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Yes, it’s that time of year. The holidays are here, the countdown to 2016 has begun, and we’re looking back at what was—and always is—a crazy 12 months in the world of Hip Hop.

How do we skim an entire year of music down to just 20 songs? Debates and shouting matches, that’s how. Younger Hip Hop staff and the OG’s debating music and going hard for the culture. The tracks selected need not have been a commercially released single, that’s one thing we agreed on. Here’s the criterion:

  • Creativity
  • Authentic To The Culture (Does It Bump In The Hood, Car, Club + House)
  • Most Popular
  • Replay Value & Timelessness
  • Lyrical Quality
  • Melody
  • Production Quality

We’re presenting the 20 songs we feel defined 2015, from “songs of the summer” to anthems dropping early this year that still ring true in December.  On the flip side, there are absolutely numerous records that hurt us to leave off—and we’re 100 percent positive you’ll let us hear about it.


Enough with the small talk, let’s get into it.