malbin’s Top 30 Albums & Mixtapes of 2014

6. Future – Monster

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After his break-up with Ciara, Future seemed to return to his Dirty Sprite days musically. He teamed up with Metro Boomin to release one of the strongest mixtapes to-date, Monster. The 16 song mixtape was entirely carried by Future’s emotional output, sans an outstanding Lil Wayne feature. With club-rattlers like ‘Fuck Up Some Commas’, ‘2 Pac’, & ‘Monster’, Future catered to his core-audience that he somewhat departed with his sophomore album Honest. The mixtape features one of the best songs in his catalog, ‘Throw Away’, which is a double track that features an emotional out-pour on the second half of the song. It largely seems inspired by his break-up, and it will give anybody a adrenaline rush. ANYBODY.

Songs like ‘Hardly’, ‘Codeine Crazy’, & ‘My Savages’ fully bring Nayvadius Cash back to his established fan-base and proves any doubters wrong that thought that other artists were taking Future‘s spot. That is not going to happen anytime soon. On the track ‘Gangland’, Future says ‘I’m sick & tired of being humble n*gga’, & that was the feeling of his music he released in 2014 said in one bar.

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5. Omarion – Sex Playlist

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It took nearly five calender years, but Omarion finally returned late in 2014 with the release of his fourth studio album & MMG debut, Sex Playlist. Although the album was blatantly under-promoted, the album was filled with the most sophisticated music we’ve received from O. The album has an already buzzing single ‘Post To Be’ with Jhene Aiko, Chris Brown, & a DJ Mustard beat that feels slightly out of place, but the rest of the tracks fit together nicely to create a true sex playlist. With executive producer James Fauntleroy also penning a handful of tracks, the album’s sultry aesthetic is on full display. While he might not have is record label’s full support, O will surely keep listeners happy if he continues to release music of this capacity.