Best Albums of 2014 by Blade Brown
With New Year’s Day rapidly approaching, 2014’s days are numbered. With that being said, its time to take a look back at what I feel were the year’s best albums.
15. “Burning Bridges” Ludacris
With his first official release in 5 years, Luda sounds rejuvenated. This 6 track EP is a banging appetizer to the LONG OVERDUE album “Ludaversal“. I just hope the album matches the energy of this release.
14. “G I R L” Pharrell Williams
Fresh off the success of “Blurred Lines” & “Happy“, Pharrell released his stellar second album. From the opening” Marilyn Monroe” to the closing “It Girl“, this is a feel good album that has something for everyone.
13. “Mastermind” Rick Ross
Upon its release, I initially thought Mastermind was disappointing. Then, he released the utterly wack “Hood Billionaire”. After revisiting this album, its actually a solid record. Not as good as his best work, but deserved more push instead of being left alone to force an album of filler material to the public.
12. “Trigga” Trey Songz
Without a doubt, this is the best male r&b album since Usher’s “Confessions“. Trey crafts a album filled with hit after hit that can be played in the club, the car or the bedroom. Great album.
11. “Cadillactica” Big K.R.I.T
After the release of his “Mt. Olympus” single, K.R.I.T fans were anxiously waiting the sophomore album. K.R.I.T delievered a unique and impressive album that is severely slept on. If you haven’t heard it, please check it out.
10. “The Pinkprint” Nicki Minaj
Third time was obviously the charm for Nicki. This is easily her best album as she decides to minimize the gimmicks and be the artist she’s always shown the potential to be. A classic? No. But a much needed win as her “act” seemed to start wearing thin.
9. “Paperwork” T.I.
Amongst his TV show and shooting a pair of movies, TIP found time to release his 9th studio album. While the second half of the album clearly outshines the first, this is still a solid project with more than a few bangers. Read the review of “Paperwork” by Blade Brown.
8. “Souled Out” Jhene Aiko
After bursting onto the scene last year with her EP “Sail Out”(A great record) Jhene releases her debut album. This is a diverse, well rounded album in which she continues to tell stories of her life. One of the few albums you can just put on & let play throughout.
7. “Seen It All: The Autobiography” Jeezy
It seems like forever since the release of TM 103. Jeezy has been relatively quiet since then. But he made a lot of noise with the release of one of his best lyrical efforts to date. Also, it makes you feel good knowing Taylor Gang’s own Cardo produced the album’s title track.
6. “Piñata” Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
After his fallout with Jeezy, Freddie Gibbs drops this raw album that should’ve gotten more attention than it did. Gibbs may not have reached the success of some of the rappers he shared his freshman cover with(Wiz, J. Cole, Big Sean, Nipsey Hu$$le) but there’s no denying he’s just as talented.
5. “My Krazy Life” YG
I was initially sceptical of this album. Sure, the lead single was a hit, but I wasn’t sure if a whole album would translate. I’m proud to say I was proven wrong, as YG delivered one of the best albums of the year. Hard, fun and 100% West Coast. YG delivered one of the best debuts of recent memory.
4. “Oxymoron” Schoolboy Q
This album is as gritty as you were gonna get in 2014. Q promised to bring back Gangster Rap, and he kept his word. If a Hoover Street crip needed theme music, they would ride to this all night.
3. “Forest Hills Drive” J. Cole
An album nobody expected, but everyone needed. Cole continues to make his mark in the industry by doing things his way. With no conventional rollout & no lead single, Cole still delivered one of the best albums of the year. Read the review of “Forest Hills Drive” written by Blade Brown.
2. “Run The Jewels 2” Run The Jewels
Killer Mike & El-P dropped their second album together, and it was incredible. The aggressive raps, beats and content is something lacking in hip-hop. Again, INCREDIBLE.
1. “Under Pressure” Logic
Without a doubt, the best rap album since Good Kid, Mad City. Hosted by an A.I. named Thalia, the album is a breath of fresh air. Heartfelt and inspired, this is the one album that made me wanna pick up a pen & pad again. Simply put, Logic is the future.
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