It was a huge year for Masked Gorilla in 2015. We relocated to Los Angeles, re-launched our UNMASKED Concert Series, got our clothing line in stores, and of course published over 1,600 posts on here along the way.
Today we're looking back at the over 300 music videos we showcased in 2015, picking our favorite 30 videos to watch one more time before the year is over.
Take a scroll through our favorite videos and leave a comment below with some of your favorites from 2015.
30. Freddie Gibbs – “Fuckin’ Up The Count”
Director: Jonah Schwartz Release Date: Oct 29, 2015
Freddie Gibbs pretty much always has good music videos. The visual for his song "Fuckin' Up The Count" is especially good, following the story of 2 aspiring young drug dealers learning from boss Gibbs about how to slang the right way.
29. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”
Director: Director X Release Date:Apr 1, 2015
Kendrick Lamar doesn't release too many music videos, but when he does they're always highly produced. There's a few videos from his 2015 album 'To Pimp a Butterfly' on this list, but the first one to appear is "King Kunta." K.Dot takes it back to his hometown of Compton for this video, creating a fun, actually somewhat less-produced, video for the energetic track.
28. Vince Staples – “Señorita”
Director: Ian Pons Jewell Release Date:May 12, 2015
Vince Staples made sure he came correct with all the music videos from his debut studio album 'Summertime '06.' The video for the Future-sampled song "Señorita" is no different, featuring Staples strolling through his neighborhood which looks more like a war zone. The video ends with a white family watching everything unfold through a glass window in a viewing room.
27. RATKING – Snow Beach
Director: Ari Marcopoulos Release Date: Jan 14, 2015
RATKING appropriately decided to shoot their "Snow Beach" music video in Coney Island in the middle of the winter. From the subway to the sand, the gritty video perfectly matches the song.
26. Tyler, The Creator – “BUFFALO”
Director: Wolf Haley Release Date: Oct 1, 2015
Tyler, the Creator's career is fuled by controversy, with his music videos leading the way. His "Yonkers" video way back in 2011 where he hanged himself led to his subsequent breakout. While he has more recently shied away that tone in his videos, the music video for his song "BUFFALO" goes right back to his old style, finding Tyler in white-face hanging from a tree, before dramatically changing tone to a mellow 70's style performance.
25. Slug Christ – “Crucifixion Day”
Director: Phoriii Release Date: May 5, 2015
Slug Christ creates a specific brand of lo-fi rap music. With his brand of music, and a song name like "Crucifixion Day," a music video for track had to be something special. Director Phoriii delivered, with a 6 minute video depicting the actual crucifixion of the Awful Records rapper.
Bones has a million great music videos. He's built his career on them. So it's hard to pick out just one to highlight on this list, but we toughed it out and picked the video for “MisterTenBelow.” Something about this video is so tight. It's probably the drone. Yeah, definitely the drone. The use of the flying camera perfectly fits the aesthetic of the song.
23. Brockhampton – “Bet I”
Director: Tyler Mitchell Release Date: Mar 25, 2015
Brockhampton was one of our favorite things to happen in 2015 in general. "Bet I" was one of our favorite songs. And the music video for the song was one of our favorite videos. It's pretty much as simple as that.
22. OnCue – “No Way”
Director: Hunter Lyon Release Date: Jan 28, 2015
OnCue always puts a lot of work into his music videos, but his video for "No Way" is far and beyond the most complex video he's shot to date. The Connecticut rapper took on the life of about a million memes, perfectly recreating them while rapping the lyrics to the song. The video has a solid amount of views on YouTube, 350,000+, but you would have figured this one would have went viral and got a ton more views. It deserves at least a few million.
21. Robb Bank$ – “2PhoneShawty”
Director: Bones Release Date: Jan 20, 2015
To kick off the year Robb Bank$ was in Los Angeles hanging around the SesHolloWaterBoyz. We were watching on social media and hoping Robb would collab with the crew. He ended up recording a project with Chris Travis and thankfully shooting a music video with Bones for one of our favorite songs of his "2PhoneShawty."
