Best Music (I Can Remember) 2014
A friend informs me Pusha T, Chance the Rapper, and Earl Sweatshirt all made Rolling Stone’s best albums lists. I recommended all these albums as they came out and I guess they’re the cool picks. Saying which one is the best between them is difficult. Pusha’s obviously sounds the best and has killer guest verses, but I’m inclined to give the album less credit because it’s the product of many minds. Everything brilliant in Acid Rap is a testament to Chance’s talent, making it perhaps the most impressive of these three albums (keep in mind I’ve cut out the Bronson and Gambino verses from my mp3s, we’re not really listening to the same albums). I’m also docking Pusha T points for bragging about not singing hooks. It’s 2013. This might be the easiest time in the history of hip hop to write a hook.
Overall, this year feels weaker than 2012. But I hope to find some gems I missed over the year.
1. Doris, Earl Sweatshirt
I didn’t like the other guy’s verse on “Hive” when I first heard it, but the greatness of this album made me want to hear it just make make the whole thing last longer.
2. My Name is My Name, Pusha T
3. Acid Rap, Chance the Rapper
4. ”Real Recognize Real” by Waka Flocka Flame
One of those new-fangled Luger beats you read about in those articles with an intense Waka freestyle over it. The ups and downs in intensity are kind of amazing. This song gives me the same pleasure as a well-done wrestling promo. (Special mention: "Can’t Do Golds")
5. "Sorry" by Migos
My favorite Migos song. This song is hilarious and it bangs. That’s the whole idea of Migos huh? And repetition. (Special mention: “Out da Gym” [esp. for Riff Raff saying “full wheel twistin/mysterious roof missin”—my favorite line of the year probs], “Bando”, “Chirpin”, and ~~”Versace”~~.)
6. "Fell" by Young Thug and older thugs
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Kept randomly saying “got dem big ol clips” to myself for months after this hit.
7. Shaking the Habitual by the Knife
8. Nanobots by They Might Be Giants