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The late A$AP Yams famously proclaimed to XXL that 2014 was “probably the worst year of rap music ever,” explaining that “everybody who was supposed to drop, dropped the ball.”

While I would agree that 2014 lacked high profile releases compared to the years prior, it was still a great year for hip hop and there was a lot of interesting music to be found it you kept your ear to the ground.

Both J. Cole and Freddie Gibbs would drop their best albums to date, Run the Jewels turned it up a notch with their sophomore release, Jeezy and Ross had great albums and Nicki Minaj really stepped it up with her rapping on The Pinkprint.

You also had newer trap artists like Travis Scott, Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, Migos and Future all putting in work, Royce da 5’9″ linking up with DJ Premier for a full-length release, and Logic making his debut. It definitely wasn’t the worst year for rap music.

From J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive to Travis Scott’s Days Before Rodeo and Isaiah Rashad’s Cilvia Demo, here are the top 25 best hip hop albums of 2014.

25. Stalley – Ohio

Released: October 27, 2014

Label: Maybach Music Group, Atlantic Records

Singles: “Always Into Something”, “Jackin’ Chevys”, “One More Shot”

Features: Nipsey Hussle, Rick Ross, August Alsina, Ty Dolla Sign, Rashad and De La Soul

24. Blu – Good to Be Home

Released: May 19, 2014

Label: New World Color, Nature Sounds, Fontana

Singles: “The West”

Features: Fashawn, Casey Veggies, Prodigy, Mitchy Slick, Phil Da Agony, Pac Div, Imani, The Visionaries, Oh No, The Alchemist, Evidence, Planet Asia, and Krondon

23. Ab-Soul – These Days…

Released: June 24, 2014

Label: Top Dawg Entertainment

Singles: “Dub Sac”, “Tree of Life”, “Stigmata”, “Hunnid Stax”

Features: Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, Action Bronson and Mac Miller

22. Rick Ross – Mastermind

Released: March 3, 2014

Label: Maybach, Slip-n-Slide, Def Jam

Singles: “The Devil Is a Lie”, “War Ready”, “Thug Cry”

Features: Jay-Z, Jeezy, The Weeknd, Kanye West, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Diddy, Sizzla, Mavado, Z-Ro and Scarface

21. Future – Honest

Released: April 22, 2014

Label: A1, Freebandz, Epic

Singles: “Karate Chop (Remix)”, “Honest”, “Shit”, “Move That Dope”, “I Won”

Features: Pharrell, Pusha T, Casino, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, Drake, Young Scooter, André 3000, and Lil Wayne

20. Young Jeezy – Seen It All: The Autobiography

Released: September 2, 2014

Label: CTE, Def Jam

Singles: “Me OK”, “Seen It All”

Features: Jay-Z, Future, Rick Ross, The Game, Lil Boosie, August Alsina and Akon

19. Statik Selektah – What Goes Around

Released: August 19, 2014

Label: Showoff, Duck Down

Singles: N/A

Features: Lil’ Fame, Joey Badass, Freddie Gibbs, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Action Bronson, Royce da 5’9″, Black Thought, Snoop Dogg, Dilated Peoples, Ab-Soul, Jon Connor, Logic, Ransom, N.O.R.E., Termanology, Reks, Sheek Louch, Pharoahe Monch, Crooked I, Heltah Skeltah, B-Real, Boldy James, Astro, and Posdnuos

18. Logic – Under Pressure

Released: October 21, 2014

Label: Visionary, Def Jam

Singles: “Under Pressure”, “Buried Alive”

Features: Big Sean and Childish Gambino

17. Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons

Released: December 9, 2014

Label: Tommy Boy

Singles: N/A

Features: AZ, Kool G Rap, Tre Williams, Kandace Springs, Rell, The Revelations, Shawn Wigs, Pharoahe Monch

16. Mick Jenkins – The Waters

Released: August 12, 2014

Label: Cinematic

Singles: N/A

Features: Noname, The Mind, Jean Deaux, Ebony, Joey Badass

15. Pharoahe Monch – PTSD

Released: April 15, 2014

Label: W.A.R. Media, INgrooves

Singles: “Damage”, “Bad M.F.”

