With 2014 now behind us, it’s time to reflect on the year. Everyone has been putting together their top 10s and arguing over who has been the best but I’m not going to do that. You all know about the releases from Freddie Gibbs, Run The Jewels, Travi$ Scott, Young Thug etc. but what about all the people that got overlooked this year? That’s what this article is all about, shining a light on all the amazing music that hasn’t been fully appreciated.
I’ve included a Youtube link for each release (where possible) and I’ve put them all in to a playlist that you can access here.
I originally split this article in 2 but the site was loading way too slow so I’ve had to split it up in to 15 parts. Click here for part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 and part 6. The other 9 parts will be coming soon.
100s – Ivry
Holy mother of funk this is the god damn funkiest album I’ve heard in a very long time. Bringing P funk in to the future, 100s somehow manages to make music that is intensely nostalgic but forward thinking at the same time.
9th Wonder – 9th Wonder Presents Jamla Is the Squad
A real treat for all you fans of soulful hip-hop with beats from 9th Wonder and Khrysis and raps from underground mainstays like Rapsody, Phonte and Masta Killa.
Akrobatik – Built to Last
After some serious health issues Ak is back and as fierce as ever with one of his most consistent projects yet.
Antwon – Heavy Hearted In Doldrums
Antwon blew my mind with his 2013 album In Dark Denim and this new project doesn’t disappoint. An eclectic mix of sounds and exciting production make this a really interesting listen.
Apollo Brown – Thirty Eight
Apollo Brown further cements himself as one of the best beat makers in the game with this selection of intensely chunky, soul infused beats.
Apollo Brown and Planet Asia – Abrasions Stitched Up
These two have worked well in the past and continue that trend on this tasty little EP.
Ashli Orion – King of Nothing
Complex electronic beats on this great free mixtape.
Ayatollah – Be Real Black For Me
Old school legend with a nice bunch of instrumentals and stellar guest vocals from the likes of Inspectah Deck and Anthony Hamilton.
Blackbear – The Afterglow
Syrupy sweet RnB with a dark after taste.
Black Milk – Glitches in the Break
After such a long wait between AOTY and No Poison No Paradise it seemed likely we wouldn’t get anything new from Black Milk for a while but then he surprised us with this fantastic EP. As much as I loved his last LP this new offering is even better, the beats are sublime and the raps compliment it perfectly. With another full length release dropping later in the year Black Milk seems to be back in the swing of things, and that makes me a very happy man.