Best track of 2014 (Updated)
I fucked up guys, and that’s on me entirely. I missed two tracks in my run down that should be on this list. A product of the way I write this list though meant that I missed them even though they were without question two of this years best tracks. I wanted to remedy that somehow so here they are:
Young Fathers- Get Up
This one might be literally inexcusable since this was my song of the summer I think it has 40 plays or something silly on my iPod.
J. Cole- Fire Squad
I did not love 2014 FHD but I’m not sure why this wasn’t on my list. The Iggy line alone puts it in contention.
End of Update
The first of big two lists. This year I’m going to tell you the 75 best tracks, any tracks, anywhere, the undisputed 75 greatest tracks of the year. Why 75? Because I couldn’t narrow it down to 50 and I’m too lazy to make a list of 100 fucking songs–stop asking me dumb questions.
Click on titles below for tracks.
75. Childish Gambino-The Palisades ft. Christian Rich
It has been a very down year for Gambino, S T N M T N and Kauai are his two worst releases since Culdesac but even still there were some gems on the two part EP.
74. Bas- My Nigga Just Made Bail ft. J. Cole
73. KYLE.- Don’t Wanna Fall in Love
72. Statik Selektah- My Time ft. Black Dave, CJ Fly, Nyck Caution, & Josh Xantus
71. Travi$ Scott- Backyard
70. Sable- Thunder Wave
69. Mac Miller- Insomniak ft. Rick Ross
68. Lunice- Can’t Wait To
One half of TNGHT, Canadian producer Lunice dropped one of this years grimiest beats. We need to get this guy a rapper stat, and not Future that was a travesty.
67. Lil Herb- On My Soul
66. Pharoahe Monch- Bad M.F.
65. Big K.R.I.T.- Cadillactica
64. Fredie Gibbs- Robes
63. KRNE x TastyTreat- Clouds
62. Mick Jenkins- Jazz
Jazz wasn’t even the high point of Mick Jenkins’ concept LP The Water[s] but like the rest of the release it’s well-produced and lyrically dynamic. This single about seeking truth in lies will not be Jenkins last appearance on this list I an guarantee you that.
61. Goldlink- Hip-Hop (Interlude)
60. Travi$ Scott- Sloppy Toppy ft. Migos & Peewee Longway
59. Run the Jewels- Jeopardy
58. Logic- Never Enough
57. Ratking- So it Goes
What is it about being a 20 something in NYC that miraculously turns you into an amazing rapper? We’ll never know.
56. Bas- Fiji Water in my Iron
55. Sable- Mt Moon
54. Mac Miller- Rain ft. Vince Staples
53. Logic- Driving Ms. Daisy ft. Childish Gambino
52. Joey Bada$$- Get Paid
51. Buckshot & P-Money- Flute ft. Joey Bada$$ & CJ Fly
Buckshot is still one of the most slept on MC’s and I don’t understand why. Pairing up with Pro Era’s finest to give us one of the year’s best.
50. Jay Rock- Parental Advisory
49. Mick Jenkins- Comfortable
48. Murkage- Can I Live ft. Orelsan
47. clipping.- something they don’t know
46. Rapsody & Blu- Life of Pi
45. Flying Lotus- Never Catch Me
Along with being a fantastic single off of You’re Dead, Flying Lotus’s jazzy single “Never Catch Me” featuring Kendrick Lamar is one of the year’s best music videos as well.
44. Mac Miller- New Faces v2 ft. Earl Sweatshirt & Da$h
43. Childish Gambino- Sober
Gambino being weird again as per usual. But this song is fucking fantastic.
42. Vince Staples- 45
41. The Dopplegangaz- KnowntchooTahLie
40. Tall Black Guy- Sade’s Taboo
This track is life. Not to mention Tall Black Guy Productions might be the best name ever.
39. Rome Fortune- Tropical
38. Big K.R.I.T.- King of the South
37. Divine ScienZe- Beyond the Point
36. Goldlink- Planet Paradise
35. Sable- Feels So Good
34. Skyzoo & Torae- 4 Bar Friday
33. ZelooperZ- Plateau
This may be my absolute favorite nigga of 2014. But what did I expect from Bruiser Brigade? This; this is what I expected actually. ZelooperZ absolute refusal to flow where you want him to is my favorite part of his Help LP; that and he had two Danny features.
