Everyday there’s an overload of hip-hop flooding the internet. From banal news to surprise albums to overnight memes, we're drowning in news. Today's BIGGEST THING EVER is tomorrow's "Oh yeah, I forgot about that." We digest so many noteworthy and unexceptional events, it’s easy to forget when the moments occurred. Quick, without looking it up, how many projects did J. Cole drop this year?* If we're living in an age where it's hard to even remember how many projects one of the most popular rappers on the planet dropped, how could you possibly remember everything important?
So in typical DJBooth fashion, we wanted to coil the chains of incidents into one central location, a place to re-discover and reflect, a timeline of 2014, everything worth remembering, and a few things we wish to forget.
For better or worse, this is the year that was.
YG - YG – "Who Do You Love" ft. Drake
Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive" ft. Kendrick Lamar
ScHoolboy Q - "Man of The Year"
Tinashe - "2 On" ft. ScHoolboy Q
Ty Dolla $ign - "Or Nah" ft. Wiz Khalifa
Gold Linl - "The Heart"
Mick Jenkins "Leonidas"
Young Thug - "Danny Glover (Remix)" ft. Nicki Minaj
- Macklemore Beats Kendrick For Best Rap Album Grammy
- Pharrell’s Vivienne Westwood Hat
- Outkast Announce 40 Festival Date Reunion Tour
- James Avery, Uncle Phil On "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air," Passes Away
- T-Pain Says He Felt Unappreciated Following Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak"
- Jay Z Gives J. Cole His Original Roc-A-Fella Chain
I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since Macklemore bested Kendrick at the GRAMMYs. I haven’t forgiven him for being a diva and releasing that text message. Cilvia Demo is aging well, I have high hopes for Isaiah Rashad. The death of James Avery was shocking, Uncle Phil will live on forever (thank you Netflix for finally adding The Fresh Prince). Is "Or Nah" the longest running trend of the year?
Iggy Azalea - "Fancy"
Lil Wayne & Friends - "Senile"
Vince Staples - "Nate" ft. James Fauntleroy
Nicki Minaj - "Lookin' Ass"
Future - "Move That Dope" ft. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino
Common - "Made In Black America" ft. Ab-Soul
- Drake & Kanye vs. Rolling Stone
- DMX Challenges George Zimmerman to Boxing Match
- Kanye’s College Drop Out 10-Year Anniversary
- 50 Cent Leaves Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records
I almost forgot CyHi dropped a pretty incredible mixtape this year, it disappeared after the summer started. I wish I could forget Iggy’s "Fancy," and the fact DMX almost boxed George Zimmerman. Future isn’t a favorite of mine, but "Move That Dope" is pretty undeniable.
SZA - "Child's Play" ft. Chance The Rapper
Jay Z & Jay Elec - "We Made It (Remix)"
Raury - "God's Whisper"
Jay Elec - "Better in Tune With the Infinite" ft. LaTonya Givens
Chance the Rapper & Skrillex - "Coast Is Clear"
Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon & Diplo - "Hero"
Alex Wiley - "Vibration"
Smoke DZA - "Ghost Of Dipset" ft. Cam'ron
Metro Boomin - "The Blanguage" ft. Young Thug
Big KRIT - #WeekOfKRIT
Cozz - "Dreams"
- Yung Thug & Rich Homie Quan - Collab Album Will Be Best Thing Since Outkast
- Lil Wayne Announces Tha Carter V As His Final Album
- Chris Brown Arrested For Violating Probation
- 10 Year Anniversary Of Madvillainy
- RZA Announces The One Million Dollar Wu-Tang Once Upon A Time In Shaolin Album
- Lil Boosie officially released from LA State Penitentiary
March is the month music started to heat up. YG impressed, Pharrell and Freddie Gibbs completely took over my iPod, I wanted to do yoga and join a gang. Jay Elec dropped new music, still didn’t drop his album. Raury and Cozz appeared as new challengers with promise. Boosie is finally free and everyone yelling free Boosie went to be hypebeast elsewhere.
