#Bestof2014 – Top 10 Retail Projects [List]

Posted on January 6, 2015 by


The second to last in our #Bestof2014 recap features the best retail projects that dropped in 2014.  If you didn’t buy any albums this year, it is your own choice and not from any lack of good products. Here are just some of the best we heard and you need to go out and support your favorites as well.  Eat one fewer meal out, skip the last drink at a bar, something, and go support the arts!  In addition to the 10 below these all god heavy burn last year:  Iamsu! Sincerely Yours, The Roots …and then you shoot your cousin Cormega & Large Professor Mega Philosophy, Stalley Ohio, Azealia Banks Broke with Expensive Taste and YG My Krazy Life.


  1. Black Milk If There’s a Hell Below

Black Milk stays killing the game with almost no press to his name.  The latest installment If There’s a Hell Below is just quality music, nothing else to it.

  1. Gee Watts 199X

Gee Watts continues to improve with every.  There’s that saying, you’re either getting better or worse, but you aren’t staying the same.  I assume Watts is putting in the work because he is certainly trending upwards.

  1. Blitz the Ambassador Afropolotian Dreams

The latest album from Blitz the Ambassador further demonstrates his grasp of hip hop as well as his borderless mentality.  Not only is he the only international act on this list, and he reps Ghana well, but he draws on music from all around the World.

  1. Statik Selektah What Goes Around

Everyone has their own definition or feeling of what hip hop is and should be.  What Goes Around  makes it very clear what Statik Selektah things and we can’t say we disagree.  The boom bap beats are on point, his DJ skills on are on display from scratches to cuts and every feature or verse does its job.

  1. Jamla Jamla is the Squad

It was too difficult to choose which Jamla retail project to throw on here so we copped out and put their compilation. As the name suggests, they really are the squad and each album with their logo is pretty much guaranteed to slap! I’m still waiting on the physical copies to be released this year but in the meantime, digitals will do.

  1. ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron

Who did you think would have Top Dawg’s first #1 album? ScHoolboy Q’s OXYMORON took the title with further insight into what it was like for the Hoover Crip to grow up as he did.  The singles “Studio” and “Hell of a Night” did work commercially (and BJ KILLED ‘Studio’…) but some of our personal favorites were the grittier street tales.

  1. Pharoahe Monch PTSD

My vote for one of the most underrated emcees out there.  Pharoae Monch CONTINUES to kill everything he touches.  Piggy backing onto his last album WAR, PTSD delves in Pharoahe’s mind with some of his most personal work.  Released on his own indie imprint, it further makes a statement about today’s music industry and some of the machines at work.

  1. Step Brothers Lord Steppington

We’ve been waiting for this one since Ev and Al announced they were Step Brothers and Lord Steppington did not disappoint. Alchemist is cemented as one of the best producers of his generation but Evidence can more than hold his own.  The beats are top notch plus it features Action Bronson, Fashawn, Roc Marciano and many more dope emcees.

  1. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Cocaine Pianata

Gangsta Gibbs is too real.  Madlib is a legend. And together, Cocaine Pinata was one of the best albums this year. These instrumentals are the opposite of boring and Gibbs never takes a break; hardcore raps and wildly entertaining instrumentals.

  1. Big KRIT Cadilactica

“I embody the South, the swang, the bang/ the soul and the pain and the Blues”. KRIT decided to branch out a bit on his latest release.  Instead of handling most of the production himself, Cadilactica features DJ Dahi, Raphael Saadiq, Jim Jonsin and more.  Still the same high quality release that we have come to expect from the self-proclaimed “King of the South” (and we can’t say we disagree with that claim either).