The Best Rap Albums of 2014


So 2014 is just about over and I just wanted to take the time to share some of my favorite hip-hop albums that have dropped this year. Here are my top 25 rap albums of 2014, in alphabetical order.

The Four Horsemen (Ras Kass, Kurupt, Canibus, Killah Priest) - Historic Remix (ft. Tragedy Khadafi)

The Four Horsemen - Historic Remix (ft. Tragedy Khadafi)

Gemstarr Regime producer BP comes through with another unreleased exclusive, this time with a remix for the track "Historic". The original version of this cut was one of the standout tracks from Canibus' last album "Fait Accompli", but I'm actually diggin the beat on this BP remix more than the original version. Peep it below.



Awon - Matte Black Soul (Album)

Awon - Matte Black Soul (Album)

Newport News, VA rapper Awon just dropped another album back on December 8, 2014 and it's a banger. The project is called "Matte Black Soul" and finds Awon touching on a variety of topics over smooth soul samples with production from Phoniks, Rashard, Ak, HDK as well as from Awon himself. The album was released as a "name your price" release over on Don't Sleep Records' bandcamp site and is available for stream/purchase via the link below. This shit is real dope and is yet another outstanding release from Awon.



ChillxWill - Warning (MPadrum'$ Remix) (Video)

ChillxWill - Warning (MPadrum'$ Remix) (Video)

ChillxWill is an emcee hailing from Tacoma, Washington who just released some visuals for his track "Warning (MPadrum'$ Remix)", which is a cut off of his upcoming album "Almighty". The song is definitely a banger and features the BKR$CLB member spitting some ill bars over a crazy MPadrum's instrumental that sounds like it came straight out of the 90's. I'm feelin' the fuck out of this track and am definitely looking forward to the full "Almighty" album, which will be dropping February 3rd on Ill Adrenaline Records. Don't sleep on this one folks. You can preorder the album now over on iTunes.



PRhyme (Royce Da 5'9" and DJ Premier) - PRhyme (Review)

Prhyme (Royce Da 5'9" and DJ Premier) - Prhyme (Review)

"PRhyme" is a collaborative album from Slaughterhouse emcee Royce Da 5'9" and legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier. The album features guest appearances from Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, Common, Jay Electronica, Killer Mike, Schoolboy Q and others with all production being handled by DJ Premier himself. It was released on December 9, 2014 via PRhyme Records.

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Review)

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Review)

"2014 Forest Hills Drive" is the latest album from Fayetteville, North Carolina rapper J. Cole. The album features no guest appearances, but does feature production from !llmind, Willie B., Vinylz, Phonix Beats and others with many songs being produced by J. Cole himself. It was released on December 9, 2014 via Roc Nation LLC.

Luke Bonds - Lazy Palms (Album)

Luke Bonds - Lazy Palms (Album)

Luke Bonds comes through with his latest album "Lazy Palms", which was released back in March of 2014. The album is real dope and finds Luke doing his thing over instrumentals from Spaceghostpurrp, Dont Azpiazu, Chris Ro$e of AMVRT PVRTY as well as Luke Bonds himself. Very nice. Peep it below.



DJ Tek-Wun - Timeless (ft. Edo G) (Video)

DJ Tek-Wun - Timeless (ft. Edo G) (Video)

DJ Tek-Wun comes through with some visuals for his track "Timeless", which is a select cut off of his stellar "Cassette Music" project that dropped earlier this year. The song is definitely a banger, with the Westchester County, NY producer/emcee linking up with the legendary Edo G over a head nodding, boom-bap instrumental by Tek-Wun himself. Peep the video and then make sure to check out my full review of the project here.



Flip (ft. AG of D.I.T.C.) - Dreaming (Video)

Flip (ft. AG of D.I.T.C.) - Dreaming (Video)

 Austrian hip-hop producer Flip just dropped a video for the first single from his upcoming album "Reflections" and it's real dope. The song is called "Dreaming" and features none other than legendary DITC rapper AG kicking some thoughtful rhymes over the dreamy instrumental by Flip. "Reflections" is set to drop on February 17th via Ill Adrenaline Records and will feature guest appearances from Elzhi, Phat Kat, EDO. G, Killah Priest, Guilty Simpson, Kev Brown, LMNO, Tragic Allies, and many more.



Buggs Tha Rocka - Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet (Review)

Buggs Tha Rocka - Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet (Review)

"Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet" is the latest album from Cincinnati rapper Buggs Tha Rocka. The album features guest appearances from MOOD, Chuck Inglish, Aida Chakra, Tanya Morgan and others as well as production from !llmind, Jake One, Sal Dali, Hop Trax and others. It is set to be released on December 10, 2014 via Buggs Tha Rocka's website.

Reverie - Reflections (ft. HideAndSeekZoo) (Video)


Reverie comes through with some visuals for her track "Reflections", which features the Los Angeles emcee linking up with HideAndSeekZoo over a head nodding Infameezy produced instrumental. The song is real dope and is a cut off of Reverie's "The Transition" mixtape, which you can cop here. Peep the video below.



Timbo King ft Killah Priest & William Cooper - Outside Intel/Realm #7 (Single)

Timbo King ft Killah Priest & William Cooper - Outside Intel/Realm #7 (Single)

Gemstarr Regime producer BP hits us with another unreleased exclusive in the form of the track "Outside Intel/Realm #7", which is from Black Market Militia/Wu-Tang affiliate Timbo King. The song features the Royal Fam emcee linking up with fellow Black Market Militia rappers Killah Priest and William Cooper over an epic BP production. This shit is fire. Peep it below.



Twizzy - FarmFoodz (Review)


"FarmFoodz" is the debut solo album from The Three Headed Beast emcee Twizzy. The album features guest appearances from M.A.B., Jinxsxta JX, Genesis Elijah, Verb T and Farma G and is fully produced by Farma G himself. It was released on November 28, 2014 via De Facto Entertainment.

J-Live - Around The Sun (Solstice) / 8 Minutes (Video)

J-Live - Around The Sun (Solstice) / 8 Minutes (Video)

Veteran New York wordsmith J-Live is back yet again, this time with some visuals for his tracks "Around The Sun (Solstice)" and "8 Minutes". Both of the songs are select cuts from his "Around The Sun" album that dropped back in April, with the first being produced by Korede and the second being produced by J-Live himself. Peep the video below and then head on over to iTunes and cop the album if you like what you hear.



Merc Versus - Hunger Games (Single)

Merc Versus - Hunger Games (Single)

Merc Versus comes through with the latest entry in his #MonthlyMagnetic series in the form of the track "Hunger Games". The song is dope and finds the Indiana-based rapper spitting food-infused rhymes over an ill Klinik production. "Hunger Games" is also the latest single from Merc's upcoming "Magnetic" album, following up "This World Don't Love Me" and  "The Program" (which was produced by Blue Sky Black Death). Peep it below.