The EP is such a powerful tool in today’s music landscape because so many artists are fighting for our limited attention. Being able to deliver a short, but potent record to listeners in the digital age is the perfect way to gain new fans as well as satisfy the needs of ardent supporters.
2014 produced so many quality EPs that it was tough to narrow this list down to just 10 selections. As you’ll see, that’s why so many honorable mentions are featured here. I think what’s most notable about this list is the wide arrange of stages these artists are at in their respective careers. The top 10 EPs of 2014 features veterans like Supastition & CunninLynguists, brand new talent such as Brown & OG Maco, and emerging stars in Vince Staples & Deniro Farrar.
The top selection, though, goes to Los Angeles emcee Thurz and his Designer EP. After splitting from U-N-I a few years ago, Thurz made a statement with the socio-politically driven album L.A. Riots. Instead of following this breakthrough project with a similar theme, Thurz flips perceptions completely on the Designer EP. The EP is throwback to the g-funk vibes of classic West Coast rap and a lighthearted endeavor meant to put you in a good mood. Thurz accomplishes so much with just 7 tracks as his diversity and range as an artist is on full display. This must-listen record was an easy choice for the best EP of 2014. Check out the rest of picks below.
- Thurz – Designer
- Supastition – Honest Living
- Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait
- STS – We Can Talk Politics & World Affairs
- Brown – 7:22
- Deniro Farrar – Rebirth
- CunninLynguists, The Grouch & Eligh – The WinterFire
- OG Maco – Breathe
- 100s – IVRY
- FreezaMode – Space Talk
- Your Old Droog – Your Old Droog
- Nemo Achida – Side B
- Bop Alloy – Winter Breaks
- Pyramid Vritra – Palace
- Isaiah Rashad – Cilvia Demo
- Zumo Kollie – You’re A Good Sport, Zumo Kollie
- DTMD – 3 & Out