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...

Nick Nikon – "American Idol"

Nick Nikon "American Idol"

Another Toronto standout, singer/producer Nick Nikon, is making waves with his R&B and electronic blend. His latest release is called "American Idol," which is another fresh tune in the series of music he has been dropping. If he keeps releasing tunes like this over the course of the next few months, it will be hard to not come across his music posted on multiple sites. Hit the play button below and make sure to show him some love.

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Kid Cudi – "love."

Stream a new track from Kid Cudi called "Love."


Can't say that I was expecting something from Kid Cudi today, but here we are with a track called "Love." This song was apparently recorded around the time Cudder was working on Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon album, but never made it to any album. Not sure why, as this is a pretty strong single, but anyway at least it has surfaced now. Stream it below.

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Action Bronson featuring Chance the Rapper – "Baby Blue" (Produced by Mark Ronson)


Although everyone is going crazy for that new Kanye, don't forget to check this Action Bronson track called "Baby Blue," featuring Chance the Rapper and production from Mark Ronson. This is a crazy trio to work together and I love the final product of it. The beat is more relaxed and we fund Bronson deliver his bars more methodically. Then you have Chance crooning on the chorus and throwing some bars closer to the end. Ah, this is brilliant. Action Bronson's new album is going to be the one of the best of 2015.

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Coasts - "Modern Love"


Coasts is not a new name to this blog, so of course when a new song drops we will be supporting it. The new song is called "Modern Love," having a more upbeat, dance-pop type of feel. It certainly is a bit different from their previous efforts, but it has a nice modern edge without going in the generic mainstream route. These guys have gained plenty of traction in the last year or so, but I think they still deserve a ton more recognition. Stream below.

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ACADEMY - "Hold Me Down"


The duo known as ACADEMY has been creating some infectious grooves since they first hit our inbox over a year ago. Now the pair are back with "Hold Me Down," another track that shows their versatility as artists. Again, blending styles of reggae, hip hop, pop, and alternative. This might be some of their best work yet. Stream and download the tune for free here.

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Listen to Troyboi’s Mix for Diplo & Friends

Troyboi's mix for Diplo & Friends


One of my favorite radio shows from BBC is Diplo & Friends radio show. Not only does he put on some big names for hours of music, but also new up-comer's looking to showcase their sound. The latest release featured Troyboi, who I do not know much about. Yet, his mixed is pretty crazy and certainly showed he will be name to watch for in 2015. He mixed in his own materiel as well as stuff from Mr. Carmack, TNGHT, Kendrick Lamar, and more. Stream his mix below.

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Tracklist:
TroyBoi – Do You?
TroyBoi – Wonky
dabow – HYPE
Waajeed – Make it Boom (Shigeto Edit)
TroyBoi – Automatic
DJ Craze & TroyBoi – Baby Girl
Missy Elliott – Joy (feat. Mike Jones)
SoundSnobz – Nuffin
Esta – Boomin
SoundSnobz – Hear Dat
Sam Gellaitry – Dntstp (Robax Edit)
Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat
Kaaris – Charge (Mr Carmack Remix)
Losco – Wolf
TroyBoi – O.G
Mr. Carmack – Rocket
TNGHT – Bugg’n
Prodigy – No Good For Me (Sam Gellaitry Remix)
Kendrick Lamar – The Recipe (feat. Dr. Dre)
Flosstradamus & TroyBoi – Soundclash
TNGHT – Higher Ground
Stooki Sound – Ball So Hard VIP
TroyBoi – Forgive Me Not
Scott Garcia & MC Styles – It’s a London Thing
TroyBoi – No Substitute (feat. Y.A.S)
Krept & Konan – Don’t Waste My Time
Nightcrawlers – Push The Feeling On
Maya Jane Coles – What They Say
Sam Gellaitry – Temple
Melanie Martinez – Carousel (TroyBoi x NICK Remix)
Mr. Carmack – Rock Dem
TroyBoi – Medusa Dayz
IceCream – Foolish (feat. Star Fox La Flare)
Lone – Airglow Fires
Disclosure – Grab Her!
TroyBoi – And Wot?
Wookie – Gallium
Kaytranada – At All
So Solid Crew – Oh No
TNGHT – Goooo
SoundSnobz – Skirmish
IceCream – The Trouble Puzzle

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Stream Jack Ü's (Skrillex & Diplo) Debut Album

Stream Jack U's debut album

Skrillex and Diplo have been collaborating sometime, but then announced in 2014 of their plans to release an album under the moniker Jack U. Basically, the Internet went nuts for that announcement, as these two are some of the most influential producers in electronic and dance music today. The album is now streaming in full, which you can listen to below. Also, they recently were doing a show for 24 hours straight, streaming on their site, but apparently cops shut it down a few hours short of 24. Lolz.

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TRACKLISTING:
1.) Don't Do Drugs Just Take Some Jack Ü
2.) Beats Knockin (feat. Fly Boi Keno)
3.) Take Ü There (feat. Kiesza)
4.) Febreze (feat. 2 Chainz)
5.) To Ü (feat. AlunaGeorge)
6.) Jungle Bae (feat. Bunji Garlin)
7.) Mind (feat. Kai)
8.) Holla Out (feat. Snails & Taranchyla)
9.) Where Are Ü Now (feat. Justin Bieber)
10.) Take Ü There (feat. Kiesza) [Missy Elliott Remix]



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The Knocks – "Dancing With Myself"

Stream "Dancing With Myself" by The Knocks


Thankfully it is Friday (finally) and The Knocks have delivered a new song called "Dancing With Myself" that we can all enjoy. This tune kicks the smooth electro and funk vibes throughout, but paints a warm Summer picture (Still freezing outside). While I dream of pool parties and lounging outside, this song will have to do until that actual happens. Hopefully we will be hearing a lot more of the knocks in 2015.

