Top 15 Albums/Mixtapes of 2014

It's that time again. 2014 is nearing its end and so I must deliver my list of the top albums and mixtapes from this past year. Last year, I listed ten projects but I could have done a top ten list of R&B albums alone, so this year I decided to increase the list to 15. I must mention that this list does not signify what 15 projects were the absolute best projects of 2014. This list signifies the top 15 projects, in order, that I enjoyed the most in 2014. These are my favorite albums of 2014.

It's hard to be objective when it comes to music because music means something different to everyone that hears it. I can feel something in an album that someone else may not have gotten and that is why I treat this list the way I do. For example, I chose Chance The Rapper's Acid Rap as my favorite project from 2013. 2013 gave us albums from Drake, J. Cole, Kanye, and so much more. But, I'm a Chicago kid and Chance delivered that album from a perspective with which I could completely relate. It was musically brilliant and conceptually amazing. It was not hard to unequivocally choose Acid Rap as my favorite project last year. This year delivered even more solid albums and so now I give you my list.

1. 2014 Forest Hills Drive- J. Cole

2. Cadillactica- Big K.R.I.T.

3. Turn Blue- The Black Keys

4. Days Before Rodeo- Travi$ Scott

5. Oxymoron- ScHoolboy Q

6. Black Messiah- D'Angelo

7. Tough Love- Jessie Ware

8. Cilvia Demo- Isaiah Rashad

9. G  I  R  L- Pharrell Williams

10. Souled Out- Jhené Aiko

11. X- Chris Brown

12. In the Lonely Hour- Sam Smith

13. LP1- FKA twigs

14. The London Sessions- Mary J. Blige

15. Nobody's Smiling- Common

Honorable Mentions: Trigga- Trey Songz, Run The Jewels 2- Run the Jewels, Faces- Mac Miller, Z- SZA

Oh! Shout out to Childish Gambino's Because The Internet. It dropped shortly before I made last year's list and didn't make the cut because I hadn't had the time to truly appreciate it. But it deserved to make the list.

-AO

 

Common Performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Common’s newest album, Nobody’s Smiling, is dope. In heavy promotional mode, he brought Jhené Aiko and Vince Staples with him to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Common and Jhené’s performance of “Blak Majik” seemed a little rough but Vince Staples helped Common deliver a spirited performance of “Kingdom.” Go get the album and enjoy.

-AO

Nobody's Smiling (Tracklist)

Common has revealed the tracklist for his upcoming album, Nobody’s Smiling. There are some notable features from Chicago rappers Lil Herb and Dreezy, but more importantly: some Cocaine 80s. It should be an interesting album. It drops July 22nd. Enjoy.

1. The Neighborhood (Feat. Lil Herb & Cocaine 80s)
2. No Fear
3 Diamonds (Feat. Big Sean)
4. Blak Majik (Feat. Jhené Aiko)
5. Speak My Piece
6. Hustle Harder (Feat. Snoh Aalegra & Dreezy)
7. Nobody’s Smiling
8. Real (Feat. Elijah Blake)
9. Kingdom (Feat. Vince Staples)
10. Rewind That

Deluxe Edition:

11. Out On Bond (Feat. Vince Staples)
12. 7 Deadly Sings
13. Young Hearts Run Free (Feat. Cocaine 80s)

-AO

Common has revealed the music video for his Nobody’s Smiling single, “Kingdom.” It was directed by Hype Williams. The Vince Staples-assisted track is pretty dope, but I feel like the video was disjointed. I wasn’t really too sure what was happening and what was connected to what. People have been saying that Hype Williams has lost his touch and maybe it’s true. Anyway, Nobody’s Smiling is set to drop on July 22nd. Enjoy.

-AO

Als, check out Common talking about the inspiration and making of the track here.

(UPDATE) Albums To Anticipate In 2014

UPDATE: Ross announced his release date, Jhené Aiko announced the month for Souled Out, and Common announced his No I.D.-produced album title. 

I made this list for last year and it went over well so let’s do it again! There honestly is a lot less to anticipate this year since last year’s musical output was so amazing, but the game is full of surprises, so I don’t count anyone out. Enjoy.

February

02/25- ScHoolboy Q- Oxymoron

March

03/04- Rick Ross- Mastermind

May

Jhené Aiko- Souled Out

Unknown

Isaiah Rashad- TBA & Cilvia

Common- Nobody’s Smiling

Joey Bada$$- B4.Da.$$

Lupe Fiasco- Tetsuo & Youth

Ab-SoulBlack Lip Pastor

Pusha T- King Push

Frank Ocean- TBA

Kanye West- TBA

Andre 3000- TBA

Jay Rock- TBA

SZA- TBA

-HB