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...

Apache Prophet - "Unfinished Sonata" (Prod. Taz Taylor & MayeniacBeats)



Good morning. Did you have a dream?

Last time you heard a song from Apache Prophet he was weaving a tragic tale of loss and unrequited love, and while that song was a fictional tale(?), the artist himself is no stranger to real loss. His last album, If He Dies He Dies 2, is an autobiographical epic about Prophet's dealing with the deaths of his best friend and older brother. As you can imagine, these two losses so close together devastated him and he found himself struggling with alcoholism, drug abuse, and depression. However, by the end of the story, Prophet has been saved from his greatest enemy (himself) by the love of his now girlfriend and by making peace with his past.

"Unfinished Sonata" was released last week via his twitter and it finds Prophet returning to his story to give us an update on where he is in this moment. First of all, this is the best and most focused song I've heard from him so far. This is due to a few things, but the one that stands out most is that Prophet really opens up on this track about his struggle with depression. Depression is a very real and often misunderstood issue for many people. There are people who, as a result of chemical imbalances in their brain, trauma, or some combination of the two, have a really hard time overcoming sadness or apathy and being motivated to go about their daily lives. Yet most people are not understanding of this and treat people with depression like they can just snap out of it. I've had personal experience with this just recently and it seems that the first step is people opening up like this and talking about the struggle that is very real.

On this track Prophet does not only open up about his struggle, but he offers himself and his music as a place of refuge for people who feel this way. A place where they can overcome. It's a really beautiful track and I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

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Keys N Krates - "I Know U"

Keys N Krates "I Know U"

Unfortunately, the Mad Decent Block Party date in Philly I attended, Keys N Krates were not there, however they were the day after. I wanted to see the trio live because I love the music, but alas, another time. But, the three have returned with a brand new song called "I Know U," which will appear on their upcoming new EP. So I'm assuming in the next few weeks we should get some more excellent tracks as they typically do not disappoint with their releases. Stream the electronic jam below.

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Sigala - "Easy Love"

Sigala "Easy Love"

One song that has been stuck in my head now for a month and probably many of you as well is Sigala's "Easy Love." Not really sure why I did not show it love on here previously, but I had to share it now. While the song has racked up over a million plays in the few months that it has been out, I'm sure there are plenty of you that have not had the pleasure to hear this song. It blends, electronic, tropical, dance, and a cool vocal sample. It gets stuck in my head every time I hear it. The official single release is out on September 4th. Stream the tune below.

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Foals - "London Thunder"

Foals "London Thunder"

I don't know about you, but I really dig Foals. Just something they do in their indie-rock sound that I always enjoy and their latest single, "London Thunder" is no exception. The band is preparing for the release of their new album, WHAT WENT DOWN," but released this synth-fused jam. As you listen, you also notice the song continues to progress and builds, which just adds to the music listening experience. They also released a few other full songs and a few samplers on their Soundcloud.

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Kaskade - "We Don't Stop"

Kaskade "We Don't Stop"

What is sort of crazy is I don't think I've actually posted about Kaskade on here, which is odd considering I enjoy his music. But, with the vast amount of music to share, sometimes certain artists slip through. Well, Kaskade gets his debut on my dinky blog with his recent song called "We Don't Stop." This is the lead single off his upcoming new album, Automatic, which will be out soon. For now, you can enjoy the catchy synth-heavy, electronic anthem.

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Casey Veggies - "Shout Out"

Casey Veggies "Shout Out"

Casey Veggies is gearing up to release his latest project called Live & Grow, but since the album is not out until then end of September, Veggies has been dropping some singles from it. The latest cut is called "Shout Out," produced by Mike & Keys. The track is an ode to all the supporters he has had over the course of his hip hop career and have continued to back him. You can stream and download the song below.

