|Mon, January 05, 2015 at 6:16 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
2014 was a very interesting year in hip hop. Although, there arguably was not the flash or notoriety of albums from years past, there is no doubt that 2014 offered an extremely diverse collection of albums.
After checking out the DEHH crews favorite albums of 2014, the writers' of deadendhiphop.com decided to come together and show you ours.
In order to create one list that's representative of all of our favorites, we had averaged out the positions in which albums had appeared in each of our individual lists. It's important to note that an album was only included in the combined list if it appeared at least 3 times within our individual lists.
Although we're a bit late on the end of year lists, take a minute to read through our top 7 hip hop projects of 2014:
7. Childish Gambino - STN MTN/Kauai
Written by: Chican George
Island in the summer,
Best believe that shit ain't common wealth.
Smile on her face,
Best believe she wearing nothing else.
- All Y'all
Following up with 2013's most complex and creative concept album, Because the Internet, Childish Gambino takes us home with STN MTN/Kauai. Excited to see where he was going, I was anticipating another genius conceptual project. He didn't disappoint with this project. At first listen, one can say that it's reminiscent of Gambino's Royalty. This was his love-hate project for many fans. Personally, I didn't have too much of a problem with it, other than having a tad bit too many features.
The mixtape starts off with Childish Gambino speaking on a dream. This is very important as it goes along with the concept behind the project. If you skip or miss the intro, you may not fully get the angle in which Childish Gambino is trying to pull off for the project. Within the dream, Childish Gambino talks about how he "ran Atlanta" and how he was on every radio station. With that said, we understand that the project is going to solely have an Atlanta sound and Childish Gambino also says within the dream that "107.9 was 97.5 again". As he continues, he talks about things from his past. This lets us know that the style, flow and approach of the project was going to embody the sound of Atlanta within the late 90s and early 2000s. Many may say that he isn't being lyrical enough, but he is representing the sound of Atlanta and what he was accustom to hearing.
One of my favorite tracks off of the project is "U Don't Have to Call". I'm just going to have to put it out there and say that Childish Gambino does a way better job with that track than Usher. I respect the fact that Childish Gambino can show us so many sides of him and what an artist is supposed to be.
6. Logic - Under Pressure
Written by: Shah-Rukh Faridi
Logic's debut album Under Pressure is exactly what Maryland needed in 2014. A state that is known for crabs and The Wire, it is not regarded as hub for great hip-hop like Atlanta or Brooklyn. So naturally, being a Maryland native it has been exciting to see the journey of a
|Mon, December 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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