If you recognize Sleigh Bells and The-Dream, we applaud your wide-ranging musical taste!
To help you weed through the hundreds (make that thousands!) of new releases, SPIN's editors picked the top records of the first half of the year. Click through the gallery to see who made our list -- and read our reasons why. -- William Goodman
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »