Exclaim!'s Top 10 Hip Hop Albums of 2014

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Hip Hop Albums of 2014

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10. Ratking - So It Goes

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

Over a kaleidoscope of soundscapes equally indebted to electronic, indie rock and the traditional rap blueprint, Wiki and Hak spit hasty bars telling the story of young men entrenched in the streets of New York City in the here and now. 

9. Black Milk - If There's A Hell Below

Black Milk - If There's A Hell Below
October 28, 2014
Critic Score
73
8 reviews

8. Common - Nobody's Smiling

Common - Nobody's Smiling
July 22, 2014
Critic Score
75
15 reviews

While not flawlessly executed, Common arguably regains some of the relevance he may have lost from his last couple of albums with the focus of Nobody's Smiling.

7. Future - Honest

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

Honest demonstrates Future's keen ear for production, as well as a sense of realism hidden between braggadocio lyrics, club hooks and reverberating production.

6. YG - My Krazy Life

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

5. Isaiah Rashad - Cilvia Demo

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

4. Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste

Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste
November 6, 2014
Critic Score
71
21 reviews

Broke With Expensive Taste reminds us why we all cared about Azealia Banks in the first place.

3. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron

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

Rambunctious and irreverent, Oxymoron blasts bullet holes in the theory that gangsta rap can't sound fresh for 2014. 

2. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata

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

While the beats and rhymes... are as tight and efficient as you might expect, the record's many time-honoured hood tropes and (admittedly restrained) Blaxploitation elements simply fail to inspire through certain segments. 

1. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
October 28, 2014
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

It's been a minute, but RTJ have reminded us that, yes, rap music can be fun and opinionated simultaneously. In fact, that's when the genre is at its best.

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