20. D.R.A.M. – “Cha Cha”
Director: Nathan R. Smith Release Date: Mar 3, 2015
You can thank D.R.A.M.'s breakout single "Cha Cha" for inspiring the annoyingly overplayed "Hotline Bling" from Drake. Don't let that take away from "Cha Cha" being one of the funnest songs of 2015, with the accompanying video being just as enjoyable.
19. Tyler, the Creator – “Fucking Young”
Director: Wolf Haley Release Date: Apr 9, 2015
Pretty much the direct opposite vibes as his "Buffalo" song and music video, the "Fucking Young" video follows the tone of Tyler's more recent visuals. The smooth track and video eventually transitions a more gnarly video for his song "Deathcamp."
18. Flatbush ZOMBiES – “Blacktivist”
Director: Mario Pfeifer Release Date: Sep 11, 2015
The Flatbush Zombies music video for their song "Blacktivist" is pretty insane. There's some shit in there we don't even feel comfortable typing out because we're scared the FBI is going to come knocking down our door. This video is gnarly though. Really powerful.
17. Wiki – “Livin’ With My Moms” f. Nasty Nigel
Director: Londo Donovan Release Date: Nov 30, 2015
Ratking frontman Wiki released a really fun song and video with "Livin’ With My Moms." Along with World's Fair Nasty Nigel, Wiki goes from his mom's house to soundcheck, before having to save his mom from evil villains only to make it back to his concert in time. Wait, fuck, did we just spoil the ending for you? Whatever, check it out anyway.
16. Mac Miller – “Brand Name”
Director: Rex Arrow Release Date: Sep 18, 2015
A lot of Mac Miller's earlier music videos, all directed by Rex Arrow, all looked the same. Both Mac and Rex have stepped out of their comfort zone over the past few years, leading up to his "Brand Name" music video this year which features Mac getting trapped inside a reality TV show, 'Truman Show' style.
15. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Director: Colin Tilley Release Date: Jun 30, 2015
Kendrick Lamar lands his second music video on the list with "Alright." The Colin Tilley directed video starts off with Kendrick and the rest of the Black Hippy crew in a car freestyling, while the car is being carried by a group of cops. Kendrick eventually leaves the car and literally floats around Los Angeles. Really tight concept and execution.
14. Overdoz. – “Rich White Kids”
Director: Calmatic Release Date: Jan 28, 2015
Overdoz's "Rich White Kids" music video is a party video with a tone. It makes a statement on the current state of race relations in America. The Los Angeles rap group is struggling to maintain a foothold in the scene, but with videos and songs like this we're sure the crew will be here for years to come.
13. Joey Bada$$ – “Like Me” f. BJ the Chicago Kid
Director: Nathan R. Smith Release Date: Feb 11, 2015
Joey Bada$$ is a conscious rapper, usually delivering his raps with a message. But "Like Me" is especially moving, with an incredible music video to match. The beautifully shot and very powerful video tracks the tale of a love triangle gone wrong, with Joey eventually being murdered by the police.
12. A$AP Rocky – “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye II”
Director: Dexter Navy Release Date: Feb 11, 2015
"Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye II" was the first new song we heard from A$AP Rocky in a while at the time. The song, and the video, just hit perfectly. The green screen video features Rocky and crew getting buck. The video perfectly matches the song and that's pretty much all you can ask for. Miles Silva also used this track in the LRG full length '1947,' which is worth noting.
11. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – “Sunday Candy”
Chance The Rapper pretty much never releases music videos, or really music actually, so when he does you have to pay attention. Chano dropped an epic video for his song "Sunday Candy," which is technically a Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment song, but not really. The Broadway inspired video was shot entirely in one take. Pretty insane.
10. Vince Staples – “Norf Norf”
Director: Spike Jordan Release Date: Jul 17, 2015
Landing on the list for the second time, Vince Staples lands himself in Jail in his "Norf Norf" music video. Just like the rest of Staples' videos, the visual is highly produced and matches up with his style perfectly.
