Thursday, 10 December 2015

Obligatory best rap songs of 2015 post

What a weird year for rap 2015 was: everyone started dying to the point where it seemed like industry folk were becoming as endangered a demographic as WW2 veterans; Dr. Dre finally dropped a new album and it made zero impact out in the real world; Noisey got Migos arrested, and ironic Noisey content-fodder rappers like Yung Gleesh and Chippy Nonstop were either arrested for sexual assault or deported to Canada; the only legit DJ Mustard banger of 2015 came as a Beenie Man homage from a British duo who are the essentially Derek C & Derek D; a 19 year old from London somehow made the best dance record of the past 12 months.

The rap songs I've fuxwit most this year then. Usual year-end list rules apply: one song per artist and no order of preference. Blogged about the vast majority of these throughout the past 12 months so I've hyperlinked to my posts on them, and for the ones I haven't I've simply linked to the MP3 or the video. You can find MP3s of a fair few of them on the recent-ish jams 4 u compilations I've posted throughout 2015, as for the rest you'll have to keep your fingers crossed BiggieGeorges swings through the comments and blesses y'all with zipfiles again.

Favourite rap songs of 2015 which dropped right at the arse-end of 2014:

Shy Glizzy - Funeral
Fabolous - Lituation
Mr.2-17 ft. The Ratchets - This And That
5th Ward Weebie ft. Snoop & Juvenile - Let Me Find Out Pt 2
Wiz Khalifa - Smoke Chambers
Nebu Kiniza - Myself

Favourite rap songs of 2015:

Rae Sremmurd - This Could Be Us
Lil' Chris - Days Go Bye
Tiffini & Lil' Chris - Bad Lil' Chick (remix)
Rich Homie Quan - Daddy
Nef The Pharaoh - Big Tymin'
Corn ft. Nef The Pharaoh - Old School Hyphy
Dr. Yen Lo - Day 93
Kendrick Lamar - Alright
Honey Cocaine - Honeydick
Snoop & Pharrell Williams - R U A Freak
Warren G ft. Nate Dogg - My House
Kap G - Andelay
Kid Ink - Cheerleader (Salaam Remi remix)
Mozzy - Bladadah
Young Thug - Halftime
Kokane ft. Too $hort - Luvin' A Pimp
Lil' Bibby & Lil' Herb - Ain't Heard Bout You (Kill Shit Pt.2)
K Camp - Comfortable
A-Wax - EverLasting Money
Jidenna ft. Roman GianArthur - Classic Man
YG - Twist My Fingaz
RJ - If It Ain't Ace
Ty Money ft. Twista - Come Again
Meek Mill - Monster
Gunplay - White Bitch
The Jacka ft. Dru Down - For Real
Berner & The Jacka ft. Rydah J. Clyde - One Sound
Fetty Wap - RGF Island
Patman - LIT
BeatKing - Stopped (video version)
Audio Push - Normally
Stresmatic ft. Nef The Pharaoh & Mazerati Ricky - 2 Phones
French Montana ft. Chinx & N.O.R.E - Off The Rip
Chinx - How To Get Rich
Hardini - I'm Bick
Maine Musik - Social Media Gangsta
J.Stalin ft. L'Jay - Bye Felicia
Lil' Twon ft. Playa Gator - Bruh (remix)
Future - News Or Somethn
DonMonique - Pilates (Kendall, Kylie, Miley)
King Los ft. R. Kelly - Glory To The Lord
Paul Wall - Swangin' In The Rain
Missy Elliot ft. Pharrell - WTF (Where They From)
Vic Spencer & TREE - Once
Kamaiyah ft. Zay M - Out The Bottle
Flo Rida ft. Robin Thicke - I Don't Like It, I Love It
Bankroll Fresh ft. Travis Porter & Boochie - Walked In
Boosie Badazz - I'm Sorry
Mouse On Tha Track - Grass Greener

Related year end reading: the best non-rap songs of 2015.


Alex said...

Glad to see Swanging In The Rain on here.

No White Gzus though?

Si Mane Price said...

Good point. Return Of The G was my shit.

Ben Jones said...

I guess it's kinda off topic but is it me or did all the stuff Kevin Gates drop this year kinda suck?

