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The Five Best Rap Songs Of 2014 So Far

Five Best Rap Songs of the Year

There have been tons of rap songs released this year (not many mainstream albums yet), and plenty of them suck balls, but these five definitely don’t. It’s a wide diversity of styles, one that might mystify or anger some readers, so if anyone’s got a better list or a reason why they know better, then please, let us know. Otherwise, we win. But do keep an open mind. You can win too.

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5) Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – “I Ain’t Even Fuck Rihanna”

The treacherous Brooklyn MC who’s been to a major label and back returned about a year after his last project, Kismet, dropped. That tape seemed to get some love but didn’t have the punch that his other projects held. His recent “Bootleg Liquor On A Sunday Night” series, however, has helped restore the faith.

Amongst the stash of weekly songs is this one, a clever, wrenching, emotional cut with a perfectly simple piano loop behind it that lets eX’s unbridled passion really roar. One of his best songs in years, along with “Conversations With God.” We need more eXquire A.S.A.P.

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4) Young Thug – “The Blanguage”

This song has been the biggest thing going for both of these guys since it came out. Metro’s incredlible versatility is on display, as it was on Future’s Honest, and that means Thugger will be able to do more incredible, indefinable shit like “Blanguage.” It’s got so many little parts that take you away. You have to get lost in it – much like some of Wayne’s later music before jail.

Yes, we know there will be diehard Real Hip-Hop Fans that shake their fists and froth at the mouth at the mention of Young Thug. It’s too bad they can’t enjoy it.

3) Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Knicks”

Soulful, like a blues song in rap form. Of all the samples that Madlib flipped on Piñata, “Knicks” was the illest. Plus the sequencing was flawless, so it coming at the end of the album was almost like a nightcap to that adventure of an LP. This is Gibbs’ first certified classic album.

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2) Drake – “0-100”

That snare is too hard. 40 Drake is making the most consistent music right now (and he’s doing it with singles on Soundcloud) – that much is hard to argue. You have to be a real bitter piece of shit not to enjoy this song. It’s not that serious.

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1) Jay Electronica & Jay-Z – “We Made It”

That Hov and Drake have been going at each other for some time makes this halftime victory that much sweeter. Drake might be the most consistent, but Jay is still the God MC, and he’s been proving it lately with verses like this one. He and Elect black out all over this shit.

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