Top 10 Albums of 2015 | Hip Hop, Jazz, Reggae, Rock

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Top 10 Albums of 2015 | Hip Hop, Rap, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Reggae & Rock

I used Spotify and Apple Music both this year. It’s amazing how much music you can consume these days. When I was younger I was lucky to buy 10 albums a year. Jazz albums cost $20 back in the day. I would just dub them from friends. I never could have come up with a Top 10 list for any genre, because I didn’t have 10 albums most years.

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Top 10 Hip Hop and Rap albums of 2015

1. Earl Sweatshirt “I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside”
2. Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp A Butterfly”
3. Dr. Dre “Compton”
4. Vince Staples “Summertime ’06”
5. Drake “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”
6. A$AP Rocky “At.Long.Last.A$AP”
7. Lupe Fiasco “Tetsuo and Youth”
8. Joey Bada$$ “B4.Da.$$
9. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment “Surf”
10. milo “So the Flies Don’t Come”


Hiatus Kaiyote

Top 10 Soul & R&B albums of 2015

1. Hiatus Kaiyote “Choose Your Weapon”
2. Miguel “Wildheart”
3. Thundercats “The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam”
4. Dawn Richard “Blackheart”
5. Jazmine Sullivan “Reality Show”
6. Adele “25”
7. Erykah Badu “But You Caint Use My Phone”
8. The Internet “Ego Death”
9. The Weeknd “Beauty Behind the Madness”
10. Terese “Black Rose”


Kamasi Washington

Top 10 Jazz albums of 2015

1. Kamasi Washington “The Epic”
2. Bob Dylan “Shadows In The Night”
3. Rudresh Mahanthappa “Bird Calls”
4. Vijay Iyer Trio “Break Stuff”
5. Maria Schneider “The Thompson Fields”
6. Darius Jones “Le Bebe de Brigitte”
7. Jack DeJohnette “Made In Chicago”
8. Jose James “Yesterday I Had the Blues”
9. Steve Coleman and The Council of Balance “Synovial Joints”
10. Henry Threadgill and Zooid “In For a Penny, In For a Pound”


Dread Prophecy

Top 10 Reggae albums of 2015

1. Dread Prophecy “The Strange and Wonderful Story of Yabby You”
2. Jah Cure “The Cure”
3. John Brown’s Body “Kings and Queens”
4. Morgan Heritage “Strictly Roots”
5. Alaine “10 of Hearts”
6. Protoje “Ancient Future”
7. Dub Syndicate “Hard Food”
8. Mr. Vegas “Lovers Rock & Soul”
9. Junior Reid “The Living Legend”
10. Stick Figure “Set In Stone”


Top 10 Rock albums of 2015

1. Faith No More “Sol Invictus”
2. Ghost “Meliora”
3. Buddy Guy “Born To Play Guitar”
4. Blackberry Smoke “Holding All The Roses”
5. The Bellfuries “Workingmans Bellfuries”
6. Muse “Drones”
7. Wilco “Star Wars”
8. Blur “The Magic Whip”
9. Graveyard “Innocence & Decadence”
10. Failure “The Heart Is a Monster”


I also have a post about Straight Outta Compton that is a must read.


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