10. Dej Loaf- Sell Sole (Self Released)
It's funny how girls are actually better at rapping than dudes. Who'da thunk?
Listen to "I Got It"
9. Freddie Gibbs- ESGN (ESGN/Empire Distribution)
Yeah, I know this came out in 2013, but if the Grammys can nominate a year old album, then so can I.
Listen to "Eastside Moonwalker"
8. Lil' Durk- Signed to the Streets II (OTF/Coke Boys)
How come rap releases are always on two labels? And what the fuck happened to Chief Keef? Next year I think I'm gonna do "Top 10 Drinks I Drank that I'm Too Old to be Drinking" for a year end list.
Listen to "Live it Up"
7. Chris Brown- X (RCA)
A couple of these songs were swings and misses, but when it comes to making hits, nobody beats Chris Brown.
Listen to "Add Me In"
6. Xerxes- Collision Blonde (No Sleep)
This album sounds like what hardcore would sound like if all the hardcore kids who wear Joy Division shirts actually listened to Joy Division. Or if all those "wave" bands tried writing a really good hardcore album, instead of trying to sound like The National.
Listen to "Collision Blonde"
|Self Defense Family|
"Self Defense Family is the best band in the history of recorded music." - Self Defense Family.
Listen to "Tithe Pig"
4. J. Cole- 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Dreamville/Roc Nation)
I haven't even listened to a third of this album and it's already number four on my list. I dunno what that says about the rest of these albums, but whatever. There are some big tunes on this one.
Listen to "Fire Squad"
3. ScHoolboy Q- Oxymoron (TDE/Interscope)
Everytime I saw this commercial I was instantly reminded of Oxymoron and how much money you can make by selling prescription drugs (apparently). So not only did ScHoolboy Q create arguably the best rap album of 2014, he also unintentionally subverted the Canadian government by doing it. Pretty cool stuff.
Listen to "Los Awesome (feat. Jay Rock)"
2. PartyNextDoor- PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO (OVO Sound/Warner Bros.)
OVOXOYMCMBT.O416IX905CPKREPMYCITYCANTFUCKWITHUS BRAP BRAP BRAP!!!!
Listen to "Recognize (feat. Drake)"
Wait, you're telling me there wasn't a 10th anniversary reissue for Lil Wayne's classic coming of age record? Damn Birdman, you need to hop on that punk rock greed train and get reissuing your back catalogue. I would've bought that shit on vinyl and I don't even have a record player.
But seriously though, this is basically the only album I listened to for the first half of this year. Fuck with it.
Listen to "Go DJ"
Honourable Mention: La Dispute- Rooms of the House; Kitty Pryde- Impatiens; Ratking- So it Goes; Riff Raff- Neon Icon; The Hotelier- Home, Like Noplace is There; Angel Du$t- A.D.; Space Pope- Long Live the Pope
5 Dope EPs:
Self Defense Family- Two Genuine Oddities From Our Past
Self Defense Family- "Indoor Wind Chimes" b/w "Cottaging"
Self Defense Family- Split w. Meredith Hunter
Self Defense Family- I Tried to Make Something You Would Enjoy
Self Defense Family- Duets