My #9 Favourite Album of 2014: Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons

*Click here to go back to the beginning of the countdown* *Click here to go back to #15* One week after releasing A Better Tomorrow with the Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah returned with another addition to his solo discography.  36 Seasons is another concept album similar to 2013’s Twelve Reasons To Die, as it sounds…

My #10 Favourite Album of 2014: Eminem & Various Artists – Shady XV

*Click here to go back to the beginning of the countdown* *Click here to go back to #15* Shady Records is celebrating fifteen years in the music industry with Shady XV, a double-disc album that features previously released hits from the past on one disc (which I won’t cover here), and new music from the…

My #12 Favourite Album of 2014: Tech N9ne – Strangeulation

*Click here to go back to the beginning of the countdown* Back with another addition to his Collabos series, Tech N9ne has recruited the entire Strange Music roster to work with him on this album.  The idea behind this album is that it’s time for Strange Music to put a choke hold on the music…

My #13 Favourite Album of 2014: Pharoahe Monch – P.T.S.D.

*Click here to go back to the beginning of the countdown* Always one to take his time between albums, Pharoahe Monch has returned with possibly his best album since 1999’s Internal Affairs.  He’s touching on various important social issues, most notably mental health awareness, and also flexing his lyrical muscles to remind us why he’s…

My #14 Favourite Album of 2014: Logic – Under Pressure

*Click here to go back to the beginning of the countdown* Logic’s debut album has drawn a lot of attention this year, as it was one of the better major-label hip-hop albums of 2014.  I reviewed this album for CulturedVultures.com when it came out, and my thoughts are still the same.  Logic is definitely talented…

My #16 Favourite Album of 2014: Bishop Nehru & MF DOOM – NehruvianDOOM

Underground legend MF DOOM’s latest project is a collaboration with young, up-and-coming emcee, Bishop Nehru.  DOOM is one of my favourite artists, but for this album he barely raps and mostly handles the production.  Most of the rapping is handled by Bishop Nehru, as this is probably the biggest project of his young career.  It’s…

My #17 Favourite Album of 2014: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata

This album has that gangster feel to it like Scarface (the movie) or Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (the rap album).  Freddie Gibbs raps about his experience living the street life before being a full-time rapper, and Madlib’s production gives the story a real cinematic feel.  When you think of a gangster-rap album, you think…

My #19 Favourite Album of 2014: Joell Ortiz – House Slippers

After spending the past couple years putting in work with Slaughterhouse, Joell has returned with a follow-up to his 2011 solo album, Free Agent.  While Joell likes to go off with his braggadocios freestyle raps with Slaughterhouse or on his mixtapes, he tends to use his solo albums to be a little more introspective, and…

My #20 Favourite Album of 2014: Ab-Soul – These Days…

This album threw some fans off, as it sounds very different from Ab-Soul’s previous album, 2012’s Control System.  Just when you thought Ab-Soul established his style, he went and switched things up on this album.  There are still glimpses of his old style, with his focus on wordplay and thought-provoking lyrics, but These Days sees…