XXL Lists "The 25 Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2014 (So Far)"

50 Cent's "Animal Ambition," Ab-Soul's "These Days...", Step Brothers' "Lord Steppington" and Atmosphere's "Southsiders" are on the list.

XXL has released "The 25 Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2014 (So Far)."

50 Cent's Animal Ambition, Ab-Soul's These Days...,Step Brothers' Lord Steppington and Atmosphere's Southsiders are on the list. 

"Atmosphere released their eighth studio album, Southsiders, consisting of 15 tracks without a single featured verse," XXL says in its piece. "The project serves as an alternative sound for the hip-hop fan opposed to modern day trap or gangsta rap. Slug’s ability to be fun and clever with his rhymes without having to be super lyrical with every verse keeps his wordplay fresh, while complementing Slug’s style of rapping is the diverse production of Ant as he provides a combination of mellow instrumentals fused with jazz samples throughout the album." 

August Alsina's Testimony, Bas' Last Winter, Future's Honest, Iggy Azalea's The New Classic and Murs and Mayday!'s Mursday also make the list. 

Recently, Myspace released a similar list, which featured The Roots' and then you shoot your cousin and ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron. 

For more from the list, visit XXL

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15 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Trash list!! XXL and HipHopDX always make trash ass list like this..

  • gibbs monch styles p

    Pinata, PTSD, Phantom and the Ghost

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  • joset

    IS IT ME OR XXL JUST LISTED ALBUMS THAT ACTUALLY CAME OUT THIS YEAR I MEAN MOST OF IT IS TRASH! ESPECIALLY ANYTHING THAT INVOLVES YMCB, 50, PHARELL, AND WHITE BOY/GIRL RAPS SO FAR MOBB DEEP ,FREDDIE GIBBS , SMOKE DZA ALBUMS ARE MY FAVORITES.

  • Anonymous

    No Pharoahe Monch, no Blu, no The Grouch & Eligh = No credibility

  • HR

    I stopped clicking through after i saw Iggy Azalea. The list isn't worth your time, guys. Just another sorry excuse for click-throughs. You have been warned.

  • faafaf

    YMCMB #1? over Gibbs x Madlib, Skyzoo x Torae, Stepbros, Atmosphere etc. I expected a lot more from XXL

    • Anonymous

      gibbs had what? gtfoh u troll

    • Anonymous

      Stepbrothers, YMCMB, Pinata and a couple of other albums doesn't belong on this list. Pinata had fucked up production and Gibbs's bars cannot make up for that fact. The Skyzoo & Torae album was good, though. It had good production too, but there's a couple of weaker tracks... Still much better than Pinata.

  • Wizz

    Riff Raff in front of Atmosphere? ...Lol

  • Anonymous

    No 'P.T.S.D.', what the hell.

  • Fuck Yea!

    Mursday killin this shit!

  • Anonymous

    what a terrible list i think they just listed everything that came out how the fuck did Iggy make the cut or that YMCMB weed plate compilation?

  • Anonymous

    XXL knows whattup. They ain't hate on real hip-hop shit like HHDX did in their Animal Ambition review.

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