No one person or group of people can keep up with the proliferation of projects that release right now in Rap. New artists and albums pop up daily like weeds. None of that is meant as a complaint because our lives can never have enough good music. It just gets really tough to figure out who or what to dedicate listening time to with only so many hours in the day.
Big name artists always get their fair share of press so they’re not as hard to track. But, those MCs who don’t reside in the upper echelon can get overlooked easily, even if they put out albums or mixtapes whose quality is undeniable. Here, we’ve gathered up a handful of projects that dominated our days for the year and deserve recognition. For most of the names featured here, joints they released in ’15 are just harbingers of what’s to come in the new year.
Jay IDK’s SubTrap
Seemingly out of the clear blue sky Jay IDK appeared on my radar a little over a year ago and has gone about killing it ever since. I remember talking to him while he was working on SubTrap and developing the layered themes that would go on to become a staple of the release as he takes on the world from varying viewpoints throughout while telling his own story from high school to jail to college and, finally, rap. Easily one of my favorite albums of any kind this year, you’re sorely missing out if you don’t give this one a spin asap. — Jake Krez
Curren$y’s Pilot Talk III
Even with his vast discography, Curren$y’s Pilot Talk albums remain the flagship vehicles of his ever growing fleet of releases. Oh, and by the way…Pilot Talk III is the best of the series. With Cool and Dre, Jahlil Beatz, Joey Fatts, and Harry Fraud joining Ski Beatz behind the boards and Curren$y as sharp as ever behind the mic, Pilot Talk III is a satisfying blend of Spitta’s blissed out brand of audio dope. — Greg Whitt