Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far

11. A$AP Rocky
(Polo Grounds/RCA)

Since the tribute-paying artwork for AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP was released and eccentric singles "L$D" and "Everyday" bounded into the sonic stratosphere, it was clear we'd be seeing A$AP Rocky at his most inspired and left-field on his sophomore album, two-and-a-half years removed from the release of his debut and five months since the tragic death of his mentor, friend and A$AP architect, A$AP Yams.

With a leak that gifted the interwebs the LP a week early, that's precisely what fans were given on the long-awaited 18-track project. Danger Mouse is in the executive producer seat, and production from Kanye West, Mark Ronson, Jim Jonson and Clams Casino donate to Rocky's psychedelic experience. With revealing pen-work, multidimensional production and opulent theatrics, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP is easily one of the strongest hip-hop releases of the year so far. Yams would be proud.
Samantha O'Connor