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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…

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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…