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l'orange

L’Orange – The Orchid Days

L’Orange – The Orchid Days Mello Music Group: 2014 L’Orange is more than a producer, he’s a storyteller. Ever since his debut in 2011, he’s nailed a signature style, developed a distinct voice, and, with The Orchid Days, liberated yet…

ratking

Ratking – So It Goes

Ratking – So It Goes XL Recordings: 2014 We all know the phenomena of the rat king—when a large number of rats’ tails become twisted and fuse together to form a huge circular rat nest. It’s not pretty, and if…

vince staples

Vince Staples – Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2

Vince Staples – Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 Def Jam: 2014 Vince Staples is cold-blooded by choice. Most gangster rappers are – at least they succeed in pretending -, but Staples is the first artist in a while to support that…

black milk

Black Milk – Glitches In The Break

Black Milk – Glitches In The Break Self-released: 2014 The J Dilla comparisons have to stop at some point. Yes, Detroit artist Black Milk is guilty of idolatry in favor of accessibility in his earlier good, but not great albums.…

CYNE

CYNE – All My Angles Are Right

CYNE – All My Angles Are Right Hometapes: 2014 Much has changed since 2003: Saddam Hussein was still running things in Iraq, YouTube did not exist and a group called CYNE was bursting onto the scene with their debut album,…

cyhi the prynce

Cyhi the Prynce – Black Hystori Project

Cyhi the Prynce – Black Hystori Project G.O.O.D. Music: 2014 His flows are as simple and predictable as they’ve been from the start of his career, but the quality of voice on Cyhi the Prynce’s Black Hystori Project has deeply…

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Pharrell – G I R L

Pharrell – G I R L Columbia: 2014 The fact that people care about G I R L, the new Pharrell Williams album, even a little is pretty incredible in and of itself. It follows In My Mind (2006), an…

rick ross

Rick Ross – Mastermind

Rick Ross – Mastermind MMG/Atlantic: 2014 Rick Ross believes in his track features like he believes in his weight: strength in numbers. Ross’ sixth LP, Mastermind, came out on Monday and when looking over the songs, you can’t help but…

schoolboy q

ScHoolboy Q – Oxymoron

ScHoolboy Q – Oxymoron TDE/Interscope: 2014 It’s not only the versatility of ScHoolboy Q that sets him apart from label-mate Kendrick Lamar, but also how convincingly he wears the different hats. Over the course of 2012, Q played an assortment…

kid cudi

Kid Cudi – Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon

Kid Cudi – Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon Wicked Awesome/Republic: 2014 Somewhere between the purple-hazed wisps of the Milky Way and our neighboring Andromeda galaxy lies the drifting mind of Scott Mescudi. Lost in translation, he continues to…