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Travi$ Scott - "SkyFall" (RL Grime & Salva Remix)


If you are looking to get pumped up for the forthcoming weekend, then producers RL Grime and Salva's remix of rapper Travi$ Scott's "Sky Fall" (featuring Young Thug), is what you need right now. These two producers are always in the mix with hip hop and trap, yet still put their own electronic flare into it. They can and will get you turnt real quick, which is accomplished on this remix. Stream below and snag a download as well.

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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 there doing big things, whether mainstream or on the indie side, so don't get your panties twisted if you don't see one of your favorites. This is more or less my opinion and also off the top of my head, so I could easily have overlooked someone. If I did, hit the comments below and let me know. Also, there is no actual ranking for these rappers, just some that I think are doing it right in 2015 or will be. These choices came to mind when I think of things like lyrics, productions, attention, and blogs talking about them.


Kendrick Lamar 
New album, became one of the biggest names in hip hop, lyrical, and does what he wants. First single cause a stir, yet still was dope. Now he released one with lyrical vengeance.




Logic
Debut album in 2014, but his name has carried over to the rest of 2015. Name everywhere and when he drops a new track, you know all the blogs scoop it up.




Drake
This is just obvious. Dude pulled a Beyonce and dropped an album out of nowhere, sold over 500k first week and millions of streams on Spotify. Releasing another album in 2015 still, whether you find him whack or not, he is here to stay.




Action Bronson
There is no slowing this guy down, everything he drops is fire and he is working with some of the best producers in the game. You can't deny Bronson in 2015.




G-Eazy
Although G's big year was 2014, this doesn't mean he doesn't deserve to be listed in 2015. While his lyrics aren't exactly crazy, his hustle and work ethic are something to be praised. Plus, his music is still on point.



Skizzy Mars
This New York rapper has been on the verge for a looong time. His indie/rap productions were catching on in the beginning, but now he has continue to improve. Skizzy's moment is so close.




Rae Sremmurd
The duo while coming off gimmicky at first, are killin' it and released a pretty solid album. Not the most lyrical, but they are doing it big and that won't slow down in 2015.




Vic Mensa
The Chicago emcee is one of the more interesting ones to me. He has been experimenting with his sound a lot more and showing some versatility. 2015 will be a big year for him and he is still early in his career.




Azad Right
The homie has been grinding since I started this blog in 2010, but he has continued to progress and grow. His time is coming sort of like how G-Eazy blew up. I can see Azad having similar success.




Joey Bada$$
Crazy how young this kid is and his intensity/flows are crazy. Released his debut and isn't showing signs of slowing down in 2015.




Luke Christopher
Recently signed and still sort of flying under the radar, this kid puts out a hell of a lot of music weekly. Produces, writes, sings, and raps. While 2015 might not be his year to blow up, it's his time to show more dominance and take it to the next level. Def one of the best out and more sites are picking up on it.



Childish Gambino
So many wrote him off in the beginning or thought of him as corny, but I've always dug his sound. Plus, his most recent mixtapes and album show how serious Donald Glover is. Look at the plays and love he gets.




Kanye West
All the constant news about him and his wifey can get annoying, but no denying West's creativity and staying power in music. We'll be hearing plenty more about his new music this year.




GoldLink
Bars, beats, and uniqueness. Plus, the dude is working with Rick Rubin. Enough said.


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Jay Ant ft. G-Eazy -"Fully Focused"


Most of us probably first heard Bay area rapper/producer Jay Ant when he linked up on a G-Eazy track, well now it is his turn to make some waves. The new song is called "Fully Focused," which will be on his Blue Diamond Dreams album, due out next month. This one also throws in some bars from G, making this a laid back, vibe out kind of tune. Peep it below.

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BMB Spacekid - "FBGM" ft. GoldLink


While I am not to familiar with BMB Spacekid's productions, I am and have been excited about GoldLink's music. Yet, after hearing "FBGM" with both artists, I'm definitely more interested in who BMB Spacekid is and what he is about. Together, these two have a whole different sound when it comes to hip hop. Both do not seem afraid to be unique and not follow a typical formula of the genre, which will prove to be a success for them. GoldLink also recently was discovered to be working with the legend, Rick Rubin. Big things poppin', stay tuned.

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Lapalux – "Don’t Mean A Thing"

Stream Lapalux's new track "Don't Mean A Thing"

The ever growing electronic producer Lapalux released a new chill track called, "Don't Mean A Thing." This will be featured on his forthcoming sophomore album, Lustmore, which will be out in the beginning of April. This song was actually first heard on Flying Lotus' BBC Radio 1 program not too long ago, but not finally got the official drop. I'm digging the sounds that Lapalux creates and he explores quite an array of style here.

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Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) - Tuxedo (Album Stream)

Stream Tuxedo's debut album


A few months back a mysterious duo emerged called Tuxedo with some funk/soul/R&B music and it got people talking. We would soon learn that it was a collaboration project between singer Mayer Hawthorne and producer Jake One. Since that time, I really haven't heard too much about it or from them, but then NPR shared a stream of their self-titled debut. The album features 12 tracks and will be available for purchase on March 3rd.

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