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

 

The Liberation Tour

D’Angelo is going on the road again for “The Liberation Tour” and Mary J. Blige will accompany him on select nights. With a great performance at the BET Awards behind him, D’Angelo is ready for a comeback. Enjoy.

07-08 Rotterdam, Netherlands - Ahoy
07-10 Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
07-12 Antibes, France - La Pinede Antibest
07-15 Vienne, France - Theatre Antique Vienne
07-17 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vegas
07-18 Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
08-18 Virgina Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live *
08-19 Wantagh, NY - Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach *
08-21 Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion *
08-23 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center *
09-01-02 Philadelphia, PA - Made in America
* with Mary J. Blige

-HB

My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act I)

I hope you didn’t forget about Mary J. Blige, because she’s got some news for us. Her tenth studio album, My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act I) is set to drop on November 21st, and she’s enlisted some big names for this one. Tracklist and album cover below. Enjoy.

Standard Edition:
1. Next Level
2. 25/8
3. Feel Inside f/ Nas
4. Midnight Drive f/ Brook Lynn
5. Don’t Mind
6. No Condition
7. Loving a Woman f/ Beyoncé
8. Mr. Wrong
9. Empty Prayers
10. Why f/ Rick Ross
11. Masterpiece
12. Living Proof
13. Describe
14. You Know U Want This

Deluxe Edition
15. Journey Continues
16. Miss Me With That
17. Someone to Love Me (Naked) f/ Lil Wayne & Diddy

-HB