5. Mac Demarco – “Goodbye Weekend”
Album: Salad Days
Salad Days, the second studio album from Mac DeMarco, gave fans a number of great track, the best however may not be one of the singles, instead it likely is his 3-minute “Goodbye Weekend” track. In the song Mac says goodbye to the weekend and tells us that despite everyone’s advice, no one can change his “bad boy” ways. Ending with a great guitar solo, “Goodbye Weekend” should be a Top 10 track on anyone’s year end list.
4. Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me”
Album: You’re Dead
It would be a stretch to call this an unlikely collaboration, as the two certainly have cross overs in fan bases, however this collaboration was a pleasant surprise for many, to say the least. Kendrick didn’t give us much for new music this year, besides his Grammy nominated “i”, however he definitely supplied the best verse on Flying Lotus’ 5th studio album You’re Dead. A standout track in overall quality and production on a top album of 2014, complemented by a guest feature from one of rap’s greatest, ‘Never Catch Me’ is easily one of 2014’s top tracks.
3. Vince Staples – Blue Suede
EP: Hell Can Wait
Let us not forget about the time Vince Staples blessed us with some of the hardest bars we’ve ever heard from him over a skin-itching, unforgiving, straight up west-cost crippin’ beat. The lead synth rings like some sort of pulsating alarm while Vince holds on with a simplistic but profound notion of “Young Graves get the bouquets/Hope I outlive them red roses” before snapping and delivering insights that could only be learned within his own youth in Long Beach, CA. Easily one of the best rap songs all year, a beat made for your car’s speakers, and bars made to bend the mind.
2. FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks”
Twigs rehashed her own standards and set the tone with her first single from LP1, with an airy falsetto paired with a cadence and flow that is intricately urgent and desperate. Lyrically delving into the lusty ecstasy missing from a lot of popular music today, she is able to stay dirty yet elegant over a building, grandiose beat behind her. Her tale of making her target forget about past lovers with the daring promise of “Give me two weeks/You won’t recognize her” boasts enough sexual prowess and female bite to captivate us all.
1. Drake – “0 to 100/The Catch Up”
Album: Views From The 6
Although he did not put out an album in 2014, with his forthcoming Views From The 6 scheduled for 2015, Drake still had the hottest track of the year with his ‘0 to 100/The Catch Up’. Earning two Grammy nominations, for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, ‘0 to 100’ caused a rap beef with Diddy and has been on constant rotation since its summer release. Almost every rapper and their mother remade this Drake and Boi-1da track, but none did it better than Drake himself, who reminds us he is one of the hottest rappers in the game (but he still makes it so easy).
“This shit a mothaf*ckin’ lay up. I been Steph Curry with the shot.”
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