malbin’s Top 30 Albums & Mixtapes of 2014

30. Migos – No Label II

no label II

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It is hard to hate Migos, unless you’re trying too hard. In 2014, the trio was musically reunited as Offset was released from prison, and they came through with two long but listenable mixtapes. The better of the two – No Label II – proved Migos were more than a Drake co-sign. NL2 consisted of 26 songs of comical punchlines, stacked ad-libs, and great engineering that makes every song sound like a car alarm is going off. The group came through with many fan-favorite tracks while also crafting three mainstream urban hits in ‘Fight Night’, ‘Handsome & Wealthy’, & ‘Freak No More’.

In 2013, Migos left the bando. After 2014, Migos seem to be ready to leave Atlanta and prepare to conquer the world. No Label II & Rich Nigga Timeline are great stepping stones for that to happen.


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29. Travi$ Scott – Days Before Rodeo

Travi$ Scott Days Before Rodeo

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Travis Scott took his next leap of faith as a solo artist with the release of his eccentric 12 song project Days Before Rodeo this year. Scott meshed his encyclopedic sound while leeching onto popular Atlanta trends on the project, boosting help from some of the mainstays of the scene – Migos, Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, Peewee Longway, & Metro Boomin. Scott’s sound is blatantly influenced by different aspects of music, but there was no better showing than his booming label-backed single ‘Don’t Play’. The single features Big Sean & a sample from the band The 1975, which on paper sounds like it will work just as well as microwaving your leftovers in tin foil. Despite his normal overproduced, energetic showing, the standout of the project was his stripped down ‘Drugs You Should Try It’. I don’t do drugs, but if there was one song that would somewhat influence me to do them, it’d be that one.