2014 didn’t have many big name hip-hop artists drop an album but it was still a great year for hip-hip. We got a bunch of great debut albums and other artists solidified their names this year as one of hip-hop’s best rappers.
The best album in my opinion had to be Big K.R.I.T.’s Cadillactica. That album had everything you could ask for and even more. K.R.I.T.’s sophomore album was a masterpiece and every song is a great song. He finally separated himself as one of the top tier rappers with this album.
Not promoting your album or having any lead single seems to be the way to go these days. J.Cole’s tactics worked and let him make an album which represented all Cole stood for. 2014 Forest Hills Drive is one of those albums that won’t age even as time passes by.
Run the Jewels 2 lived up to the hype of it’s predecessor. The duo of Killer Mike and El-P know how to make a song that appeals to everyone except the radio. We hope Run the Jewels never stops making albums.
Having to make your debut is nerve-wrecking and difficult but Logic pulled it off with ease. Under Pressure is an album that sounds like it was made from an artist that has been in the game for a long time. Having a huge fan base let Logic work his own way and he showed everyone why he is one of the best up-and-coming rappers.
My favorite new act has to be Isaiah Rashad. His EP Cilvia Demo was outstanding to say the least. He lived up to the hype of signing with TDE. This album might be the most slept on this year but if you want raw emotion and great beats, this is the album for you.
Another TDE label-mate to make the list is Schoolboy Q with Oxymoron. He delivered a gangster hip-hop album with a lot of songs that can stand on their own. Q’s first album shows that he is versatile and will hang around for a long time.
Fabolous gave everyone a gift by dropping The Young OG Project on Christmas. It was your classic Fabolous album and it lived up to the hype. Definitely worth giving it a listen.
TDE stamped their name all over 2014 and that was without Kendrick Lamar dropping an album. Ab Soul’s These Days is a great piece of work and shows you how talented the TDE roster is. They have a lot of star power and may be easily the best label in hip-hop.
This was a great year for hip-hop in my opinion. You didn’t see the usual big names that run hip-hop but the artists that did release an album showed that they are talented and in it for the long run. All these albums make me feel good about the state of hip-hop. It isn’t dying but thriving right now.