BONES - 2014
2014 was widely considered the year cloud rap died, replaced by the left-field trap stylings of Young Thug, iLoveMakonnen and Rae Sremmurd, who's oddball hits (Lifestyle, Tuesday, No Flex Zone) ruled the airways this year. A$AP Rocky was nowhere to be found, Lil B and Clams Casino barely collaborated, and Yung Lean's commercial debut was one of the biggest dissapointments of the year. But while cloud rap's mainstream relevancy flickered, the underground flourished, and at the centre of the movement was LA rapper Bones. Instead of the net art and high fashion that came to define cloud rap in the past, Bones and his SESHOLLOWATERBOYS counterparts combined their love for Three 6 Mafia horrorcore with a VHS aesthetic that haunts as much as it does intoxicates. Bones was also extremely prolific, releasing six full length mixtapes and two collaborative EPs. Garbage, released in June, is far and away his strongest work. He cut back on his admittedly horrid singing, replacing it with hardcore screams and guest appearances. Songs don't pass the two and a half minute mark, just enough time for Bones and occasional collaborators to threaten you, beat themselves up emotionally, and fade out to the next track. is Garbage the most lyrical hip hop album to come out this year, or the most innovative, or even the most ethereal? no, no and no. But what makes Garbage better then ninety nine percent of hip-hop this year is that it creates an atmosphere so thick you can't help but be sucked in.
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GENRES: CLOUD RAP, HORRORCORE, TRAP, HARDCORE HIP HOP
Michael Di Gennaro ranks this as the
#10 favorite album of 2014