Chuck Inglish - Convertibles
SZA - Z
Nas - Illmatic XX
August Alsina - Testimony
Iggy Azalea - The New Classic
Future - Honest
Asher Roth - RetroHash
Bas - Last Winter
Mobb Deep - The Infamous Mobb Deep
GoldLink - The God Complex
The Roots - "Tomorrow" ft. Raheem DeVaughn
Vic Mensa - "Down On My Luck"
Big K.R.I.T. - "Mt. Olympus"
Ariana Grande - "Problem" ft. Iggy Azalea
Nicki Minaj - "Chi-Raq" f. Lil Herb
Future - "I Won" ft. Kanye West
Drake - "Days In The East/Draft Day"
Chance the Rapper - I Am Very Very Lonely
Ab-Soul - "Tree of Life"
Killer Mike - "The Boonies"
- Eminem Presents: Total Slaughter
- Wale’s WWE Altercation
- Questlove Begins 6 Essay Series: When the People Cheer: How Hip Hop Failed Black America
- Leaked Audio Of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling Making Racist Comments
- Jay Z & Beyonce Announce "On The Run" Tour
- House Music Pioneer DJ Rashad Passes Away
SZA won me over in April, Donald Sterling lost his team and Questlove teamed up with Vulture for six must-read articles. I might’ve been one of few that loved Asher Roth’s album, he’s far from the college loving frat rapper that he once was.
Tech N9ne - Strangeulation
Blu - Good To Be Home
The Roots - …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Skyzoo & Torae - Barrel Brothers
BADBADNOTGOOD - III
Mac Miller - Faces
Wiz Khalifa - 28 Grams
Slaughterhouse - House Rules
Common - "Kingdom" f. Vince Staples
Rae Sremmurd - "No Flex Zone"
Rich Gang - "Lifestyle" ft. Young Thug & Rich Homie Quan
Ab-Soul - "Stigmata" ft. Action Bronson & Asaad
Nicki Minaj - "Pills N Potions"
Cam'ron & A-Trak - "Dipshits"
Lupe Fiasco - "Mission"
Lil Wayne - "Believe Me f. Drake"
Ghostface Killah - "Six Degrees" ft. Danny Brown
Lil Wayne - "D’usse"
- XXL 2014 Freshmen List Announced
- Stones Throw Records Releases Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton
- Tyga vs. Lil Durk
- Apple Reportedly Purchasing Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion
- Solange Assaults Jay Z in Elevator
- Michael Jackson Hologram Performs At 2014 Billboard Award
- Rick Ross Announce Ross Fix & Shouts Out Pears
- Flyod Mayweather vs. T.I.
- Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Get Married In Italy
- Timeless Writer Maya Angelou Passes Away
- Billboard and Twitter Launch Real-Time Charts
Another month of incredible releases. Mac Miller shocked the world, Cam’ron and Dame Dash together on "Dipshits" had me wearing a throwback jersey and baggy jeans, again. "No Flex Zone" and "Lifestyle" in the same month? We weren’t ready. Kanye got married, Jay-Z floated like a butterfly, Pears stock went up, and T.I. fought Floyd Mayweather before Pacquiao. Thumbs got a complete workout this month.
Jeezy - "Seen It All" ft. JAY Z
T.I. - "About The Money" ft. Young Thug
Drake - "0-100 / The Catch Up"
T.I. - "No Mediocre" ft. Iggy Azalea
Mike Will Made It - "Buy the World" ft. Kendrick Lamar, Future & Lil Wayne
Young Thug, A$AP Ferg & Freddie Gibbs - "Old English"
The Weeknd - "Often"
SBTRKT - "Temporary View" ft. Sampha
Statik Selektah - "Carry On" ft. Joey Bada$$ & Freddie Gibbs
G-Unit - "Grinding My Whole Life"
- G-Unit Reunion At Summer Jam / Slowbucks vs. G-Unit
- Dame Dash vs. Steve Stoute, Funk Flex, and Culture Vultures
- Chuck D vs. Peter Rosenberg
- Azealia Banks vs. T.I.