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Mr. Carmack - "thotsgalore"

Mr Carmack "thotsgalore"

Hawaiian native and producer Mr. Carmack should be on most music fans radars as he has been on top of his game for some time now. Plus, he constantly releases fresh material and has been working with some industry names. Now, we get another new song from him called "thotsgalore." While it is not over the top featuring a ton of sounds, it still has a crisp electronic vibe with a funky twist. You can stream and download the song for free below.


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Penthouse Penthouse – "69′ Camaro"

Penthouse Penthouse 69 Camaro

I originally shared a cool tune from LA duo Penthouse Penthouse a few weeks ago after I randomly came across their song on Soundcloud. I loved the groove they created and I saw they released a new tune called "69' Camaro." Once again the pair produce gold mixing in a cool soul, funk, and R&B synth beat with additional vocals from Bobby Saint. The song is also based n the instrumental "Dandy In Love" by Mukai Shutoku. Stream the smooth tune below.

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A Yawn Worth Yelling - "Start Somewhere"

A Yawn Worth Yelling "Start Somewhere"

Initially what attracted me to the band A Yawn Worth Yelling was the interesting name, but once I listened to their song "Start Somewhere," I was more interested because of the good music. The San Jose indie-pop group has a cool sound similar hellogoodbye or The Dear Hunter, but have much groovier basslines and bounce to them. Now as of more recently, there really hasn't been a lot of great indie or pop acts on here, but A Yawn Worth Yelling has peaked my interest in the genre(s) once again. Stream the song below.

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Beach House - Depression Cherry (Album Stream)

Beach House Depression Cherry

The duo known as Beach House have finally returned and released a follow-up to their 2012 album, Bloom, with a record called Depression Cherry. The album is set to officially be released on August 28th, but NPR has the full stream right now. I haven't gotten to listen to the whole record quite yet, so I'll be curious to see how this one turned out. Stream below and let me know what you think of the new album.

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Mayer Hawthorne - "Handy Man"

Mayer Hawthorne "Handy Man"

Singer Mayer Hawthorne hasn't been featured here a lot, but I do dig the music. His latest single is called "Handy Man," which was written, produced, and mixed by Hawthorne as well. Showcasing he has the musical chops to do more than just croon. The song is an R&B/soul ode and even has a bit of a classic feel to it. This is a track that should get you in a better mood with its upbeat bounce, horn section, piano solo, and cool sax solo. This song won't make his upcoming album, but he wanted share with fans. You can snag this song hammer USB flash drive. Stream the song below.

Horns: Will Sessions
Baritone Sax solo: Justin Jozwiak
Piano solo: Quincy McCrary
All other instruments: Mayer

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The Hood Internet - "Classic Lean" (Jidenna ft Kendrick Lamar x Major Lazer & DJ Snake)

The Hood Internet "Classic Lean"

While you won't see a ton of mash-up songs on here, I always did have respect for The Hood Internet who really have an ear for piecing tunes together in a unique way. The Chicago duo's latest is called "Classic Lean," which is a massive mash of Jidenna, Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, and DJ Snake. Probably one of the longest amount of artists mashed together, but it does work. While I don't think this is their strongest mix, it is still a solid party jam. Listen below.

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Reece - "Don't Go"

REECE "Don't Go"

One new artist to watch is singer REECE and if you need some convincing, just listen to his recent song called "Don't Go." The 19 year old is already getting some praise and comparisons to other big names in the R&B genre. He also hits some serious high notes that can leave you truly impressed and not only does he have a flavor similar to The Weeknd, but even upcoming singer Gallant. The talent of these younger generations is really exciting and can't wait to see where REECE ends up. Stream the track below and let me know what you think.

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Beau Young Prince - "Resurrect Me"

New Beau Young Prince called "Resurrect Me"

Beau Young Prince should be a familiar name on this blog as I've been covering his unique blend of hip hop for quite awhile now. Now for the anticipation of his new project, Until Then, out this fall, he released a new track called "Resurrect Me." The song takes on a more ambient and R&B sound, which again shows Beau's diversity when it comes to his music. Listen to the song below and stay tuned for the full project coming soon.

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