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The best rap and hip hop records of 2014
Only thing competing with Killer Mike and El-P’s totally versatile, one-up-style rapping is El-P’s unrelenting onslaught of multi-layered, dynamic beats.
A couple of legit bangers shake up this simultaneously sweet and stupid, sincere and insecure heart-tugger from our favourite hardest sing-rapper. Croak on, Romeo.
Well, shit. Sheeeit. Sit down, baby rappers. Street rap aficionado Gibbs and vinyl-digging producer Madlib combine on an instant, real-talkin’, 70s-loving classic.
Broke With Expensive Taste
As much a dance record as a rap one, Banks’s delightful debut borrows from 90s dance, merengue and jazz. Worth the three-year wait.
Days Before Rodeo
Cinematic trap-hop. Southern electro-rap. Fearlessly outside the box. The soundtrack to our would-be night lives.
My Krazy Life
Narratives that earned YG comparisons to fellow Comptonite Kendrick, unsingable party bangers and collabs with DJ Mustard and Drake. Turn. Up.
What we’ve come to expect from the alt-hip-hop duo: heavy topics (anti-establishment), heavy production (woozy synths, otherworldly washes of sound). A breath of weirdo fresh air.
A disco-dappled, funk-fuelled, electro-pop-loving hip-hop/R&B fusion record. Just try to put a genre tag on it.
Hard gangster meets party-ready rapper. Q goes in in his caustic yap, while superstar producers make the 17 tracks ultra-slick.
A self-produced debut blending grime with a distinctly 416 sound and a touch of southern hip-hop. Fresh features abound.