2015 was a year full of heaters. I don't want to discount all of the amazing albums that were put out this year, but my pick is going to Pusha T's King Push Prelude: Darkest Before Dawn.
The newly appointed el presidente of G.O.O.D. Music is on point with the production once again. I love the unorthodox style of beat he chooses to use that conventionally still bangs but leaves you with a sense of admiration towards Pusha for going against the grain and pulling off what most artists would be too scared to do in this commercial playing field. If you listen to any of the interviews he's done recently in the lead up to releasing this album, he talks about working with the hometown Virginian folk in Timbaland & Pharrell, and how they relish the opportunity to be able to get their 'hip-hop rocks off' when it comes to working on Pusha's projects.
Pusha is undoubtedly one of my favourite artists. I love the position he's in and the name he has been able to build for himself despite being one who really holds his lyricism and word play in the highest regard, which in recent times has been becoming more scarce.
(Check out the commentary he's left on Rap Genius decoding his lyrics and explaining the meaning behind them: http://genius.com/Pusha-t-king-push-darkest-before-dawn-the-prelude-tracklist-album-art-lyrics)
Featuring the likes of Kanye, ASAP Rocky, The Dream, Beanie Sigel and more, King Push has just dropped another set of visuals for the track "Money Pussy Alcohol". As the album title goes, the videos follow suit with a dope set of dark eerie vibes that solidifies the intention of the 10 track album. He's even dropped a 22 minute short film to go with it which is cinematically on point.
To sum it up. Really dope clear and concise album with no room for wastage or skipping. Lyric driven with heavy left field production. And best of all, it's a prelude to his major album "King Push" dropping April 2016.
This album has been on repeat for me since it dropped.
I literally fuck with every single song on the album..But this is my top pick from it below.
I strongly encourage you to let this album marinate in your ears if you haven't given it a listen.
Let me know what your favourite album of 2015 was.