P-Levis said...

Lil B's 'Soul Food' had one of the best choruses this year.
Any full lengths you particularly liked in 2015?

Si Mane Price said...

I liked that one Gates song The Law, but his shit has sucked for the last couple of years, imo. Terrible taste in sub-Eminem type production.

I love the Dr. Yen Lo album. Rae Sremmurd LP was cool but definitely should have stayed EP-length as it was originally intended.

I'm not really an albums/mixtape guy, TBH.

stephen gyorgy said...

Gawd I'm so glad someone besides pfork is validating my love for News or Somethin.

It warms my old jaded heart that Future has such a soft spot for Nard n B production, straight up.

Si Mane Price said...

News Or Somethn >>>>>>> Future's overrated mixtape where the Ironside sample appears 100 times in damn near every song.

Shapey Fiend said...

Like I said last year a late pass zip of any of the pre 2012 best ofs would be a god send.

Great work as always this year Martorialist.

Si Mane Price said...

I'm sure someone must have the pre-2012 zipfiles.

Yeldarb said...

Gonna get stuck into this over lunch

ballerina corpsey said...

Looking forward to listening to these. Great to see "walked in" in there and I think I agree with you that "Haltime" was the best track Young Thug dropped this year.

Quite surprised to see Kendrick in there, although I don't disagree.

Do you have a blanket non-rawse rule or do you just not rate black dollars?

P.s. I'm glad someone else thinks DS2 is overrated. Found it so samey. Only really liked Slave Master and Thought It Was a Drought

Si Mane Price said...

Kendrick's I was in 2014's song list. I like all 3 singles from TPAB, just think the album itself is cack.

Only Ross shit I ever liked was on Rich Forever.

GGGGG said...

Lurking for zipgiles

David said...

I liked that one Gates song The Law, but his shit has sucked for the last couple of years, imo. Terrible taste in sub-Eminem type production.

get where you're going w/ the eminem concerns on certain songs but this opinion is objectively incorrect

David said...

While I'm at it, Kevin Gates "2 Phones" > stressmatic "2 Phones"

SE said...

Bold choice with "News Or Somethn," but a good one. My list has some overlap with yours, but I can't act like this wasn't the place that put me onto "Bad Lil Chick" and "Off The Rip." Where the Zip file man at?

@b corpsey, were there any good Ross songs this year? I'm a Ross apologist, but I didn't like anything I heard from him.

Si Mane Price said...

SE - what were your favourite Flo Rida #bars of 2015? I liked "I got another comma in my budget/I got an anaconda in my Trukfit"

Drake - GTFOH. That Gates song is trash.

Anonymous said...

No Sauce Twinz?

Si Mane Price said...

Nah. Hate all that trendy fake-Migos rap.

hotbox said...

News or Something was cool but my fav Future joint this year was Blood On The Money. Gates had a few joints too like "Rollin Around" and La Familia but yeah waiting on the album to see where I really stand with him. The Gunplay joint is intense too wish he more songs like that for his album.

Found a lot of good songs from this site this year keep up the great work in the new year. now who's coming through with that zip?

stephen gyorgy said...

Oh yeah, good point. I owe you a big thanks for wandering the Montana wilderness and coming back with "off the rip." I stopped checking French a long time ago but that song ended up being one of my faves of the year.

Much appreciated.

Si Mane Price said...

Late-2014, but Dontchu by French is great too 🏄

Hotbox - here's to Social Media Gangsta 👊👍

Anonymous said...

did/do you like jay rock?

Si Mane Price said...

Never heard any of his solo stuff.

Anonymous said...

Yooo that solo version of "Stopped" is the one.

Piff said...

Good work apart from no Vince Staples

Ray Garraty said...

No Starlito? Shame.

L.A said...

Classic Man remix > the original

Anonymous said...

where's e-40 yup? si mane ya slippin

Si Mane Price said...

Great video, but not a song I have any particular feelings about either way.

Queezy said...

Si Mane Price said...

*Soulja Boy voice*


d said...

plz make an eoy list representative of what Macphersons been covering all year cos iirc wasnt that the whole joke bout this last year

obv dont do this if theres been gender parity dont body yourself brv

Si Mane Price said...

