5 Best Hip-Hop Song of 2015


2015 has been a great year for Hip-Hop. We've gotten some of this decade's best albums, mixtapes, songs and verses. Today, we'll be talking about the best songs I heard this year. I repeat, MY favorite songs. We all have different opinions. That's why Hip-Hop is music's best genre. It has so many styles. Anyways, these are the songs that left a mark on me, because of their sharp punchlines, incredible beats and/or immersive atmosphere.

5. Mick Jenkins - "P's & Q's


Let's start things off with a hidden gem. This song is spectacular. Minimalistic, yet outstanding. The beat is nothing crazy: a simple (but amazing) guitar melody with some solid drums. Mick destroys it though. For the most part, Mick spits a verse using only words that begin with a P or Q. The fact that the verse still made sense despise its restrictions is mind blowing. All of this makes P's & Q's a pivotal Mick Jenkins record.


4. Antidote - Travi$ Scott


Now, Travi$ Scott is not a lyricist. That's not his role. However, he's great at making weird, unique bangers. I mean, the atmosphere in this song is insane! Beat wise, the drums are loud and flashy. I also really like that the song sampled “All I Need” by Lee Fields & The Expressions. And while I'm not the biggest fan of auto tune, Travi$ used it to deliver one of 2015's catchiest hooks. If you want to have a good time, this song should probably be in your playlist.


3. Lord Knows - Meek Mill


My God, this man knows how to make intros. I remember back in 2012, when Meek Mill's debut album came out. I specifically remember hearing the intro track "Dreams and Nightmares" with my mouth wide open, it was just so good. The intro to his latest album "Dreams Worth More Than Money" is another spectacular track. It heavily samples Mozart’s “Lacrimosa”, with the choir voices building you up until the drums drop. Meek sounds super hungry and emotional when he talks about his jail time, his career and his future. One of the hardest, most unique tracks I heard this year.


2. Alright - Kendrick Lamar


This track is majestic. Out of Kendrick's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' (this year's best album), this is a heartfelt song that tells us that while things might go wrong, we'll be alright. It's all part of God's plan. On the surface, this sounds like great positive anthem, but the underlying message is driven by a specific pain. Police brutality. Produced by Pharell, Kendrick uses his charisma to spit dope verses. The fact that people at protests are chanting the song's hook should give you an idea of how important it is.


1. These Walls - Kendrick Lamar


Now, I'm not sure if this is a popular opinions, but this is my favorite song of the year. It just clicked with me. The song narrates Kendrick using his fame to have sex with a woman. A woman whose real man is rotting in jail for killing one of Kendrick’s friends. The concept alone is fantastic. The song is also divided in two halves: The first one is a sweet tune about Kendrick having fun with this woman. The second one brings a dark message from a vindictive K-dot. Everything about this was special. The melodies, the lines, the concept, the instruments, the atmosphere and the hook. Overall, I’m pretty proud to be a fan of hip hop this year.

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