Jan 6, 2015

Album of the Year 2014 by @Best_ofda_Worst

2014 was kind of a disappointing year in hip-hop to me. Most albums ranged this year were just OK you know good enough to listen to but not enough to love. However few did stand out and a gem popped up towards the end of this year. Most other albums were just eehhh. I liked Schoolboy Q's Oxymoron, I liked Rick Ross' Mastermind but I didn't love it actually after buying those albums I had this feeling of maybe I shouldn't have made such an impulsive buy. That's coming from a fan of their music. Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood was dope. If this was a top six review, my list would've definitely been different. Other than Blacc Hollywood, here is my list of albums that was then best of 2014. I ranked these albums according to their content and how they stood out from competition.

Number Five: YG - My Krazy Life

Listening to this album for some reason makes you do strange things. You twist your fingers and do the best you can to make up signs from gangs and block you have no knowledge of, you use strange terminology that might be dangerous around the wrong people. You blast it at loud volumes. At the light you feel embarrassed when an older person pulls up next to you when they hear the lyrics (okay maybe you don't).

This album takes you through the life of a gang-banging burglar. For some songs you feel like you're a blood, others you feel as though you're tip toeing in someone's house looking for anything valuable and easy to snatch up. YG was able to make one feel his lyrics and present to you what it's like to walk in his shoes as a Tree Top Piru Blood member. I give this album 2.99 of 5 stars. The lyrics are simple, but did its job of introducing who he is and forces you to feel and love Compton from his eyes.

Number Four: Nicki Minaj - The Pink Print

I'm happy for Nicki. I remember "Starships Nicki" and hated her, but looking at her now I can understand why she did that. She had to play that role to get herself a big enough name. As a female and an MC (who can actually spit), who's actually better than a lot of her male counterparts she had to dumb it down for people. Now with a solidified fan base she has broken all boundaries and stands out as one of the best rappers of this time. In her album she opens up and expressed a Nicki we may not have known about her before. It's an emotional album. I don't want to give away too much so you're just gonna have to listen for yourself. With The Pink Print I can confidently say that Nicki Minaj is the Queen of Hip-Hop and shaping out to be like Beyonce as far as hip-hop greatness goes. She is a master of her craft and loved on a worldwide level and I'm glad to see that happen. Rating 3 of 5 stars.

Number Three: The Game Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf 

This is your typical Game album. By typical I mean no restraints on what he says. All raw, unapologetic lyrics. If you've listened to the previous albums you know exactly what I'm talking about. This is a good buy (yes I said buy, purchase, you get the drift) and worth the listen if you get a chance. He gives you both sides of hip-hop. There's a couple of deep songs here and there, a couple of turn up have a good time songs, and the nitty gritty pure rap. Game doesn't disappoint 3 of 5 stars.

Number Two: Young Jeezy - Seen it All

Wanna know why I love hip-hop so much? What other genre of music do you have entrepreneurs who talk to you about how they started from humble beginnings? What they did with resources they had available to them? Against all odds they still made it to the top and became millionaires. Seen it All is that album. It is a how to and self motivation album. Jeezy has really lived up to the names of many previous album titles. He is a Thug's Motivation. He's The Street Dream. From start to finish the message could be heard over and over again. "If I can do it so can you," proof of this especially in the song Enough encouraging the listener that hard work one can achieve greatness. This album as far as content goes speaks to the fire in everyone that refuses to give up. That is the same fire that drives you to get yours. I give Seen it All 3.89 of 5 stars.

Number One: J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive

"Do you wanna be happy?" My number one spot has to go to Forest Hills Drive. This album is a classic! I wish I heard this album when I was in my teens. It speaks to me in so many ways. I haven't related so much to an album. It's almost as if Cole was telling my story (well, not exactly though). I goes from regretting not being a better son to his parents to how he lost his virginity. Another song he explained how he wished to live a life like his homie, who in turn envied his own life. 2014 was really a year of content. I've heard better bars from Cole on previous projects but the message in each song far surpassed anythinghe dropped thusfar. I give this album 4.5 of 5 stars as the best 2014 had to offer. This is the classic that everyone needs to hear. Alright, stop reading and listen to the album. Thank Me afterwards.Thank me afterwards.

Multimedia Journalist, Founder and Chief Editor of WTM Host of A-Side B-Side Podcast and more. I like to talk about stuff and write it down. Sometimes to a microphone. Either way, I need you to feel this.

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