Vince Staples - Norf Norf
Long Beach native Vince Staples lit the summer up with his debut studio album Summertime '06. The XXL Freshman. Here's a video for standout track "Norf Norf." Given recent "relations" with those tasked with protecting and serving, the video touches on socioeconomics and racial politics without being... preachy.
Travis Scott - Maria I'm Drunk
To many, 'Rodeo' was the most anticipated album of the year. The album did remarkably considering it leaking and, well... this . Maria I'm Drunk sees the Houston rapper crooning to Maria alongside Justin Bieber and Young Thug. I think most can relate with a drunk plea for company.
Young Thug - Power
"Slime Season" is one of the best mixtapes of the year. It is Young Thug's tour de force, where he put everything together, defining his sound in the process. Here is "Power," and its accompanying video. Expect lots of red and the hood Instagram filter x1000.