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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2014

2014 was another great year for Hip Hop. The year may have given us only one or two albums that will be considered true classics way down the road – but there were a whole lot of albums that were just great, if not potential classics. For this list, we have ranked OUR 40 favorite albums released in 2014 (not included are EP’s, mixtapes or instrumental albums). What do YOU think?

Also read: Greatest Hip Hop Albums 1986 – 2019

1. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2

Rating: 9.5/10

2. Freddie Gibs & Madlib – Pinata

Rating: 9.5/10

3. PRhyme - PRhyme

Rating: 9/10

4. Damani Nkosi – Thoughtful King

Rating: 9/10

6. Hail Mary Mallon – Bestiary

Rating: 8.5/10

7. Dilated Peoples – Directors Of Photography

Rating 8.5/10

8. Pharoahe Monch – PTSD

Rating 8.5/10

9. Sage Francis – Copper Gone

Rating 8.5/10

10. Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron

best hip hop 2014

Rating: 8.5/10

11. People Under The Stairs – 12 Step Program

Rating 8.5/10

12. Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica

Rating: 8.5/10

10. Skyzoo & Torae – Barrel Brothers

Rating: 8/10

14. Dag Savage – E&J

Rating 8/10

15. Step Brothers – Lord Steppington

Rating 8/10

16. YG – My Krazy Life

Rating 8/10

17. J Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

j cole 2014 forest hill drive album cover

Rating 7.5/10

18. Apollo Brown & Ras Kass – Blasphemy

Rating 7.5/10

19. Army Of The Pharaohs – In Death Reborn

Rating 7.5/10

20. Tiff The Gift – Better To Give

Rating: 7.5/10

21. Uncommon Nasa – New York Telephone

Rating: 7.5/10

22. Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons

Rating: 7.5/10

23. Statik Selektah – What Goes Around

Rating: 7.5/10

24. Black Milk- If There’s A Hell Below

Rating: 7.5/10

25. J-Live – Around The Sun

Rating: 7.5/10

26. Intuition & Equalibrum – Intuition & Equalibrum

Rating: 7.5/10

27. Common – Nobody’s Smiling

Rating: 7/10

28. Bishop Nehru & MF DOOM - NehruvianDOOM

Rating: 7/10

29. Diamond D – The Diam Piece

Rating: 7/10

30. Cormega – Mega Philosophy

Rating: 7/10

31. Ab-Soul – These Days

Rating: 7/10

32. Mobb Deep – The Infamous Mobb Deep

Rating: 7/10

33. Atmosphere – Southsiders

Rating: 7/10

34. Souls Of Mischief – There Is Only Now

Rating: 7/10

35. Open Mike Eagle – Dark Comedy

Rating: 7/10

36. Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild – Silk Pyramids

Rating: 7/10

37. uMaNg – The Black Rose Certificate

Rating: 7/10

38. Rozewood – The Ghost Of Radio Raheem

Rating: 7/10

39. Your Old Droog - Your Old Droog

Rating: 7/10

40. Planet Asia & TzariZM – Via Satellite

Rating: 7/10

Honorable Mentions

  • DJ Q-Bert – GalaXXXian
  • The Roots – … And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
  • Awar & Vanderslice – The Winning Team
  • Ces Cru – Codename: Ego Stripper
  • Goldini Bagwell – Secondhand Smoke The Extended Cut
  • Emskee & E The 5th – The Marc Smith LP
  • The Grouch & Eligh – The Tortoise And The Crow
  • WIZDUMB – Möstly Crëw
  • Apathy – Connecticut Casual
  • Verbal Kent – Sound Of The Weapon
  • Shabaam Sahdeeq – Keepers Of The Lost Art
  • String Theory – String Theory
  • Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
  • Anti-Lilly & Phoniks – Stories From The Brass Section
  • Rapper Big Pooh & Roc C – Trouble In The Neighborhood
  • Zilla Rocca & The Shadowboxers – No Vacation For Murder
  • LEX – H.A.S.H.?!: How About Some Hardcore?!
  • Castle – Return of the Gasface (The Has-Lo Passages)
  • Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark – Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark
  • Has-Lo & Castle – Live Like You’re Dead
  • The Doppelgangaz – Peace Kehd
  • The Real-Dag Duo – Rap Fantastic
  • Homeboy Sandman – Hallways
  • Prince Po & Oh No – Animal Serum
  • Buckshot & P-Money – Backpack Travels
  • Reks – Watching God
  • Raf Almighty – G​.​T​.​F​.​O​.​M​.​Y.
  • Mad Skillz & Bink – Made In Virginia
  • Fel Sweetenberg – The Invisible Garden
  • The Underachievers – The Cellar Door
  • ¡Mayday! & Murs – ¡MursDay!
  • Saigon- GSNT 3
  • Main Flow ‎- The Cincinnati Kid
  • Blu – Good To Be Home
  • Blueprint – Respect The Architect
  • Kool Keith – Demolition Crash
  • Ces Cru – Codename: Ego Stripper
  • Termanology – Shut Up And Rap
  • Slaine – The King Of Everything Else
  • Azaia – Re​-​Animations
  • A-Villa – Carry On Tradition
  • Git & Hubbs – Piece Of Mind
  • Willie The Kid + Bronze Nazareth – The Living Daylights
  • Tech N9ne – Strangeulation
  • DJ Quik – The Midnight Life
  • Joell Ortiz – House Slippers
  • Styles P – Phantom & The Ghost
  • Logic – Under Pressure
  • DaVinchee X – Paranoia Of Success
  • Mick Jenkins – The Water(s)
  • Busdriver – Perfect Hair
  • Canibus – Fait Accompli
  • Onyx – #Wakedafucup
  • Chuck D ‎- The Black In Man
  • T.I. – Paperwork
  • Cappadonna – Hook Off
  • Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow

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