50 Best Albums of 2014

U2 unleashed a brilliant surprise, Bruce Springsteen hit a new peak, St. Vincent made deliciously weird noise and more

Run the Jewels, 'Run the Jewels 2'
8/50

8. Run the Jewels, 'Run the Jewels 2'

El-P and Killer Mike made 2014's greatest hip-hop record. Guest shots flare in the avant-noise darkness: Zack de la Rocha riffs on Philip K. Dick; Gangsta Boo flips a porn-rap script. But it's the chemistry between Mike's on-the-ground Dirty South flow and El's big-picture indictments that lights this up like a Brooklyn bridge.

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