Features: Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Denaun, The Stepkids and Vernon Reid

14. Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint

Released: December 15, 2014

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Republic

Singles: “Pills n Potions”, “Anaconda”, “Only”, “Bed of Lies”, “Truffle Butter”, “The Night Is Still Young”

Features: Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Jessie Ware, Ariana Grande, Jeremih, Beyonce, Meek Mill, LunchMoney Lewis, Skylar Grey

13. Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica

Released: November 10, 2014

Label: Cinematic, Def Jam

Singles: “Pay Attention”, “Cadillactica”, “Soul Food”

Features: Raphael Saadiq, E-40, Wiz Khalifa, Kenneth Whalum III, Mara Hruby, Rico Love, Bun B, Devin the Dude, Big Sant, Jamie N Commons, Lupe Fiasco and ASAP Ferg

12. Step Brothers – Lord Steppington

Released: January 21, 2014

Label: Rhymesayers

Singles: “Step Masters”, “Mums In The Garage”

Features: Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, Blu, Fashawn, Rakaa, Oh No, Styles P, Domo Genesis and The Whooliganz

11. Common – Nobody’s Smiling

Released: July 22, 2014

Label: ARTium, Def Jam

Singles: “Kingdom”, “Speak My Piece”, “Diamonds”

Features: G Herbo, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Snoh Aalegra, Dreezy, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples and Cocaine 80s

10. YG – My Krazy Life

Released: March 18, 2014

Label: CTE, Pushaz Ink, Def Jam

Singles: “My Nigga”, “Left, Right”, “Who Do You Love?”, “Do It to Ya”

Features: Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla Sign, Schoolboy Q, Meek Mill, Jay Rock, Tory Lanez, Jeezy, TeeFlii and RJ

9. Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron

Released: February 25, 2014

Label: TDE, Interscope

Singles: “Collard Greens”, “Man of the Year”, “Studio”, “Hell of a Night”

Features: Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, ASAP Rocky, Jay Rock, Tyler, the Creator, Kurupt, BJ the Chicago Kid

8. Isaiah Rashad – Cilvia Demo

Released: January 28, 2014

Label: Top Dawg Entertainment

Singles: N/A

Features: Jean Deaux, Michael Da Vinci, SZA, Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock

7. The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

Released: May 19, 2014

Label: Def Jam

Singles: “When the People Cheer”

Features: Nina Simone, Mary Lou Williams, Greg Porn, Dice Raw, Michel Chion, Mercedes Martinez, Raheem DeVaughn

6. Rich Gang – Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 1

Released: September 29, 2014

Label: Cash Money Records

Singles: “Tell Em (Lies)”, “Imma Ride”, “Freestyle”, “Soldier”, “Milk Marie”, “Flava” and “Givenchy”

Features: Nipsey Hussle, PeeWee Longway, Jacquees, Yung Ralph, Bloody Jay, MPA Duke and MPA Wicced

5. PRhyme – PRhyme

Released: December 9, 2014

Label: PRhyme, INgrooves

Singles: “Courtesy”

Features: Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, Schoolboy Q, Killer Mike, Dwele, Common, Jay Electronica, Slaughterhouse

4. Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo

Released: August 18, 2014

Label: Grand Hustle

Singles: “Don’t Play”, “Mamacita”

Features: Young Thug, Big Sean, The 1975, Rich Homie Quan, Migos, T.I. and Peewee Longway

3. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

Released: October 24, 2014

Label: Mass Appeal, RBC

Singles: “Blockbuster Night, Pt. 1”, “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry”, “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)”

Features: Zack de la Rocha, Boots, Travis Barker, Gangsta Boo, Diane Coffee

2. J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Released: December 9, 2014

Label: ByStorm, Columbia, Dreamville, Roc Nation

Singles: “Apparently”, “Wet Dreamz”, “No Role Modelz”, “Love Yourz”

Features: N/A

1. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata

Released: March 18, 2014

Label: Madlib Invazion

Singles: “Thuggin'”, “Shame”, “Deeper”

Features: Raekwon, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Domo Genesis, Scarface, BJ the Chicago Kid, Ab-Soul, Casey Veggies, Meechy Darko and Mac Miller

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