Top 5 Hip Hop Albums of 2015 - First Half

2015 has been a great year for hip hop. It's already better than 2014. We've gotten a great amount of excellent albums, and even a couple of classics. In this list, we celebrate the 5 best albums of the first 6 months of the year. Once the year is done, we'll make another list with the 5 best albums of the second half of the year, and a last list piling all the albums against each other to create a lost with the best 10 albums of the year. Let's mention a couple of records that while great, didn't make the top 5:

Honorable Mentions

- If You're Reading This It's Too Late by Drake
- Until September by Mark Battles
-  Cherry Bomb by Tyler The Creator
- Stoney Point by DJ Hoppa & Demrick
- Sremmlife by Rae Sremmurd
- Tetso & Youth by Lupe Fiasco
- The Growing Process by Dizzy Wright

5. Dreams Worth More Than Money - Meek Mill

Dreams Worth More Than Money is Meek Mills' best album to date. It blows Dreams and Nightmares out of the water in every single aspect. Great beats, nice lyrics, short and cohesive, this album is pretty good. Also, Lord Knows is one of my songs of the year.

Fav. Song from the Album: Lord Knows

4. At. Long. Last. A$AP - A$AP Rocky

This album was pretty great. It was different from his debut album. Rocky stepped out of his comfort zone, and I appreciate that. Luckily, this different version of his music is better (in my opinion). Songs were dark, atmospheric and heavy, to make for a more complete album than 2013's Long.Live.A$AP. Great album.

Fav. Song from the Album: Holy Ghost

3. B4.Da.$$ - Joey Bada$$

I was super excited to hear Joey's long awaited debut, I pre-ordered it and waited, waited, waited... When I finally heard it, I was satisfied. B4.Da.$$ is a great, complete album with a New York sound. Joey did the fans right, keeping it 100%. I specially appreciate the fact that the album felt more like 1999 (one of my mixtapes projects of 2012), and not so much like Summer Knights. Glad Joey is doing good because he deserves it.

Fav. Song from the Album: O.C.B

2. The Night Took Us In Like Family-L'Orange, Jeremiah Jae

I didn't know anything about this album, l'Orange or Jeremiah Jae. Album came out, and I didn't hear it until a couple of weeks ago when a fan sent me an email begging me to give it a listen. I did, and I'm glad I have awesome readers.  This is right up my alley, Makes nostalgic fucks like me smile while playing the songs. This is the Hip Hop I love:  sweet but rough, real and with a Jazz vibe. Hearing this album feels like a Mafia movie from the 50's playing in your ears, and I love that. Hope this two collab again, this album is just sooo good.

Fav. Songs from the Album: Underworld and I Was Invisible Nothing

1. To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

You've heard it a bunch of times by now, but this album is special. It's one of those amazing albums that actually get the love and support they deserve. Mainstream Hip Hop needed this album. Kids needed to hear this. People will talk about this album for years to come (Rightfully so). Beautiful, poetic, with great beats/lyrics and an important message, this is a classic album. Add to all that the fact that it's completely different from his previous album ''good Kid, m.A.A.d city''  (another classic), and it's safe to say that To Pimp A Butterfly is my favorite album of the first half of 2015.

Fav. Songs from the Album: These Walls and Mortal Man

What do you think? Did I miss any album? What is your top 5? Let me know in the comments or Twitter and I'll read it for sure!

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