Top 30 Hip-Hop 2015 Hit Albums

Posted by Billyjam, December 27, 2015 07:47pm | Post a Comment

With its number one album being the critically acclaimed Kendrick Lamar modern classic To Pimp a Butterfly, this Top 30 Hip-Hop Hit Albums in 2015 list is one of three Amoeblog hip-hop year-end lists. This list's results are compiled by drawing from various sales figures of the year's top-selling albums, while also taking into consideration overall critical response. The factors included are first week sales on the Billboard Top 100 chart, overall sales at Amoeba, plus Metacritic ratings. A lot of the time, both sales figures and critical ratings are equal, but on some occasions they were not (hence why some albums might rate higher on this chart than lists based solely on sales). Still, overall the Top 30 that made the list is reflective of the most commercially well-received albums in 2015. With a few exceptions and regardless of the order, this top 30 includes most of the top 30 best-selling albums of the year. Exceptions would include Dom Kennedy's By Dom Kennedy and Drake & Future What a Time to Be Alive because both 2015 albums were digital only and unavailable through Amoeba. The list is also reflective of a lot of the artists whose album tracks received major radio airplay in 2015.

Key artists on the list include Dr. Dre whose Compton soundtrack was one of his many accomplishments in a successful year. Others included the hit bio-pic of his former crew N.W.A. plus the gangsta rap pioneers receiving news that they will be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. Other chart entries include Harlem artist A$AP Rocky, and NJ breakout rap star Fetty Wap whose self-titled hit album was fueled by his 2015 hit single "Trap Queen." Some artists had two releases in the year that made the chart such as Compton rapper The Game whose two-part album releases The Documentary 2 and The Documentary 2.5 tied for the number 11 position. Boosie Badazz also had two albums released during 2015, Touch Down 2 Cause Hell and Thrilla Volume 1, that tied for the #16 slot on this top 30 chart. Meanwhile Future's solo album DS2 was typical of many releases that were issued in varying formats including Clean CD, DeLuxe CD, and vinyl versions. Action Bronson's Mr. Wonderful was released in CD and LP versions as well as on cassette, a format that was a growing trend in 2015.

For alternatives to this hit hip-hop list and for more underground and independent type 2015 album releases, check out the other hip-hop year end lists including the Top Ten Hip-Hop 2015 Collaborations Amoeblog or the soon to be published Amoeblog Top Ten Hip-Hop list.

Top 30 Hip-Hop Hit Albums in 2015


1) Kendrick Lamar "King Kunta" from To Pimp a Butterfly (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)
   [LP + clean CD versions]

2) Drake     If You're Reading This It's Too Late   (Young Money/Cash Money)

3) Meek Mill Dreams Worth More Than Money   (Maybach/Atlantic/Dream Chaser)

4) Dr. Dre Compton   (Aftermath/Interscope) [LP version]

5) A$AP Rocky At. Long. Last. A$AP  (A$AP Worldwide/RCA)

6) Future "Where Ya At (feat. Drake) from DS2   (A-1/Freebandz/Epic)
[Clean CD, DeLuxe CD, Vinyl versions]

7) Vince Staples Summertime '06 (Def Jam) [1LP + 2LP versions]

8) Big Sean  Dark Sky Paradise   (GOOD Music / Def Jam) [DeLuxe CD + LP versions]

9) Wale The Album About Nothing  (Maybach /Atlantic)

10) Fetty Wap Fetty Wap (300 Entertainment / RGF Productions)

11) The Game "100 (feat. Drake)" from The Documentary 2 that was released along
      with The Documentary 2.5 in 2015 (Blood Money/eOne Music)


12) Tyler, the Creator Cherry Bomb  (Odd Future / Sony)

13) G-Eazy When It's Dark Out (RCA)

14) Mac Miller GO:OD AM  (Warner Bros) [LP version]

15) Earl Sweatshirt I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album
     by Earl Sweatshirt


16) Joey Bada$$ "Paper Trail$" from the album  B4.DA.$$     (Cinematic Music)

17) Boosie Badazz  Touch Down 2 Cause Hell Thrilla Volume 1 (Trill/Bad Azz/Atlantic)

18) Rae Sremmurd SremmLife  (EarDrummers/Interscope)

19) Lupe Fiasco  Tetsuo & Youth (Atlantic/1st & 15th Ent.)

20) Travis Scott Rodeo (Grand Hustle/Epic)  [LP version]

21) Action Bronson "Baby Blue (feat. Chance The Rapper)" from his 2015 album
      Mr. Wonderful (Vice/Atlantic) [CassetteLP versions]

22) Tech N9ne Special Effects (Strange Music)

23) Yelawolf Love Story (Shady/Interscope) [Clean CD + LP versions]

24) Scarface Deeply Rooted (BMG)

25) Flo Rida My House (Poe Boy / Atlantic)

28) Jay Rock "VIce City (feat Black Hippy)" from the album 90059 (Top Dawg)

27) Lil Durk Remember My Name (Def Jam)

28) Hopsin Pound Syndrome (Funk Volume/Warner Bros)

29) Young Thug Barter 6   (Atlantic/300 Entertainment)

30) Kid Ink Full Speed (Alumni/RCA)

Kid Ink "Be Real (feat. DeJ Loaf)" (2015)

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