- Angie Martinez Departs from Hot 97
- Bow Wow Changes Name to Shad Moss
- 10 Year Anniversary Of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter
- Rappers Join The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Still holding a grudge against Ab-Soul for These Days. G-Unit reuniting, Outkast on tour, at this rate Detox will be...never mind. This is around the time I started to see Young Thug’s hidden talent. He completely stole the show on "About The Money" and fit in alongside Gibbs on "Old English."
Bobby Shmurda - "Hot Nigga"
Big K.R.I.T. - "Pay Attention" ft. Rico Love
Father & ILoveMakonnen & Key! - "Wrist"
Raury - "Cigarette Song"
Wiz Khalifa - "We Dem Boyz (Remix)" ft. Rick Ross, Nas & ScHoolboy Q
Statik Selektah - "The Imperial" ft. Action Bronson, Royce Da 5'9" & Black Thought
Chance the Rapper - "Wonderful Everyday: Arthur" ft. Wyclef Jean, Jessie Ware & Elle Varner
The Weeknd - "King of the Fall"
Jhene Aiko - "The Pressure"
Wale - "The Followers"
OG Maco - "U Guessed It"
- Drake Hosts The 2014 ESPYS
- Total Slaughter Battle Rap Event
- Meek Mill Vs. Wale
- Lebron James Announces Return To Cleveland Cavaliers
- Meek Mill Sentenced To Up To 6 Months In Jail
- Bobby Shmurda Signs To Epic Records
- Childish Gambino Says He's Better Than Kendrick Lamar, Drake, ScHoolboy Q
Between Bobby’s hat disappearing and OG Maco’s guessing, the power of social media elevated both these artist into a new realm of stardom. Meek and Wale went back in forth like school girls, I guess Twitter squabbles is a violation of probation, soon after Meek was incarcerated. Don’t sleep on Saba.
Dilated Peoples - Directors of Photography
Mick Jenkins - The Water[s]
Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood
G-Unit - The Beauty of Independence
FKA Twigs - LP1
Travi$ Scott - Days Before Rodeo
Ty Dolla $ign - Sign Language
Lil Bibby - Free Crack 2
Curren$y - Saturday Night Car Tunes
Raury - indigo child
Nicki Minaj - "Anaconda"
Rae Sremmurd - "No Type"
Logic - "Driving Ms. Daisy" ft. Childish Gambino
Eminem - "Guts Over Fear" ft. Sia
Run the Jewels - "Blockbuster Night Pt. 1"
Vince Staples - "Blue Suede"
ILoveMakonnen - "Tuesday (Remix)"
Lil Wayne - "Grindin"' ft. Drake
Juicy J - "Low" ft. Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby & Young Thug
Beyonce - "Flawless (Remix)" ft. Nicki Minaj
Lil Herb - "Fight Or Flight (Remix)" ft. Common & Chance the Rapper
OnCue - "So Much Love"
J. Cole - "Be Free"
- Remy Ma Is Released From Prison
- Trinidad James Dropped From Def-Jam
- Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo
- Jeezy Arrested For Gun Possession
- Joe Budden Wanted By NYPD
- Talib Kweli Gets In Heated Debate With CNN's Don Lemon
- Robin Williams Passes Away
- The Great Celebrity Nude Leak of 2014
Great month for the unknown and upcoming. Rae Sremmurd broke the matrix by transcending one hit wonder status. ILoveMakonnen made Tuesday less boring with the help of Drake. Mick Jenkins, Raury, and Travis $cott scored my entire month. The Michael Brown travesty brought Ferguson to the forefront of social media. I saw Dead Poets Society for the first time, due to Robin Williams passing. I recommend anyone that hasn’t seen it to do so immediately.
