2.) Kanye West – “The Life Of Pablo”
Say what you will about Kanye West. Yes, he’s a troubled artist who can really create classical and masterful albums. Yes, he’s a gifted producer. But “The Life of Pablo” is a fucking mess…and I mean this in the most honest way. Honest in a way that Kanye uses gospel beats and derogatory lyrics to create tunes that explore the absurdity of Kanye’s mind. Nonetheless, no one can shy way his memorable hooks on “Father Stretch My Hands Pt 1” and “Famous” Henceforth, West’s artistic vision is forever changing and we can just flow like his rhymes.
Top Tracks – Father Stretch My Hands Pt 1, Famous, Waves, Ultralight Beam, Freestyle 4
8.) A Tribe Called Quest – “We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service”
Politically motivated, perfectly crafted, all Quest. Can they still kick it after over a decade of a hiatus but bring out the everflowing and conscious rhymes that move our minds and bodies? YES THEY CAN! If you want to hear a beautiful goodbye on a high note, then “We Got It From Here…” is a must listen to old and new fans alike. And to Phife Dawg, “Thank You 4 Your Service”!
Top Tracks – We The People…, The Space Program, Dis Generation
Kendrick Lamar – “To Pimp A Butterfly”
THIS…IS…THE…ALBUM…TO…END…ALL…ALBUMS…IN…2015…AND SO FAR…THIS DECADE!!! What’s more to say about this extraordinary masterpiece? It’s the modern day answer to Marvin Gaye’s “What Goin’ On” and its message is quite clear…AMERICA IS FUCKED UP! Lamar holds nothing back and lashes out the truth on black-on-black crimes, racism, police brutality, personal life issues, and how to cover all that with optimism. Infusing jazz, hip-hop, funk, soul, and consciousness on “To Pimp a Butterfly”; and with a grand line-up with producers and collaborators as well as a short interview with the late Tupac Shakur (Mortal Man), K. Dot proved why he’s by far the greatest storytellers of our generation. And with 11 nominations for the 2016 Grammys, damn right K. Dot deserves the acknowledgement and damn right it gives his musicality and creativity justice.
Top Tracks: Buy or download the whole CD
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment
Nico Segal, the founder of Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, recruited Chi-Town’s own Chance The Rapper to create a musical project that’s mixed with conscious rap lyrics, soulful vocals and…well, just a wonderful blend of music that you can groove to as well as to think through. Along with collaborations such as J Cole, Erykah Badu, Big Sean, Janelle Monáe and other talent singers and rappers, just to name a few; “Surf” sounds more like a soundtrack to a modern day “The Wiz” where all of its characters know what they are looking for and they just want to address it into your earholes. And just the vibes on this project will set you adrift into a sea of jubilation; where artful styles and neo-soul elements will surround you effortlessly.
Top Tracks: Sunday Candy, Windows, Pass The Vibes