Author: YN

Ty Dolla $ign: Sign Language

Following up his Beach House mixtapes, Dolla $ign returns to his free music roots. Ty sounds equally comfortable collaborating with MCs (Juicy J and Rich Homie Quan on “Dead Presidents”) or gettin’ his R.Kelly-esque freak on (“Stretch”). Understand that Sign Language should have a bar code.—YN


Drizzy can take a local song and make it better. This time he’s done it for ATL’s Makonnen who’s distinctive sing-songy style first caught the attention of Mike Will Made It and Miley Cyrus. With this tune as our soundtrack, Tuesdays will never be the same. Ha!—YN

Bobby Shmurda “Hot Nigga”

Who’s summer was this? It must be Bobby. The kid from BK came out of nowhere and quickly captured the rap world’s full attention. Truth be told, your favorite rappers know this record is bigger than theirs. Gotta tip your cap to young Shmurda.—YN

Common: Nobody’s Smiling

In an homage to their hometown, Com and No I.D. unite in creating an album that touches on the chaotic, crime-ridden community of Chicago. But there’s still room for Rashid to self-explore on songs like “Rewind That” where he candidly reflects on the loss of his friend/producer J Dilla. True art makes us happy.—YN

DJ Mustard: 10 Summers

The hottest producer in the game takes the helm on his Roc Nation debut. Although the album may not contain the instant radio hit-making magic of his outside productions, 10 Summers is still an enjoyable listen that showcases Mustard’s love of West Coast hip-hop. Dubs up!—YN

PartyNextDoor: PartyNextDoor Two

The Weeknd went off on his own, but OVO Sound didn’t miss a step with the addition of this Sauga singer. Party follows up his acclaimed 2013 debut with a more cohesive sophomore release. Might be in the minority but I prefer this sequel to the original. PND FTW.—YN

Jeezy: Seen It All

Time waits for no man—except the Snowman. Ha! After a long delay, Jeezy delivers yet again with another album of strong tunes that delve even deeper into his drug dealing past, lost friendships and his legacy. Simply put, his protege YG got some competition for rap album of the year. CTE FTW.—YN

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