Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Samples of the Year 2014



Largest 'Samples of the Year' ever?!
316 tracks?! 22+ hours?! Animated album cover?!
B***h, I do this!!!

The Top 25 Hip Hop Albums of 2014


Azealia and Azalea both conspicuously absent from this list. Go figure.

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Top 200 Hip Hop Songs of 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Tape Deck '14: Volume #20





The Tape Deck '14: Volume #19





Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Various Artists - Detroit vs. Everybody (Best of 2014)


Whutupdoe!? That's right, this is Hip Hop Is Read's first-ever regional best-of compilation. Bet you didn't see this one coming! But you shouldn't be surprised. Once again, Detroit hip hop had a breakout year, with Eminem's "Detroit vs. Everybody" serving as a fitting anthem for the city and its multitudes of talented artists. This compilation is 90(!) tracks deep and aims to feature and highlight both mainstream and underground approaches, from legends and up-and-comers alike. Enjoy... and turn it up!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Black Hippy - The 4 Kings (Best of 2014)


Another year dominated by Kendrick Lamar and, to a lesser extent, his fellow Black Hippy members: ScHoolboy Q dropped a fantastic record with Oxymoron; Ab-Soul's These Days was kinda hit or miss, leaving something to be desired; and once again, Jay Rock dropped nothing more than some (delicious) bread crumbs. Will 2015 be the year that TDE finally runs the full-court press and bogarts the rap game? I can only hope... Until then, enjoy The 4 Kings... and turn it up!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Freddie Gibbs - R.E.A.L. (Best of 2014)


Gangsta Gibbs is the reigning champion of these yearly best-ofs. I've been putting together these Blue Note-inspired compilation since 2010 and Freddie Gibbs has always provided both quality AND quantity to justify his very own spot, year after year. Like we always do about this time... Enjoy... and turn it up!!