Top 10 Christian Hip Hop Albums from the First Half of 2015
2015 started off strong. We have seen highly anticipated debuts, veterans showing why they are veterans, off the radar artists making an impact and possibly even a few classics. The Wade-O review team has come together and have compiled a list of the Top 10 Albums so far this year.
When choosing the albums and mixtapes, we had a set criteria. We thought about which albums had memorable moments, great production, and artistry. The artists varied from well-known to fairly new. Overall, we expect that if you check out these albums, you will really enjoy them.
This is a list of albums that were released between January and June of this year.
Top 10 albums in order from 10 – 1:
10. Json – No Filter
Json gave us an album that is worth sitting and reflecting on. Flooded with songs about indentity, this project pointed listeners to security in Jesus. Sonically, it offered some variety and it didn’t lack substance.
This album can meet people where they are, no matter the stage of life they are in.
9. Nobigdyl – Smoke Signal
Smoke Signal is full of original songs with a fresh original flow to match. It’s easy for people to walk away from this project respecting Nobigdyl’s creativity and lyrical tenacity.
Nobigdyl is a name that we will probably hear a lot more of in the coming months and years.
8. KB – Tomorrow We Live
7. Social Club – Us
Social Club just keeps pounding out records and keeps expanding their movement. In March they released Us and this record is everything CHH has come to expect and love from them. It’s full of everything that makes the duo so special. It has bangers, heart felt tracks, random tracks and it’s a lot of fun.
With their star shining as bright as ever, it would have been understandable for the group to take a step back, but they did the opposite and added another record to their already full discography. Us is a classic Social Club record that Social Club fans will love and if they keep making records like this then the number of “Misfits” will continue to grow.
6. Derek Minor – Empire
Empire was a quality album. From the music, the sequencing of the tracks, to the content of the project, it all helped put together an amazing album. Songs like “Who You Know” and “Party People” are not indicators of the depth of the project. This album definitely makes listeners think about what they are doing with their lives and which empire they are working on.
5. Sean C. Johnson – Circa 1993
4. Gemstones – Blind Elephant
Blind Elephant contained many of the elements of a quality debut project. Gemstones let his fans hear his heart as he shares many personal stories in his raps. He showcased his ability to rap (for those who may have been sleeping) and even showcased how well he can sing.
He did a great job with communicating his passion for people to come to know the Lord. That’s found in many CHH songs, but what is different about Gemstones’ music is that you can feel and hear the urgency in his lyrics.
This is definitely an album to remember in 2015.
3. Tragic Hero – My Own Worst Enemy
Tragic Hero is a guy who has consistently put out great art over the course of his career. He has helped raise the artistic bar in CHH and this record is evidence of that. It is everything I love about Tragic Hero and everything that is great about CHH in 2015.
My Own Worst Enemy is lyrically amazing and heavy. It is a display of the art form that is rapping. Musically, it is beautiful and creates an easy listening experience. This is a must have record for all of CHH and if you don’t know who Tragic Hero is yet, then do yourself a favor and get his latest project. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
2. Eshon Burgundy – The Fear of God
1. Alex Faith & Dre Murray – Southern Lights: Overexposed