The top slept-on albums of the year category has always been near and dear to KN. We’ve always prided ourselves in spotlighting talented artists who don’t get the constant coverage from major outlets and sharing their work with our readers. Slept-on albums epitomize that attitude as the artists and projects featured here may have flown under the radar, but truly warrant your time.
The 2014 edition features a lot of KN favorites that we’ve shown love to over the past few years. Names like K-Rino, Marcel P. Black, CYNE MarQ Spekt, Willie The Kid and G-Side should be no strangers to our loyal readers. Also making the cut are some newer artists such as New York group RATKING andAtlanta-based Wara From The NHBD.
Securing the top spot this year is Locksmith with his album A Thousand Cuts. The Bay Area emcee has always impressed with his rhyming capabilities, but this album was his most personal work to date. Locksmith opened up on this album while still maintaining his lyrical prowess to great results. Lock’s decision to be so candid, particularly on the brutally honest “Hardest Song Ever,” produced a connection to his fans that goes beyond his incredible wordplay. A Thousand Cuts deserves your ear, as do all of these albums, so don’t sleep on them!
- Locksmith – A Thousand Cuts
- K-Rino – Deprogrammed
- Marcel P. Black – Black Collar
- RATKING – So It Goes
- CYNE – All My Angles Are Right
- MarQ Spekt & Blockhead – JustPlayWitIt
- G-Side – Gz II Godz
- Willie The Kid & Bronze Nazareth – The Living Daylights
- Wara From The NHBD – Kidnapped
- Scan Man – Death Awaits
- Cormega – Mega Philosophy
- Bop Alloy – Another Day In The Life Of…
- The Black Opera – The Great Year
- Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild – Silk Pyramids
- CunninLynguists – Strange Journey Volume 3
- Milo – A Toothpaste Suburb