2015 was a wild ride for Culture Currency and everyone involved in the process. As the dust settles on a whirlwind year, we are glad to present the best (and worst) of 2015 according to us. So we hope you enjoy. If you don't, there is always 2016 to look forward to. You can check out Andy Wilcox's Best of 2015 here.
Top 5 Songs Of The Year
1. “Phone Down” - Erykah Badu
One of the most self-assured and genuinely sad things I have ever heard is that Erykah Badu has the power to make you put your phone down. The fact that she has to remind us to be present in our relationships with other humans is devastating.
2. “No Light” - Denai Moore
So heavy and poignant, I unashamedly cried to this song.
3. “Norf Norf” - Vince Staples
“I ain’t never ran from nothing but the police.”
4. “Unstoppable” - Lianne La Havas
5. “How Much A Dollar Cost” by Kendrick Lamar
A highlight on one of the best albums of the year. The story of the homeless man and Kendrick’s reaction to it is powerful.
Top 10 Albums of 2015
10. Ibeyi - Ibeyi
A dark and emotional album that sounds beautiful.
9. But You Caint Use My Phone - Erykah Badu
Awesome covers and awesome originals, “Phone Down” is the best song of the year.
8. Reality Show - Jazmine Sullivan
7. Hallucinogen - Kelela
Mix of some of the most enjoyable music I have heard along with extremely emotional tracks. Check out my piece on this album here.
6. Tetsuo & Youth - Lupe Fiasco
Long form poetry. The track Murals is ridiculous.
5. B4.DA.$$ - Joey Bada$$
Purest hip-hop album of the year.
4. Elsewhere - Denai Moore
Intoxicating instrumentals and Powerful lyrics.
You can check out my piece on this here.
3. Blood - Lianne La Havas
Simply amazing, pound for pound one of the best albums in the last few years. With tracks like “Unstoppable”, “Green and Gold”, “Midnight”, “Ghost”, “Good Goodbye” and “Grow.”
Check out my take on this release right here.
2. To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
Dope, jazzy, funk, intricate, and compelling. Storytelling at its finest, with tracks like “How Much A Dollar Cost”, “Alright”, “Blacker The Berry”, and “King Kunta”.
My piece on this great album can be found right here.
1. Summertime 06 - Vince Staples
Hands down my favorite album of the year, the most enjoyable, supported by some dark and gripping storytelling. Tracks like “Lift Me Up”, “Norf Norf”, “Lemme Know”, “Jump Off The Roof”, “Señorita”, “Summertime”, “3230”, “Surf”, “Get Paid”, “C.N.B.”, and “Like It Is.”
Check out my look at Staples and Summertime 06 here.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)