At year's end, after we've rehashed and debated the very best songs and albums of the past 12 months, we're due to revisit the journalism that most ambitiously, and memorably, informed our understanding of music new and old.

Much of our favorite music writing comes from all corners of the Internet, from the New York Times to Tumblr. From the troubled return of Boosie Badazz, to the resurgence of Carly Rae Jepsen and Adele, to once-and-for-all determination of the Hardest Rap Album of All Time, we've rounded up our favorite essays, profiles, conversations, and reporting of the past year—including our own writing, of course. Complex presents the Best Music Writing of 2015.