Halftime Show: Best of 2015 So Far

Wow, time goes fast.

If I had a quarter every time I heard that… goddamn I’d have a lot of quarters.

It’s June, which means we’ve all collectively reached the halfway mark of 2015. Isn’t that crazy?! Time goes fast… (oh, woops)

Personally a lot has happened to me this so far this year; a lot of ups which included finishing my third year of university and joining RLGT as a contributor, as well as a lot of downs. (Stay tuned and watch for a future article on that…)

But one thing that has kept consistent, not just this year, is the music. Day after day, week after week, month after month. So far in 2015, I’ve had the chance to listen to a whole variety of new music. From mainstream to underground, I was continuously blown away from the new material, providing new beats, new sounds, and new energy.

With that being said, I wanted to count down my five favourite albums/mixtapes that have been dropped so far in 2015. Music taste is subjective, so please don’t be mad if my list is different from yours. I thought these projects stood out the most to me and I stand by my list. So here we go.

5. Johnny Rain – 11download

If you’re not familiar with Johnny Rain yet, then get familiar. I’ve never heard of an RnB singer that has touched me in so many ways like he has before (Ok, calm down there..). His spirituality definitely transcends into this music. It’s amazing to hear this man sing through his experiences and this album was definitely on repeat for a while when it first came out. I think the reason why I love this album so much is because of the memories that I have singing this with my bestest of friends in many cases in the car.

4. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

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Know Yourself. 6 God. Preach. 10 Bands. Banger, after banger, after BANGER. I can’t believe that Drake put this out as a “mixtape”. I don’t think there’s anyone right now that’s killing it as much as Drake lately. Knowing he put this project out while working on his upcoming album, “Views from the 6” shows that he’s a hard working man that deserves the fame and praise. Making us Canadians proud.

3. Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise


After his dismal release of Hall of Fame in 2013, Sean Don redeems himself with this amazing project. In many interviews Sean expressed that this album was going to be different and made the way he wanted to. I’m was also glad to hear that Kanye had a larger role in Dark Sky Paradise. With two features from Ye’, and a whole lot more from other great artists, Sean created a project that gave that intense I-dun-fuck-wit-u sorta vibe that was coupled by his improved lyric game and flow. GOOD MUSIC FOR LIFE!

2. A$AP ROCKY – A.L.L.A (At Long Last A$AP)


It’s almost not fair that this album is on the list. Only having been released late May, this album just gave me enough courage to put it in my top 5. I truly believe A$AP did to the best of his ability to try something different. That’s something you have to respect, because most artists will abide by the mainstream and output product that everyone wants to hear. But A$AP definitely gave us different elements to his style with hits like “L$D” and Jukebox Joints. Or maybe it’s because he was on a bunch of drugs while making ALLA. Either way, it came out bomb.

1. SPZRKT & Sango – Hours Spent Loving You


This was the first time I had ever heard of these two. Through a lovely Stwo remake, my radar was instantly locked on SPZRKT and Sango. I think they were the kick-starter to my addiction with Soundcloud (as well as with Jarreau Vandal) and I started to appreciate the whole movement that Soulection was trying to push. Hours Spent Loving You is just an amazing project that has chilling vibes to it. I grew up listening to RnB and slow jams, so this one really hit it home with the singing but also the new-age beat selection. The evolution of music is just wonderful and to live and hear the progression has been a blessing.


Well, that’s my top five favourites so far this year. I’m excited to see what’s going to happen during the second half of 2015. With anticipation for Kanye and Drake’s new album starting to bloom more and more, I’ll glady sit back and enjoy other great tracks and projects that find their way to my ears.



– Raymond

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