An undeniable 85-song sampler of the year in hip-hop
December 29, 2014 6:28 AM   Subscribe

It's 86 songs sampled. DENIED.
posted by clvrmnky at 6:45 AM on December 29, 2014

I'm excited there's a song called Alejandro Jordorowsky Flow. I'm going to have to give that a listen at some point.
posted by dortmunder at 7:01 AM on December 29, 2014

I haven't been following along with much this year with the exception of YG's My Krazy Life that I discovered somewhere during the summer and hasn't really left my playlist since. I've been paying attention to a lot of the year end lists though and have been catching up a bit in the time off since Xmas. The Vince Staples EP, Hell Can Wait (first track on the sampler), was definitely a nice surprise, short and sweet clocking in at a little less than half an hour but no wasted space at all.

Wasn't a fan of the more anticipated releases this year (Oxymoron and Forest Hills Drive in particular), they weren't bad but they didn't feel particularly fresh or exciting. Though Run the Jewels 2 has made a big cross-genre impact, this year feels like a stronger year than 2013 even though there weren't as many gigantic commercial releases that got people fired up / polarized like Yeezus or Nothing Was the Same.

My home state has had a strong year though, between YG, ScHoolboy Q, Vince Staples, and the Billboard Urban dominance of DJ Mustard, people seem to be excited about west coast stuff again.
posted by C^3 at 7:17 AM on December 29, 2014 [2 favorites]

The alleged link to the Spotify playlist for these tracks isn't working for me. Anyone else have better luck?
posted by Sheydem-tants at 7:31 AM on December 29, 2014

Answered my own question: look up "Ramon Ramirez" as a profile on Spotify. Top hip-hop of 2014 is one of his playlists.
posted by Sheydem-tants at 7:38 AM on December 29, 2014

C'mon, Big KRIT released a great album that's getting no love here.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 8:52 AM on December 29, 2014

The alleged link to the Spotify playlist for these tracks isn't working for me. Anyone else have better luck?

There's supposed to be an embedded player underneath the article. Ghostery was blocking it for me -- maybe that's your issue as well?
posted by jhc at 11:33 AM on December 29, 2014

"In the wake of the tragedy in Ferguson, Mo., hip-hop was relatively quiet."
Says it all.
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:52 AM on December 29, 2014

I feel like it wasn't a strong year for hip hop - just off the top of my head, all I can think of standing out was Madlib + Freddie Gibbs, YG, Run the Jewels, and the Underachievers. Couple others a friend turned me on to in the spring but I think they were 2013. Hopefully I can find some more stuff off this list, but I don't know how much. As they say, it was the year of the Mindless Banger, probably explaining why most didn't appeal to me.

All well, off to listen.
posted by mannequito at 1:37 PM on December 29, 2014

That Gangsta Boo + La Chat track is amazing.
posted by azarbayejani at 2:22 PM on December 29, 2014

Seeing this thread reminded me to check out the Cocaine Blunts site to see if Noz's top 50 was up yet. And I'm pleased to say it is! CB Top 50 2014. It's always a great overview from someone deeply invovled, and the comments are fun (and will hopefully contain a download pack).

I feel 2014 has closed strong. Last few weeks I've been jamming Future - Monster, Chief Keef - Back from the Dead 2 and Lil' Boosie - Life After Deathrow. All are really strong tapes for a variety of different reasons.
posted by dannyl at 4:31 PM on December 29, 2014

And how could I forget, talking of closing strong - STARLITO, dropping a mixtape and an album in the same few days. One of the most thoughtful and literate rappers out there.
posted by dannyl at 4:38 PM on December 29, 2014

Yep yep, Cocaine Blunts and Complex are (to me) the definitive hip hop lists.

Complex: Best 50 Songs of 2014 (and here's a Spotify playlist of same)

It was a great year for rap. Shit keeps getting weirder.

Here's a self link, but what can I say, I'm an authority. Best Rap Videos 2014

I think my favorite slept-on thing was Ear Drummers (can we say that and not Rae srmueerss or whatever?) "No Flex Zone" and "No Type" both just BOOMED in this complicated/spacious way, respectively, and the weird teenage cracking voices actually work pretty well

wrist wrist wrist wrist wrist wrist / want my wrist so cold ammonia in my fist (???)
posted by jcruelty at 9:31 PM on December 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

No Flex Zone

No Type
posted by jcruelty at 9:32 PM on December 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

I subscribe to Cocaine Blunts and am so happy when he randomly posts! Thanks for the Complex playlist jcruelty.
posted by ellieBOA at 7:55 AM on December 30, 2014

New heat from Adventure Time! Daedelus + Frosty = kooky, weird beats and fun for the whole family!
posted by filthy light thief at 10:41 AM on December 30, 2014

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