9. Yung Lean – “Hoover”
Director:Leo Siboni Release Date: Nov 11, 2015
Swedish rapper Yung Lean had some pretty low quality "internety" music videos when he first broke out. But just like his music, his videos have gotten a little more serious over the years. The video for "Hoover" isn't really about anything, just like the song, but it's still really good and not like any other rap videos.
8. Kendrick Lamar – “These Walls”
Director: Colin Tilley Release Date: Oct 28, 2015
Making his third and (spoiler alert) final appearance on the list, Kendrick Lamar's "These Walls" music video is legendary. The 8 minute video for his 'To Pimp a Butterfly' song is pretty much a short film.The video features Wild 'n Out's Corey Holcomb telling an epic story about Kendrick, with additional acting from everyone's favorite deodorant salesmen Terry Crews among others.
7. Earl Sweatshirt – “Grief”
Director: Hiro Murai Release Date: Mar 17, 2015
Earl Sweatshirt broke out some next level technology for his "Grief" music video, the lead single from his album 'I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside.' Japanese director Hiro Murai used a thermal imaging camera and heat lamps to film the cabin fever video. Hands down one of our favorite videos of the year.
6. Young Thug – “Best Friend”
Director: Be EL Be Release Date: Sep 14, 2015
Young Thug's "Best Friend" was a smash hit this year. The accompanying video is pretty simple, but there's just something really tight about it. Maybe it's the multiple Young Thugs, or his powered white face, whatever it is this video is just so weird and pretty much perfect for Thug.
5. Father – “Everybody In The Club Getting Shot”
Director: PrettyPuke Release Date: Oct 6, 2015
PrettyPuke has made a name for himself on Instagram as a photographer with a distinct gritty, usually obscene, style. Linking up with fellow underground darling Father, PrettyPuke takes his Internet style behind the lens for the "Everybody In The Club Getting Shot" music video. The outlandish pinked out video hits perfectly, really giving you a good feeling for the Los Angeles underground.
4. Action Bronson – “Baby Blue” f. Chance The Rapper
Director: Lil Chris Release Date:Mar 23, 2015
The music video for Action Bronson's Chance The Rapper featured single "Baby Blue" has nothing to do with the song itself, but we're not complaining. Bam Bam decided to recreate the 1988 Eddie Murphy movie 'Coming To America' with nearly identical scenes. Easily one of the best videos of the year.
3. Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Director: Director X Release Date: Oct 26, 2015
Drake's "Hotline Bling" was one of the biggest songs of the year, with arguably the most popular music video in all of music of the year. From video, to meme, "Hotline Bling" was and still is everywhere. The video aesthetic was heavily inspired by 72 year old artist James Turrell. Whatever Drake touches turns to gold, so it's tight to see him fucking around and having fun with it, all while creating a smash hit in the process.
2. Childish Gambino – “Sober”
Director: Ian Eastwood Release Date: Jan 10, 2015
It feels like Childish Gambino hasn't released new music in forever, yet alone a music video. But his video for "Sober" was released in early Janurary and was easily one of the best music videos of the year. The inventive video features a strung out Gambino in a single setting, a diner, trying to court the only other person there. Ian Eastwood and Childish Gambino manage to create more out of one setting than most artists do with multiple videos. Just like everything else Gambino touches his "Sober" video is really creative.
1. Kanye West – “Only One” f. Paul McCartney
Director: Spike Jonze Release Date: Jan 30, 2015
Starting off with the slowed down laugh of director Spike Jonze and the question "you out of breath?," Kanye West's "Only One" music video is easily the most simple visual to land on the list. For that very reason, it's our favorite video of the year. Legendary director Spike Jonze managed to do so much with what had to have only been a few minutes worth of film. The video plays like a home video, heavily featuring Kanye's daughter North West who the song is about. So simple. So good.