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2015 RAP

‘Tis the season for spending time with family and loved ones, sipping egg nog, and coming up with ranked lists of your favorite rap songs from the past year.  I used to be a staunch anti-lister: how could we attach such a rigid hierarchy to such personal, subjective material?  I also hated all the petty, pointless arguments that always ensued – such a waste of time that we could be spending on listening to more music.  I still think most of those arguments are dumb, but I’ve recently realized that, like many things I initially disliked, I was just thinking about them in the wrong way.

More and more I’ve come to see the value in these lists; not as what they seem – rigid value judgements about inherently unquantifiable subject matter – but as a starting point for conversation and possible introduction (or re-introduction) to material that might have slipped through the cracks for some listeners.  So this year I’m throwing in my votes for best rap songs of 2015.  I have purposely not looked at any other end-of-year lists so as not to be swayed by the judgements of others.  No doubt I will discover countless songs I should have included once I do see everyone else’s, but maybe someone else will discover something in these 35 selections from this great year in rap.  After the first 5 or 6 songs, I didn’t put much effort into the order so don’t get too caught up in that part of it.  Let me know if you agree, and DEFINITELY let me know if you disagree or have alternate selections, I hope to learn more than teach from this first attempt.

To keep this from being a list of Young Thug and Future songs I stuck to the standard format of doing one track per artist, except in a couple cases where groups have gone solo and where artists have been featured on another song elsewhere on the list.  I definitely see Rich Gang, Young Thug, and Rich Homie Quan as three separate entities, and Nef the Pharaoh gets featured twice since I didn’t put any of his own solo material on there.

Here we go!

  1. Rich Gang – Up, Up, and Away
  2. Future – No Compadre
  3. Young Thug – No Way
  4. Rich Homie Quan – Flex
  5. Tree – Well
  6. Dr. Yen Lo – Day 3
  7. Juego the Ninety – D’Juego
  8. Vince Staples – Norf Norf
  9. Earl Sweatshirt – Solace
  10. Kendrick Lamar – These Walls
  11. Foxx – Don’t I (feat. Wacko)
  12. Boosie Badazz – Mama
  13. Bandit Gang Marco – NO CASH (feat. Bandit Gang)
  14. Yung Gordon – Finna Hit My Walk (fast version)
  15. Black Zheep DZ – Ice-Hot
  16. Starlito – My Love (feat. Don Trip)
  17. Corn – Old School Hyphy (feat. Nef the Pharaoh)
  18. The Jacka – Ancient Astronauts (feat. Goldie)
  19. Bloody Jay – Want it Like This
  20. YG – Twist My Fingaz
  21. Butch Dawson – Brain
  22. Chance the Rapper – Israel (feat. Noname Gypsy)
  23. Young Jeezy – Birds Could Talk
  24. Jay 305 – Goin’ Up (feat. Dom Kennedy)
  25. DJ Chose – Everywhere I Go (feat. MC Breezy)
  26. Pablo Skywalkin’ – Feeling Myself
  27. Earl Swavey – What Would You Do? (feat. DJ Worm 2G)
  28. 22nd Letter – Blunt on Me
  29. Don Trip – Eviction Notice
  30. Kevin Gates – Khaza
  31. Denzel Curry – Lord Vader Kush II
  32. Zuse – Till I Die
  33. Shabazz Palaces – The Mystery of Lonnie the Døn
  34. Danny Brown – Worth It
  35. Rocko – I’m High

Honorable mention to “Coldest Summer’s Mine” by Justiiice which has inexplicably disappeared from the internet.  It probably would have bumped Rocko off the list had I found a link.

Special thanks to Rap Music Hysteria, The Martorialist, and Tumblin’ Erb for their constant inspiration.  This would have been a much shittier list without y’all.

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I think Bloody Jay is tryna troll me from the not-so-distant past right now – while time travelin’ through his back catalog after The Dark Night surprised me so pleasantly I found out he’s not only has his own entry in the Blood, Sweat, Tears” rap canon, but he beat both Looni and Thugga to the “Up, up, and away!” rap lyric by a long shot.

Bloody Jay – Blood, Sweat, N Tears

Bloody Jay – Super Hero

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I know it came out a month ago, but I don’t hear anybody else talking about it so I’ll go ahead and say it I think the new Bloody Jay is pretty good!

Bloody Jay – Want It Like This

At first, “Want It Like This” has some slight “The Story Behind It” flavor in the production but then the mandolins come in and Jay starts swerving all over the beat like he’s steering with his knees and you realize you haven’t heard a song that quite sounds like this before and it’s damn refreshing!  It’s not the only track worth your eartime tho, the tape opens with “We Bros“, a blithe tribute to friendship during hard times, “Pain” mourns the tribulations of hood life over ponderous piano loops and shimmering organ swells, Jay ecstatically transforms a pretty middling, low-fi beat into a genuinely fun, bounce-educing party track on “Flossin’“, even the weird Brodinski techno song has a strange charm that makes me not disappointed with it as a closer.

Sonically, The Dark Night doesn’t quite fit in with the Barter VI/56 Nights/Solace trend I hypothesized about earlier this month, it’s too eclectic and playful to fit into that mix, but conceptually it still exhibits many of the important components of that trend: its brevity, its indifference to mainstream/radio tastes, and its bold individuality that never gives way to self indulgence all make this tape very much worth listening to.  Jay does a great job of balancing his weirdness, emotions, and jokester tendencies on this project so you always find yourself grinning at his unusual creative choices, not rolling your eyes.



Here are three links that don’t make sense:

Wikipedia: “Florida Water

Urban Dictionary: “Florida Water

Young Thug & Bloody Jay – Florida Water

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Young Thug & Bloody Jay – Movin’

My new favorite mumble-rap, even better than the chorus of “She Want That Money“.

Devin the Dude – She Want That Money (feat. Odd Squad)

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