HipHopDX ends 2014 by taking a look back at some of the projects we missed including releases from Popcaan, Raury, Travis Scott and Gangsta Boo.
Nipsey Hussle doesn't stray far from his aesthetic on "Mailbox Money," crafting a luminous extension of last year's "Crenshaw."
With "Run The Jewels 2," Killer Mike & El-P carved out a shrewd niche. The stakes are raised even further with their latest project.
T.I.'s "Paperwork" plays out as an uneven effort that isn't so much inherently flawed as it is unentertaining through long stretches.
STN MTN has Childish Gambino rapping over the most accessible production of his career, but we also see his rhyme schemes fall short where they usually shine.
For the majority of "Hard Core 2k14," Lil' Kim unsuccessfully chases new trends instead of banking on the underrated skill set that made her a star.
The appearance of a few rushed tracks doesn't detract from Gucci Mane impressively reverting to his early aughts form with the "I Am Trap" mixtape.
While containing a few hiccups, Problem's "354: Lift Off" is an entertaining blend of original material and reinterpretations of well-known hits.
While not as solid as his "Beach House tapes," "Sign Language" is a persuasive indicator Ty Dolla $ign will eventually smooth out the kinks in his approach.
With a simple but winning formula of aggressive rhymes and production to match, "The Beauty Of Independence" revisits G-Unit's peak with an eye on the future.
With a myriad of witty bars and relatable real-talk, Wara From The NBHD's "Kidnapped" is a compelling sonic undertaking from start to finish.
Ces Cru is still a band with a witty-lyrics heavy approach, but overall "Codename: Ego Stripper" excels at putting the entire package together.
Lil Durk's "Signed To The Streets 2" offers enough quality production and humanizing moments to entertain in the short term.
On "No Genre Pt.2," B.o.B. makes clear dashes to Pop excellence while maintaining a nice balance of the variety and sincerity from his early mixtapes.
"INSA" is a step forward; MellowHype is shoring up their approach, but they still have yet to put all the pieces together to produce an ingenious matrix.
While formulaic in spots, Illa Ghee's "Social Graffiti" wins with surprisingly varied production and consistent surface-level bombast and street similes.