Jeezy - Seen It All:The Autobiography
Lecrae - Anomaly
Chris Brown - X
SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land
Young Thug & Friends - Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1
Jhené Aiko - Souled Out
OnCue - Angry Young Man
T.I. & Friends - G.D.O.D. 2
Kendrick Lamar - "i"
Black Milk - "Gold Piece" ft. Bun B
Rick Ross - "Elvis Presley Blvd." ft. Project Pat
Wale - "The Body" ft. Jeremih
Dej Loaf - "Try Me"
Flying Lotus - "Never Catch Me" ft. Kendrick Lamar
Big Sean - "IDFWU"
Common - "Kingdom (Remix)" ft. Vince Staples & Jay Electronica
Rapsody - "Hard To Choose"
ScHoolboy Q - "Studio (Remix)" ft. Nas
Jeezy - "Holy Ghost (Remix)" ft. Kendrick Lamar
- Royce Da 5'9" & DJ Premier Are PRhyme, Announce Joint Album
- XXL Magazine Ends Print Edition
- Young Thug Calls Birdman "My Lover" In Instagram Post
- Kanye West Says Comments Toward Handicapped Fans "Blown Out Of Proportion"
- Young Thug Wants To Make "Tha Carter VI" Through "Tha Carter X" Following Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter V"
- El-P And Killer Mike's "Meow The Jewels" Kickstarter Campaign Raises $10,000
- Drake Signs ILOVEMAKONNEN To OVO Sound
- Wiz & Amber Divorce Rumors Surface
- Jeff Weiss - Searching For Tomorrow: The Story Of Madlib and DOOM's Madvillainy
There’s a rapper named Father, let that sink in. Once Drake signed Makonnen, nothing was the same. Kendrick made his long awaited return, “I” has grown on me immensely since its release. Flying Lotus is from another world. Rich Gang Mixtape is surprisingly good. Rapsody’s "Hard To Choose" is a must hear.
Childish Gambino - Kauai
NehruvianDOOM - NehruvianDOOM
Flying Lotus - You’re Dead!
Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait
The Game - Blood Moon: Year of The Wolf
Hoodie Allen - People Keep Talking
T.I. - Paperwork
Logic - Under Pressure
Run the Jewles - Run The Jewels 2
Stalley - Ohio
Black Milk - If There’s A Hell Blow
Cozz - Cozz & Effect
Tinashe - Aquarius
Rapsody - Beauty and the Beast EP
Future - Monster
Ludacris - "Good Lovin" ft. Miguel
O.T. Genasis - "CoCo"
Big K.R.I.T. - "Soul Food" ft. Raphael Saadiq/ "Cadillactica"
Joe Budden - "Ordinary Love Sh*t Pt. 4 (Keep Running)"
Nas - "The Season"
Jay Rock - "Pay for It" ft. Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj - "Only" ft. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown
JMSN - "Ends (Money) / "Street Sweeper"
Royce & Premo - "Courtesy"
Drake - "6God" x "How Bout Now" x "Heat Of The Moment"
T.I. - "About The Money (Remx)" ft. Young Thug, Lil Wayne & Jeezy
Jaden Smith - "Blue Ocean" / "Fast"
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - "Gunshowers" ft. eLZhi
Chance the Rappe - "No Better Blues"
Cozz - "Knock Tha Hustle (Remix)" ft. J. Cole
You Gotti - "Errrbody (Remix)" ft. Lil Wayne & Ludacris
- Mac Miller Signs To Warner Bros For 10 Million
- Secret Childish Gambino Song Uncovered By reddit User
- Tyga Says Young Money "Holding Me Hostage"
- Chris Brown vs. Ebola On Twitter
- Iggy Azalea vs. Snoop Dogg
- Azealia Banks vs. T.I.
