Label: Def Jam Recordings
Released: June 23

Vince Staples is one of the sharpest rappers working, and he's never been more at the bleeding edge of the genre than on Big Fish Theory. The beats he selected for this album would likely make this list as instrumentals alone—it's a futuristic electronic album at heart, and don't sound like they were made to be rapped over—but Vince makes them his own. And, once you get past the grating, hypnotic production, it's the same old Vince finding his pocket, as quick-witted and clear-eyed as ever. —Brendan Klinkenberg