32. Open Mike Eagle- Informations ft. Kool A.D.
31. PATH- Curtain Call
30. Majid Jordan- All I Do
29. Mac Miller- Here We Go
28. Pell- The Never
27. Mr. Flash- Domino part B
26. Wara from the NBHD- Piano Lessons
25. CyHi The Prynce- Napoleon
That instrumental doe! CyHi is hardly prolific but he’s still one of the best lyricists out. This track off Black Hystori, puts his wit on full display, “and rap is like college/I’m working on my doctorate cuz I already mastered it.”
24. Logic- Gang Related
23. Blueprint- Silver Lining
22. Lido X Zhu- Faded (Rusty Hook Flip)
21. Logic- Under Pressure
Another video of the year candidate for a track from yet another under appreciated artist. The fast paced title track off of Logic’s Under Pressure takes an unexpected turn at the end, making it one of the most ambitious tracks of 2014.
20. Run the Jewels- Lie, Cheat, Steal
19. Open Mike Eagle- Doug Stamper
2014’s most fun track, by far. If you don’t think Hannibal Buress’s verse isn’t the best of the year, you’re wrong–and that’s a fact.
18. Vince Staples- Limos ft. Teyana Taylor
17. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib- High ft. Danny Brown
16. Goldlink- Fuck Being Polite
15. Cities Aviv- Head
14. Logic- I’m Gone
13. Mick Jenkins- The Water
12. Isaiah Rashad- Shot You Down ft. Jay Rock & Schoolboy Q
Recipe to make a classic: Give Jay Rock a minute and a half of Chris Calor beat.
11. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib- Harold’s
Madlib finds his best pairing since Madvillain with Mr. Gibbs. Lo-fi and soulful is where Freddie Gibbs lives and his does incredible work on this track.
10. Joey Bada$$- Christ Conscious
Even in a quite year for the Pro Eran, Joey finds himself in one or another top ten. I’m waiting with baited breath for the 20th of January when we finally get B4.DA.$$ but the firs single off it took the last third of the year by storm. It doesn’t hurt that M-I-E directed one of the most visually impressive music videos of the year on top of it all.
9. clipping.-Body & Blood
The video is inappropriate for polite company n’ shit. Audio alone below for people offended by nudity and generally “disturbing” images
Clipping. doing best what clipping. does, noise production, repetitive themes, and disturbing subject matter. For a song about a woman luring men with sex then killing them, its surprisingly fun.
8. Murkage-Officer Parker
Originally when I had a top music videos list, before I realized I didn’t watch nearly enough music videos in 2014 this was sitting happy at number three (number two is below don’t worry). It’s not just the video either, the single by the Manchester grime group is everything we loved about Of Mystics & Misfits, lyrically ambitious and simultaneously grimy and soulful.
7. Divine ScienZe-The Come Up ft. Fresh Daily
There isn’t much I can say about “The Come Up”, its your pretty standard hip-hop track, the difference here is the production and lyricism are bar none the best we’ve seen this year, especially Fresh Daily’s opening verse.
6. Run the Jewels- Angel Duster
Anti-religion, anti-government, and enthusiastically introspective. The epilogue of Run the Jewels’ second LP is one of the most impressive tracks of the year.
5. Pusha T- Lunch Money
You think we’d get sick of Pusha T’s coke music, but when you’re the best at something maybe its just impossible to get sick of you. Gimme more of that good shit dope boy. Also… worst drug dealers ever in this music video? They do much more dancing than seems like would fit well into a solid business plan.
4. Sable- Foolin’
And here we are, the second best music video of the year. It would have been number one but this shit happened. Along with having one of the most debaucherously fun videos of the year. The Australian electronic producer, Sable, gives of one of the most meticulously constructed beats of the year. Just put your good headphones on and turn it up.
3. Open Mike Eagle- Qualifiers
That second verse might be the closest I get to god or a sermon in my life.
2. Rapsody- Godzilla
Jamla the fucking squad. Let’s be very clear, the debate, discussion, query, deliberation, cogitation, dispute, all that shit about who the best female rapper is has been over. But after Beauty and the Beast and “Godzilla” there’s no other stance. It’s the moon landing of rap arguments, if you say anything but that it’s Rapsody you prolly own a tinfoil hat and live in your mother’s basement. Lyrically she is one of the best MCs out Y-chromosome or not.
1. Vince Staples- Hands Up
It really couldn’t have been any other track. The only satisfying track we got in response to the most important thing that happened to us as a people in 2014. It’s both eerie and appropriate it came from someone who could barely drink legally and still can’t rent a car. But we still let old white men tell everyone what’s best for them.