Myspace has crafter “25 Albums You Should Have Heard (So Far) In 2014.”
“There’s been a flood of music that’s hit the market since the start of the year, and too much to sift through,” Myspace says. “That’s where we come in.”
Myspace’s Steven J. Horowitz writes about one of the project’s on the list, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s Piñata. “I’ve praised the gospel of Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s Piñata on this here site before (extra, extra, read all about it), but now that I’ve had a few months to sit with the album, I’ve been more able to see the album’s potency in the grander scheme of Hip Hop’s landscape,” Horowitz says. “The LP, formerly known as Cocaine Piñata, is a classic street-to-studio tale, so vividly curated by master of ceremonies Gangsta Gibbs. It takes a rapper to string together rhyming couplets; it takes a true poet to digest the world around him and convey it to an audience on a much more sizeable plane. At that, Madlib does the same with his production, corralling a gang of likeminded samples and sewing them into a dusty tapestry. Apart, they’re good; together, unstoppable. Here’s to one of, if not the best, Rap releases this year.”
Myspace writer Monica Herrera speaks about another Rap album for the site. “No disrespect to Schoolboy Q, whose Oxymoron deservedly claims another spot on this list, but his label mate’s debut is the most hype-satisfying TDE release of 2014,” Herrera says. “Rashad was basically unknown when hip-hop’s hottest label plucked him from Chattanooga last spring, and anticipation around his first official release was on high going into the New Year. Luckily, Cilvia Demo is as confessional and confident as Kendrick’s Overly Dedicated was four years ago. Rashad narrates the “problems of a 20-something” with style, depth, melodicism and grit—a combo that can only bode extremely well—while TDE’s in-house production crew does some of its best work, from the Aquemini knock of ‘Webbie Flow’ to the country soul of ‘Heavenly Father.'”
To view the full list, click here.