SPIN's 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2014

SPIN's 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2014

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40. Rich Gang - Tha Tour Part 1

Rich Gang - Tha Tour Part 1
September 29, 2014
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

37. Mick Jenkins - The Water[s]

Mick Jenkins - The Water[s]
August 12, 2014
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

36. A$AP Ferg - Ferg Forever

A$AP Ferg - Ferg Forever
November 28, 2014
Critic Score
69
4 reviews

35. Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons

Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons
December 9, 2014
Critic Score
69
14 reviews

34. Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy

Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy
June 9, 2014
Critic Score
72
6 reviews

33. Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint
December 15, 2014
Critic Score
68
21 reviews

The Pinkprint overwhelmingly shifts the MC out of the competitive mindset into a more personal one than anything she'd previously put her name on.

32. Sage the Gemini - Remember Me

Sage the Gemini - Remember Me
March 25, 2014
Critic Score
64
7 reviews

29. NehruvianDOOM - NehruvianDOOM

NehruvianDOOM - NehruvianDOOM
September 22, 2014
Critic Score
67
15 reviews

28. Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary

Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary
November 11, 2014
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

27. KA - 1200 B.C.

KA - 1200 B.C.
June 11, 2014

26. Buck 65 - Neverlove

Buck 65 - Neverlove
September 30, 2014
Critic Score
60
2 reviews

25. The Roots - ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

The Roots - ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
May 19, 2014
Critic Score
70
21 reviews

Unlike 2010's How I Got Over, where the Roots attempted (and largely succeeded) to find solutions for their mid-life crises, this one is all fire-and-brimstone critique.

24. Theophilus London - Vibes

Theophilus London - Vibes
November 4, 2014
Critic Score
66
7 reviews

23. Isaiah Rashad - Cilvia Demo

Isaiah Rashad - Cilvia Demo
January 28, 2014
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

22. LE1F - Hey

LE1F - Hey
March 11, 2014
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

21. Big K.R.I.T. - Cadillactica

Big K.R.I.T. - Cadillactica
November 11, 2014
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

20. Ratking - So It Goes

Ratking - So It Goes
April 8, 2014
Critic Score
74
16 reviews

Ratking embodies an organic nostalgia: one that feels less studious (*cough* Joey Bada$$) or trendy (*emoji eyes* A$AP), than a product of listening to a whole lot of shit growing up.

19. Migos - No Label 2

Migos - No Label 2
February 25, 2014
Critic Score
55
2 reviews

18. Low Pros - EP 1

Low Pros - EP 1
May 6, 2014
Critic Score
67
1 review

17. Atmosphere - Southsiders

Atmosphere - Southsiders
May 6, 2014
Critic Score
69
8 reviews

16. GoldLink - The God Complex

GoldLink - The God Complex
April 1, 2014
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

15. Ab-Soul - These Days...

Ab-Soul - These Days...
June 24, 2014
Critic Score
71
18 reviews

14. Serengeti - Kenny Dennis III

Serengeti - Kenny Dennis III
November 11, 2014
Critic Score
74
5 reviews

13. Young Fathers - Dead

Young Fathers - Dead
February 3, 2014
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

11. Dej Loaf - Sell Sole

Dej Loaf - Sell Sole
October 21, 2014
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

10. Future - Honest

Future - Honest
April 22, 2014
Critic Score
76
18 reviews

Breezy in its boldness (12 tracks, under 50 minutes), this is a heavily considered album from the only reasonable rap star around. 

9. Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait

Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait
October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

8. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron

Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
February 25, 2014
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

Oxymoron, the rapper's third full-length and first for Interscope, is powered by the sturdy widescreen hedonism of Dr. Dre's The Chronic, full of well-rapped and witty lyrics about doing dirtbaggy things over top-shelf, endlessly fascinating, forever-morphing beats. 

7. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
July 29, 2014
Critic Score
82
30 reviews

Lese Majesty feels more now, than then. In mirroring and transcending the schizoid, rootless form of digital society, it's an attempt to help people cope with the culture.

5. Young Thug & Bloody Jay - Black Portland

Young Thug & Bloody Jay - Black Portland
January 21, 2014
Critic Score
70
3 reviews

4. Homeboy Sandman - Hallways

Homeboy Sandman - Hallways
September 1, 2014
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

3. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

From the lyrics to the beats, the pleasure of Piñata is in the details.

2. YG - My Krazy Life

YG - My Krazy Life
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
78
12 reviews

1. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
October 28, 2014
Critic Score
86
28 reviews
Original Source: http://www.spin.com/articles/40-best-hip-hop-albums-2014/
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