- Chief Keef Reportedly Dropped From Interscope Records
- Jay Z Verse To Kanye West's "Guilt Trip" Exists, According To S1
- Kendrick Lamar's "i" To Serve As NBA Soundtrack This Season
- ILOVEMAKONNEN Attacked While Performing "Tuesday" On SOBs Stage
- Juvenile Says He Resigns With Cash Money Records
- Scott Vener Tweets About Unreleased Kendrick Song King Kunta
- Time Is Illmatic Documentary Released
Enormous month for hip-hop. If we're doing a month vs. month breakdown of 2014, I'd have to give October the crown. Crazy that it already feels like it happened a long time ago.
Joe Budden - Some Love Lost
Teyana Taylor - VII
Theophilus London - Vibes
Big K.R.I.T. - Cadillactica
Rick Ross - Hood Billionaire
Shady Records - Shady XV
Beyonce - BEYONCÉ (Platinum Edition)
A$AP Ferg - Ferg Forever
The Neighbourhood - #000000 & #ffffff
Killer Mike - Sunday Morning Massacres
Eminem - Shady Classics
Jaden Smith - Cool Tape Vol. 2
Migos - Rich N*gga Timeline
Beyonce - "7/11"
Pusha T - "Lunch Money"
Willow Smith - "9" ft. SZA
Ty Dolla $ign - "Stand For"
Rick Ross - "Movin' Bass" ft. JAY Z
Eminem & Friends - "Detroit Vs. Everybody"
Lupe Fiasco - "Deliver"
Frank Ocean - "Memrise"
Tink - "Around The Clock" ft. Charlamagne Tha God / "Movin' Bass" ft. JAY Z & Rick Ross
Freddie Gibbs - "Sellin’ Dope"e
SZA - "Sobriety"
Kevin Gates - "I Don't Get Tired" ft. August Alsina
Open Mike Eagle - "Late Show"
- Iggy Azalea Beats Eminem, Drake For "Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album" at AMAs
- J. Cole Announces New Album, '2014 Forest Hills Drive'
- Kim Kardashian Gets Naked For PAPER MAG
- Bobby Shmurda Videotaped Dancing In Front Of Epic Records Execs
- No I.D. Promoted To Head Of A&R At Def Jam
- Chance The Rapper Awarded "Chicago's Outstanding Youth Of The Year"
- Quavo Of Migos Allegedly Has His Chain Snatched In DC
- Wendy Williams’ Produced Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B Biopic released
- BET Show "106 & Park" To End In December
- Mister Cee Resigns From Hot 97 For Second Time
- Lil B Delivers Speech At MIT
- Ferguson Grand Jury Decision
- Noisey and Hennessey Partner Together For “Rap Monument”
J.Cole and Ferguson held everyone’s attention in November. Kim Kardashian gave us distraction of the year for a brief moment. Detroit challenged everybody, I refuse to go up against Trick Trick in any medium, so they win. Elated that Killer Mike re-released the Sunday Morning Massacres, a must have if you weren’t around pre-Run The Jewels era.
- Meek Mill Released From Prison
- Lil Wayne Joins The Zulu Nation
- No Charges In Eric Garner Case
- Beanie Sigel Shot In New Jersey
- Lil Wayne Announce Via Twitter Carter V Push Back, Wants To Leave Cash Money Records
- Rolling Stone Names Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" One Of The Most Groundbreaking Albums Of All Time
- Childish Gambino To Star and Executive Produce New FX Comedy Pilot "Atlanta"
D’Angelo just dropped an album, Detox really might be… never mind. Lil Wayne wanting off of Cash Money still feels surreal, but it doesn’t rival the surreal feeling of Eric Garner not getting justice.” The month is still young, I’m sure there will be plenty to talk about as we get through these last few weeks. Praying Fab doesn’t disappoint, and hoping that the recently freed Meek Mill will be returning strong.
Sweet baby Jesus, that was a lot of work. But it was worth it - I don't know if you can really have any "this is what happened in 2014" or "2014 was like this' discussion without a cheat sheet like this. It really helps you see how quick Makonnen's rise was, how much stamina a song like "2 On" really had and more. See you in 2015.
* J. Cole dropped two projects this year.
[By Yoh, aka Sherlock Yohmes, aka @Yoh31]