Far more bothered by McPerson wearing grey socks + black trainers with white shorts, tbh.

Ray - recommend me some good 2015 $tarlito. No freestyles over other ppl's beats tho.

Anonymous said...

Lito's had his quietest year for a while in terms of output. I might have missed a few features here and there, but apart from his new one, which I haven't had time to listen to yet, "freestyles over other ppl's beats" describes most of his '15 output. As far as that goes, Passed The Present is solid.

I nearly posted that Twitter link last night. Does he realise the "blurb" he's so upset about was written by a woman?

Si Mane Price said...


Come Back Racoon Tanuki said...

Lex is such a weirdo.

Si Mane Price said...

McPherson not even bothering to notice the blurb he's calling out for misogyny was written by a woman is a pretty incredible moment, tbf.

Ray Garraty said...

Lito had three releases this year. I'd recommend Introversion: it's so good from start to finish. The lastest, I'm moving to Houston, has no songs that really stand out.

Si Mane Price said...

Ah, yes - I remember the title track from Introversion now. That shit is great because it actually has a hook.

Jesper said...

You the man for finding a good Wiz Khalifa song

Ray Garraty said...

You need to see The Wire eoy hip hop list if you haven't already. It's WTF list of the year.

Si Mane Price said...

Link me.

Ray Garraty said...

Hiphop (Richard Stacy)

1. Big Toast – Fuck Off Tarquin
2. Kendrick Lamar – For Free? (Interlude)
3. Lady Leshurr – Queens Speech Episode 4
4. Rast – Jesus Saves
5. Dead Players -Freshly Skeletal
6. Rae Sremmurd – Unlock The Swag
7. Saf One – She Wants A Man From Brum
8. Tyler, The Creator – Cherry Bonb
9. Stormzy – Know Me From
10. Dirty Dike – Hold My Hands

Si Mane Price said...


Stormzy's Know Me From does have my favourite zinger of 2015 though, tbf:

"Look I don't rate them boys
Bare wasteman, bare pagan boys
I come to your team and I'll fuck shit up - I'm David Moyes"

BiggieG said...

Obligatory Best Rap Songs 2015 by The Martorialist :

Habibi said...

I'm Da Plug 3 - Mikey Dollaz -

Fuck 12 - G Count and Nascent -

Mic Terror/Teklife - N'Dis -

Great list!!! Just my faves from the year. Merry Kwanzah.

Si Mane Price said...

S/O to both gents above!

Auld Lang Cryme said...

Made a Spotify list of as many of your selections as I could find.

Si Mane Price said...

👏 Cheers

TC said...

Where's "Fester Skank"?

Barry Normane said...

Somewhat o.t. but what is the martorialists top film/ movie pics of 2015?

Si Mane Price said...

Really liked these:

Mad Max: Fury Road
Inside Out
It Follows
The Lobster

Still need to see The Duke Of Burgundy, The Assassin, Carol, 45 Years, and Ex Machina.

Pour Lean Kael said...

Ex Machina is great IMO. Some clunky dialogue but overall great.

Need to see a few on both those lists. Also Sicario.

Si Mane Price said...

Oh yeah, that was good too.

John Wick was also pretty fun.

Kendrick Lamar lyrics said...

Alright by Kendrick Lamar best track on one of the best albums ever

Fulci Lives said...

Fave Movies 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
It Follows
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Hard to be a God
The Duke of Burgundy
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Bone Tomahawk
Crimson Peak
A Christmas Horror Story
Furious 7

Honourable mentions: Cooties; Ex Machina; The Lobster; Cop Car; Goodnight Mommy; Creed; & Deathgasm.

Si Mane Price said...

I think you meant to type Unfriended there instead of Star Wars, m8.

Fulci Lives said...

Hard to decide which was more terrifying: Princess Leia's Frank Butcher voice or Ken's sex face with a blender?

Si Mane Price said...

Sorority Row will go down as a more notable movie in Carrie Fisher's career than The Force Awakens, imho.

Fulci Lives said...

Big fan of Sorority Row. One of the better slasher remakes / reboots / reimaginings.

Si Mane Price said...