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, Addison Garry's Best of 2015 here, Nate Hankins's Best of 2015 here, Lainey's Best of 2015 here, Morgan's Best of 2015 here, and Nate Dimit's Best of 2015 here.
As I get older, I grow less and less appreciative of or moved by the music I am exposed to. It's a bummer, because I'd love to be really excited about all of the music being produced, but it is also a relief to find just a few things that really move you. There isn't anything else that needs to be said to introduce my favorite tracks from 2015.
This list is short, because every album should have at least one listenable song, but in the modern age of Soundcloud, YouTube and producers-for-hire you might get a few songs that are fantastic but only make it as far as your favorite streaming service. A$AP Rocky had more than a few singles sneak around the internet before his major label debut and A$AP Mob's "Trillmatic" was probably one of the best songs do never have a follow up. Similarly, waiting on the Fam-Lay full-length like the urban legend that it is only happens because he released a handful of tracks over the years that were all bangers.
Two Fresh "Gettin' Throwed" feat. Joey Purp and Towkio
You know where I first heard this song? The Hannibal Buress Show on Comedy Central. That used to be a legitimate way to discover music and adds to heavy throwback vibe of this beat. It's so good. I looked all over for a legitimate, downloadable copy of this track and it never surfaced.
Kanye West "FACTS"
Alright, this song barely made it in before the ball dropped. A New Year's Eve release, this is easily the most hot take track released in...ever. LIke, you seriously don't understand how inflammatory, troll-tastic and flat out declaration of war this track is. I mean, Kanye is literally taking on the entire Nike/Jordan empire in a single Soundcloud post. And that's the big news. Only Kanye could do this. It is the ultimate flex of his brand and social influence. He's burning sneakerheads to the ground while still selling them $350 shoes. I love it. I love Jordan, I love Nike and, full disclosure, I love adidas more. This isn't going to change anything in the sneaker game, but no matter how much money adidas is paying Kanye, he gave them more back by being one of the biggest names on the planet, taking a huge swipe at the global merchandising giant.
Playboi Carti "Fetti" feat. Chris Fresh and Maxo Cream
This track is incredibly good. It sounds like A$AP and Houston got together to do something bigger than either locale. Playboi Carti is looking to be on the come-up in 2016 and making a statement with a heavy hitter like Maxo who kills it is the best way to do just that.
Heems - Pop Song (Games)
Don't need to say much. Heems is really good and doesn't seem to get over. Maybe he's having a better go of it on the coasts, but in the Midwest he isn't getting the love he has earned. Gem of a pop song.
Major Lazer - Lean On
This might as well be the most feel good, radio friendly jam of the year. A slight departure from the more dancehall aggressive beats that Lazer can churn out, real good.
Thundercat - Them Changes
My favorite song from 2015. The end.
Julio Bashmore - Holding On
Bashmore's full-length was filled with killer house tracks, could have picked several for this list.
Jack U - Where Are U Now?
The better the quality of the system you listen to this through, the more you'll love it. Bieber, Skrillex and Diplo: a trio that separately draws the collective ire of the world, but united they produce magic.
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face
A friend and I discussed this and here is the result: I love this for the same reason he doesn't - pure Michael Jackson worship.
Curren$y - Cruzin...
Curren$y has always been good. Seems like he was just the bookend on a phenomenal year of rap music, but this track should be played at every college house party for the next three years.
by Daniel Coughlin (@xvanwilderx)