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Elusive – Blue Blanc

Elusive - Blue Blanc Alpha Pup Records: 2014 Elusive’s debut album, Blue Blanc, contains many qualities that are expected when listening to a West Coast beat producer. Minimalistic melodies wrapped around hip-hop percussion grooves, which are always off-beat only enough to…

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Twista – Dark Horse

Twista - Dark Horse Caroline Records: 2014 For the casual listener, there’s a certain allure to a rapper who can spit really, really fast. Hearing someone throw down multiple words per second without taking a breath can give a rush as you try…

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Souls of Mischief & Adrian Younge – There Is Only Now

Souls of Mischief & Adrian Younge – There Is Only Now Linear Labs: 2014 Aging in hip-hop is an extraordinarily difficult thing to do, but following up a classic debut is even harder. Try and repeat the success and you’ll inevitably…

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Lucki Eck$ – Body High

Lucki Eck$ - Body High Self-released: 2014 Chicago is a war zone. While the news wires are abuzz with recent killings in Missouri, New York, and Los Angeles—and law enforcement’s involvement therein—the violence in Chicago rages on, to the tune of more than…

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Noelz Vedere – Bittersweet Victory

Noelz Vedere – Bittersweet Victory Self-released: 2014 In just a few years, Chicago has transformed from an unsung hidden gem to a crowded talent hub in the hip-hop landscape. Such a large spotlight can act as a double-edged sword for…

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Atmosphere – Southsiders

Atmosphere - Southsiders Rhymesayers: 2014 A new Atmosphere album isn’t met with excitement, but rather the enthusiasm of re-acquaintance. It’s a fitting, if not trite reaction to one of the most durable, consistent acts around. The anticipation never quite evolves into…

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Well$ – MTSYD: The Revenge Of The African Booty Scratcher

Well$ - MTSYD: The Revenge Of The African Booty Scratcher Immaculate Taste: 2014 Hunger is one of the most undervalued but precious commodities a young MC can possess. This is particularly true as laid-back swag and bright, wonky sounds that seemed…

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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…

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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…

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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…