How the hell did we make it through fifty percent of 2015 already? June has seemingly crept up out of nowhere, marking the halfway checkpoint of a year that, so far, has been ripe with exceptional releases from some of hip-hop’s brightest emcees. Releases-- highly anticipated or dropped by surprise, some commercial mixtapes and some full albums -- have infused the year with some fun that surely help the time pass as we approach the new year.

With music from stars both rising and already permanently in the sky, it seems appropriate to take this time to retrospectively look at our favorites.  Join us, as we go through our favorite album releases of 2015 so far.