The Best Hip Hop Artists of 2015

As we currently are approaching the third month of the new year, I thought it would be interesting to do a feature on the best hip hop artists of 2015. Now, there are a ton of rappers and hip hop artists out...

Kanye West - "All Day" (Remix) ft. Kendrick Lamar


I was already obsessed with Kanye West's song "All Day," now I have more of a reason to stream this over an over with the remix featuring Kendrick Lamar. The rumor mill was spinning awhile about this remix being real, then we got a smart snippet not long ago, but now the full leaked version is out. While it is good, I think it would of been a bit better if Kendrick's part was slightly longer, but regardless this is dope.

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Honor is Ready to Take Over With Her New Single "Never Off"


While the actual music of an artist will grab my attention, an interesting background story as to how they start gaining recognition will also peak my interest. Once I heard Honor's new song and learned about her background, I knew the London based artist would be a great fit on this blog.

Honor went viral by accident when a YouTuber named LukeIsNotSexy found a memory stick on a London train containing a bunch of her photos and demos, which then led him to trying to locate who this singer was. He created a vlog to which he gathered his 500,000+ subscribers to help him find this mystery girl and created a Facebook page posting some of the clues from the USB (Honor now took over that page). That quickly turned in to more, when #NameTheGirl started to trend on Twitter the same evening and everyone was instantly intrigued by who this artist was.

Eventually a friend identified Honor and informed her, after which she posted an incredibly thankful video response. Following all that, she was then picked up by Spaceship Management, a music management group based in Italy (best known for their work with hitmakers Benny Benassi, The Bloody Beetroots, Crookers and Alex Gaudin).

Now Honor is ready to take over with her new single called "Never Off," which not only was released on Soundcloud as a free download, but an accompanying video directed by Marco Prestini from the FlashFactory team. Yet, her song is also catching on by electronic producers who already are remixing the track. One of which is by PANG!, a duo from Stockholm who recently remixed David Guetta’s ‘What I Did For Love’.

You can stream and download her single "Never Off" below as well as the remix by PANG!. Also, be sure to check out the video as well.

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Elliphant –" Never Been In Love" (RAC Mix)


While producer RAC went on to release some original tunes he stepped back from the remix game a bit, but is making a nice return and released a new mix of Elliphant's "Never Been In Love." The song already oozes positive vibes and an upbeat feel, but once again RAC worked his magic to up the coolness more. Stream the new mix below.

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Jazz Cartier - Marauding In Paradise (Mixtape)


Another talented rapper from Toronto by the name of Jazz Cartier released his new album Marauding in Paradise on Soundcloud for streaming and download. I've posted a couple tracks of his in the past, which were always pretty solid and well received by readers. This project features 16 tracks, all having a different variety of hip hop influences, yet still have his own unique style. Cartier is a guy to keep tabs on as he has a bright future ahead of him. Stream the album below and download for free right here.

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Nero – "The Thrill" (Porter Robinson Remix)


While performing at Coachella this past weekend, producer Porter Robinson debuted his new remix of Nero's "The Thrill." Now he has uploaded the official track to his Soundcloud for everyone to enjoy. I love everything about his remix and another reason why Porter is an electronic genius as he knows the right effects and progressive chords to make a beautiful track. Again, displaying a ton of versatility when it comes to his music creativity. Stream the remix below.

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Kygo and Dillon Francis – "Coming Over" featuring James Hersey


There has been talk of a collaborative project between tropical house producer Kygo and Dillon Francis, which seems to be happening based on this new release called "Coming Over." The track features some vocals from James Hersey, which is a nice compliment to the cool island sounds that the pair produced here. This is also a bit different for Francis, who usually has more energetic and aggressive tunes, but I'll be curious to how the rest of the tracks these two create will sound.

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Yelawolf featuring Eminem – "Best Friend"


Southern rapper Yelawolf I think still flies under the radar a lot, yet his music can be hit or miss sometimes too which might deter some hip hop fans away. Yet, never dismiss Yelawolf completely. His new track called "Best Friend" features some verses from Eminem and will be on Yela's upcoming new album Love Story. You might have noticed too that Yelawolf has been experimenting with his sound, almost singing at times, but I kind of like what he is working with, including this one. Stream below.

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A Sol Mechanic - "Wait and See" (ft. JoJo Armani)


Producer A Sol Mechanic has been cooking up something interesting and delivered on this new track called "Wait and See." This is different from his other productions, as this is a straight soul and R&B track. Yet, we've heard his versatility before as he has done hip hop productions to more experimental sounds, thus proving to be a well-rounded producer.

This track also features some airy vocals from JoJo Armani, who adds that mysterious R&B flavor even more. "Wait and See" is one of those tracks you mellow out to and kick back to. You can stream the song below and get a free download here.

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PHONY PPL – “END OF THE NIGHT" (LOUIS FUTON REMIX)


Philly based producer Louis Futon is a recent addition to the blog and was just put on to his music not long ago. His latest remix is of hip hop group Phony PPL and their track "End of the Night." Being smart with the structure of this tune, Futon leaves most of the original material here but adds a cool groove to it. This should definitely make your Thursday feel like a Friday with the smooth party vibe to it. Stream and download below.

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Tinashe - "All Hands On Deck" (Giraffage remix)


While I'm not really an avid listener of singer Tinashe, I will certainly check anything out that producer Giraffge touches. Here he remixed her track "All Hands On Deck," and as with anything Giraffage does, it is worth a few listens. Things get interesting in this and of course the quality is exactly what you would expect. Stream the remix below.

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Dillon Francis & DJ Snake featuring Rae Sremmurd – "Get Low" (Remix)


I don't think you could get away from Dillon Francis and DJ Snake's hit "Get Low," but now we have a remix of it featuring rap duo Rae Sremmurd. Sure, you might be somewhat tired of the original, which has been featured not only on radio stations, but commercials and other television placements. Yet, this remix just makes sense to have the high energy level of Rae Sremmurd and they add some new flavor to this. This got me in weekend party mode for sure. Stream the track below.

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NOSAJ THING FT. WHOAREI – “DON’T MIND ME”


Nosaj Thing has been featured here before, but with the quality productions he consistently puts out, it's necessary to share his creations. The latest is called "Don't Mind Me," featuring some vocal distortions from Whoarei. The atmosphere of the production takes you in a few directions, but the transitions throughout are always perfect. Nosaj Thing's new album Fated, will be out in May on his own imprint.

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Sam Smith – "Lay Me Down" (Flume Remix)


I'd say Sam Smith won 2014, hands down. And while there have been a ton of remixes of his material, I know when I see Flume attached to one that we should get some special. The electronic producer took on "Lay Me Down," with an intricate blend of wobbles and new distortions that take this song to a futuristic level. Flume has also been pretty quite this year so far, but something tells me he has been working on some new material. This remix being a hint of what might be coming. Stream the remix below.

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Golden Coast - "Take You Away"


Since it is already Monday and a day after a holiday, figured we needed a fun and energetic tune. This is where Golden Coast's synth-pop jam, "Take You Away," is the perfect way to start your day. The LA band created a cool groove that will have you jumpin' around, even if you are at work in your office, you'll want to let loose. I'm definitely interested in more pop goodness from these guys in the future. Stream this single below.

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