spoken endlessly about him throughout the year so there is no need for me to rehash previous thoughts but know he deserves to be on this list.
The Wanderings of the Avener
A french producer, I’d put his music in the vein of Daft Punk. He is the fresh wave of the French house music scene. His ability to take artists you wouldn’t expect and incorporate them into his sound seamlessly and still sound cohesive is his true talent. Take for example his use of Rodriguez, a “failed” talent of the Motown era and reimagines him in a new age. The video is stunningly gorgeous.
King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude
A late entry into this years list, it might seem to be unfair to add a project that’s only been out for a few weeks to a best of, but this opinion is based on previous work. I’ve been a fan of Pusha’s lyrical ability and this put him over the top for me. Having never had a favourite, I’d now put him at the top of my list as my favourite rapper. This album cemented him there.
He’s continued to do what makes him great and now added a refined style. He doesn’t clog his work with extra content that doesn’t need to be there and focuses on giving us just the goods. The beats bang absolutely on the latest release and I’ve found myself excited every time I give the full project a listen. I think it comes down to the energy I feel every time I give him my time.
Focused on coke raps, every project also gives you one joint that makes him human and ultimately why I kneel at the alter. On Fear of God II it was Alone in Vegas, on MNIMN it was 40 acres and on the latest it’s M.P.A.
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Am I crazy? Am I onto something? What’re your top of Oh Fifteen/