Indie Labels Best Major Labels In 2015’s Top New Rap/Hip-Hop Albums List

2015 was a busy year across the board in the musical universe. From one genre to the next, this year saw a mass of interesting new releases across the board. There were so many new releases both from the mainstream and the underground that it felt at times impossible to keep up with them all. For all of the new albums released this year what made keeping up with them all at least somewhat bearable is that while there were some that were good, there were just as many that were…well…not so good. In the same breath, there were just as many that actually stood out quite well against the competition. Nowhere was this more obvious this year than in the rap game. 2015 saw a number of standout rap and hip-hop albums and others that really surprised in their mix of musical and lyrical content such as Salvador Santana’s new album Fantasy Reality. This album is nothing but positive vibes from start to finish both musically and lyrically. Kuf Knotz is similar in that vein. It’s the kind of rap and hip-hop that the world needs today more than ever. And Boogat’s new album Neo-Reconquista runs the lyrical gamut. From fun, celebratory pieces to socio-political commentary in others to personal introspection in others, Boogat touches on so many areas in his new album. The album’s musical content makes it just as interesting to hear. Veteran rap group Public Enemy released its latest album Man Plans, God Laughs, too this year. It definitely stands out in its own way, too. And pf course fellow veteran rapper Dr. Dre released his long-awaited new album Compton this year. It proved to be its own interesting new album, too. These are just some of the best of the year’s best rap and hip-hop albums. There are even more included in the Phil’s Picks list of the year’s best new rap and hip-hop albums. That list is noted in whole below. So, enough rambling. Here, for your consideration dear readers, is that list. As with every other list, the top 10 albums make up the main body of the list. The five that follow each receive honorable mention for a total of fifteen albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 TOP 10 NEW RAP/HIP-HOP ALBUMS

 

  1. SALVADOR SANTANA – FANTASY REALITY

 

  1. FORT KNOX FIVE – PRESSURIZE THE CABIN

 

  1. PIMPS OF JOYTIME – JUKESTONE PARADISE

 

  1. KUF KNOTZ – A POSITIVE LIGHT

 

  1. BOOGAT – NEO-RECONQUISTA

     

  2. EMPRESARIOS – THE VIBES

 

  1. PUBLIC ENEMY – MAN PLANS, GOD LAUGHS

 

  1. BLACKALICIOUS – IMANI: VOL. 1

 

  1. SILAS BLACK – BLACK FRIDAY: THE MIXTAPE

 

  1. PROF – LIABILITY

 

  1. DR. DRE – COMPTON

 

  1. SNOOP DOGG – BUSH

 

  1. RICK ROSS – BLACK MARKET

 

  1. DRAKE – IF YOU’RE READING THIS IT’S TOO LATE

 

  1. KENDRICK LAMAR – TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY

 

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Django Unchained Soundtrack Streaming Online With Tarantino Commentary

Courtesy:  Universal Republic Records

Courtesy: Universal Republic Records

In celebration of the release of his new movie to theaters nationwide, director Quentin Tarantino is offering fans a track by track introduction to each song on the soundtrack to the Golden Globe nominated movie as each song streams in its entirety.  Audiences can check out the songs complete with Tarantino’s introductions online now at http://www.UnchaindSoundtrack.Com.  The creation to Django Unchained is the first time that Tarantino has worked with artists in order to create original music for the soundtrack to any of his movies.  Among the artists appearing on the soundtrack to Django Unchained are the likes of Rick Ross and John Legend.  Star Jamie Foxx appears on the movie’s soundtrack, too.

This new take on the Django Unchained soundtrack is available streaming online until Wednesday, January 2nd.  The special presentation was originally run on Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM Channel 21 on December 14th.

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